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Hoekstra is the name of two Mennonite families in the Netherlands, many members of which have served as preachers. The ancestor of the one family was Sytse Benedictus Hoekstra (1698-1768), whose biography and descendants are given in the article under his name. Important members of the other Hoekstra family were Freerk (1760-1837), and his grandson Johannes (1836-1908), preacher at Middelstum (1861-1874) and Wolvega (1874-1879), where he promoted the restoration of the meetinghouse and dedicated it in 1875. In 1879 he retired to Apeldoorn where he organized a chapter of the Nederlandsch Protestantenbond  and shared in the founding of the Mennonite congregation.


Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: I, 1120 f.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: IV, 87.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Hoekstra family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 1 Jun 2016.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Hoekstra family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 June 2016, from

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