Houwerzijl is a hamlet around a dike-lock in the Dutch province of Groningen, where already in 1660 and apparently much earlier there was a congregation of Groningen Old Flemish Mennonites. In this congregation of farmers in the 18th century the Rietema family produced three generations of preachers: Kornelis Jacobs, his son Jan Kornelisz, born 1689, serving 1730-ca. 1760, and his grandson Jacob Jan 1757-1783.
The membership of Houwerzijl, about 70 in 1710, had by 1767 already decreased to 15 members, but seems by 1790 to have increased somewhat. During a terrible flood of the North Sea, which struck this part of the province of Groningen on Christmas Day 1717, 12 members and 7 children of the congregation perished. In 1773-1778 the congregation merged with Ulrum, but by 1794 the united congregation dissolved.
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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Houwerzijl (Groningen, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 11 Mar 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Houwerzijl_(Groningen,_Netherlands)&oldid=108066.
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