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Klinkert is a Dutch family name found in the 17th and 18th centuries in a number of rural congregations in the province of North Holland, e.g., De Rijp and Graft, and also found at Amsterdam, in the Lamist and Zonist congregations, where some of them were deacons. Claas Klinkert, a sailor of Graft, was captured as a slave by the Turks; a collection for his liberation was taken in his home church in 1709. Theunis Klinkert was from 1738 a (lay) preacher of the Beverwijk congregation. Bastiaan Klinkert (1794-1854) of Amsterdam was sent to England by his father at the age of 14 to escape military service. This Bastiaan Klinkert, a wealthy ship broker like his father, in his spare time studied literature; his studies on William Shakespeare were epoch-making. His uncle Hendrik Klinkert Bast.zn (d. 1824) was a regent of the Collegiant-Mennonite Oranjeappel orphanage at Amsterdam in 1813-1824. Another member of this family was Hildebrand Cornelis Klinkert.


Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: III, 695.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Klinkert family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 27 Apr 2017.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Klinkert family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 205. All rights reserved.

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