Menalda family

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Menalda, a Dutch Mennonite family, usually merchants, in the province of Friesland (Bolsward, Harlingen, later also Gröningen and Leeuwarden), There are a number of Mennonite preachers of this name: Jan Menalda (1726-1801), of Harlingen, who studied at the University of Utrecht and the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, and served at Huizen 1751-1764, Leeuwarden 1764-1771, and Rotterdam 1771-1801. His son Eke Menalda (1759-1831), educated at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary, served at Middelburg 1784-1831. Thomas Menalda (1736-1794) of Bolsward studied at the University of Franeker and the Amsterdam Seminary and served at Makkum 1761-1771 and Zwolle 1771-1794. His son Simon Menalda (1763-1822), after studying at the Franeker University and the Amsterdam Seminary, was a pastor of the Bolsward congregation 1789-1813. Rein Sickes Menalda (born ca. 1660), the grandfather of Jan Menalda, in 1700 conducted an important trade to the Baltic Sea ports. In 1721 he became burgomaster of Harlingen, one of the earliest instances of a Mennonite in government office.

To this family also belonged Cornelis Benjamin Menalda (1862-1950), of Leeuwarden, registrar of the Provincial States of Friesland, and for many years a trustee of the F.D.S. (Conference of Friesland) and the Algemene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit (General Dutch Mennonite Conference), and his daughter Wilhelmina Jacoba Menalda (1891-1946), who was the secretary of the Elspeetsche Vereeniging and also participated in the compilation of the new Dutch Mennonite hymnal, the Doopsgezinde Bundel.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 572. All rights reserved.

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