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Pieter Jeltjes, a Dutch elder and merchant living at Kollum, province of Friesland, and a member of the Old Frisian branch of the Mennonites. In 1599 he became involved in a disagreement with Elder Jan Jacobsz, who was very strict, con­sidering it sin to sell to non-Mennonites, and who at a conference of Old Frisian delegates meeting at Dokkum on 16 December 1599, banned the more liberal Pieter Jeltjes and his adherents (known as Pieter-Jeltjesvolk). Concerning Pieter's life and work nothing further is known.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1889): 6; (1892): 71; (1912): 66, 68-71.

Pietersz, Lambert. Nootwendighe Verclaringhe van’t Verscheel . . . tusschen Jan Jacobsz van Harlinghen . . . ende tusschen Pieter Jelties van Collum. 1624.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Pieter Jeltjes (16th/17th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 26 Nov 2015.

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