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De Swarte, the name of a number of Mennonites in Flanders, Belgium; the martyr books enumerate seven martyrs by this name, and besides them two or three of their wives. Most of them belonged to one family. The information concerning these martyrs is hazy and incomplete. Neither van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror nor Froissard's l'Eglise sous la croix (Paris, 1857) is complete. Ed Coussemaker, in Les Troubles Réligieuses du XVIe Siècle dans la Flandre Maritime 1560-70 (Brugge, 1876, 4 vols.), names fourteen persons named de Swarte or de Zwarte and some of their wives, namely, Adreaen, Andries, Christiaen, Cornelis, Etienne (Steven), Françoys, Françoys-Anthonis, Gautier (Wouter), Jan, Jacob, Martijn, Mat(t)hieu, Nicolas, and Hans. Of these, the following martyrs are mentioned in this Encyclopedia: Christiaen, Claes (that is, Nicolas), Frans (Françoys), Hans, Jacob, Jan, and Mahieu (Matthieu).

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Swarte, de, family name." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 28 May 2016.,_de,_family_name&oldid=96675.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1959). Swarte, de, family name. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2016, from,_de,_family_name&oldid=96675.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 666. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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