Welsing (Welsingh, Welsinck, Welzing), a Dutch Mennonite family, originally from Rees in the Rhineland, Germany, living there until the 18th century. Jakob Welsing, of Rees, was married in 1680 to Helena, a daughter of preacher Hendrik van Voorst, of Emmerich, and was a preacher of the Rees Mennonite congregation, as was his son (?) Isaack Welsink 1727-ca. 1735. Hendrik Welsing served the Rees congregation 1735-61-62 as its last preacher.
In 1657 a certain Jan Wolsingh (Welsinck) became a citizen of Nijmegen, Netherlands, and was soon after chosen as deacon or preacher of the Mennonite congregation, for in 1664 he was among the representatives of the Nijmegen congregation to sign the Verbondt van Eenigheydt. Though it is not stated where he came from in 1657, it may be surmised that like most immigrants of Nijmegen in this period, he had moved in from the duchy of Jülich, in which the Mennonites were not tolerated at that time.
About the same time some Welsings, probably from Rees, settled in Amsterdam, Holland, where they were members of the Lamist congregation, of which church Jan Welsing Is.zn was a deacon 1691-96, 1701-7, and 1713-18, and Francois Welsing 1734-40 and 1744-50. Their descendants are still found in the Rotterdam congregation.
Abraham Welsing, of Rees, moved to Kleve where he obtained citizenship in 1671 and started a linen weaving business, which had by 1716 grown into a considerable enterprise.
Church records of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Crous, Ernest. "The Mennonites in Germany Since the Thirty Years War." Mennonite Quarterly Review 25 (1951): 250 ff.
Guyot, P.C. G. Bijdragen tot de Gesch. der Doopsgezinden te Nijmegen. Nijmegen, 1845: 75.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 440.
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