Jacobs, Anthoni (ca. 1594-1624)
Anthoni (Anthony) Jacobs (Jacobsz, sometimes called Roscius after the friend and teacher of Cicero), b. 1594 probably at Amsterdam (according to Schijn in Hoorn), d. 1624, was a Dutch Mennonite elder in the Waterlander congregation at Hoorn. In January 1624 he was skating from Hoorn to Amsterdam, where he was to preach a sermon, pushing the sled in which his wife Jannetje Jansdochter was sitting with their child, and fell through a hole in the ice. The child drowned and Jacobsz with much trouble saved his wife, who, however, died soon after. Two weeks later Jacobsz also died. This tragic accident made a deep impression. Joost van den Vondel, Holland's greatest poet, then still a member of the Amsterdam Waterlander congregation, celebrated the family in a poem, and Jeme de Ring of Harlingen published a sermon for Anthoni's funeral.
Anthoni Jacobsz was a grandson on his mother's side of the well-known Elder Lubbert Gerritsz and a son of Jacob Thonis (Theunissen), a deacon of the Waterlander congregation of Amsterdam; his brother Lambert Jacobsz was an elder of the Waterlander congregation of Leeuwarden. Anthoni studied medicine, obtained his doctor's degree, and was appointed elder at an early age, being much appreciated by his congregation. He published Wederlegginghe des Kinder doops . . . teghen Robertum Puppium, dat deselve niet uit God is (n.p., 1617, reprinted Amsterdam 1636). After Herman Faukelius, a Reformed divine, had attacked the Mennonites in Babel, dat is Verwerringhe der Wederdooperen onder malkanderen (1621), and Claes Claesz of Blokzijl had defended the Mennonites, Anthoni Jacobsz also wrote a refutation entitled Babel, d.i. Verwerringe der Kinderdooperen onder malcanderen (n.p., 1626), which was published after Jacobsz' death. He is also thought to have been the author of a booklet published at Amsterdam in 1628 under the pseudonym of Ben Israels, Tractaet der Buytengetrouwden sonder onderscheijt.
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