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De Lanoy was a Mennonite family, probably originally from Flanders, Belgium, or Northern France, which moved to Leiden in the Netherlands. Branches of this family were later found in Amsterdam, Holland, and Hamburg, Germany. In Hamburg Jan de Lanoy (b. ca. 1654 at Leiden, d. 10 March 1722, at Hamburg), a cloth-dealer, served the Hamburg-Altona Mennonite congregation as a preacher from 1681 until his death. He is said to have been in sympathy with the Lamist teachings of Galenus Abrahamsz, while his three fellow preachers were more conservative. This caused some discord in the congregation shortly after 1690, which ended only with Lanoy's death. He was a wealthy man; in 1717 he contributed 1250 Marks to the building of the new meetinghouse at Altona, while his son Jan de Lanoy, Jr., contributed 600 Marks. His daughter Ida was married to Ernst Govers, a Mennonite merchant, owner of whalers, and also a deacon.

At Amsterdam the de Lanoys were also merchants and often deacons of the (Lamist) Mennonite Church. Some of them sympathized with the Collegiants and were governors of the Oranjeappel Collegiant orphanage. Karel de Lanoy (b. 1827 at Amsterdam, d. 1918 at Haarlem) was a Mennonite pastor at Oldeboorn Nieuwe Huis 1852-1856 and Haarlem 1856-1890. For many years he was a trustee of the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (Dutch General Mennonite Conference) and a curator of the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary.


Roosen, B. C. Geschichte der Mennoniten Gemeinde zu Hamburg-Altona I. Hamburg, 1886; II. 1887.

Church records of Leiden and Amsterdam.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 292. All rights reserved.

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