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Middelhoven, a Dutch Mennonite family at Zaandam, province of North Holland. Most of them belonged to the Waterlander congregation of Zaandam, and after the merging of Waterlander and Flemish congregations (1687) to this united church. But in the Frisian congregation there were also members of the Middelhoven family. From the 18th century they were mostly lumber dealers. Jacob Dirks Middelhoven was a preacher of the Waterlander congregation ca. 1680-1691. In this year he asked to be discharged from his preaching office, because his trade—he was a confectioner or pastry cook—demanded all his time. He was somewhat liberal in his views, and (from 1697) ardently participated in the Collegiant meetings at Rijnsburg. He published a funeral sermon on Pieter Pietersz of Koog aan de Zaan (Lyckrede ofte Aenmercking des Doods . . , Amsterdam, 1680). This Jacob Middelhoven seems to have moved to nearby Krommenie shortly after 1691; his son Jacob was a deacon there in 1729. Many members of the Middelhoven family until the 20th century served as deacons of the West-Zaandam congregation, one of whom was Willem Jacobsz Middelhoven, who died in 1888, having served for nearly 55 years.


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Lootsma, S. Het Nieuwe Buys. Zaandam, 1937: 31, 44, 70, 76, 114 f., 169.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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