Komen, Jan van (ca. 1680-1742)

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Jan van Komen (Koomen), author of Belydenisse des Geloofs onder de Doopsgezinde Christenen . . . (Groningen, 1744), which confession was used by the Swiss Mennonites whose ancestors had migrated from Switzerland to the Netherlands in 1711. The confession was edited after the death of van Komen by his son-in-law Hendrik van Kalker. It is not clear whether the appendix following the Confession entitled Korte Redengevinge van den dienst der Oudsten was also written by van Komen or by van Kalker. Jan van Komen (ca. 1680-1742) originally belonged to the Groningen Old Flemish congregation of Deventer, where he lived. About 1721, together with some other members, he left this congregation because it had, in their opinion, become too much conformed to the world; they moved to Hoogezand in the province of Groningen and joined the congregation of the Old Swiss Brethren at Sappemeer, in which congregation van Komen became a preacher.

Jan van Komen was married to Grietje van Calkar, a granddaughter of the Deventer Old Flemish Elder Abraham Willems Cremer. A daughter of Jan van Komen named Trijntje was married to Hendrik van Calkar (Kalker), editor of the Confession.

The family name of van Komen (van Koomen, van Coomen, van Comen) whose ancestor originally may have been an inhabitant of the Belgian town of Komen (Commines) is also found among the Flemish Mennonites of West Prussia.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1918): 75, 77, 109.

Huizinga, J. Stamboek... van Samuel Peter (Meihuizen) en Barbara Fry. Groningen, 1890: 59-61, 63, 75, 82.

Visscher, H. and L. A. van Langeraad. Biographisch Woordenboek von Protestantsche Godgeleerden in Nederland, 5 vols. Utrecht, 1903-:  V, 205 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Komen, Jan van (ca. 1680-1742)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 20 Nov 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Komen,_Jan_van_(ca._1680-1742)&oldid=82834.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Komen, Jan van (ca. 1680-1742). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 November 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Komen,_Jan_van_(ca._1680-1742)&oldid=82834.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 224. All rights reserved.

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