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Rotgans, a Dutch Mennonite family found on the island of Terschelling from the 17th century, and from circa 1720 also on the island of Ameland. They were usually skippers. One of them was Gerrit Siebesz Rotgans, of Terschelling, who in 1733 transported a number of Mennonite expellees from Lithuania, with their furniture from Danzig to Holland. Theunis Cornelisz Rotgans, also a skipper, was a resident of Königsberg in East Prussia ca. 1800. Both at West-Terschelling and Nes on Ameland some members of this family served as deacons. A noted member of this family is Jacob Wybrands Rogtans (Terschelling, 1859-Baarn, 1948), who studied medicine, practiced in Groningen, thereupon becoming professor of surgery at the Amsterdam University. Some Rotganses moved from Terschelling to Amsterdam ca. 1745, where they were members of the Lamist church.


Church records of Terschelling and Amsterdam.

Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter (1956): 28, No. 87.

Scheffer, Hoop and 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: v. II, 2, No. 782.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Rotgans family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 May 2016.

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