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Claude van Berenhout, a former soldier, was engaged in 1647 by the Reformed classis of Walcheren to watch that the refugees fleeing from Belgium did not become "infected with the errors of the Anabaptists." Nevertheless many persons coming from Flanders and other places joined the Mennonite congregation at Aardenburg. Although the conclusion of the Peace of Münster in 1648 sharply decreased the number of fugitives from Belgium, Berenhout was still at his post in 1649, when he was examined by the classis preparatory to going to the West Indies as a Reformed preacher. Whether or not his "watches" had any results we do not know.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1883): 111-113.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Berenhout, Claude van (17th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 25 Oct 2016.,_Claude_van_(17th_century)&oldid=75387.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Berenhout, Claude van (17th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 October 2016, from,_Claude_van_(17th_century)&oldid=75387.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 277. All rights reserved.

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