Ter Meer (ter Mehr), an outstanding Mennonite family of Krefeld, Germany, coming originally from München-Gladbach, where Jan ter Meer (1594-1672) was a Mennonite elder from about 1628. In 1654 he moved to Krefeld (see Meer, Jan ter). Mewes (Bartholomäus) ter Meer (1622-92), b. at Deventer, moved to Krefeld in 1654 and became a citizen in 1679. His son Klaas (1650-98) was a lay preacher of the Krefeld congregation, whose daughter Gritgen (1675-1711) was the wife of the Mennonite Jan Crous (preacher 1716-24). Abraham ter Meer (1729-1804), a grandson of Klaas, was a book dealer in Krefeld and publisher and founder of a lending library; he was the center of a group of intellectual clergymen and citizens under the spirit of the Enlightenment. The persons now living who bear the name are descendants of Klaas ter Meer; but the branch of Privy Councillor Edmund ter Meer (1852-1931), founder of the dye factories of Weiler ter Meer in Uerdingen, is no longer Mennonite.
Beiträge zur Geschichte rheinischer Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1939: 22 ff., 81, 1181.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. IV.
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