Wit, de, family name

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De Wit, a common Dutch Mennonite family name, with a number of unrelated branches. A Mennonite de Wit family is found at Wieringen, where Jan Jansz de Wit was a lay preacher in the Frisian con­gregation 1736-40(?) and his brother Simon Jansz de Wit 1736-43; in 1743 he resigned, serving from then until his death in 1784 as a deacon. Many of their descendants were deacons at Wieringen until recent times. Willem de Wit, concerning whom there is no information except that he was a man of great ability and eloquence, was a preacher of the Waterlander congregation at Haarlem ca. 1660. G. de Wit was a preacher at Utrecht 1714-29. In Alkmaar a de Wit family is mentioned from 1682. Jan Jansz de Wit was a minister of the Alkmaar Frisian con­gregation 1715-d.1729. Some de Wits also served here as deacons, among whom was Jan de Wit Dzn, 1898-1927. Jan Cornelisz de Wit (de Witte) was an un­trained preacher at Oostgraftdijk at least 1714-16, at Texel 1716-18, and Vlissingen 1718-ca.1726. In Enkhuizen, Den Helder, Zaandam, and Hoorn there were also deacons by the name of de Wit.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959


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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Wit, de, family name." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 22 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wit,_de,_family_name&oldid=126638.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Wit, de, family name. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wit,_de,_family_name&oldid=126638.




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