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Stuurman, a Dutch family name. There have been three Mennonite ministers by this name. Jan Stuurman was a lay preacher of the Wormerveer Waterlander congregation 1764-1768 and of the Frisian congregation at Burg on the island of Texel 1768-1776. He seems to have been very conservative and intolerant; about 1776 with a few adherents he separated from the main body of the Burg congregation to found a new congregation, which also had a meetinghouse of its own, but lasted for only a few years. Claes Stuurman, who may have been a son of the former, was a lay preacher at Barsingerhorn-Kolhorn from 1784 until his death in 1827. Hendrik Gerrits Stuurman (1750 - 18 January 1790) studied at the Zonist Mennonite seminary at Amsterdam and served the Aalsmeer-Uithoorn congregation 1784-1790. Until recent times members of this family were found in a number of North Holland Mennonite churches.

Another Stuurman family, apparently not related to the former, is found at Blokzijl, Dutch province of Overijssel. As far as is known its ancestor was Jan Ariaens (ca. 11580 - ca. 1650), a Mennonite who settled at Blokzijl, probably from Giethoorn. In the 17th century his descendants assumed the family name of Stuurman. The early generations, all living at Blokzijl, were helmsmen (hence the name Stuurman), skippers, brewers, and farmers. Since the early 19th century they have spread over the Netherlands; they have been in various occupations and professions—merchants, bakers, physicians, and lawyers.

In Blokzijl most of the Stuurmans have been members of the more liberal Noorderkaai church. In the 18th century Arie (Adriaen Hendriks) Stuurman (ca. 1686-1763) of Blokzijl, who was a deacon of the Mennonite church 1723-1759, as well as a few other members of this family, leaned toward the Hernhutters (Moravian Brethren), who organized meetings of the group at Blokzijl.


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Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1731, 1743, 1755, 1757, 1766, 1769, 1775, 1780, 1782, 1784, 1786, 1787, 1789, 1791, 1793, 1802, 1804, 1806, 1808, 1810, 1815, 1829.

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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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