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De Vos, a common Dutch family name. Mennonites by this name were formerly found at Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Hamburg-Altona. The relationship between these families could not be ascertained. At Rotterdam Anthoni de Vos was a deacon of the Flemish congregation in 1688-1690. Aplonie de Vos was a preacher of the Lamist congregation of Amsterdam in 1687-1695. There was a de Vos family in the Amsterdam Zonist congregation in the 17th and 18th centuries. Not related to this Zonist family was a Lamist de Vos family at Amsterdam, of which Jacobus de Vos, of Haarlem, married there 1690 to Catharina van de Rijp, was probably a member. Among these de Voses some living at Amsterdam were important in the Mennonite church as well as in the Dutch busi­ness and cultural life. (1) Jacob(us) de Vos, who conducted an insurance business (first De Vos en Sanders, now De Vos en Zoonen); his son (2) Jacob de Vos (1735-1833), unmarried, manager of the in­surance business, noted connoisseur of art, proprietor of an art collection, which after his death was sold for 121,500 guilders; (3) Willem de Vos, also a son of (1), a Mennonite pastor (4) Jacob de Vos, son of (3), Amsterdam, 1774-Bloemendaal, 1844, who studied Latin and Greek, but later became a partner in the insurance company of his uncle (2) Jacob; he was interested in the arts (he designed the commemorative medal issued by the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit in 1835 for the centennial of the Amsterdam Mennon­ite Seminary), a trustee of the ADS, and in 1815-19 a deacon of the Amsterdam congregation, as were some of his descendants. At Haarlem the Mennon­ite Willem de Vos promoted Collegiant prin­ciples; in 1710-43 he often addressed the yearly Col­legiant meetings held at Rijnsburg. For the Hamburg de Vos family see Voss, de.

Bibliography

Church  records  of Amsterdam.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1850): 170.

Molhuysen, P. C. and  P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, 10 vols. Leiden, 1911-1937: X, 1137.

Slee, J. C. van. De Rijnsburger Collegianten. Haarlem, 1895: 187.


Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Vos, de, family name." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 8 Dec 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vos,_de,_family_name&oldid=109651.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Vos, de, family name. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 December 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vos,_de,_family_name&oldid=109651.




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