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Durgerdam, a small town near Amsterdam, in the Dutch province of North Holland, was an Anabaptist center as early as 1534. Shortly after there must have been a congregation, of which the martyr Willem Jansz, executed at Amsterdam on 12 March 1569, was a member. Leenaert Bouwens baptized 11 persons here about 1565. Later the congregation joined the Waterlander Conference in North Holland. In 1675 the membership numbered 100. In 1687 the church burned down, but was rebuilt soon after. Continuously during the 18th century there was no minister and the membership decreased rapidly. In 1727, 1733, and 1736 the small congregation generously contributed to the Dutch Committee of Foreign Needs to help the Prussian Mennonites. In 1817 the congregation was dissolved; an amount of 6,000 guilders that was the property of the church was turned over to the Waterlander (Rijper) Societeit.

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Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht en Gelderland, 2 vols. Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1847: I: 24, 252, 355; II, 92, 231.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1872): 64; (1918): 50.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1942): 40.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 193.

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: I, No. 1180; II, No. 1713.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden (Amsterdam, 1815): 107.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Durgerdam (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 21 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Durgerdam_(Noord-Holland,_Netherlands)&oldid=119704.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Durgerdam (Noord-Holland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Durgerdam_(Noord-Holland,_Netherlands)&oldid=119704.




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