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Baflo, a village in the northern part of the Dutch province of Groningen, the seat of a former Mennonite church. The Anabaptist movement had found adherents there in 1535; for in a letter of that year the Catholic pastors and deans of several villages of Groningen, including Baflo, were instructed to prosecute the Anabaptists of Münster.

According to Rues this congregation belonged to the Groninger Societeit of the Old Flemish, although it is not mentioned in the records of the Societeit or in the census. There is, however, a list of members of the Groninger Old Flemish congregations who lost their lives in the great flood of 1717, stating that in the Baflo congregation eight adults and eight children had been drowned. In 1754 the membership was 59.

In the [[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden]][[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|a]] register of Mennonite preachers) Baflo was mentioned in 1766, but not in 1773. The congregation must therefore have died out during that period, or perhaps merged with the neighboring Rasquert congregation.


Bibliography

Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839.

Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Groningen, Overijssel en Oost-Friesland, 2 vols. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff en J. B. Wolters, 1842.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 110 f.

Rues, S. F. Tegenwoordige staet der Doopsgezinden of Mennoniten, in de Vereenigde Nederlanden : waeragter komt een berigt van de Rynsburgers of Collegianten: beide ter vertooninge van de leer, uiterlyken toestand, en godsdienstige gebruiken dezer kerkelyke genootschappen; nevens een verhael wegens den oorsprong en voortgang van de jongstleden geschillen der eerstgemelde, met de leeraers der Gereformeerde Kerke. T' Amsterdam: By F. Houttuyn, boekverkooper, 1745.


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Map:Baflo (Groningen)


Author(s) Jacob Loosjes
Date Published 1955


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Loosjes, Jacob. "Baflo (Groningen, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 21 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Baflo_(Groningen,_Netherlands)&oldid=54149.

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Loosjes, Jacob. (1955). Baflo (Groningen, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Baflo_(Groningen,_Netherlands)&oldid=54149.




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