Floh, a Mennonite family of Krefeld, was important because of its mercantile business. Derich Derichsen Floh was living in Dülken in 1638 and built a house there, and then, having been expelled from Dülken, he came to Krefeld. The line of his son Paul died out soon after 1800. Derich's son Johann lived in Gladbach after his marriage (about 1650). He was expelled from that town in 1654; from 1669 to at least 1680 he was living in the Rheydt house (see Bylandt). In 1687 he was granted permission to return to Gladbach (see München-Gladbach) if he would introduce "Haarlem bleach" there. But in 1694 he had to leave again, and in that year he became a citizen of Krefeld. He was the most important linen dealer of his time along the Lower Rhine. His descendants continued the linen trade and weaving until they changed to velvet and silk in the 19th century and became very wealthy. The line became extinct soon after 1900 with the unmarried children of the linen manufacturer and councilor Peter Floh. In the 17th and 18th centuries there were in the Amsterdam Mennonite Lamist congregation a number of members of the du Flo family; this family, which is of Flemish descent, may be related to the Floh family of Krefeld.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 341. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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