Halmael, van, family
The van Halmael family, now extinct, was in the 17th-19th centuries found among the members of the Mennonite churches both Lam and Zon, at Amsterdam, where they were mostly engaged in banking. Francois van Halmael (Halmale), b. about 1530, a descendant of an old family, emigrated from Belgium. He was a soldier and was active during the capture of Brielle, Holland, in 1572. In his old age he joined the Mennonite Church, retired from all political and military business, and resided at Wesel on the Rhine, Germany. Of his children, who were cloth-merchants, five moved to Holland, Israel van Halmael to Rotterdam, where he became a preacher of the Flemish congregation until he resigned in 1645 at an old age; Abraham, Jacob, Otto, and Isaak van Halmael moved to Amsterdam. Abraham (b. 1573?) became a deacon of the Amsterdam Old Flemish congregation "bij de Kruikjes" in 1616 and a preacher in 1619, and served until 1624, when he moved to Utrecht. He died there in 1630. (Kühler, Geschiedenis II: 131, note 2.) Another Abraham van Halmael was preacher of the "Lamen Toren" congregation at Amsterdam from 1675 until his death in 1679. This family, which was very influential in the Amsterdam business life in the 17th and 18th centuries, and related by marriage to a large number of prominent Mennonite families, provided many deacons. Jacob Otto van Halmael, a deacon in the Amsterdam Flemish congregation, sided with Galenus Abrahamsz in the "Lammerenkrijgh," a quarrel in this congregation, and with Michiel Comans published three pamphlets in 1664 (Waerschouwinge; Antwoordt op de Waerschouwinge; and Tweede Waerschouwinge). Hendrick van Halmael (1654-ca. 1720), a grandson of Jacob, wrote a number of tragedies.
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Nederland's Patriciaat 26 (1940): 60-64.
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