Schimmelpennink family

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Schimmelpennin(c)k, a Dutch Mennonite family, found since the 16th century at Zutphen, Deventer, Almelo, Zwolle, and in later times also in other towns. Johan Schimmelpenninck, the ancestor of this family, who died before 1573 at Zutphen, was a wine merchant. The members of the Zutphen-Deventer branch were usually wine merchants; the Almelo branch was engaged in the textile business. Many of the Schimmelpennincks, particularly at Zwolle and Almelo, were Mennonite deacons. Thomas Schimmelpenninck, of Zwolle, represented the Zwolle congregation at the large Flemish delegates' conference at Haarlem in 1649. Gerrit Schimmelpenninck (b. 1727 at Almelo, d. 30 October 1792, at Goch), after studying at the Mennonite Theological Seminary at Amsterdam, served as a preacher at Goes 1757-74 and Goch, Germany, 1774-92. To this family also belonged Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck (b. 1761 at Deventer, d. 1825 at Amsterdam), a noted Dutch statesman, at first a lawyer at Amsterdam, in 1795 an influential member of the national Dutch Convention, then an ambassador of the Netherlands at Paris and London, 1805-6 Grand Pensionary of the Batavian (i.e., Dutch) Republic, knighted by Napoleon as a count of the empire and from 1815 a member of the First Chamber of the Netherlands. His father, Gerrit Schimmelpennick, a wine merchant at Deventer, was a Mennonite; Rutger Jan, however, and all the other children of Gerrit Schimmelpenninck became members of the Reformed Church as their mother was. The Mennonite branch of this family has died out in the male line.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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