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Roose (Rose, Rosen, Roosen, Rooze), a Mennonite name found in Flanders, Belgium, and after their emigration because of persecution, in Holland. Gilles Rooze, of Bellegem near Kortrijk, died as a Mennonite martyr at Bruges, Belgium, in 1568. In 1583 Vincent Rooze, a Mennonite citizen of Ghent, Belgium, when this town was under a (temporary) Calvinist government, was banished forever, because he had refused to swear an oath of allegiance, professing that his faith forbade him to swear an oath. From the early 17th century the Roose family, sometimes spelling their name Roos, no doubt having emigrated from Flanders, were found among the members of the Mennonite Flemish congregations of Leiden and Haarlem, and soon after also of Amsterdam. Jan Rose (Roose) was a preacher of the Leiden Flemish church from shortly after 1600 until at least 1640. He was extremely conservative, and with some adherents, called Jan Rosensvolk, split off from the main Flemish church. In 1669 a Samuel Roose is mentioned as a member of the Mennonite congregation of Rotterdam. Among the Mennonites at Königsberg, Prussia, were Johann Roos(e) and his son Cornelius Roose (born 1753), both brandy distillers, mentioned in the reports of the city in 1751 and 1809 respectively. Whether some of these Rooses were related or not with the Hamburg Roosen family could not be ascertained.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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