Landsmeer (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)

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Landsmeer is a hamlet in the Dutch province of North Holland. Anabaptists were found here at an early period. Jacob Claesz (Jacob van Wormer) and his wife Celi (Seli), executed as martyrs at Amsterdam in 1549, probably were natives of Landsmeer. In 1554-1565 Elder Leenaert Bouwens baptized here on several occasions a total of 27 persons. From then on a congregation must have existed here, which later sided with the Frisian Mennonites. Information concerning this congregation is scarce. In 1660 a member of this church, Gerrit Pieters Boon, who had been appointed sheriff of Landsmeer, was exempted from this appointment because he had religious scruples against holding a governmental office (Inv. Arch. Amst. I, No. 449). The congregation of Landsmeer in 1673, during the war, contributed some 150 guilders to the general collection of the North Holland Mennonites, which the government had asked them to organize with the aim of providing the soldiers with good clothes. At least since the end of the 17th century the congregation of Landsmeer seems to have been served by the preachers of neighboring Den Ilp. Gerrit Dirksz, preacher of Landsmeer, died in 1701. The [[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|Naamlijst]] of 1808 (82 f.) states that the congregation of Landsmeer no longer existed, only that of Den Ilp remaining.

The assertion of Hendrik Berends Hulshoff (Bezoekreis, 35) that a congregation of Huiskoopers (i.e., Danzig Old Flemish) existed at Landsmeer has not been proved.


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Harp, M. J. Lyk en Pligt-predicatie op Gerrit Dirksz, leeraar tot Landsmeer. Amsterdam: n.d. – 1701.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, I, Nos. 357, 449. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884.

Hulshoff, Hendrik Berends. "Bezoekreis van Hendrik Berents Hulshoff aan de Doopsgezinde gemeenten der oude vlamingen in Pruisen en Polen in 1719." Bijdragen en mededeelingen van het Historisch Genootschap (gevestigd te Utrecht). 59 (1938).

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Landsmeer (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 21 Aug 2018.,_Netherlands)&oldid=66219.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Landsmeer (Noord-Holland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 August 2018, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=66219.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 285. All rights reserved.

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