Anken, Hans (b. 1673/1674)

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Hans Anken (Ancken) was a Swiss Mennonite farmer-preacher and elder in the Emmental, born 1673 or 1674 in Spiez, canton of Bern, who was deported to Holland 13 July 1711, at the age o37f , with his wife, 30, a son and two daughters. They were placed in the Neuenburger boat, on which he was supervisor with Peter Lehner. He settled with several families near the Dutch town of Groningen, where he founded a small congregation, and served as their first preacher. When he purchased his house, called the "large monastery," its architecture offended some as being "too ostentatious," which resulted in a division of the congregation into Old and New Swiss (about 1720). Anken was the head of the Nieuwe Zwitsers.

See also: Swiss Mennonites in the Netherlands


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1953

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Neff, Christian. "Anken, Hans (b. 1673/1674)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 6 Dec 2022.,_Hans_(b._1673/1674)&oldid=117890.

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Neff, Christian. (1953). Anken, Hans (b. 1673/1674). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 December 2022, from,_Hans_(b._1673/1674)&oldid=117890.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 123. All rights reserved.

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