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Schoen, a Mennonite family found in the Zaan district, Dutch province of North Holland, from the 16th century. Willem Jansz Schoen, a baker at Wormerveer, was a preacher of the Wormerveer Frisian Mennonite congregation 1699-ca. 1745. His three sons did not bear the family name of Schoen, but different names -- Jan Willemsz Blaauw, Melis Willemsz La(a)keman, and Dirk Willemsz Breeuwer. Jan Willemsz Blaauw and Dirk Willemsz Breeuwer are the ancestors of the Blaauw and Breeuwer families, whose descendants are still found in many Mennonite congregations of North Holland. The Schoen family is also found at Zaandam. Here Simon Schoen was on friendly terms with Tsar Peter of Russia, who lived at Zaandam for a time in 1697. There were many Schoens at Zaandam-West; some of them were deacons of the congregation and governesses of the Mennonite orphanage. In Zaandam is the famous dye factory of Pieter Schoen and Son Limited, which developed from a dye mill of the 17th century owned by Pieter Schoen, who was a Mennonite, as were his descendants. In other towns of the Zaan district, like Zaandam-Oost, Westzaan, and Koog, there were also some members of this family. Most of the Schoens were Mennonites, some belonged to the Reformed Church, and a few were Roman Catholics.


Lootsma, S. Het Nieuwe Huys. Zaandam, 1937: 114, 195 ff., 200.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. (Amsterdam, 1731, 1743).

Voet, G. "Schoen, een typisch Zaans Geslacht." De Typhoon (May 5-21, 1953).

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. 471. All rights reserved.

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