Koenen was the name of an important Mennonite family in Hamburg and Friedrichstadt a.d.Eider, Germany. The progenitor of the family was Jan Koenen of Haffkrug near Lübeck, who later operated a sugar refinery in Altona. Isaac Koenen (later a member of the Hamburg-Altona Mennonite Church) and several other Mennonites had previously been living in the immediate dominion of Wickrath (Kreis Grevenbroich, south of München-Gladbach) of the Reformed Baron Wilhelm Thomas von Quadt (1632-1670, censured by Emperor Leopold I in 1663 for having Mennonites in his dominion, but nevertheless confirmed as baron in 1667). In Friedrichstadt there were the merchant Jan Koenen, whose son Abraham (1697-1778) was a preacher for 50 years at the Friedrichstadt Mennonite Church, and the councilor and merchant Lukas Koenen (ca. 1690), whose son Lukas, chairman of the church, moved into the "ferry-house" in Tonning in 1742, and according to a royal contract leased the ferry to Norderdithmarschen, for which he paid an annual sum of 226 Talers.
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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 517.
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Dollinger, Robert. "Koenen family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 20 Nov 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Koenen_family&oldid=95580.
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