Vos, de, family name
De Vos, a common Dutch family name. Mennonites by this name were formerly found at Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Hamburg-Altona. The relationship between these families could not be ascertained. At Rotterdam Anthoni de Vos was a deacon of the Flemish congregation in 1688-1690. Aplonie de Vos was a preacher of the Lamist congregation of Amsterdam in 1687-1695. There was a de Vos family in the Amsterdam Zonist congregation in the 17th and 18th centuries. Not related to this Zonist family was a Lamist de Vos family at Amsterdam, of which Jacobus de Vos, of Haarlem, married there 1690 to Catharina van de Rijp, was probably a member. Among these de Voses some living at Amsterdam were important in the Mennonite church as well as in the Dutch business and cultural life. (1) Jacob(us) de Vos, who conducted an insurance business (first De Vos en Sanders, now De Vos en Zoonen); his son (2) Jacob de Vos (1735-1833), unmarried, manager of the insurance business, noted connoisseur of art, proprietor of an art collection, which after his death was sold for 121,500 guilders; (3) Willem de Vos, also a son of (1), a Mennonite pastor (4) Jacob de Vos, son of (3), Amsterdam, 1774-Bloemendaal, 1844, who studied Latin and Greek, but later became a partner in the insurance company of his uncle (2) Jacob; he was interested in the arts (he designed the commemorative medal issued by the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit in 1835 for the centennial of the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary), a trustee of the ADS, and in 1815-19 a deacon of the Amsterdam congregation, as were some of his descendants. At Haarlem the Mennonite Willem de Vos promoted Collegiant principles; in 1710-43 he often addressed the yearly Collegiant meetings held at Rijnsburg. For the Hamburg de Vos family see Voss, de.
Church records of Amsterdam.
Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 170.
Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: X, 1137.
Slee, J. C. van. De Rijnsburger Collegianten. Haarlem, 1895: 187.
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