Veenstra, a Dutch Mennonite family originating in Veenwouden, Friesland, where (1) Pieter Cornelis was a member and probably a preacher of the Mennonite congregation ca. 1730. His son (2) Fokke Pieters was a preacher at Nieuwe Niedorp 1767-1784. Another son of (1) Pieter was (3) Cornelis Pieters Veenstra (1731-1777), who was a preacher of the Oude-Sluis congregation 1763 (or 1767)-1777. His son (4) Hendrik Cornelis Veenstra served at Helder Huisduinen 1799-1804, Middelie 1804-1806, Ouddorp 1806-1814, and Den Burg 1814-1843. They were all lay preachers. Only (4) Hendrik had received some theological training from Pastor Sytze H. Hoekstra. (5) Fokke Veenstra (1812-34), a son of (4) Hendrik, studied at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, but died during his studies.
There have been a number of other Mennonite preachers by this name who were probably not related to this family: Jacob Ruurds Veenstra served at Blokzijl 1786-d.1793 and Djurre Sakes Veenstra was a lay preacher at Akkrum 1789-d.1826, "a man of great ability" (Blaupot ten Gate). Neither had theological training.
Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839: 250.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1873): 153-55.
Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 32.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam: (1794): 63; (1804): 66; (1806): 79; (1808): 88; (1829): 57.
Stikker, A. H. Een familie van Galjootschippers, Commandeurs op Greenland en Friese Vermaners: Baske-Floehstra-Veenstra. Velsen, 1953.
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