Pekelharing, a Dutch Mennonite family. Dirk Jelisz Pekelharing (1729-64), living at Zaandam, North Holland, married to Maartje Cornelis Kalf, who made sails for ships and windmills and also compasses, may have been a Mennonite; it is certain that his wife and his descendants belonged to the Mennonite church. His son Cornelis Pekelharing (1760-1800), a sailmaker at Zaandam, belonged to the Oostzijde Mennonite congregation and is said to have been the only adherent of the Orangist party in his congregation, all other members being Patriots. Cornelis' son Dirk Pekelharing (1783-1857) and his grandson Cornelis Pekelharing (1811-73) were both physicians, Dirk practicing at 's-Graveland and his son Cornelis practicing at Zaandam. Another son of Dirk, Klaas Rutger Pekelharing (1825-85), was a Mennonite minister, serving at Middelburg and Vlissingen 1849-84. He wrote an important paper, "Bijdragen voor de Geschiedenis der Hervorming in Zeeland," which was published in Archief VI (1866) of the "Zeeuwsch Genootschap," and also the Levens-Bericht of S. de Wind (Middelburg, n.d.). Dirk Pekelharing (1839-1908), a son of Cornelis, was a pastor of the Mennonite Surhuisterveen congregation 1864-1908. Other sons of Cornelis were Baltus Hendrik Pekelharing (1841-?), professor at the technical University at Delft, and Adrianus Cornelis Pekelharing (1848-?), professor in the medical school of the University of Utrecht. Many members of the Pekelharing family served the Zaandam-Oostzijde congregation as deacons, as for example Willem Jan Pekelharing (1851-1933), a merchant who was also for many years a treasurer of the Zaansche Fonds for the pensioning of retired and disabled ministers.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 132-133, 1147. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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