Bleyker, de, family

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De Bleyker is a Dutch family name which presumably stems from Flanders. It provided a large number of Dutch Mennonite preachers. A Jacob de Bleyker (or Bleeker) was a preacher in Sommelsdijk in 1693.

Jan Cornelisz de Bleyker, b. November 1707, at Zierikzee, d. 10 May 1783, at Alkmaar, was called as a preacher to the Mennonite congregation of Aalsmeer in 1738, having probably served the Sommelsdijk congregation previously. He served in Aalsmeer, 1738-1747, and in Alkmaar, 1747-1783. His three sons were also Mennonite ministers: Michiel (1734-1788) at Amsterdam; Cornelis (1736-1816), preacher at Kolhorn and Barsingerhorn, 1758-1770, and Twisk, 1770-1796; Jacob (1754-1790), preacher at Langendijk and Koedijk, 1780-81, at Oudesluis, 1781-1790.

Michiel's son Jan de Bleyker (ca. 1765-1832) was also a preacher. He served the Emden congregation, 1792-1793, Helder and Huisduinen, 1793-1798, Ouddorp, 1798-1808, Aalsmeer, 1808-1810, Huizinge and Westeremden, 1810-1814, and again Ouddorp, 1814-1824. With his son Michiel (1793-1875), who was a book dealer in Rotterdam and a deacon of the Mennonite church there, the male line of the family died out.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1889): 84-89; (1907): 152-169; (1908): 106-115..

Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: v. I, 371 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 361-362. All rights reserved.

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