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1956 Article

Hesselink (Hesseling, Hesselingk) is a Dutch Mennonite family. A branch of this family lived in the city of Groningen where they usually belonged to the (Groningen) Old Flemish Mennonite congregation: Willem Jacobsz Hesselink (died 1720) was a preacher of this congregation 1694-1720, as was his son Jacob Willemsz Hesselingk (died 1760) 1725-ca. 1754; Willem Arendsz Hesselink (1707-1768) also served this church as a preacher 1753-1754, while many members of this family served as deacons, not only of the Old Flemish congregation, but also after this congregation had merged in 1809 with the Waterlander-Flemish congregation; e.g., Albert Hesseling, deacon 1782-1802, and Jan Hesselink 1826-1830. Jacob Derks Hesselink (died 1878) bequeathed a considerable amount of money to the congregation to build an old people's home, Hesselink-stichting.

From this Groningen branch also descended Gerrit Hesselink (1752-1811), Mennonite minister and professor. Other ministers bearing this name were Wybo Hesseling, born at Groningen, died 1778 at Leiden, who studied at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary 1762-1767 and served the congregation of Leiden 1768-1777. Matthijs Hesselink, born at Groningen, was educated at the Seminary 1773-1777 and served as minister at Huizen 1777-1788, Emmerich 1788-1796, Zutphen 1796-1802, Westzaandam "Oude Huys" 1802-1805. In 1805 he resigned. In 1809 he made a plan to found a fund for pensioning the widows of Mennonite preachers.

Whether Pieter Andriesz Hesseling (1588-1645), preacher of the Waterlander congregation of Amsterdam, belonged to the same family, could not be ascertained.

1959 Supplemental Article

There were two branches of this family, one living at Deventer and Groningen, and one at Sneek and Bolsward; the names of both families have various forms: Hesselink, Hesseling, Hesselingh; these branches are probably not related. The ancestor of the Deventer-Groningen branch was (1) Pietern Hesselink (Bocholt 1589-Deventer 1670), who was a manufacturer of fine twilled fabric of silk and worsted or cotton, often dyed black and used for mourning clothes called “bombazine” at Deventer. His son (2) Jacob Hesselink (Deventer 1624-Enkhuizen 1712) was an untrained preacher of the Groningen Old Flemish congregation at Enkhuizen. (3) Willem Jacobsz Hesselink (Enkhuizen 1648-Groningen 1720), a son of (2) Jacob, was an Old Flemish preacher at Groningen, as was his son (4) Jacob Hesselink (d. 1760) from 1725. Three sons of (5) Hendrik Hesselink, of Groningen (a relative of (2) Jacob Hesselink), married to Mayke Wybes Zeeman (daughter of preacher Wybe Pietersz Zeeman of Heerenveen), went into the ministry. They were (6) Wybo Hesselink (ca. 1743-78), (7) Gerrit Hesseling (1752-1811)1, and (8) Mathijs Hesselink (Groningen 1755-Hoorn 1839).

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Information by C. F. Nanningavan Lessen, of Bussum, Holland.

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1Gerrit Hesseling was born in 1752, not 1755 as stated ME II, 729.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Hesselink (Hesseling, Hesselingk) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 9 Oct 2015.,_Hesselingk)_family&oldid=109117.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Hesselink (Hesseling, Hesselingk) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 October 2015, from,_Hesselingk)_family&oldid=109117.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 728-729; vol. 4, p. 1091. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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