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De Wolf(f), a former Mennonite family of Amster­dam, Holland, found there ca. l595-ca. l840. They were members of the Flemish congregation and from 1664 sided with the Lamists. Some de Wolffs were deacons of this church. The de Wolffs origin­ally were Mennonites from Antwerp, Belgium, who in the 1580’s fled to Cologne, Germany, and soon after moved to Amsterdam. Maeyken de Wolf (1586-1635) was married to the Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel; her brother Hans de Wolf (d. before 1625) was married to Joost's sister Cle­mentia van den Vondel. In Amsterdam the de Wolffs were businessmen, particularly silk mer­chants. Among them were Hans de Wolff (1614-ca.1670), married first to Cornelia Block and in 1643 to Agnes Block (he left a considerable legacy to the Lamist congregation for the founding of an orphan­age), and Pieter de Wolff (1646-1691), married to Clementia van der Vecht, a very wealthy silk merchant with great interest in the church. A side branch of this family lived at Haarlem in the 17th and 18th centuries, which was, however, more con­servative than the Amsterdam de Wolffs. Oliviere Wolff, from 1653 a trustee of the Haarlem Flemish Mennonite orphanage, also a deacon, represented the Haarlem Flemish congregation at the conservative conference (see Leidsche Synode) held at Leiden 1660.

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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 23.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: II, No. 553.

Sterck, J. F. M. Het Leven van Joost van den Vondel. Haarlem, 1926: 4, 12, 127 et passim.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 970. All rights reserved.

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