Huizinga (Huysinga, Huisinga) family

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Huizinga (formerly also Huysinga and Huisinga) is a widely diffused Dutch Mennonite family, whose ancestor was Derk Pieters (died 1566 or 1567), a farmer, married to Katrina Thomas, and living on the old "heert" (a castle-like farm building) of Melkema near Huizinge in the Dutch province of Groningen. He was apparently the owner of this stately farm. He was in all probability a Mennonite, as many of his descendants have been. In the 17th and 18th centuries most members of the family belonged to the Groningen Old Flemish branch. Many of them served the church as deacons and preachers or elders. Jacob Derks (1560-1620, a son of Derk Pieters), a farmer at Maarhuizen near Winsum, was in 1585 chosen as a preacher of the congregation of Rasquert.

The name Huizinga was already used by a great-grandson of Derk Pieters, namely, Jacob Derks Huizinga (1659-1736), a merchant living in the city of Groningen, the son of Derk Syerts (1608-1678).

The following Mennonite ministers of the Huizinga family have been found: Luirt Luirts (died 1674), farmer and elder of the congregation of Westeremden, ordained 1655 (see the interesting account of his journey of 1645 with Derk Syerts through the Old Flemish congregations, in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1879, 86-94); Derk Syerts (1608-1678), Tamme Pieters (died 1684), ordained elders in 1655, and his son Derk Tammens (died 1728), all three farmers and preachers of the Huizinge congregation; Jacob Lippes (1660-1735), farmer and preacher at Baflo; Klaas Jans (1701-1777), farmer and preacher at Zijldijk 1756; Andries Huizinga was preacher of the Flemish congregation of Obergum-Winsum 1740-ca. 1750; Tammo Huizinga (1711-1770), farmer and preacher at Baflo (later Rasquert) 1741-1770; Jacob Tietes (1734-1821) born at Gaaikemaweer near Oldehove and living at Terhorne near 't Zandt, a farmer, assuming in 1811 the official family name of Huizinga, which was his wife's name, served from 1764 as a preacher of the congregation of Leermens and Loppersum. He married Trijntje Tammes Huizinga. His son Dirk Huizinga, born 29 January 1772, near 't Zandt, died 31 January 1843, was trained for the ministry privately by Gerbrand Valter, preacher of Westzaan-Zuid, and served the congregation of Midwolda-Beerta-Meeden 1793-1802, Norden 1802-1809, and Westzaan-Zuid 1809-1843. He married Trijntje Jurjens Coolman. Their son Jacob Dirks Huizinga was also a Mennonite minister.

Doewe Sieuwertsz Huizinga, born 14 December 1820 at Loppersum, died 1907, studied at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary and served the congregation of Mensingeweer 1847-1849 (as an assistant pastor), Hoorn on the island of Texel 1849-1853, Westgraftdijk 1853-1868, and Wieringen 1868 until he retired in 1887.

Menno Huizinga, a grandson of Jacob Dirks Huizinga, born 1876 at Harlingen, studied at the Amsterdam University and the Mennonite Seminary there and was a pastor of Nes 1902-1910, Zwartsluis 1910-1914, and Noord en Zuid-Zijpe 1914 until he retired in 1918.

The genealogy of the Huizinga family was first published by Pieter Huisinga Bakker under the title Stamboek of Geslachtsregister der nakomelingen van Derk Pieters en Katrina Thomas . . . (Groningen, 1775), then in a much enlarged edition by Jacob D. Huizinga under the same title (Groningen, 1883) (see also various issues of the [[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|Naamlijst]]).


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1879): 3-6, passim.

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

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: II, No. 1843

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Het protestantsche vaderland: biographisch woordenboek van protestantsche godgeleerden in Nederland, 8 vols. Utrecht, 1903-1918: IV, 400.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1956

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