Blijdenstein, an old Mennonite family which came to the Netherlands from Westphalia, Germany. Berndt and Adam van Blijdenstein were hatters in Burgsteinfurt in Westphalia. Berndt's house was destroyed by imperial troops in 1635. His widow obtained citizenship for herself and her children in the Overijssel town of Ootmarsum. His grandson Berent Berentsen van Blijdensteijn (1664-1705) settled in Enschede, Dutch province of Overijssel, in 1690 and married Maria Paschen, the daughter of a noted Mennonite family. Their sons Berent (1695-1755) and Benjamin (1701-1774) founded a mercantile business (linseed, clothing). A son of Benjamin, Jan Bernard Blijdenstein, b. 18 February 1756 at Enschede, d. there 10 December 1826, founded the firm of Blijdenstein and Co. It manufactured textiles, and later also banking). He was a well-educated man and had a good library which included the works of Menno Simons. The change in the Mennonite attitude toward government and the state is seen in the fact that in 1786 Jan Bernard accepted office in the Citizens' Council (Burgercomitee); in 1798 he was a representative in the legislature of the Batavian Republic (as the Netherlands were then called); and he was burgomaster of Enschede until 1819. He married Geertruida Schimmelpenninck, a Mennonite of Almelo.
Izaak de Stoppelaar Blijdensteyn, a Mennonite minister, was also a member of this family. From 1838 to 1857 he served successively the congregations at Mensingeweer, Enschede, and Sneek, and died at Sneek in 1857.
Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: v. I, 375.
Nederland's Patriciaat 33 (1947): 7-54.
Uit het verleden der Doopsgezinden in Twenthe. Borne (O.) : J. Over & Zoon, [ca. 1929]: 61, 93-114.
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