Jacob II van der Smissen, a son of Jacob Gysbert van der Smissen, was born at Altona, Germany on 10 February 1785. After his training under J. W. Mannhardt, in the Ritterakademie in Uhyst, and in Rotterdam, he was engaged in business and agriculture. He lost most of his property in 1812 and lived at Hanerau. He married Sophie W. F. Weihe in 1805. In 1813 he purchased a bakery in Hanerau, tutored, and was engaged in home mission work. He served as pastor of the following Mennonite churches: Friedrichstadt 1818-1826, Danzig (the first salaried minister) 1826-1835, Neustadt-Gödens 1836-1842. He retired to Ottensen and died at Altona in 1846. He was a gifted speaker and perpetuated the pietistic heritage of his father. Carl Justus van der Smissen was his son.
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