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Leeuw (Leeu, Leu), is a Mennonite family, originally from the Rhineland, Germany, since the 17th century found as businessmen in Haarlem and Amsterdam, where they were members of the Flemish congregations and became quite wealthy.  Members of this family married into the de Bosch, Rutgers, de Flines, Block, van Lennep, van der Heyden, and van Heyst families. Ameldonck Leeuw, a Mennonite preacher or elder at Cologne, signed the Concept of Cologne of 1591 for this congregation. Already in 1569 he seems to have been a preacher at Cologne. Some of his grandchildren lived at Emmerich, from where they moved to Haarlem, Holland. This family was also found in Nijmegen, Dutch province of Gelderland, where Thomas Ameldonck Leeuw and his son Jan Ameldonck Leeuw were preachers, Thomas until his death in 1689, Jan 1690-ca. 1714. After the early 18th century the family name disappears from the Mennonite records, the descendants apparently having gone over to the Reformed Church. An Adriaan Bastiaansz. (de) Leeuw (d. 1681)  published in 1670 a musical tragedy entitled De Toveres Circe, treuerspel met Kunst en Vliegwerken, Nieuwmuzyk en Baletten.

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Albach, Ben. Langs kermissen en hoven: Ontstaan en kroniek van een Nederlands toneelgezelschap in de 17de eeuw. Zutphen : De Walburg Pers, 1977: 80.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 v. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: 1, No. 466.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957


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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Leeuw (Leeu, Leu) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 19 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Leeuw_(Leeu,_Leu)_family&oldid=88963.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Leeuw (Leeu, Leu) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Leeuw_(Leeu,_Leu)_family&oldid=88963.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 308-309. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.


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