Cnoop (Knoop) family

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Cnoop (Knoop) was a Mennonite family in the 17th to 19th centuries, living in Bolsward, Friesland, where they were merchants and often deacons of the local church. Wopke Claes Knoop, born 2 February 1740, at Bolsward, died 20 November 1801, at Amsterdam, was an ardent Patriot, organizing the voluntary citizen soldiery in his home town. From September 1786 to May 1789 he was imprisoned in Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, because of his radical democratic ideas. His daughter Janke was married to Rinse Koopmans, Mennonite pastor and professor at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary. Rinse's son Wopco Cnoop Koopmans, like his father a pastor and a professor at the Seminary, was named for his patriotic grandfather. Some of the descendants bearing the family name Cnoop Koopmans have left the Mennonite Church.


Kroes-Ligtenberg, Chr. "Wopke Knoop, een Fries Pa­triot." Vrije Fries 41 (Leeuwarden, 1953): 112-144.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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