Doyer family

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Doyer was a Dutch Mennonite family of Zwolle, province of Overijssel. They are said to stem from thatchers, who immigrated from France. The first member of this family found in the Netherlands was Antoni Doyer, born about 1580 and died before 1642 in Zwolle, who was a member of the Mennonite Church. His son Anthoni (1614-1656) was married to Saartje Crane, a daughter of Assuerus Crane, a Flemish Mennonite immigrant who may have been related to the great Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel, whose mother (Mennonite) was also called Sara Kranen.

His descendants at first were rietmakers, i.e., they were thatchers or worked in reeds or cane. In the course of time they became businessmen (linen, wood, tea), while a number of them in the 18th and 19th centuries were distillers, well-to-do stock dealers, or bankers. In the 19th and 20th centuries some were state officials.

Several of the Doyer family have gone into the ministry. First of all was Assuerus Doyer, son of the linen merchant Antoni Doyer. Two sons of Assuerus were also Mennonite ministers, Matthys, b. at Krefeld 1790, d. at Velp 1859, who served the congregation of den Hoorn on the island of Texel 1824-1848, and Abraham, b. Zwolle 1794, d. Amsterdam 1851, serving successively at Joure 1818-1823, Nijmegen 1823-1828, and Amsterdam 1828-1851.

Anthony Doyer, born in Amsterdam 1787, and died in Leiden 1853, who was a son of the distiller Thomas Doyer (brother of Pastor Assuerus Doyer mentioned before) and Sara Fijnje (sister of Pastor Wybo Fijnje), served the churches of Nijmegen 1810-1818 and Leiden 1818-1853.

A descendant of this family too is Miss Sara Elisabeth Doyer, born in Zuidbroek, 1897, pastor of the churches of Wageningen 1923-1926, Rottevale 1926-1943, Warga 1943-1946, and after 1946 serving at Witmarsum-Pingjum-Makkum. Many members of this family also served as deacons at Zwolle, Leiden, Amsterdam, and other congregations.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen, passim, see Index.

Nederland's Patriciaat 30 (1944): 36-38.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Doyer family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 22 May 2018.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 96. All rights reserved.

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