Schaeff, Catharina (d. 1692)

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Catharina Schaeff (Schaef), (d. 1692 at The Hague, Netherlands) was one of the last members of the Mennonite congregation of The Hague, which died out soon after, but was re-established in 1881. Catharina Schaeff, who never married, was undoubtedly well-to-do, for she made a number of legacies, including one to the congregation of The Hague and one to Bastiaen van Weenighem, who was her cousin. She had a remarkable collection of books; among them were some old Dutch Bibles, a copy of the oldest Dutch martyr book, Offer des Heeren, and other martyr books, the Foundation Book by Menno Simons, Dirk Philips' Christelyk Handboecxken, a number of old Mennonite hymnals, Sebastiaen Franck's "Wereltboeck" (obviously his Chronica, Zeytbuch vnd geschychtbibel), the poetical works of Vondel and Camphuysen, writings of Galenus Abrahamsz and Bastiaen van Weenighem, and a collection of devotional books. It is not known what became of these books after her death.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen. (1896): 55-58.

De Zondagsbode VI (1892-93): No. 17.

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. 438. All rights reserved.

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