Blessum (Friesland, Netherlands)

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Blessum, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland (coordinates: 53° 10' 52" N, 5° 42' 37" E). Here there was formerly a Mennonite church which probably came into existence between 1600 and 1620 or earlier. It was never large; about 1700 it had 32 members. It apparently also had little money, for throughout the 18th century it had to be supported by the Frisian Societeit. On 24 May 1764 it asked the Amsterdam church for help in building a church, for which it needed 1,000 additional florins. But in 1821—it had then only 30 members—it united with the Baard congregation. But only 23 of the 30 members transferred to Baard; the rest joined the Reformed Church.


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Author(s) J Loosjes
Date Published 1953

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Loosjes, J. "Blessum (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 15 Aug 2018.,_Netherlands)&oldid=75725.

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Loosjes, J. (1953). Blessum (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 15 August 2018, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=75725.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 361. All rights reserved.

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