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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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Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Groningen, Overijssel en Oost-Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff en J. B. Wolters, 1842: I, 127, 140, 142, 202.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1879): 4; (1906): 46.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1840): 43.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: II, No. 2287.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Houwerzijl (Groningen, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 June 2017, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=126533.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 822-823. All rights reserved.

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