Stijntgen Jans (16th century)
Stijntgen Jans of Rotterdam, Holland, was arrested there in 1558. During her trial on 20 February and 19 March she admitted that for about three years she had belonged to the Rotterdam Anabaptist congregation, which met at the Houttuyn. She had been (re)baptized about 1552 at Utrecht by Elder Leenaert Bouwens. Stijntgen, forty years of age and a native of Maurik in the Dutch province of Gelderland, boldly rejected the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Mass. On 28 March 1558, after Jan Hendriks, an Anabaptist martyr, had been put to death before the city hall of Rotterdam, a riot arose among the spectators against the executioner and the city officials; they took the corpse of Jan Hendriks off the scaffold and then attacked the city hall. On this occasion four Anabaptists imprisoned there were liberated by the rebelling crowd; one of the liberated prisoners was Stijntgen Jans, concerning whom there is no further information.
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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: 575-78. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1903): 3; (1905): 172.
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