Jacob Mesdag (d. 1567)
Jacob (Jaques) Mesdag (Mestdach, Mesdach), a Dutch Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake at Kortrijk (Courtrai), Belgium, on 8 November 1567 with Joos Casteels, Willem Aertsz (Aertsen), and Karel Hannebeel. They had been arrested at Zwevegem on 1 March 1566. They all remained steadfast and died valiantly. Jacob Mesdag was born at Langemarck and had lived at Capelle near Ieper; he was a weaver and a miller; in 1563 he had been (re)baptized and joined the congregation.
The Martyrs' Mirror contains a letter written by Jacob Mesdag in prison on 9 September 1567, after he had been in prison for 18 months, addressed to S. I. H. or Suzanneken, who was his sister and also a member of the church. Jacob Mesdag was a member of the Dutch Mennonite Mesdag family.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685: II, 358-366.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 715-721. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: III, 116.
Verheyden, A. L. E. Le Martyrologe Courtraisien et la Martyrologe Bruxellois. Vilvorde : R. Allecourt, 1950: 36 f., No. 17.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 62. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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