Verhamme family

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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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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Verhamme family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 26 May 2018.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Verhamme family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 May 2018, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 813. All rights reserved.

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