Dam is the name of a Dutch Mennonite family, from the seventeenth century found in Giethoorn, where many of the members were deacons and (lay) preachers of the congregations both of Giethoorn-Noord and Giethoorn-Zuid. The last preachers of this name here were the brothers Harm Wichersz Dam and Albert Wichersz Dam, both serving in Giethoorn-Zuid 1809-1825. Shortly after 1800, when a number of peat-diggers moved from Giethoorn to Tjalleberd, province of Friesland, to break up the peatmoors around this town, there were among them many Mennonites, among them Harm Roelofs Dam, who, like many of his descendants, was a pillar of the Tjalleberd congregation, founded in 1817.
There have been a number of Mennonite ministers with this family name, whose relationship, if any, with the Giethoorn Dam family could not be determined. Kornelius Jansz Dam was a preacher at Dokkum 1710-ca. 1750. Two of his sons went into the ministry, Telle Kornelis Dam serving at St-Annakerk and Oudebildtzijl 1739-1754 (?), and Jan Kornelis Dam at Bolsward about 1735-1738 and Workum 1738-1782. In 1742 he married Grietje Keimpes Boothamer of Workum. Their son Keimpe Jansz Dam (died 24 April 1810), educated at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, served at Makkum 1771-1773 and Rotterdam 1773-1810.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1864) :107, 114, 120; (1878): 27; (1905): 5 ff., 15 f., 25
Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1919): 66.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Several issues.
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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Dam family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 25 Nov 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dam_family&oldid=119825.
Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1955). Dam family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 November 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dam_family&oldid=119825.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 4-5. All rights reserved.
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