Plaats, van der, family

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Van der Plaats is a Dutch Mennonite family, from the 17th century found at Harlingen, Friesland, where in the early 18th century Folkert van der Plaats Jzn was a deacon of the Mennonite congregation and owner of a publishing house, which printed a number of books by Johannes Stinstra. His son Folkert van der Plaats Jr. continued this pub­lishing house until his death in 1806. The business was then run by Melle van der Plaats, a son of Folkert Jr. Some members of this family were noted physicians and lawyers in Friesland.

A descendant of this family was Jan Daniel van der Plaats, b. 1837 at Leeuwarden, d. 1890, who after finishing his studies at the Amsterdam Theo­logical Seminary served as pastor at Hindeloopen-Molkwerum 1851-1856 and Woudsend 1856-1883. He published the sermons delivered in 1858-1859 to com­memorate the last service in the old meetinghouse and the first service in the new one at Woudsend: Twee tempel-psalmen (Sneek, 1859).


Cate, Steven Blaupot ten. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinden in Friesland. Leeuwarden: W. Eekhoff, 1839.

Wumkes, G. A. Stads- en Dorpskroniek van Friesland, 2 vv. Leeuwarden, 1930 and 1934:  passim.

De Zondagsbode.

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. 183. All rights reserved.

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