Paschen (Paaschen, Paessen) family

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Paschen is a Dutch Mennonite family, which originally lived at Burgsteinfurt in Westphalia, Germany. Here its members were already Mennonites, most of them merchants; Hendrik Gerritsz Paschen, a merchant, was a preacher of the Burgsteinfurt Mennonite congregation in the early 17th century. About 1623 Berent Paschen (b. 1601) moved to Enschedé in the Dutch district of Twenthe, and other members of the family followed. Some of them also settled at Ootmarsum and Hengelo, but the main center of the family was at Enschedé. The branch remaining in Burgsteinfurt died out about 1700. The Paschen family played an important part in the development both of the Mennonite congregation and the town of Enschedé, its members usually being textile merchants. Isaac Paschen (d. c1710), a son of Hendrik Gerritsz Paschen of Burgsteinfurt, was a preacher of the congregation. Abraham and Gerrit Paschen, both textile manufacturers, moved to Winterswijk about 1762, where many of their descendants served as deacons of the Mennonite congregation until recent times. By marriage the Paschens became related to a number of noted Mennonite families, such as Stenvers, van Lochem, Blijdenstein, Stroink, Roelvink (all in Enschedé), ten Cate (Enschedé and Almelo), Coster and Hofkes (Almelo), Willink and Walyen (Winterswijk), and Rierink (Zutphen).

Blaupot ten Cate (Groningen I: 31) tells an anecdote concerning Hendrik Gerritsz Paschen, a merchant and Mennonite preacher at Burgsteinfurt; being surprised by robbers (ca. 1650), he preached them a sermon on Luke 3:14, which made them so ashamed that they left.


Beets, P. Stamboek der Willingen. Deventer, 1767: passim.

Benthem Gz, A. Geschiedenis van Enschedé. 2d ed. 1920: 722.

Fleischer, F. C. De Doopsgezinde gemeente te Winterswijk. 1909.

Fleischer, F. C. "The genealogy of the Blijdenstein family" (passim) in Ned. Patriciaat XXXIII (1947): 7-34.

Uit het Verleden der Doopsgezinden in Twenthe. Borne, n.d.: 57, 61, 97, 104, 134.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 121. All rights reserved.

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