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Tersier (in the 17th century also Targier, possibly the original form), a Dutch Mennonite family, probably of Flemish descent, was found at Dordrecht in the 17th century. (1) Abraham Tersier (the name Ferrier, Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1862): 104, is wrong), married to Geertruid Terwen, was chosen in 1691 as elder of the Dordrecht Mennonite congregation. His son (2) Jacob Tersier (Targier) (Dordrecht 1688-1735) was renowned for his poetry in the 18th century; even after he had become blind in 1712 he continued to compose poems, which were written down by his friends. A volume of his verse, Gedichten, was published after his death in 1737 at Delft. (3) Joachim Targier, also a poet, may have been his brother. He was a physician and the author of Medicina Compendiaria (Leiden, 1698). (4) Abraham Targier, a son of (2) Jacob, obtained his M.D. degree at the University of Leiden in 1739 and practiced medicine in his hometown until his death in 1770. His son (5) Bartholomeus Tersier (Dordrecht, 1742 - Haarlem, 1824) obtained his M.D. degree at Leiden in 1769 and practiced medicine at Haarlem for more than fifty years. He was a trustee of the Mennonite Peuzelaarsteeg congregation from 1772 until his death. (6) Abraham Tersier (d. after 1810), probably a son of (3) Joachim, studied theology at the Lamist seminary 1761-68. Though he did not complete the course, he served as the (last) minister of the small congregation at Middelharnis 1771-1804. The congregation dissolved in 1805. There are no Tersiers in the Mennonite church at present.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1862): 104; (1868): 92, 95; (1908): 109-13.

Van der Aa, Abraham Jacob. Biographisch woordenboek der Nederlanden: bevattende levensbeschrijvingen van zoodanige personen, die zich op eenigerlei wijze in ons vaderland hebben vermaard gemaakt; Dl. 3-6 voortgezet door K.J.R. van Harderwijk and Dl. 7-21 voortgezet door K.J.R. van Harderwijk en Dr. G. D. J. Schotel. Haarlem: Van Brederode, 1852-1878: XVIII.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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