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Jelis de Metselaer (mason) is an Anabaptist martyr found in van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror with the information that he was burned at the stake at Antwerp, Belgium, on 2 May 1571. Apparently the information by van Braght is not correct. This martyr is not found in the official records. He may have been identical with Jelis Claversz, officially called Gillis van Havre. If this is true, the date of execution was 9 May 1571.


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Génard, Petrus. Antwerpsch archievenblad: XIV, 70 f., No.  899.

Haeghen, Ferdinand van der., Thomas Arnold and R. Vanden Berghe. Bibliographie des Martyrologes Protestants Néerlandais. II. Receuils. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1890: no. 540

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-196. Vol. II: 402.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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