Sorgdrager, Kornelis Pietersz (d. 1826)
Kornelis Pietersz Sorg(h)drager (Zorgdrager) (died 9 August 1826), was chosen as preacher in 1782 and as elder in 1795 to serve the Janjacobsgezinde Mennonite church on the Dutch island of Ameland. He was untrained, yet very capable and much less conservative than Jacob Jobs, his co-elder until 1804, with whom Sorghdrager could not get along because Jobs disapproved all innovations and obstructed all proposals and measures which Sorghdrager considered necessary for the sound development of the congregation, such as audible prayer instead of silent prayer, an offering to be held at the end of the services, and the introduction of catechetical instruction for the children. Sorghdrager, who was a man of strong faith and devotion, was a great blessing for the church of Ameland. For his catechetical instruction he published Vragen aan de Dopelingen met derselver antwoorden, and during his eldership the Foppe Ones congregation merged (1804) with the Janjacobsgezinden. He kept a diary, which contains a large number of interesting particulars concerning the congregation. Some of his descendants served the church as deacons, one of whom was Cornelis Pietersz Sorghdrager, treasurer of the Hollum congregation at the close of the 19th century.
Whether the Mennonite Sorghdrager (Zorgdrager) family found at Westzaan, province of North Holland, usually whaling captains, belonged to the same family could not be ascertained, but they probably did, because most members of the Sorghdrager family of Ameland also were shipmasters. Of the North Holland Sorghdragers, Cornelis Gysbertsz Zorgdrager, commander of a whaling expedition, wrote the book Bloeyende Opkomst der Aloude en Hedendaagsche Groenlandsche Visscherij (Amsterdam 1720, reprinted The Hague 1727-28), and Dirk Kornelisz Sorgdrager, possibly a son of the former, was a preacher of the Westzaan Frisian congregation in 1746-1766.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1889): 1, 19; (1890): 1-13, 29 f., 33; (1898): 67-70.
Lootsma, S. Het Nieuwe Huys Zaandam, 1937: 46, 103 f., 190.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1829: 60.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 582. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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