Ploeg, van der, family

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Ploeg, van der, a Dutch Mennonite family. The first generations of this family, as far as known, were in the early 17th century living at Bolsward and Franeker in the province of Friesland; many members of the Franeker branch were potters. They gradually spread over the Netherlands. This fam­ily has produced a number of Mennonite ministers: Feike Hiddes van der Ploeg (b. 1736 at Franeker, d. 1790 at Dokkum) studied at Franeker University and the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary and was a preacher at Hindeloopen 1767-72 and at Dokkum 1772-1787. In 1787 he retired and left Dokkum; the probable reason for his retiring was his Patriotic sympathies. In 1788 he was back in Dokkum to give all his time and energy to a publishing house that he had founded in 1778. He was the author of a book of poems for children, which was once very popular. He also published a Naamlijst (List of Names) of the Mennonite congregations in Friesland with their ministers. Both of his sons were Mennonite preachers: Hidde Wibius van der Ploeg (b. in 1769 at Hindeloopen, d. at Goch, Ger­many, in 1853), serving at Kleve 1789-1793 and Krefeld 1793-1818; then he resigned, but in the next year he accepted a call from Goch, where he served 1819-1850, also serving at Emmerich 1821-1849 and at Kleve 1822-1849. He published a sermon on Ephesians 5:15-16 which he had preached at Krefeld, and a collection of sermons, Christelijke Leerredenen (Haarlem, 1813). The other son of Feike Hiddes was Johannes Aeschinus van der Ploeg (b. 1778 at Dokkum, d. 1859 at Grouw), who was a minister at Grouw in 1802-52. Two sons of the latter were also Mennonite ministers: Feico van der Ploeg (b. 1805 at Grouw, d. 1883 at Burgsteinfurt, Germany), who served at Ouddorp 1829-1842 and Enschedé 1842-1871, and Hidde Wibius van der Ploeg (b. 1815 at Grouw, d. there 1903), who was a pastor of Middelie 1839-1892. Feico's son Jan van der Ploeg (b. 1834 at Ouddorp, d. 1917 at Wildervank) also went into the ministry (serving at Baard 1858-63, Monnikendam 1863-1883, and Veendam 1883-1898), as did also his cousin Sybrand Feico van der Ploeg (b. 1854 at Middelie, d. 1942 at Apeldoorn), a son of Hidde Wibius; he served at Burg on the island of Texel 1880-1884, Drachten-Ureterp 1884-1887, Noordhorn 1887-1889, Pieterzijl (Grijpskerk) 1889-1891, and Leer in East Friesland 1891-1920. He was married to Emma van der Goot, a daughter of the well-known Amsterdam Mennonite pastor Pieter van der Goot. Two other Mennonite pastors were members of this family: Folkert van der Ploeg (b. 1865 at Grouw, d. 1947 at Apeldoorn) married to Albertje Wuite, of Tjalleberd, minister of Tjalleberd 1893-1896, Wolvega 1894-96, Veendam 1896-1906, and Groningen 1906-1931, and his cousin Tjalke van der Ploeg (b. 1876 at Grouw, d. 1938 at Amsterdam), who served as pastor at Mensingeweer 1901-1903, Heerenveen 1903-1908, Zaandam-Oostzijde 1908-1925, and Apel­doorn 1925-1938. With the exception of Feike Hiddes van der Ploeg, who had no special training for the ministry, and Hidde Wibius, who was appointed as a ministerial candidate (proponent) by the Con­ference of Friesland (F.D.S.) in 1839, all of these ministers received their training at the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary. In addition, many members of this family served as deacons in various Dutch Mennonite congregations.


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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. 196. All rights reserved.

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