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Vreeland, a village in the Dutch province of Utrecht, where there were Mennonites in the 16th century. About 1560 Wouter de Vries was the preacher of a small congregation at Vreeland, which met in the home of a certain Neeltgen where the members read from the New Testament and "by bad, false, and heretical teaching had seduced some persons." Three of them were arrested in early 1562 and tried in Utrecht: Neeltgen (Neelrje Claesdochter) and Gysbert Joosten and his wife. They confessed that they had attended a meeting at Utrecht in December 1561, in which Dirk Philips had preached and baptized. After renounc­ing their faith they were released. Nothing more is known of a Mennonite congregation at Vreeland.


Doopsgezinde Bijdrage (1903): 5 f. 19, 26.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Vreeland (Utrecht, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 28 Oct 2016.,_Netherlands)&oldid=109667.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Vreeland (Utrecht, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 October 2016, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=109667.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 862. All rights reserved.

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