Laan is a Dutch Mennonite family found in the province of North Holland. Originally they were farmers at Middelie. Remmelt Laan (1645-1731) moved from Middelie to Wormerveer about 1720. His grandson Jan Dirksz Laan (1719-1764), not a farmer like his ancestors, but a grocer, was preacher of the Frisian Mennonite congregation of Wormerveer 1746-1764. He adopted Hartog as his family name. Also Remmert Laan, b. 1775 at Enge Wormer, d. 1831 at Wormerveer, went into business. He became a partner in the Wessanen en Laan factories (flour, cocoa, etc.) at Wormerveer, which had been founded in 1765 by his uncle Dirk Remmeltsz Laan. Like his uncle, Remmert Laan was at the same time a deacon of the Wormerveer Frisian congregation, as were his sons Jan Laan (1803-1891) and Adriaan Laan (1810-1851). His grandson Dirk Laan (1843-1905), also director of the Wessanen en Laaen factories, was a senator 1897-1905. Reyer Laan, who belonged to the same family, was an untrained preacher of the congregation of Middelie-Axwijk 1746-1781. Jan Jansz Laan of Amsterdam, d. 1738, apparently from the same family, was a member of the Lamist Mennonite congregation, being at the same time an active Collegiant and in 1712-1738 serving as a "regent" (trustee) of the Oranjeappel Collegiant orphanage, as was his wife Agatha Bruin from 1718-d. 1749. Some members of this family were still farmers in North Holland in the mid-20th century.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. (Amsterdam, 1755 ff.)
Nederland's Patriciaat 12 (1921-22): 71-86.
Slee, J. C. van. De Rijnsburger Collegian ten. Haarlem. 1895: 173, 175, 289, 291.
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