Persoons, a former Mennonite family of Nijmegen, Dutch province of Gelderland. Lambert Persoon(s) obtained citizenship at Nijmegen on 9 September 1657, but seems to have lived there for a considerable number of years before that. He was a deacon of the Nijmegen Mennonite congregation before 1656, as his brother Gerrit Persoons also seems to have been. Other members of this family are also mentioned as members of the congregation. His co-deacon Jan Godschalks reported that Lambert Persoons died on 18 April 1657, but this cannot be true because he obtained citizenship in September of this year. He may have died in 1658. He and his relatives had moved in from the duchy of Jülich, Germany, probably either from Goch or from Gladbach. The above Gerrit Persoons left the Mennonite church in 1647 and joined the Reformed; in his booklet Vervolgh van de Vertooninge des Staets en des handels der Mennoniten (Utrecht, 1663), he tried to convince his former brethren that, although morals were much higher among the Mennonites than among the Reformed, the Mennonite church could not be the true church of Christ because it was divided into various branches. Copies of an earlier book by Gerrit Persoons on the same topic are apparently no longer extant.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1874): 13 ff.; (1895): 121.
Guyot, P.C.G. Bijdrage tot de Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden te Nijmegen. Nijmegen, 1845: 75.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 148. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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