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Hans Jansen (Jantzen), preacher of the Mennonite church at Dannenberg in Prussian Lithuania, in August 1732 because of persecution moved to the Netherlands with a number of Mennonites. They were enabled (11 families) by the Dutch Mennonite Committee of Foreign Needs to settle on farming land at Wageningen, Dutch province of Gelderland. Here Jansen, also a farmer, became the preacher. In the next year his son Christian also moved from Prussia to Wageningen. Hans Jansen, like many of his members, dissatisfied with the quality of his land, moved to the island of Walcheren, province of Zeeland, in February 1735, where also a number of Prussian Mennonites had been settled by the committee. He then settled at Oostkapele, and stayed there until 1744. At this time most of the colonists, both at Wageningen and at Walcheren, had returned either to Königsberg or Danzig, conditions having improved in Prussia. Hans Jansen also returned to Prussia (June 1744). His son Christian had returned in 1743. Of Hans Jansen, who gave the Dutch Committee much trouble by his stubbornness and his slanderous letters, a large number of which are still found in the [[Amsterdam Mennonite Library (Bibliotheek en Archief van de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Amsterdam)|Amsterdam archives]], nothing further is known after he left the Netherlands.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1905): 122-158; (1906): 94, 98, 116-138.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 1924-1973 passim, 2074, 2110, 2213, 2226, 2228 f., 2233 f., 2241.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Jansen, Hans (b. 1690)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 17 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jansen,_Hans_(b._1690)&oldid=108213.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1957). Jansen, Hans (b. 1690). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jansen,_Hans_(b._1690)&oldid=108213.




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