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Visvliet, a village in the Dutch province of Gro­ningen, where there was formerly a Mennonite con­gregation, usually called Kollum and Visvliet. It was probably Leenaert Bouwens who laid the foundation of this congregation by baptizing seven persons at Visvliet in 1551-1554, five in 1554-1556, and six in 1563-1565. Concerning the Mennonites of Visvliet there is only scarce information. In 1643 it is reported that some Visvliet Mennonites had the "insolence to buy a house, which they provided with benches for use as their church." In the next year on the orders of the States of Groningen this meetinghouse was demolished, but the Mennonites con­tinued to hold their meetings. At this time the Men­nonites of Visvliet were very likely Ukowallists. Later their congregation belonged to the Groningen Old Flemish conference and was repre­sented at its meetings in 1681 and 1683. By 1700 the congregation had died out.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1879): 3.

Wumkes, G. A. De Gereformeerde Kerk in de Ommelanden. Groningen, 1904: 38.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Visvliet (Groningen, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Oct 2016.,_Netherlands)&oldid=109618.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Visvliet (Groningen, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 October 2016, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=109618.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 836. All rights reserved.

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