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Goor, a town (1955 pop. 4,996; 2000 pop. ca. 13,000) in the Dutch province of Overijssel, with 16 Mennonites, was formerly the seat of a Mennonite congregation. In early times Anabaptists were found here; in 1544 Davidjorists were said to be living here. Later on most of the Mennonites were weavers of the Old Flemish wing. The congregation of Goor apparently was a part of the Twenthe congregation. Prominent members (deacons?) at Goor in 1610 were Arend ten Cate, Andries Ollenvanger, Hindrik Willemsen, and Willem Hermans. In 1728 the Mennonites living in this town belonged to the congregation of nearby Hengelo. Whether there was an independent congregation in the course of the 18th century or not, is not clear; in any case it was dissolved by 1787, when a few remaining Mennonites joined the Hengelo congregation.

In 2001 Goor became a part of Hof van Twente.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Groningen, Overijssel en Oost-Friesland. 2 v. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff en J. B. Wolters, 1842: I, 224; II, 58-60.

Heeringa, G.  Uit het Verleden der Doopsgezinden in Twenthe. Borne (O.): J. Over & Zoon, 193-?: 132, 134.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 v. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, No. 242.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Goor (Overijssel, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 25 Jun 2017.,_Netherlands)&oldid=64473.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1956). Goor (Overijssel, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 June 2017, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=64473.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 542. All rights reserved.

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