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Verhamme, a Dutch Mennonite family, whose an­cestor Pieter Verhamme moved from Kortrijk (Courtrai) in Flanders, Belgium, to Haarlem, Hol­land, in 1567 because of persecution. Here this fam­ily was found first in the Flemish, then in the Peuzelaarsteeg Mennonite congregation until it died out in die 18th century. From about 1700 a branch was also found in Amsterdam as members of the Lamist church. Here too they died out. Elisabeth Verhamme, one of the last descendants, died un­married in 1858 and left a legacy to the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit.

The Verhammes were prominent businessmen at Haarlem and Amsterdam. Abraham Verhamme (1639-1727) is said to have been one of the wealthi­est citizens of Haarlem. They were faithful mem­bers of the church. As far as known, no members of this family served as ministers, but some of them were trustees of the Mennonite orphanage at Haarlem, and a number of them both at Haarlem and Amsterdam served as deacons.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Verhamme family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 1 May 2017.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 813. All rights reserved.

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