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Van Mollem (Mullem), a former Dutch Mennonite family, of Flemish origin, stemming from Mollem near Ghent, Belgium, or Molhem near Brussels, during 17th-18th centuries members of the Flemish congregation at Amsterdam, where some of them were deacons. As early as 1573 a Dierck Mullem (or van Mollem) is found at Rotterdam, where he was a book printer (Rotterdamsch Jaarboekje, 1931). In 1582 he published the hymnal by Hans de Ries. He was probably an emigrant from Flanders and a Mennonite. Mathijs van Mollem (died 24 October 1689) was a preacher of the Flemish congregation at Rotterdam ca. 1655-1686. To this family also belonged Jacob van Mollem (born 1623), a merchant of Amsterdam, who in 1681 founded a silk factory at Utrecht, which was managed by him and later his son David van Mollem (1670-1746). Their luxurious country seat "Zijdebalen" near Utrecht, built in 1693 and in 1719 enlarged with splendid parks adorned with a large number of beautiful statues, had a wide reputation (see N.N.B.Wb. III, 876, and S. Muller Fzn, "Zijdebalen" in Bouwkunst 1912, repr.). Both Jacob van Mollem, married to Maria Sijdervelt, and David, married to Jacoba van Oosterwijck, were faithful Mennonites.

It could not be ascertained whether Corijn (Krijn) van Mollem (who is confused with Krijn or Quirin Vermeulen in ML III, 119), a Mennonite of Flemish descent living in Danzig, West Prussia, who in August 1612 perished during his attempt to make gold was related to the above van Mollems.


Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, Nos. 2925, 2927, 2935

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 727; vol. 4, p. 1146. All rights reserved.

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