Willem Willemsz (16th century)
Willem Willemsz, a tailor of Utrecht, Netherlands, a member of the Utrecht congregation, was arrested there in 1562. He declared that he had not attended the Catholic Church since 1559, in which year he had bought a New Testament. Since 1560 he had attended Mennonite meetings, and was baptized in early 1561 by Elder Joost Verbeeck of Antwerp. Besides a New Testament he also possessed a copy of the first Dutch martyr book, <em>Offer des Heeren</em> (first ed. 1562). After being tortured two or three times Willem recanted and was banished from the town on 12 May 1562, and sentenced to the galleys.
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