Mattheissen, Hugo (16th century)

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Hugo Mattheissen (Matheisen, Mathysen, Mathisz), a Dutchman, who in 1562 leased from the city of Danzig, West Prussia (then Poland), a large tract of swampland in the Danzig Nehrung to reclaim and cultivate it. Probably he was a "locator," i.e., he leased the land to rent it out to immigrants, who usually were Dutch Mennonites. His name (Hugo Matthias) is found in a letter of 1569 written to the city of Danzig by King Sigismund of Poland. About 1550 he was a preacher of the Danzig Anabaptist congregation. This was stated by Jan van Sol in his confession before the judges of Brussels in 1550. He related that Hughe Matthyszoon had formerly been a weaver at The Hague, Holland, and had preached at Amsterdam and 's Hertogenbosch, and that he had been a copperplate engraver and during his first years in Prussia a peddler.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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