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Blessum, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland (coordinates: 53° 10' 52" N, 5° 42' 37" E). Here there was formerly a Mennonite church which probably came into existence between 1600 and 1620 or earlier. It was never large; about 1700 it had 32 members. It apparently also had little money, for throughout the 18th century it had to be supported by the Frisian Societeit. On 24 May 1764 it asked the Amsterdam church for help in building a church, for which it needed 1,000 additional florins. But in 1821—it had then only 30 members—it united with the Baard congregation. But only 23 of the 30 members transferred to Baard; the rest joined the Reformed Church.

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Buse, H. J. "De verdwenen Doopsgez. gem. in Friesland." Vrije Fries 22 (1915). Reprint pp. 7-9.

Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 188, 245, 306.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1905): 29; (1909): 52.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 236.

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: II, No. 1545.

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Author(s) J Loosjes
Date Published 1953

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