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Hartsen, a former Mennonite family in Holland. According to a family tradition they came origin­ally from French Flanders and in the 16th century were living at Antwerp, Belgium, where Jacob Hartsen was a burgomaster about 1530. From Antwerp the Hartsen family, according to the tra­dition, moved to Haarlem, Holland, because of religious persecution. But this tradition is not very exact. As the ancestor of this family we may con­sider Jacob Hertzen (Hartsen) of Goch, who was a Mennonite, and who moved about 1600 from Goch to Haarlem, where he was married to An­toinette Anselmi, a Mennonite refugee from Ant­werp and a relative of Joost van den Vondel. Their son Anselmus Hartsen moved from Haar­lem to Amsterdam and was employed by the cloth merchant and well-known Mennonite preacher Cor­nells Claesz Anslo and was married to his daughter Maria. Their children and grandchildren were merchants and came to great prosperity. A number of them served the Amsterdam Lamist congregation and after 1801 the United congrega­tion as deacons, among whom were Anthony Han­sen, b. 1719 at Amsterdam, d. there 1784, who be­sides being a merchant and a deacon was also a poet. One of his poems, "Aen onze Doopsgezinde Gemeente, ter nagedachtenis van onzen leeraar Klaas de Vries . . . ," is found in A. Hulshoff, Lykrede op Kl. de Vries (Amsterdam, 1766). Cornelis Hartsen (1823-1895) was a minister in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He also served as a deacon at Amsterdam (1858-1863, 1868-1872, 1878-1882). In the 17th century this family was ennobled by the queen of Sweden and in the 19th century also by the Dutch king. Now most members of this family belong to the Reformed Church.


Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1840): 113.

Molhuysen, P. C. and Blok, P. J. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: X, 333 f.

Nederland’s Adelboek (1909): 189-193; (1954): 206-208.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Hartsen family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 18 Jan 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hartsen_family&oldid=109115.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Hartsen family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 January 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hartsen_family&oldid=109115.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 669-670. All rights reserved.

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