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Visser, a Dutch family name, Mennonite as well as non-Mennonite; the name is still very common, and means "fisherman." Many of the numerous Men­nonite Visser families are not interrelated. The fol­lowing persons by this name have served as Men­nonite ministers: Jan Visser, d. ca. 1762, serving at Schiedam 1728-1731 and at Haarlem (Peuzelaarsteeg congregation) 1731-1757. He published Redenvoering (Sermon) over Matt. 24 vers 6-8 op den Beededag des faars 1741 (Haarlem, 1742).

Pieter Jans Visser, d. 30 October 1789, was a lay preacher of Twisk 1743-1746 and Hoorn 1746-d. 1789. His son (?) Jan Visser, d. 29 November 1831, also a lay preacher, served at Medemblik 1780-1783 and Koog-Zaandijk 1783-d. 1831. A Leerrede (Sermon) of his was published at Purmerend in 1808. Dirk Gerbens Visser, d. July 1836, was a lay preacher at Gorredijk-Lippenhuizen 1806-29 and at Irnsum 1829-d. 1836. Haitje Hantjes Visser was a lay preacher and later elder of the congregation of Balk 1828-1854.

Cornelis Visser, d. 1944, of Haarlem, a deacon from 1900 until his death, was for many years the secretary of the Dienstjarenfonds.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Visser family name." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 24 May 2016.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 835. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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