Muliers, Pierson de (16th century)

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Pierson (Piersom) de (des) Muliers, a Mennonite at Bruges, Belgium, warned by a member of the council of Bruges, fled with his wife Claudine le Vettre to Meenen. There he was betrayed by a neighbor. Again he escaped through a warning by a councilman; but his wife, because she would not abandon her infant son, was seized in 1567 by the inquisitor Titelman and burned at the stake in Ieper the following year. She is said to have been a beautiful woman, who sang well. Their betrayer had to flee from the city. Pierson's account books were saved by the councilman who rescued him. After leaving Belgium, Pierson de Muliers lived at Hoorn, Holland, and then moved to Leiden (before 1589). He married again, first Peronne Hennebo (died 1589 at Leiden), then Isabeau de la Motte, and died in 1591. The children of his first marriage were baptized illegally by the parson: Pieter (died 1568), Nicolaas, Jan (born 1567), and Margriete, who died at Calais, France, at the age of sixteen. Peronne's children, Maria and Martha, were born at Hoorn: Martha married the preacher Dirk Volkerts Velius, the chronicler of Hoorn; their son was Pieter Velius. Isabeau was the mother of Margriete des Muliers, who lived at Gouda. Claudine's son was Nicolaas Mulerius, who obtained his M.D. degree at the University of Leiden in 1589 and soon after left the Mennonite Church to join the Reformed.


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Author(s) Karel Vos
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 767-768. All rights reserved.

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