Huizinga, Jacob Dirks (1809-1894)

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Jacob Dirks Huizinga, born 3 June 1809 at Norden, died 12 August 1894 at Groningen, son of Pastor Dirk Huizinga and Trijntje Jurjens Coolman, studied at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary and served the congregation of Knollendam 1832-1835, den Horn 1835-1844, and Burg on the island of Texel 1844 until he retired in 1879. He was well versed in Mennonite history and the Amsterdam Mennonite archives owe to him a number of important documents on the history of the Mennonites, especially from the province of Groningen. Besides a catechism, Hoofdwaarheden der christelijke Godsdienst (Burg, 1852, reprinted at Sneek, 1863), and a paper on the history of the Mennonites on the island of Texel in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1873, he published genealogies of the Huizinga, Coolman, and Meihuizen families: Stamboek der nakomelingen van Derk Pieters en Katrina Thomas (Groningen, 1883); Stamboek . . . der nakomelingen van Fiepke Foppes en Diever Olfferts (Groningen, 1887); Stamboek. . . der nakomelingen van Samuel Peter (Meihuizen) en Barbara Fry (Groningen, 1890). Especially the Meihuizen genealogy is of interest for Mennonite history for its account of the immigration of the Swiss Mennonites to Holland, studied from the sources found in the [[Amsterdam Mennonite Library (Bibliotheek en Archief van de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Amsterdam)|Amsterdam Mennonite archives]]. Jacob Huizinga was married to Aaltje Samuels Meihuizen of Hoogezand. Their son Derk Huizinga (1840-1907) first studied theology at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary; he was appointed ministerial candidate in 1862; but since the ministry did not appeal to him, he studied science and in 1867 became a teacher in physics and chemistry. In 1870 he was appointed professor of physiology on the medical faculty of the University of Groningen.

Johan Huizinga (1872-1946), a well-known professor of history at the University of Leiden, was a son of Derk and a grandson of Jacob Dirks Huizinga. Johan Huizinga was not a Mennonite.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff.  Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 365.

Molhuysen, P. C. and  P. J. Blok. Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek. Leiden, 1911-1937: VIII, 885 f; IV, 789.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: IV, 405 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Huizinga, Jacob Dirks (1809-1894)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 16 Jan 2019.,_Jacob_Dirks_(1809-1894)&oldid=118344.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1956). Huizinga, Jacob Dirks (1809-1894). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 January 2019, from,_Jacob_Dirks_(1809-1894)&oldid=118344.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 838-839. All rights reserved.

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