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Tichelaar, a Dutch family name, very common in the province of Friesland, where tichelaar means owner of a tile factory or maker of brick. There have been many Tichelaar families unrelated to one another. A Mennonite Tichelaar family is still found at Makkum, Friesland. They have been well-to-do owners of tile works and formerly also of sawmills and paper mills. This family is mentioned as early as about 1660, in which year Freerck Jans, a farmer's son, who in 1676 assumed the family name of Tichelaar, bought a tile factory at Makkum. This factory, now N. V. Tichelaars Kleiwarenfabriek (Tichelaar's Clayware Factories, Inc.), is still run by a descendant of the first owner Freerck Jans, the present director being Jan Pieter Tichelaar (b. 1893). This factory now specializes in art pottery; it made the two Mennonite plates pictured among the illustrations of Mennonite Encyclopedia I, XXV, Nos. 1 and 2. Many members of this Tichelaar family have been deacons of the church and trustees of the conference of Friesland, Pieter Ymes Tichelaar (d. 1808) being treasurer of the Zuiderklasse and J. P. Tichelaar in 1941-54 a trustee of the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit. Pieter Jans Tichelaar (d. 1890) bequeathed a considerable gift of money to the Makkum congregation.

A member of this Makkum Tichelaar family was Hoito Tichelaar, b. 1743 at Makkum, d. there on 1 March 1818. After studying at the University of Franeker and the Amsterdam Mennonite Seminary he served as pastor at den Hoorn on the island of Texel 1765-66, Bolsward 1766-67, and Amsterdam 1767-1810, until 1801 in the Lamist congregation and from then in the United Mennonite congregation of Amsterdam. He took a keen interest in the merger of the Lamist and Zonist churches (1801). He published only his Aanspraak aan de kinderen in het Doopsgezinde Weeshuis (Amsterdam, 1777) and a funeral sermon for his colleague Gerard van Heyningen: Lykrede (Amsterdam, 1801). Hoito Tichelaar is said to have been "always eager to oblige"; as a pulpit orator he was not very popular: his sermons are said to have been "old-fashioned, stiff, and affected."

Other Dutch Mennonite preachers of this name, probably not related to the Makkum Tichelaar family, were Jan Jacobs Tichelaar (c1648-1721), preacher at Stiens until 1704/5 and in the congregation of Oost-Vlieland 1704/5-21, and Douwe Abesz Tichelaar, d. 1746, who was a preacher of the Waterlander congregation on the island of Ameland 1706-46. Nicolaas Tichelaar belongs to the Tigler family.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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