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Bierum, a village in the northeastern part of the Dutch province of Groningen, where there was once a Mennonite congregation belonging to the Groninger Old Flemish. It was always quite small. They had no meetinghouse, but held services in the room of a house. In 1710 there were about 30 members, in 1755, 10, and in 1767 only 4. The so-called Martini flood of 1686 and a second severe flood in 1717 caused heavy losses to the village of Bierum and to the members of the congregation, all of whom were engaged in agriculture. Jan Kriens, an influential elder of the Groninger Old Flemish, lived in Bierum. After 1769 the congregation was no longer listed in the register of Mennonite preachers.


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Groningen, Overijssel en Oost-Friesland, 2 vols. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff en J. B. Wolters, 1842: v. I, 127, 140, 201.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1879): 3.


Map:Bierum (Groningen)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Bierum (Groningen, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 27 Oct 2016.,_Netherlands)&oldid=75639.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Bierum (Groningen, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 October 2016, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=75639.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 340. All rights reserved.

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