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Goossen is a Mennonite family found in West Prussia. Near Doornik in Belgium a hatmaker Goossen died for his faith in 1558. Four decades later, 30 September 1598, an Abraham Gooss of the Netherlands entered the preparatory school of the Elbing Gymnasium. In 1658 a Heinrich Goossen was living in Elbing. As early as 1621 a Gert Gosen was one of a number of Mennonites living in Beyershorst in the very low Scharpau in the Gross-Werder.

In the Elbing and Danzig congregations, as well as in several Gross-Werder congregations there were once members with this name. In 1789 the Gosens were listed in the Mennonite directory, a number of whom immigrated to Russia; just before World War II there were no Gosens left. This name was transplanted from Prussia and Russia to the United States (e.g., Beatrice, Nebraska) and Canada.

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Reimer, G. E. Die Familennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940.

Author(s) Henry Poettcker
Date Published 1955

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Poettcker, Henry. "Goossen (Gosen, Gossen, Gooss) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 25 Jun 2017.,_Gossen,_Gooss)_family&oldid=141137.

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Poettcker, Henry. (1955). Goossen (Gosen, Gossen, Gooss) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 June 2017, from,_Gossen,_Gooss)_family&oldid=141137.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 542. All rights reserved.

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