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Vissering, a Mennonite family found since the 17th century at Leer in East Friesland, Germany. David Joosten, who died in 1709, did not yet bear this family name; his descendants, usually businessmen and wholesalers, were among the pillars of the Mennonite congregation of Leer. His sons adopted the family name of Vissering (at first also Visring). In the course of the 17th century there were branch­es of this family at Leer, Emden, and Amsterdam. The branch at Leer died out in the 19th century. The Emden branch left the Mennonites and joined the Reformed Church. The branch at Amsterdam, founded by Coenraad Vissering (1746-1810), a grand­son of David Joosten, who became a banker at Amsterdam, at first belonged to the Zonist congre­gation and after the merger of this church with the Lamists in 1801 to the United Mennonite church. Some of them were deacons at Amsterdam.

This family furnished two Mennonite preachers, i.e., Jacobus David Vissering and his son Gerbrand Vissering.

Prominent members were Simon Vissering and his son Gerard Vissering (1865-1937), a financial expert, director of the Dutch National Bank, financial adviser to the former League of Nations, who was called by the governments of China, South Africa, and Turkey to organize or reform their monetary systems. Both were of the Dutch branch. Willem Vissering (1802-1860), living on the estate Lintel near Norden, East Friesland, was a "Landrat"; his son Friedrich Bodewin Vissering (1826-1885), living on an estate near Dornum in East Friesland, was an "Oekonomienrat" and a member of the German Parliament.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1904): 241.  

Gate, ten G. Geslachtlijst van de familie Vissering. 1903.

Mennonite Quarterly Review XXV: 249.

Nederland's Patriciaat XXIV (1938): 300-18.

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, pp. 835-836. All rights reserved.

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