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Rogge, a Dutch Mennonite family, found at Zaandam, Dutch province of North Holland. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Rogge family was outstanding in the area along the Zaan River in shipbuilding. Others were whalers or in other industries (lumber dealers and paper manufacturers). Jan Lijns Rogge (died 9 February 1759) was a merchant and shipowner at Zaandam and from 1721 until his death also a preacher of the Frisian Mennonite congregation of West Zaandam. He was well educated, though not specifically trained for the ministry. He knew many languages. In co-operation with the preachers Adriaan Loosjes of the Zaandam Nieuwe Huys congregation and Marten Schagen of Utrecht he translated the works of Josephus from Latin into Dutch.

Some members of the Rogge family served the West Zaandam Frisian congregation as deacons. Adriaan Rogge (1736-1826), manufacturer and also a deacon of this church, was one of the leaders in the meetings held regularly in the church on Sunday evening during the winter, in which the Bible was explained both by the preachers and the lay members of the congregation, and in which every brother of the church was entitled to a free expression of his thought.

Grietje Rogge, who died unmarried in 1828, willed her considerable fortune to the Frisian Mennonite congregation of West Zaandam. A branch of this Rogge family was found at Amsterdam as early as 1690.


Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1837): 99.

Lootsma, S. Het Nieuwe Huys. Zaandam, 1937: 47, 63, 70, 75, 113, 190, 192, 196.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam: 1810, 72.

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. 352, 1148. All rights reserved.

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