Jan Ghyselinck (d. 1569)
Jan Ghyselinck (Jan de Lapper, i.e., cobbler), an Anabaptist martyr, died on 15 or 16 March 1569 at the Steen castle at Antwerp, Belgium, during his torture. (The records say "Op den Steen doot gepijnt.") His corpse was hanged as a deterrent example.
Jan, born at Brugge and previously living at Dambrugge, had been in Antwerp about one year when he was arrested with other members at a meeting of the congregation held in the house of Jan Poote. Jan then was 38 years of age and a widower. He had been baptized upon his faith four years before by Elder Hendrik van Arnhem. He played an important part in the congregational life at Antwerp, being a weetdoener, i.e., the man who announced to the members the place and hour of the meetings. The meetings were held at irregular times and different places, in order to evade (as far as possible) being surprised by the police.
Génard, P. Antwerpsch archievenblad XII, 353, 367, 414; XIV, 64 f., No. 718.
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