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Bakhuizen, a village in the southwest of the Dutch province of Friesland, where there was formerly a Waterlander Mennonite congregation (Kühler, Geschiedenis II, I, p. 65). It apparently originated between 1600 and 1620. About 1700 it numbered 40 members. Jan Cornelis, a preacher of this church, who later (1710-1750) administered baptism and communion in the neighboring village of Warns as well as in Bakhuizen, reported that he had 43 communicant members there. After 1768 the membership decreased rapidly. In 1799 when the Bakhuizen congregation united with that at Warns, it had only 18 members (9 men and 9 women). The church (vermaanhuis) was sold for 150 guilders.


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

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1874): 87; (1901): 85; (1903): 82.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 112.

Kühler, Wilhelmus Johannes. Geschiedenis van de Doopsgezinden in Nederland II. 1600-1735 Eerste Helft. Haarlem: H.D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon n.v., 1940.


Map:Bakhuizen (Friesland)

Author(s) Jacob Loosjes
Date Published 1955

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