Weesp (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)
Weesp, a town in the Dutch province of North Holland, some ten miles east of Amsterdam, formerly the seat of a Mennonite congregation, concerning which there is only scant information. The year of founding is not known. Elder Leenaert Bouwens baptized seven persons ca. l575 at Weesp (not 55 as is stated by Blaupot ten Cate). Originally the congregation of Weesp was more or less connected with that of neighboring Muiden. In the 17th century there were two congregations at Weesp, one Flemish and one Waterlander; the latter, which was represented in 1647 at the Waterlander conference at Amsterdam by Johannes Verlaen, merged before 1675 with the Flemish congregation, which was then also called Weesp and Overmeer. In 1655 it contributed liberally to the needs of the congregation of De Rijp, which had suffered considerable damage by a great fire. In 1675 Weesp joined the (Lamist) Conference of South Holland. Since the pulpit was from this time on mostly vacant, the congregation was supported by the Lamist congregation of Amsterdam, both financially and with ministerial service. The membership was very small, in 1686 numbering hardly a dozen baptized members. The church books of the Weesp congregation, which are now in the Amsterdam Mennonite archives, cover the years 1692-1761. From these it is known that the congregation had died out by 1760, but it is not mentioned in the Naamlijsts of 1743 and later.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: v. I, 24, 222, 330; v. II, 45.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1872): 61, 67; (1892): 124, 125, 126; (1918): 3, 50, 52.
Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, No. 814; v. II, Nos. 2288, 2342 ff.; II, 2, Nos. 876, 643-50.
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