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Elysabeth van Damme (nee van Blenckvliet) was a member of the Flemish Mennonite congregation of den Blok at Haarlem, Holland. Together with her husband Jaques van Damme she founded the Zuiderhofje (an old people's home) there in 1640, and after the death of her husband contributed liberally to the orphanage of the Flemish congregation here. According to another tradition she was the founder of this (first Dutch Mennonite) orphanage. The remarkable "ordere van 't weeshuys van den Block," signed 15 May 1643, is found in the archives of the Haarlem congregation.


De Weeshuizen der Doopsgezinden te Haarlem, 1634-1934. Haarlem: H.D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon, 1934: 11 f., 14.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Damme, Elysabeth van (17th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 10 Oct 2015.,_Elysabeth_van_(17th_century)&oldid=87007.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1955). Damme, Elysabeth van (17th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 October 2015, from,_Elysabeth_van_(17th_century)&oldid=87007.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 5. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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