Vaals (Limburg, Netherlands)

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Vaals, a town in the southeast of the Dutch prov­ince of Limburg, close to the German border (coordinates: 50° 46′ 0″ N, 6° 1′ 0″ E). Mennonites from Burtscheid and Aachen, Germany, who could not meet there freely, used to meet at Vaals and built a meetinghouse there in the early 17th century. In the 18th century Burtscheid, Vaals, and Aachen formed one single congregation, whose preacher lived at Burtscheid until 1768; he also had charge of the Maastricht congregation. In 1768 Pastor Pieter Staal moved to Maastricht; the Burtscheid and Vaals sections did not agree with this change and separated from Maas­tricht, forming the independent congregation of Vaals and Burtscheid, which, however, never had a preacher of its own, died out by ca. 1793; it had prob­ably dissolved in 1785.


Gedenkboek der Nederland Herv. Gemeente van Maas­tricht.  Maastricht, 1932: 380-82.

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: II, Nos. 2079 f.


Map:Vaals (Limburg, Netherlands)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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