Karsdorp was a Dutch Mennonite family name, especially found at Leiden, where Jan Karsdorp was a deacon of the Flemish congregation 1695-1697, and of the (in 1700) united Mennonite congregation 1714-1717; Nicolaas Karsdorp was five times a deacon of this congregation during the period 1725-1762 and Anthony Karsdorp four times in 1747-1777. The Karsdorps were rather well-to-do merchants. Gerrit Karsdorp and Gerrit Karsdorp, Jr., both preachers at Hamburg, Germany, were members of this family. Another member of this family, Abraham Karsdorp, a carpenter at Dordrecht, Dutch province of South Holland, was custodian of the meetinghouse and the last member of the Dordrecht congregation when it died out about the middle of the 19th century. After his death his nephew J. Karsdorp considered himself private owner of the properties of the congregation, as did after his death in 1865 his heirs, who sold the meetinghouse and appropriated the funds of the congregation. Harmen Karsdorp, Jr., from Hamburg, apparently belonging to the same family, emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1700, with his wife Adriana de Vos and their children, and became a preacher of the Germantown congregation. Isaac Karsdorp (d. before 1708), who also went to Germantown in 1700, probably also emigrated from Hamburg. The Prussian Mennonite name Kasdorf, found in Prussia, Russia, and America, is probably of the same origin as Karsdorp.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1862): 109-112; (1867): 156f.; (1868): 145-56; (1869): 3, 126
Mennonite Quarterly Review 7 (1933): 46f., 230f., 236.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 152-153. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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