1871 - 1889 H.M. Elect of God, Yohannes IV, King of Seyun, King of Kings of Ethiopia. b. at May Beha, Temben, 11th July 1837, as Lij Kassa Mirtcha, younger son of Dejazmatch Mirtcha Wolde Kidane, Shum Temben, by his wife, Woizero Sillas [Amata Selassie], educ. privately. Succeeded his father as Shum Temben, 1863. Raised to the personal title of Balambaras 1863, prom to Dejazmatch November 1865, prom to Ras October 1867, and finally to Reese Masafint 1868. Installed as Prince and Governor of Tigray October 1867. Replaced Tirinya as the official language of Tigray with Amharaic. Fought and defeated Emperor Takla Giyorgis II at Asem and proclaimed as Emperor Yohannes IV, at Axum, 11th July 1871. Crowned at the Cathedral of St Mary of Zion, Axum, 21st January 1872 (the last Emperor to be crowned there). Established his capital at Mekelle. Founded the Order of the Seal of Solomon in 1874. m. (first?) ca. 1866, Woizero Tebaba Selassie (d. at Mekelle, September 1869, bur. Axum), an Afar Muslim lady from the Teltal, who converted to Christianity on her marriage. m. (second) Woizero Mestira Selassie (same as Tebaba Selassie?). He was k.at Metemma, while fighting against the Mahdists, 9th March 1889 (bur. Axum), having had issue, a son:
1) H.H. Negus Araya Selassie [Sahle Selassie], King of Tigray (s/o Tebaba or Mestira Selassie) - see below.
Emperor Yohannes IV, also recognised as his own son, on his deathbed:
2) H.H. Ras Mangasha Yohannes, Prince of Tigray (s/oWoizero Walatta Takla Haymanot) - see below.
1882 - 1888 H.H. Negus Araya Selassie [Sahle Selassie], King of Tigray. b. before September 1867, son of H.M. Elect of God, Yohannes IV, King of Seyun, King of Kings of Ethiopia, educ. privately. Raised to the title of Ras 1872. Granted the kingdom of Tigray with the title of Negus as his dowry, by his father in October 1882. Confirmed as Heir Apparent to the Empire of Ethiopia by his father, June 1884. Governor of Enderta 1872-1882, Governor-General of Wollo 1882-1886, and of Begamber and Dembiya 1886-1888. Rcvd: the Order of the Seal of Solomon 2nd class (1875). m. (first) at Borumeda, 24th October 1882, H.I.M. Empress Zawditu (see Shoa). m. (second) Emet Negest Sendek, daughter of Welde Tatios Merid, by his wife, Woizero Gelebe, a descendant of a niece of Emperor Galawdewos. He d. from smallpox at Mekelle Castle, 10th June 1888 (bur. there at the Medhane Alem Church), having had issue, a son:
1) H.H. Le’ul Ras Gugsa Araya Selassie, Prince of Tigray (s/o Nagast) - see below.
1889 - 1899 H.H. Ras Mangasha Yohannes, Prince (Mesfin) of Tigray. b. 1865, as Lij Mangasha Gugsa, son of Woizero Walatta Takla Haymanot, wife of Dejazmatch Gugsa Mirtcha, educ. privately. Raised to the personal title of Dejazmatch and prom to Ras January 1889. Recognized by the Emperor Yohannes IV as his son and appointed as Heir Apparent on his deathbed, 9th March 1889. Governor of Tigray 1889-1896. Submitted to Emperor Menelik, February 1899. Imprisoned at Addis Ababa 1899-1902, and at Mount Alis, in Ankobar 1902-1906. m.(first) ... m.(second) at Adowa, March 1896, Woizero Kafay (m.third, April 1903, her first husband for the second time, Ras Nado. m.fourth, Ras Getachew Abate), former wife of Ras Nado, and elder daughter of H.E. Ras Wale Betul [Abba Tattan], Viceroy of Tigray. He d. in internal exile at Ankobar, Shoa, 29th December 1906, having had issue, one son and four daughters:
1) Field Marshal H.H. Le’ul Ras Seyun Mangasha, Prince (Mesfin) of Tigray (s/oWoizero Kafay) - see below.
1) Woizero Attenesh. b. ca. 1880. m. 10th July 1896, Dejazmatch Abraha Hagos, elder son of son of H.E. Ras Hagos Mirtcha - see above.
2) Woizero Almaz. b. 1897 (d/o Woizero Kafay). m. (first) H.E. Dejazmatch Taye Gululate (b. 1886; d.at Addis Ababa, December 1960),sometime Governor of Gimirra, elder son of Fitawrari Takla Mariam (Gululate) Haile Mikael. She had issue, one son and two daughters - see Ethiopia (Shoa). m. (second) Dejazmatch Kebede Arigaw, by whom she had further issue, one son:
3) Woizero Aster [Romana Worq]. b. April 1901 (d/oWoizero Kafay). m. (first) at Addis Ababa 16th May 1909 (div. 1910) H.I.M. Emperor Iyasu V (b. at Tanta, 3rd February 1898; d. at Garamulata, near Harar, 25th November 1935), son of H.H. Negus Mikael, King of Zion, by his second wife Imabet Shoa Reged Menelik, eldest daughter of H.I.M. Emperor Menelik II - see Ethiopia (Shoa). m. (second) 1918 (div.), H.E. Ras Getachew Abate, sometime Governor of Kembata, son of Ras Abate Ba-Yalew, Wagshum. m. (third) Assabber Gebre Haywot (b. ca. 1907). She had issue, one son and one daughter by her second husband - see Ethiopia (Zagwe).
4) Woizero Berhane (d/oWoizero Kafay). m. Dejazmatch Haile Selassie Liban, son of Ras Liban Amade Kolase, Imam of the Wollo of Warra Himenu. She had issue, one son and two daughters:
a) Lij Yohannes Haile Selassie. m. (first) Woizero Ayaletch Bakala. m. (second) Woizero Mekedes Zerea. He had issue:
ii) Woizero Lulit Yohannes (d/oWoizero Mekedes). m. Roberto Buratti. She has issue, twin daughters:
(1) Natalie Mekedes Buratti.
(2) Maxima Lydia Buratti.
a) Woizero Gabayanesh. m. Lieutenant-General H.E. Lij Merid Mangasha (b. 1912; d. at Addis Ababa, 10th September 1966, bur. there at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Cemetery), cmsnd. Lieut. Imperial Diodg Regt. 1934, served in War of liberation and WW2 1936-1945, actg. Governor of Issa and Diredewa 1941-1942, prom. Maj. 1942, ADC to the Emperor 1942-1945, Chief ADC 1945-1947, prom. Brig-Gen. 1948, GOC 2nd dvsn. 1948-1954, Vice-Minister for the Interior 1954-1956, Governor of Begameder 1956-1957, prom. Maj-Gen. 1958, COS Ground Forces 1959-1961, Minister for Defence 1961-1966 (Dep. Minister 1957-1959), prom. Lieut-Gen. 1964, Presdt. Ethiopian Sports Fdn. rcvd: GC of the Order of Menelik II, and GO of the Order of the Star of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie gold medal 1st class, Patriot medal & three palms, St George’s medal & two palms, Exile medal & two palms, and British 39/45 & Africa stars, and War medal. She had issue:
i) Lij Datchew Merid, educ. St Joseph’s High Sch., Addis Ababa. Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal. m. Lynne. He has issue, two sons:
(1) Natanael Datchew Merid.
(2) Julian Datchew Merid.
i) Woizero Debritu Merid. m. Saverio Camporeale. She has issue, two daughters:
(1) Francesca Bati Camporeale.
(2) Almaze Gabrielle Camporeale.
ii) Woizero Munit Merid.
b) Woizero Kafay. m. Major-General Nega Haile Selassie. She had issue, one son and two daughters:
1900 - 1903 H.E. Ras Wale Betul [Abba Tattan], Viceroy of Tigray, son of Dejazmatch Betul Haile Mariam, sometime Governor of Semien, educ. privately. Imprisoned at Magdala 1857-1867. Governor of Yejju 1876, and of Wadla, Lasta, Begameder and Dambea 1889-1900 and 1916-1918, and Viceroy of Tigray January 1900-1903. Raised to the personal titles of Dejazmatch 1876, and prom. to Ras 1889. m. (first) Imabet Mulu, daughter of Dejazmatch Nadaw. m. (second) Woizero Desta Avigaz. m. (third?) Woizero Menen Haile Selassie. He d. 14th June 1918, having had issue, two sons and two daughters:
1) H.E. Ras Gugsa Wale. b. at Marto, Yajju, April 1877. Governor of Begameder 1916-1928, and Yajju 1928-1930. m. at Addis Ababa, April 1900, as her fourth husband (div. 1916) H.I.M. Empress Zawditu, Elect of God, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and Queen of Kings of Ethiopia (b. 29th April 1876; d.from a diabetic coma at Addis Ababa, 2nd April 1930, bur: Menelik II Mausoleum, Ba’eta Le Mariam Monatery Church, Addis Ababa), widow of H.H. Negus Araya Selassie, King of Tigray, and former wife of Wagshum Gwangul Zagaya, and Dejazmatch Wube Atnaf Seggad, and younger daughter of H.M. Emperor Menelik II, Elect of God, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and King of Kings of Ethiopia, GCB, GCMG, by Woizero Abetchew Bayan. He was k. in battle at Ankim, 31st March 1930, having had issue:
a) a daughter. b. and d. at Addis Ababa, January 1906 (d/o Empress Zawditu).
2) Dejazmatch Amida Wale. He had issue, two sons:
a) Dejazmatch Asfaw Amida.
b) Fitawrari Zewde Amida.
3) Dejazmatch Haile Wale.
1) Woizero Kafay. m.(first) (div.) Ras Nado [Abba Wello] (d. 1929). m.(second) at Adowa, March 1896, H.H. Ras Mangasha Yohannes, Prince of Tigray (b. 1865; d. in captivity at Ankobar, 29th December 1906), son of Emperor Yohannes IV, by Woizero Walatta Takla Haymanot, wife of Dejazmatch Gugsa Mirtcha, by whom she had issue, two daughters. m. (third), at Addis Ababa, April 1903, her first husband, Ras Nado. m. (fourth), Ras Getachew Abate. She had issue - see above.
2) Woizero Mentwab. b. ca.1889 (d/oWoizero Yewubdar). m. at Addis Ababa, 27th January 1901, as his third wife (div. May 1902), H.H. Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael, KCMG (b. at Derejo Mariam, Gola, near Harrar, 8th May 1852; d. at Kulibi, 21st March 1906, bur. St Michael’s Church, Harrar), Governor of Harar, son of Dejazmatch Wolde Mikael Gudessa, of Shoa-Doba, by his wife, Imabet Tenagne Worq, eldest daughter of H.H. Negus Sahle Selassie I, King of Shoa - see Ethiopia (Shoa). m. (second), March 1903, H.E. Ras Kabbada Mangasha (b. 1879; d. 1937), sometime Governor of Wollo, Kaffa, and Bore, son of H.E. RasBitwodad Mangasha Atikam, Governor of Gojjam - see Ethiopia (Gojjam). She d. January 1907.