Hovens is a Dutch Mennonite family, of which there were in the seventeenth century two branches, viz., at Haarlem and Utrecht. Later a lateral branch of the Utrecht family was also found at Haarlem. In 1632 Daniel Hovens, a deacon, signed the Dordrecht Confession for the Utrecht Flemish congregation. He became a minister in 1640, and retired in 1652. Johannes Hovens was a deacon of the Utrecht congregation 1680-1682. The family was found there until the end of the eighteenth century. Daniel Howens Korn.zn. was a deacon of the Amsterdam Lamist congregation 1708-1714. He was also a member of the Committee of Foreign Needs and its treasurer 1715-1721. Enoch Hovens (1661-1742) and Daniel Hovens were preachers of the United Flemish-Waterlander congregation of the Peuzelaarsteeg at Haarlem, Enoch serving 1685-1735 (he died 1742), and Daniel 1731-ca. 1760. Enoch Hovens is the author of an important account of the history of the Mennonite congregation of Haarlem. This account, a letter to M. Schagen, dated 15 April 1740, was published in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1863: 129-152. A preacher, Daniel Hovens Hz, died 1795, another member of this family, served a number of congregations. A side-branch of this family is the Hovens Greve family, of which there have been deacons until now. Koenraad Hovens Greve (1779-1874) of Haarlem served as pastor at Nijmegen 1812-1814 and Zuidveen (since 1848 called Steenwijk) 1814-1862. He served also at Giethoorn-Zuidzijde 1826-1851, when he was succeeded by his son Abraham Kornelis Hovens Greve (1817-1857), who had previously served at Noord-Zijpe 1850-1851.
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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Hovens family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 23 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hovens_family&oldid=119552.
Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Hovens family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hovens_family&oldid=119552.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 823. All rights reserved.
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