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Leutscher is a Dutch Mennonite family, descending from the Swiss Mennonite family of Lötscher, Latscha. Among the Swiss emigrants forced to leave the country and moving to the Netherlands in 1711 was Emanuel Lortscher (Leutscher), a farmer from Erlenbach (Berner Oberland) and his family. They settled on the farm of Vinkhuizen, near Hoogkerk, about five miles (eight km) from the city of Groningen. Numerous descendants are still living in the Netherlands. Some of them were preachers and elders of the Swiss Mennonites: Rudolf Leutscher, who according to [[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|Naamlijst]] served 1755-1761, but according to other information was already a preacher in 1741, Izaak Jannes Leutscher, born 1740, died 20 November 1826, a farmer first at Noorddijk, then at Noordhorn near Groningen, serving 1791-1811, and Christiaan Jacobs Leutscher, a farmer at Hoogkerk, died 8 August 1824, serving 1812-1824 at Groningen. After Rudolf's death the Swiss congregation at Groningen merged with the United Mennonites; in Sappemeer the Swiss congregation had united with the Dutch Mennonites some time before. The son of preacher Izaak Jannes Leutscher, Jannes Izaak Leutscher (1772-1866), a farmer, at Noorddijk, Noordhorn, and Hoogkerk until his death, even after the Swiss congregation had dissolved, faithfully held to the Swiss simplicity of dress and style of living.


Huizinga, J. Stamboek . . van Samuel Peter (Meihuizen) en Barbara Fry. Groningen, 1890: passim, see Index, 124. 

Ter Nagedachtenis van C. Leutscher. N.p., n.d.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. (Amsterdam, 1829): 61.  

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 694 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Leutscher family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 24 Apr 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 329. All rights reserved.

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