Baard, a Mennonite congregation in the Dutch province of Friesland
, abou10t miles (16 km) southwest of Leeuwarden
(coordinates: 53° 9′ 0″ N
, 5° 40′ 0″ E)
. The date of its origin is not known. In the 17th century the congregation belonged to the Jan-Jacobsgezinden
and in 1640 had about 70 members. Of the 18th century the names of two of its elders are known: Hantje Broers, 1714-1763, and Broer Eelkes, first as a preacher, and after the death of Hantje as elder, 1743-1790. In 1779 the congregation had 60 members. In 1785 it divided with Ameland
the possessions of the extinct Jan-Jacobsgezinden at Makkum
. It very likely united with the other Mennonites of the locality not long after 1790. The first theologically trained minister of the congregation was J. Y. Veen, 1825-1829. In 1821 the Blessum
congregation of 17 members merged with Baard. In 1861 the membership was 108, in 1898, 101, and in 1950, 57. In 1856 a new church was built because the old one was too small. In 1922 the congregation merged with neighboring IJtens
. The last minister Baard had alone was Miss M. T. Gerritsma, 1917-1920. Since the merger the ministers have been living at IJtens: S. I. van Meulen, 1922-1929; J. J. van Riemsdijk, 1930-1940; G. M. Kosters, 1941-1944; T. Hooglag, 1950- . Most of the members were farmers.
Loosjes, J. "Jan Jacobsz en de Jan-Jacobsgezinden." Nederlandsch archief voor kerkgeschiedenis 11 (1914): 42 f.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 101.
Map:Baard (Friesland, Netherlands)
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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Baard (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 18 Dec 2013. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Baard_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=90957.
van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1955). Baard (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 December 2013, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Baard_(Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=90957.
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