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Veenstra, a Dutch Mennonite family originating in Veenwouden, Friesland, where (1) Pieter Cornelis was a member and probably a preacher of the Men­nonite congregation ca. 1730. His son (2) Fokke Pie­ters was a preacher at Nieuwe Niedorp 1767-1784. Another son of (1) Pieter was (3) Cornelis Pieters Veenstra   (1731-1777), who was a preacher of the Oude-Sluis congregation 1763 (or 1767)-1777. His son (4) Hendrik Cornelis Veenstra served at Helder Huisduinen 1799-1804, Middelie 1804-1806, Ouddorp 1806-1814, and Den Burg 1814-1843. They were all lay preachers. Only (4) Hendrik had received some theological training from Pastor Sytze H. Hoekstra. (5) Fokke Veenstra (1812-34), a son of (4) Hendrik, studied at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, but died during his studies.

There have been a number of other Mennonite preachers by this name who were probably not related to this family: Jacob Ruurds Veenstra served at Blokzijl 1786-d.1793 and Djurre Sakes Veenstra was a lay preacher at Akkrum 1789-d.1826, "a man of great ability" (Blaupot ten Gate). Neither had theological training.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 250.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1873): 153-55.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 32.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam: (1794): 63; (1804): 66; (1806): 79; (1808): 88; (1829): 57.

Stikker, A. H. Een familie van Galjootschippers, Commandeurs op Greenland en Friese Vermaners:  Baske-Floehstra-Veenstra. Velsen, 1953.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Veenstra family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 3 Dec 2016.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Veenstra family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 December 2016, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 801-802. All rights reserved.

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