Verwer family name

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Verwer, a Mennonite family name, found at Zaandam, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Alkmaar, Graftdijk, and some other congregations in the Dutch prov­ince of North Holland (several apparently unre­lated branches). Aris Jansz Verwer, d. 1679, was a preacher of the Frisian congregation at Zaandam-West and from about 1649 of the Aris-Janszvolk, a group which had separated from the Zaandam-West Frisian church, and which was dissolved shortly aft­er the death of Aris Jansz. The cause of the schism is not clear.

In the Rotterdam branch there was Adriaan Verwer, a merchant, who later moved to Amster­dam. He was a fervent Collegiant, a friend of Joachim Oudaen, and the author of a book against the philosopher Spinoza: De Atheisterye het Mom-aanzigt afgerukt (1683); he also wrote Inleiding tot de Christelyke Godsgeleerdheid (Amsterdam, 1698) and books on the Dutch lan­guage (1707) and on the Dutch maritime law (1716, 1730). In Amsterdam (Lamist) and elsewhere some Verwers were deacons.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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