Looten (Lootens, Loten) family
Looten (Lootens, Loten) was a Dutch Mennonite family. A branch of this family emigrated from Flanders, Belgium, in the early 17th century, and is found at Aardenburg, Dutch Zealand Flanders. David Looten, a Mennonite born at Bellem near Bruges, but a citizen of Aardenburg, died at Leiden in 1626. Laurens Looten (died after 1688), a well-to-do farmer, and his family contributed generously to the building of a new meetinghouse in 1655. His descendants joined the Reformed Church. Other branches of the Looten family are found in Leiden and Amsterdam. Laurens Jansz Looten, a cloth merchant, moved from Leiden to Amsterdam in 1612. His son Jan Looten (born 1618 at Amsterdam), married to Cathalijntje Harmansdochter, of Jülich, was a painter of landscapes. He lived in England for some time, and probably died there in 1681. Karel Loten in the first decades of the 17th century was a wealthy merchant of Amsterdam, who owned a stately country home in De Beemster. By marriage the Amsterdam Loten (Looten) family, which belonged to the Waterlander Mennonite congregation, and after its merger in 1668 to the united Waterlander-Lamist Church, was related to other well-known Mennonite families such as Rutgers, Verhamme, Roeters. Some members of this family served as deacons. The Looten family died out in the 18th century.
Church records of Amsterdam.
Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: IX, 623.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 393. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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