Poole, Le, family
Le Poole, a Dutch Mennonite family. Anthony le Poole (d. 1658) of Hondschoote in West Flanders, Belgium, moved to Leiden, Holland, where he obtained citizenship in 1627. He may have emigrated because of his faith and settled at Leiden about 1625. His descendants have been loyal members of the Mennonite Church and many of them have served as deacons at Leiden. They were usually prosperous textile manufacturers. Anthony's son Jacob le Poole (b. 1624 at Hondschoote, d. 1693 at Leiden), a jute manufacturer, bequeathed a sum of money to the Waterlander Mennonite congregation, of which he was a member. His son Jacob le Poole (Leiden, 1651-1704), a textile manufacturer and a deacon of the Waterlander congregation, took part in the Collegiant meetings. The son of this Jacob le Poole, also named Jacob le Poole (1693-1750), a dealer in grain and a deacon of the church, was appointed as administrator by the last remaining members of the congregation of The Hague, when this congregation was about to die out (Doopsgezinde Bijdragen. (1861-1919): 1896, 60). Lodewijk Gerardus le Poole (b. 1848 at Leiden, d. there 1908), secretary of the church board at Leiden, studied the archives of this congregation and wrote its history: Bijdragen tot de kennis van het kerkelijk leven onder de Doopsgezinden, ontleend aan het archief der Doopsgezinde gemeente te Leiden (Leiden, 1905). This outstanding work also contains many particulars about the le Poole family.
Ned. Patriciaat X (1920): 354-59; XLI (1955): 291-305.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 201-202. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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