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Wijnssem (Wynssem), van, a patrician family at Deventer, Dutch province of Overijssel, some of whose members joined the early Anabaptist move­ment. Miss Lubbe van Wijnssem lived at Münster as early as 1533 and again in 1534 with Hylle, the widow of Lubbert van Renssen, who was the mother-in-law of her brother Jacob. Jacob van Wijnssem, a burgomaster of Deventer, also took the side of the Münsterite Anabaptists. He and his brother Johan were baptized in Münster by Jan van Leyden in February 1534. Their parents, Jan (Johan) van Wijnssem and Beatrix, were also baptized and received into the Anabaptist congregation in their home at Deventer. It was intolerable that high officials like Jacob van Wijnssem should be revolutionary Anabaptists with many followers at Deventer, and when it was reported that the Anabaptists intended to seize the town, a number of them were arrested in January 1535, including Johan van Wijnssem, who was beheaded at Deven­ter on 6 February 1535. About the fate of Lubbe van Wijnssem is no further information. Jan (Johan) van Wijnssem and his wife were pardoned because of their age and only banished from the town. Jacob van Wijnssem escaped arrest by flight. Later on, having renounced Anabaptism, he returned to De­venter and served as burgomaster again in 1539. 


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1919): 2-8, 12, 14.

Mellink, Albert F. De Wederdopers in de noordelijke Nederlanden 1531-1544. Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1954.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Wijnssem, van, family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Jun 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wijnssem,_van,_family&oldid=69179.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Wijnssem, van, family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 June 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wijnssem,_van,_family&oldid=69179.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 951. All rights reserved.

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