Veer, Isaac de (1673-1745)

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Isaac de Veer family: Elder of the Danzig Flemish congregation; born 10 February 1673 in Danzig-Neugarten. Isaac was the second of two children of Cornelius de Veer (13 April 1636, Danzig - 27 November 1699, Danzig-Neugarten) and Susanna Van Beuningen (21 July 1650, Danzig - 7 November 1673, Danzig-Neugarten). Isaac was married for the first time on 8 January 1696 to Sara "Saercke" (Siemens) Wilcke (4 November 1671, Marienburger Werder, Prussia - 4 December 1699, Schottland, Danzig), a widow with one child. Isaac and Sara had two children. Isaac was married for the second time on 10 February 1697 to Magdalena (Sudermann) Conwentz (26 January 1677, Danzig-Altschottland - 2 July 1710, Danzig-Altschottland), and they had eight children. Isaac's third wife was Maria (Kempner) Reincke (15 February 1686, Danzig - 16 August 1716, Danzig-Stadtgebiet), whom he married on 12 October 1710. Isaac and Maria had two children before her death. Isaac was married for the fourth time on 8 November 1716 to Sara "Saercke" Jantzen (ca. 1689 - 14 June 1718, Danzig), and they had one daughter that died at birth. Isaac's fifth wife was Maria Daniels (9 May 1697, Danzig - 25 January 1756, Danzig-Stadtgebiet), whom he married on 6 November 1718. They had one child. Isaac died on 6 October 1745 in Danzig-Altschottland.

Isaac was a lace manufacturer and merchant at Danzig. After serving as deacon of the Flemish Schladal congregation in Danzig for some years, he was chosen preacher in 1726, and elder in 1737, serving until his death. He was an inspiring leader of the church in a difficult period (Polish civil war, church badly damaged, controversies among the members). He corresponded with the Mennonite leaders at Amsterdam, who at his request contributed finan­cially to the restoration of the church and the old people's home.

Among Isaac's children were Cornelis de Veer (1702-1760), who settled at Amsterdam, and Isaac de Veer, many of whose descendants were deacons of the Danzig congregation. Jacob de Veer (b. 1739), Isaac's grandson, was a preacher of the Danzig Flemish congregation 1774 and elder 1790-d. 1793. He drew up a new catechism for his church, which was used until 1825.

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. 803. All rights reserved.

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