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Van der Leyen was a Mennonite family in Flanders, Belgium. In 1534 Lievin van der Leyen was tried at Ghent for heresy; in 1551 he was arrested again, this time at Merelbeke near Ghent; though he was convicted of heresy and his property confiscated, he was not executed but released, as was (his brother?) Jan van der Leyen, after both had abjured their heretical opinions. David van der Leyen of Ghent was burned at the stake there on 14 February 1554. Tanneken van der Leyen, an unmarried woman of Ghent, was drowned in 1555 and Laurens (Laureys) van der Leyen was beheaded at Antwerp in 1559. Frans (Franchoys) van der Leyen suffered martyrdom at Ghent in 1558. Tanneken, Laurens, David, and Frans were children of Mennonites. Their father, whose name is not mentioned, is said to have also been a Mennonite who escaped martyrdom because he was seriously ill.

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Verheyden, A. L. E. Het Gentsche Martyrologium (1530-1595). Brugge: De Tempel, 1946: 21.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Leyen, van der, family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 26 Apr 2017.,_van_der,_family&oldid=83168.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Leyen, van der, family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 April 2017, from,_van_der,_family&oldid=83168.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 331. All rights reserved.

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