Verwer family name

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Verwer, a Mennonite family name, found at Zaandam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Alkmaar, Graftdijk, and some other congregations in the Dutch prov­ince of North Holland (several apparently unre­lated branches). Aris Jansz Verwer, d. 1679, was a preacher of the Frisian congregation at Zaandam-West and from about 1649 of the Aris-Janszvolk, a group which had separated from the Zaandam-West Frisian church, and which was dissolved shortly aft­er the death of Aris Jansz. The cause of the schism is not clear.

In the Rotterdam branch there was Adriaan Verwer, a merchant, who later moved to Amster­dam. He was a fervent Collegiant, a friend of Joachim Oudaen, and the author of a book against the philosopher Spinoza: De Atheisterye het Momaanzigt afgerukt (1683); he also wrote Inleiding tot de Christelyke Godsgeleerdheid (Amsterdam, 1698) and books on the Dutch lan­guage (1707) and on the Dutch maritime law (1716, 1730). In Amsterdam (Lamist) and else­ where some Verwers were deacons.


CJzn, J. de Lange. Beknopte Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinte gemeente te Alkmaar. n.p., n.d, Alkmaar, 1927: 14, 42, 159.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 38; (1912): 106.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, No. 705; II, Nos. 122; 126; II, 2, No. 378.

Lootsma, S. Het Nieuwe Huys. Zaandam, 1937: 221, 101 f., 191.

Schagen, Marten. Naamlijst der Doopsgezinde Schrijveren. Am­sterdam, 1745: 117 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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