Venema, a Dutch Mennonite family particularly found in Friesland, both Mennonite and non-Mennonite. Arnoldus (Nolle) Abelsz Venema, b. ca. 1739 at Buitenpost, d. 1801 at Ameland, married to Sientje Kramer, at first a peddler, later a shop-keeper, was a preacher of the Mennonite congregation of Rottevalle ca. 1761-1762, the Flemish (Foppe Ones) church on the island of Ameland 1762-1768, at Norden in East Friesland, Germany, 1768-1774, Aalsmeer 1774-1783, Rottevalle 1783-89, Ameland again 1789-d.1801. Returning from Nes, where he had preached on a winter night, he vanished without trace; he probably drowned in the sea in the darkness. Being a self-made man, he was one of those untrained preachers who with great love and no less ability served the church with much blessing. His brother Aldert Abelsz Venema was a preacher at Rottevalle ca. 1774-d.1788. Another member of this family was Tjebbe Wiegers Venema, b. 1789, d. 29 February 1856, at Aalsmeer. In 1818 he was appointed ministerial candidate by the Conference of Friesland, serving 1819-d.1856 in the Aalsmeer Zijdweg congregation. He was a man of little education; by private study he learned some German, French, and English. But under his leading the congregation flourished. In Gorter's Doopsgezinde Lectuur of 1856 he published a paper, "Overzicht van alle Doopsgezinden op aarde." A Venema was for many years a secretary-treasurer of the Dantumawoude congregation in the early 20th century.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 233.
De Zondagsbode XXIV (1910-11): Nos. 49, 51, and 52.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1872): 38 f.; (1889): 17, 18, 25; (1890): 26; (1895): 81 f., 84.
Gorter's Doopsgezinte Lectuur. Kerknieuws (1856): 29 f. (1858): 3 f.
Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: II, Nos. 1441, 1451, 1486-89, 2214-16, 2265, 2846.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1829: 25.
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