Terwe (Terwen), a former Dutch Mennonite family, probably stemming from Flanders, Belgium, from where they emigrated because of persecution. It was widely ramified, one branch living at Middelburg, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and another in Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht, and Gouda. Its members were deacons in the Mennonite congregations of all these towns. The Dordrecht branch was leading in the Mennonite Church of this town from the early 17th century until ca. l725. Jacques Terwen, a preacher or a deacon of the Flemish Dordrecht congregation, signed the Dordrecht Confession in 1632. His father(?), Hendrik Terwen, d. 2 October 1625, was an elder of this congregation; another Hendrik Terwen was an elder of the same congregation from 1658. In Amsterdam the Terwens were found in both the Lamist and the Zonist congregations from ca. 1670 until the end of the 18th century. Most members of the Terwen family were well-to-do businessmen and manufacturers. Some of them, e.g., Josine Terwen of Dordrecht, and Laurens Terwen (d. 1705 at Dordrecht), also had poetic interests. Cornelis Terwe, living at Dordrecht in the 17th century, contributed a hymn to the hymnal Lusthof des Gemoeds by Claes Stapel.
Church records of Middelburg, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Utrecht.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1862): 103, 104.
Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. v. 1-10. Leiden, 1911-1937: v. V, 899.
Scheffer, Hoop and Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 v. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, 1770, 2099.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 699. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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