Lensen, Jan (17th century)
Jan Lensen was the head of one of the 13 Krefeld families (Mennonite and Quaker) who immigrated to Pennsylvania, arriving in Philadelphia on 6 October 1683 on the "Concord," who were therefore the forerunners of German immigration to America. He came from Rheydt, was a linen weaver by trade and settled in Germantown, where he was naturalized as a citizen in 1691. His family was (according to Hull) the only one of the 13 original settler families to be and remain Mennonite.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 638.
Hull, Wm. I. William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania. Swarthmore College, 1935.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 323. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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