Vondel, van den, family
Van den Vondel (van Vondel, van Vondelen, van den Vondellen), a Dutch family, originally from Antwerp, Belgium, where Joost van den Vondel joined the Mennonites. Because of persecution Joost like many others left Antwerp in 1582 with his wife, moving to Cologne, Germany, where at this time the Mennonites could live rather unmolested. Joost van den Vondel's wife died soon after and in 1585 he married Sara Cranen (Kraen), also a Mennonite refugee from Antwerp who was living at Cologne. Joost and Sara had seven children; among them were Clementia, b. 1586, in 1607 married the widower Hans de Wolff of the Mennonite de Wolff family at Amsterdam; Joost, b. 1587; Sara, b. 1595, in 1614 married the Mennonite grain merchant Joost Willemsz van Nijkercke (Nieukerck) at Amsterdam; and Catharina, b. 1602, in 1624 married Jan Arisz Bruyninck of Amsterdam; Catharina joined the Catholic Church in 1644.
Joost van den Vondel and Sara Cranen lived at Cologne until 1595. Gradually conditions there had grown worse for the Mennonites and after Joost had been fined for "heresy" in 1595, he and his family left the town. Via Frankfort and Bremen, Germany, they moved to Utrecht, Netherlands, where they lived for nearly a year, settling at Amsterdam in 1596, where they started a silk shop in Warmoesstraat. Joost died in 1608. He may have been a member of the Amsterdam Flemish congregation; his wife Sara, d. 1637, was a faithful member of this congregation.
The suggestion has been made (A. J. Barnouw, Vondel, Haarlem, 1926, p. 3) that the Anabaptist martyr Joost de Hoedemaker, who suffered martyrdom at Antwerp in 1569, belonged to the same family, since both he and Joost van den Vondel (at Antwerp and Cologne) were hatters. Adriaen Vondel (Vervondel) was a preacher of the Mennonite church at Veere, Zeeland, in 1665.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 850-851. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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