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Verhamme, a Dutch Mennonite family, whose an­cestor Pieter Verhamme moved from Kortrijk (Courtrai) in Flanders, Belgium, to Haarlem, Hol­land, in 1567 because of persecution. Here this fam­ily was found first in the Flemish, then in the Peuzelaarsteeg Mennonite congregation until it died out in die 18th century. From about 1700 a branch was also found in Amsterdam as members of the Lamist church. Here too they died out. Elisabeth Verhamme, one of the last descendants, died un­married in 1858 and left a legacy to the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit.

The Verhammes were prominent businessmen at Haarlem and Amsterdam. Abraham Verhamme (1639-1727) is said to have been one of the wealthi­est citizens of Haarlem. They were faithful mem­bers of the church. As far as known, no members of this family served as ministers, but some of them were trustees of the Mennonite orphanage at Haarlem, and a number of them both at Haarlem and Amsterdam served as deacons.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Verhamme family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 19 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Verhamme_family&oldid=110160.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Verhamme family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Verhamme_family&oldid=110160.




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