Straalman (Straelmans) family

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Straalman (Straelmans), a former Dutch Mennonite family. The origin and genealogy of this family is not clear. Its cradle is Vreden in Westphalia, Ger­many, where its members, Mennonites, were living in the 16th century. In the early 17th century they were found at Almelo and soon also in Amsterdam and other Dutch towns; in Amsterdam they were wealthy merchants. One of the mightiest merchant princes of 18th-century Amsterdam was Abraham Straalman, died 1759. His first wife was Catharina Verhamme (1704-37), of an old Mennonite family of Haarlem; his second wife was Suzanna Catharina de Wolf, also a Mennonite. He lived in the stately manor "Vijverhof" on the Vecht River. He was a deacon of the Amsterdam Lamist church 1738-44 and 1755-59. Until the end of the 18th cen­tury his relatives and descendants were members of the Amsterdam Mennonite congregation. Some of them served the church as deacons, one of whom was his father, Matthijs Straalman (1693-98, 1703-9). Jan Straalman was a member of the Mennonite committee of Foreign Needs (Relief Committee) about 1730. By marriage the Straalmans were re­lated to other well-known Amsterdam Mennonite families such as van Lennep, de Wolf, de Flines, Seijen, Kops, and van Meekeren.

In the second half of the 18th century some branches of this family died out, and a few of its members joined the Reformed Church.


Church records of the Amsterdam Mennonite congrega­tion.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1905: 126.

Nederlands Adelsboek XVI (1917): 362.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. I, No. 1935; v. II, Nos. 432-35.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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