Jan Lensen was the head of one of the 13 Krefeld families (Mennonite and Quaker) who immigrated to Pennsylvania, arriving in Philadelphia on 6 October 1683 on the "Concord," who were therefore the forerunners of German immigration to America. He came from Rheydt, was a linen weaver by trade and settled in Germantown, where he was naturalized as a citizen in 1691. His family was (according to Hull) the only one of the 13 original settler families to be and remain Mennonite.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 638.
Hull, Wm. I. William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania. Swarthmore College, 1935.
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