Vlieger, de, family

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De Vlieger, a Mennonite family in Hamburg, Ger­many, where this family is found at least from the early 17th century: in 1611 the Mennonite Symon de Vlieger was married to Maria Koen(en). A man of importance was Carl de Vlieger, d. about 1702, mar­ried in 1666 to the widow of the preacher Werner Jansz Colombier and in 1681 to a daughter of Elder Gerhard Roosen. Carl de Vlieger took part in Greenland whaling from 1674 on by equipping his own ships, as did also his sons and his grand­sons. The de Vlieger family became very wealthy. Carl de Vlieger contributed liberally to the building of the meetinghouse at Altona in 1674, as did his widow in 1716, when a new church was to be built to replace the former, which was burned down dur­ing the war in 1713. Many members of the de Vlie­ger family were deacons, and some served as preach­ers; one of these was Gerrit Vlieger from 1765. It could not be ascertained whether Karl de Fleger (Vlieger), who in 1652 published a Mennonite hymnal with a confession of faith (see de CL Psalmen), belonged to this family. Some members of the de Vlieger family, temporarily living at Amsterdam, were members of the Zonist church. The Hamburg de Vlieger family died out in the early 19th century.

A Mennonite de Vlieger family, emigrants from Waarschoot in Flanders, Belgium, was living at Aardenburg in Dutch Zeeland Flanders in the 17th century. One Jan de Vlieger (1700-32), apparently a descendant of this branch, lived at Zierizee. Some de Vliegers were members of the Am­sterdam Lamist church in the 18th century. The relationship between this family and de Vliegers of Hamburg and Aardenburg could not be determined.


Church records of Aardenburg and Amsterdam.

Dollinger, Robert. Geschichte der Mennoniten in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg und Lübeck. Neumünster, 1930.

Roosen, B. C. Geschichte der Mennoniten-Gemeinde zu Hamburg und Altona I. Hamburg, 1886: 37, 39, 46, 48, 57, 58, 61, 64; II Hamburg, 1887: 6, 16, 49, 55, 82, 84.

Oesau, Wanda. Hamburgs Grönlandfahrt. Glückstadt-Hamburg, 1955: 143-45.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Vlieger, de, family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 9 Dec 2019. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vlieger,_de,_family&oldid=133728.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Vlieger, de, family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 December 2019, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Vlieger,_de,_family&oldid=133728.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 837-838. All rights reserved.

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