Everling, Jakob (17th century)

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Jakob Everling (Eberling, Eberlin, Everlin, Everlinck), was an elder in the Obersülzen church in the Palatinate, who lived in the second half of the 17th century and was deeply concerned for the oppressed circumstances of his brethren.

On 2 November 1671 he informed Hans Vlamingh at Amsterdam of the arrival of a number of Swiss Mennonite emigrants to the Palatinate.1 On 4 January 1672 he wrote another letter to the Amsterdam congregation, with further information about the refugees settling in Obersülzen.2 Thereupon the Dutch Mennonite Committee for Foreign Needs sent a large sum of money to support these immigrants, and later another sum (11,000 guilders), which was distributed by Everling and others. They gave their report in a letter3 signed by Jacob Everling, Johann Krämer, Valentin Huthwol, and Heinrich Kosel. This letter (undated, 1695 or 1696) shows that Everling, of whom nothing more is known, was still living at that date. In a letter of 16 May 1672,4 he wrote that he could not recognize the Dutch Mennonites as brethren because they admitted marriages with nonmembers of the church. Furthermore he declared himself satisfied by their letter which had informed him that they were Biblical in the doctrine of satisfaction, and that they did not admit to the communion persons who had not been baptized.


Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doopsgesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: II; does not list him.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 1125-27 gives extracts of his letters.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 616.

Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop : B. de Graaf, 1972: 195.


1Jacob Gijsbert de Hoop Scheffer, 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: v. I, No. 1405.

2Ibid., No. 1248.

3Ibid., No. 1198.

4Ibid., No. 1417.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 274. All rights reserved.

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