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Burgsteinfurt, a small town in Westphalia (Germany), between Münster and the Dutch border, where there was once a Mennonite congregation, probably consisting chiefly of Mennonite refugees from Twente, Holland, who had a very difficult time about 1600 and emigrated to Burgsteinfurt. After the attack upon Burgsteinfurt by imperial troops in 1635 many Mennonites returned to Holland, to Twente, Deventer, Zwolle, and Alkmaar. The Blijdenstein family came from Burgsteinfurt; also Hendrik Paschen Gerritszoon, a merchant, the father of Isaac Paschen, who became a preacher of Enschede; also Berent Paschen and Jan Franken, the pastor of the Enschede congregation, who died in 1764 at the age of nearly 105. In 1786 the Burgsteinfurt congregation was still in existence; Jan ten Cate Szn. of Enschede was the preacher. The time of its extinction is not known. In Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1885 (p. 14) there is a note that the remaining funds of the congregation and also some communion silver passed into the possession of the Prince of Bentheim, on whose territory Burgsteinfurt was situated.

In 1975 Burgsteinfurt merged with the neighboring town of Borghorst to form Steinfurt.


Heeringa, G. Uit het verkden der Doopsgezinden in Twenthe. Borne (O.): J. Over & Zoon, ca. 1929.


Map:Burgsteinfurt (Westfalen)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Burgsteinfurt (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 25 May 2016.,_Germany)&oldid=86369.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1953). Burgsteinfurt (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 May 2016, from,_Germany)&oldid=86369.

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