Hessel Ockes (died 1720), a Mennonite at Workum, Dutch province of Friesland, had a son Hylke Hessels (1703-1775), married to Anke Wopkes Knoop of Bolsward. Hylke inherited a "molen" (sawmill) from his father; hence his family name became Molenaar. His son Claes Hylkes Molenaar inherited the mill in 1774. Another son was Wopko (Wopke) Hylkes Molenaar, minister at Krefeld and ancestor of the Krefeld branch of the family. A son of his was Isaak Molenaar I, also minister at Krefeld, and a grandson Johannes Molenaar, minister at Monsheim. Isaak Molenaar I had a son Isaak (II), and Isaak (II) had a son Isaak (III). They were all Mennonite preachers. A grandson of Johannes was Heinrich Molenaar. Two brothers of Isaak Molenaar I, Nicolaus (1778-1840) and Jacob (1788-1816), in 1812 founded the oldest bank at Krefeld. The only son of Nicolaus, Gustav Wilhelm (1811-1864), followed his father in the bank. Most prominent of his 13 children were Alfred (1841-1922), Emil (1851-1929), and Willy (1852-1921), the latter being the founder of the Berlin Mennonite Church. Alfred was also a banker and held honorary positions in the civil administration of Krefeld.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1903): 110.
Die "Heimat" (Krefeld) 4 (1925): 189-196.
Rheinisch-Westfälische Bank in Krefeld, früher Deutsche Bank 1901-1951.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 724. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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