Freckenhorst, near Warendorf, Westphalia, Germany, was a Stift (ecclesiastical territory) in which the Reformation was introduced by Agnes, Countess of Limburg-Styrum in 1527. Niesert publishes sources which indicate that the countess at least harbored strong Anabaptist leanings. She offered persecuted Anabaptists a refuge and protected them. Dirick Schomeker stated during this trial in 1546 (Niesert, 343 f.) that among her servants were the Fischer, Schlüter, Koch families and others who were followers of David Joris and that Agnes would employ only members of this group.
During the church inspection program of the Counter Reformation there were still some Anabaptists found in Freckenhorst (1612). In a complaint of 1625 the Vicar General of Münster stated that there were still some Anabaptists living in the Stift of Freckenhorst. He named Jörgen Danielsz and Jobst Nickel and asked the government to have them removed (Niesert, 410).
Brune, Fr. Der Kampf um eine evangelische Kirche im Münsterland 1520-1802. Witten, 1953: 41-122.
Niessert, Joseph. Münsterische Urkundensammlung. Coesfeld, 1826: I.
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