Hovens is a Dutch Mennonite family, of which there were in the seventeenth century two branches, viz., at Haarlem and Utrecht. Later a lateral branch of the Utrecht family was also found at Haarlem. In 1632 Daniel Hovens, a deacon, signed the Dordrecht Confession for the Utrecht Flemish congregation. He became a minister in 1640, and retired in 1652. Johannes Hovens was a deacon of the Utrecht congregation 1680-1682. The family was found there until the end of the eighteenth century. Daniel Howens Korn.zn. was a deacon of the Amsterdam Lamist congregation 1708-1714. He was also a member of the Committee of Foreign Needs and its treasurer 1715-1721. Enoch Hovens (1661-1742) and Daniel Hovens were preachers of the United Flemish-Waterlander congregation of the Peuzelaarsteeg at Haarlem, Enoch serving 1685-1735 (he died 1742), and Daniel 1731-ca. 1760. Enoch Hovens is the author of an important account of the history of the Mennonite congregation of Haarlem. This account, a letter to M. Schagen, dated 15 April 1740, was published in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1863: 129-152. A preacher, Daniel Hovens Hz, died 1795, another member of this family, served a number of congregations. A side-branch of this family is the Hovens Greve family, of which there have been deacons until now. Koenraad Hovens Greve (1779-1874) of Haarlem served as pastor at Nijmegen 1812-1814 and Zuidveen (since 1848 called Steenwijk) 1814-1862. He served also at Giethoorn-Zuidzijde 1826-1851, when he was succeeded by his son Abraham Kornelis Hovens Greve (1817-1857), who had previously served at Noord-Zijpe 1850-1851.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 823. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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