Van Hoek (Hoeck) was a Dutch Mennonite family living at Amsterdam in the 17th century, members of the Waterlander congregation (deacons Anthonie van Hoek 1639-1650, 1657-1662, and Leonard van Hoek 1668), and after the union of the Waterlander and the Flemish congregations, members of the United congregation (deacons Adriaen van Hoek Azn 1674-1679, 1684-1689).
Of importance for Mennonite history are Dirk van Hoek, his son Jan van Hoek and his grandson Jan van Hoek Jr., who moved as merchants and bankers from Amsterdam to Danzig, Prussia, where they became members of the "Vereenigde Vlaemsche Vriesche en Hoogduytsche Gemeynte te Schladal." Dirk van Hoek must have moved to Danzig about 1670. He died shortly after 1680. His son Jan van Hoek, who was married to Elisabeth Rutgers, whose father Isaack Rutgers also had moved from Amsterdam to Danzig, died 1732 at Danzig. He had some troubles in 1726 with Hendrik van Dühren (Düren), elder of the Danzig congregation, because of wearing a periwig.
Dirk van Hoek and the two Jan van Hoeks (father and son) served as intermediaries of the Dutch Mennonite Committee of Foreign Needs and the Prussian Mennonites, who in cases of persecution and extortion by their rulers, of removal to other districts, of emigration, of devastation because of wars, of floods, of crop failures, briefly in all kinds of difficulties, were liberally supported by the Dutch Mennonites. Bills of exchange were sent from Amsterdam either to Jan Bruinvisch at Königsberg or to Ludwig Rump at Elbing or to the van Hoeks at Danzig and paid out by them to all who needed money. This caused an ample correspondence both with the Prussian congregations and the Dutch committee at Amsterdam. In the Amsterdam archives are found a large number of letters written by or sent to the van Hoeks. The first document of this kind is an account of the laying out of Dutch money by Dirk van Hoek, dated 19 June 1680. The first letter of Jan van Hoek Senior is dated 12 August 1711; the last one of Jan van Hoek Junior 24 June 1746.
The most important of these letters are Inventaris Archiefstukken Amsterdam: I, Nos. 1234 f., 1571-1589, 1601, 1605 f., I611 f., 1615, 1618-1620, 1622-1628, 1632-1669, 1676, 1679 f., 1682 f., 1697, 1699; II, 2, Nos. 699, 714, 716, 719, 725, 730, 743, 751, 767, 786, 788, 793-95; concerning the van Hoek family at Danzig, and especially their troubles with Hendrik van Dühren, Inventaris Archiefstukken Amsterdam: II, Nos. 2632-2643.
|Author(s)||Nanne van der Zijpp|
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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Hoek, van, family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 31 Aug 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hoek,_van,_family&oldid=120612.
Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Hoek, van, family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 August 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hoek,_van,_family&oldid=120612.
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