Wolf, de, family
De Wolf(f), a former Mennonite family of Amsterdam, Holland, found there ca. l595-ca. l840. They were members of the Flemish congregation and from 1664 sided with the Lamists. Some de Wolffs were deacons of this church. The de Wolffs originally were Mennonites from Antwerp, Belgium, who in the 1580’s fled to Cologne, Germany, and soon after moved to Amsterdam. Maeyken de Wolf (1586-1635) was married to the Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel; her brother Hans de Wolf (d. before 1625) was married to Joost's sister Clementia van den Vondel. In Amsterdam the de Wolffs were businessmen, particularly silk merchants. Among them were Hans de Wolff (1614-ca.1670), married first to Cornelia Block and in 1643 to Agnes Block (he left a considerable legacy to the Lamist congregation for the founding of an orphanage), and Pieter de Wolff (1646-1691), married to Clementia van der Vecht, a very wealthy silk merchant with great interest in the church. A side branch of this family lived at Haarlem in the 17th and 18th centuries, which was, however, more conservative than the Amsterdam de Wolffs. Oliviere Wolff, from 1653 a trustee of the Haarlem Flemish Mennonite orphanage, also a deacon, represented the Haarlem Flemish congregation at the conservative conference (see Leidsche Synode) held at Leiden 1660.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 23.
Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: II, No. 553.
Sterck, J. F. M. Het Leven van Joost van den Vondel. Haarlem, 1926: 4, 12, 127 et passim.
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