Hope was a Dutch family. A number of members of this family of bankers and wholesale dealers, which came from England to the Netherlands and settled at Rotterdam, belonged to the Mennonite Church. The first member of the Hope family in Rotterdam was Archibald Hope (died ca. 1743), who was married to Anna Claus. He may have moved to Rotterdam about 1680. He soon became very prosperous; in 1716 he built the country seat Lindenhof at Kralingen near Rotterdam. By the last decade of the seventeenth century he was conducting an important trade to England, Ireland, and America. Both he and his wife were members of the Mennonite congregation. His son Isaac Hope (died 1767) was baptized in 1729 and was a deacon of the Rotterdam congregation 1735-1739; his brother Zachary (died 1770) was baptized in 1733, and served 1739-1743, and another brother, James, was deacon 1751-1755. In 1735 Archibald Hope and his son Isaac transported 180 Swiss emigrants (probably Mennonites) to Pennsylvania, and again and again they carried emigrants to the English colonies in America, e.g., 3000 persons in 1753, and 4000 emigrants from the Palatinate in 1765. Among those there may also have been a number of Mennonites. The Hopes were friends of the Bisschop family of Rotterdam; after the death of Jan Bisschop in 1771, Jan Hope inherited the painted portraits of the Bisschop brothers, Archibald Hope, Jr., the rich collection of coins, while Adriaan and Jan Hope bought the considerable collection of paintings gathered by the Bisschops. During the eighteenth century some of the Hopes moved to Amsterdam. They were—in contrast to most Mennonites, who were Patriots—at the close of the eighteenth century nearly all convinced followers of the Prince of Orange.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 809. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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