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Pieter Gerritsz (Wageman), a Dutch Anabaptist martyr, a native of Enkhuizen, province of North Holland, was baptized before Christmas of 1534 by Lenaerdt Boeckbinder of Antwerp. He was seized at Zierikzee, Dutch province of Zeeland, together with Adriaen Jorisse of Brouwershaven, who was also baptized by Leenaert, Jan Jansz (baptized in 1535 by Damas Jacobs at Middelburg), and Janneke Melchior Simons of Den Briel (baptized in 1534 by Cornelis Pietersz wt den Briel). They did not believe in the miracle of the Mass. After severe torture they were beheaded early in the morning of 4 September 1536, the corpses burned, and the heads set on poles. Van Braght  names them Pieter Gerritsz, Pieter Jorisz, Pieter Leydekker, and Janneken Mels.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: Part II, 38.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 445. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 84.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: I, Nos. 744 f.

Author(s) Karel Vos
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 170. All rights reserved.

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