Oud-Beijerland (Zuid-Holland, Netherlands)
Oud-Beijerland (Beyerland) is a village in the Dutch province of South Holland where there must once have been two Mennonite churches. According to Elder Hendrik Berents Hulshoff, one of these belonged to the Danzig Old Flemish(Bezoekreis, 35). At the meeting of the United Flemish congregations, held in Haarlem in 1649, and likewise in 1660 and 1664 at Leiden, there were delegates from the united church at Oud-Beyerland. On 8 September 1663, a well-known disputation was held in Oud-Beyerland between the Mennonite preacher Tieleman van Braght, the author of the Martyrs Mirror, and Gerardus Aemilius, a Reformed preacher. In the second half of the 18th century the church died out. A letter written by the church council of the Mennonite congregation in Rotterdam on 13 March 1713 (DB 1918, 69), says that the Oud-Beyerland congregation was extinct. But there were members living there until the second half of the century. In the neighboring village of Nieuw-Beijerland there were also once Mennonites.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland, 2 vols. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: v. I, 330; v. II, 44.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1884): 39; (1918): 69.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 215.
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: v. I, Nos. 445, 612, 896.
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