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Catharina Schaeff (Schaef), (d. 1692 at The Hague, Netherlands) was one of the last members of the Mennonite congregation of The Hague, which died out soon after, but was re-established in 1881. Catharina Schaeff, who never married, was undoubtedly well-to-do, for she made a number of legacies, including one to the congregation of The Hague and one to Bastiaen van Weenighem, who was her cousin. She had a remarkable collection of books; among them were some old Dutch Bibles, a copy of the oldest Dutch martyr book, Offer des Heeren, and other martyr books, the Foundation Book by Menno Simons, Dirk Philips' Christelyk Handboecxken, a number of old Mennonite hymnals, Sebastiaen Franck's "Wereltboeck" (obviously his Chronica, Zeytbuch vnd geschychtbibel), the poetical works of Vondel and Camphuysen, writings of Galenus Abrahamsz and Bastiaen van Weenighem, and a collection of devotional books. It is not known what became of these books after her death.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen. (1896): 55-58.

De Zondagsbode VI (1892-93): No. 17.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Schaeff, Catharina (d. 1692)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 17 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Schaeff,_Catharina_(d._1692)&oldid=109391.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Schaeff, Catharina (d. 1692). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Schaeff,_Catharina_(d._1692)&oldid=109391.




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