Corver family

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Corver was a Mennonite family originally living at Zaandam, Dutch province of North Holland. Dirk Corver, born about 1590, was a well-to-do lumber merchant, as were also most of his descendants. Gerrit Jacobsz Corver was about 1600 a preacher of the Frisian congregation of Westzaan and Westzaandam Oude Huys; his son Jacob Gerritsz Corver was a preacher here from 1608 until his death in 1660. From 1709 to 1870, nine members of this family were also found in Amsterdam, where Adriaan Corver and Cornelis Corver served as deacons in the Zon congregation.

C. Corver, a member of this family, was a Mennonite minister, serving the congregation of Pingjum and Witmarsum, 1859-1863, Grouw, 1863-1866, and Groningen, 1866-1867. Here he took leave on 15 December 1867 and resigned together with his colleague J. W. Straatman because they, having become adherents of radical modernism, had proposed to the church board to abolish baptism and communion services, and the Bible. When the congregation did not accede to their views and wishes, both ministers resigned. On this question Corver published Woord aan de Broederschap (Groningen, n.d.—1868). Corver later lived in Paris; here he died in 1903 in poverty and misery.


Dassel H., Sr. Merino's Volk in  Groningen. Groningen, 1952: 55-57.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1868): 167-179.

Lootsma, S. Het Niuwe Huys. Zaandam, 1937: 189-195.

Waal, A. M. van de. Geslachtslijst van de familie Cor­ver 1590-1847. N.p.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Corver family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 26 Nov 2022.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 720. All rights reserved.

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