Jacob Dirks (d. 1568)
Jacob Dirks (Dircks, Diericsens), a native of Wageningen, Dutch province of Gelderland, an Anabaptist martyr, a tailor of Utrecht, Dutch province of Holland. About to be seized as a Mennonite, he fled to Antwerp. His wife, not a Mennonite, joined him later and died there. But Jacob and his two grown sons, Andries (or Adriaen) and Hans (or Jan), were seized and condemned to death. On the way to the place of execution his youngest son, Peter, met them and threw his arms around his father; he was rudely torn away. Standing at the scaffold the father asked, "How is it, my dear sons?" Each replied, "Very well, my dear father." They were hanged and then burned on 17 March 1568. Andries' fiancee and her sister looked on from a distance with sad hearts. Jacob's property was confiscated and realized a considerable amount.
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 60. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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