Geuns, Jan van (1764-1834)

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Jan van Geuns, b. 1764 at Groningen, son of Matthijs (Matthias) van Geuns, studied at the University of Harderwijk in 1780-1789, obtaining his Ph.D. degree on 21 April 1789 on the same day as his brother Steven Jan. Soon afterward appointed ministerial candidate, he served the Mennonite churches of Leiden 1789-1814, and Amsterdam 1814-1829. He seems to have been a man of warm piety and great learning, but of poor eloquence, so that his services, especially in Amsterdam, had low attendance. He died at Nijmegen in 1834. He published a large number of philosophical, historical, and political writings and papers, such as Brief aan het Committé ter regeling van de Grondvergaderingen der Gemeente van Leyden (Leiden, 1795) and Over den Slaavenstand (Leiden, 1797). He generously contributed to the Mennonite hymnbook Uitgezogte Liederen (Leiden, 1810). He was married to Geertruida van Heukelom of Amsterdam.


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Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1897): 169; (1898): 111-112, 116; 1901, 24

Molhuysen, P. C. and P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: IV, 649..

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Geuns, Jan van (1764-1834)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 13 Jul 2020.,_Jan_van_(1764-1834)&oldid=107771.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Geuns, Jan van (1764-1834). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 July 2020, from,_Jan_van_(1764-1834)&oldid=107771.


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