Jedwilleiten is a village in the Memel district of East Prussia, formerly Prussian Lithuania, where Mennonites settled in the early 18th century. The tradition that Mennonites from Switzerland settled here in 1713 has not been proved, but by 1722 Mennonites from West Prussia were found here. In this year a man called Berend Jenson (Jansen), who had been a member of the church, but had been banned because of his bad life, made a complaint about the Mennonites of this village to Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, accusing them of having persuaded a number of Lutherans to join their Mennonite congregation. Thereupon the king issued a decree forbidding them to proselytize among the members of the Lutheran Church.
Wiebe, Herbert. Das Siedlungswerk niederländischer. Mennoniten im Weichseltal. Marburg a.d. Lahn, 1952: 43, 69, notes 1, 5, 6, 8.
|Author(s)||Nanne van der Zijpp|
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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Jedwilleiten (East Prussia)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 28 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jedwilleiten_(East_Prussia)&oldid=88298.
van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Jedwilleiten (East Prussia). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Jedwilleiten_(East_Prussia)&oldid=88298.
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