Voss, de, family

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De Voss, a former Mennonite family at Hamburg-Altona, Germany. In the 16th and 17th centuries the name was usually de Vos, like that of the Dutch de Vos family. In Hamburg a Willem de Vos is found as early as 1569. Gysbert and Gilbert de Vos, probably his sons, lived here in 1605. They certainly were emigrants from Flanders, Belgium, and rela­tives of Jan de Vos, b. 1550, who was burgomaster of Hondschooten in Flanders, and whose son Pieter de Vos, b. ca. 1590, joined the Reformed and immigrat­ed to Colchester, England. In 1627 Pieter (or Peter) de Vos was at Amsterdam and soon after he lived at Hamburg; by a privilege granted ca. 1639 by Otto, Count of Schauenburg, he became the founder of Hamburg's big industry and of the considerable wealth of the de Voss family. He conducted a num­ber of businesses at the same time, among which was a brewery operated for two centuries by mem­bers of the de Voss family; he and his descendants were also engaged in Greenland whaling. His son Abraham de Vos (1627-1682), a merchant and busi­nessman like his father, who apparently was bap­tized into the Baptist Church at Colchester, joined the Dompelaars at Hamburg in 1656 and be­came a preacher for this group. A few other de Vosses left the Mennonite congregation to join this group with him. Most of the family, however, re­mained Mennonite and until the 19th century many served as deacons. Jan Janssen de Voss, d. 1716, a deacon from 1706, was a preacher of the Hamburg Mennonite congregation 1712-d. 1716. Pieter de Vos Pz was an assistant pastor in 1727. Adriana de Voss, who immigrated to Germantown in 1700 with her husband, Harmen Karsdorp, and their children, may have been a member of this family.


"Geslachtsregister der de Vossen,” manuscript, by Gysbert van der Smissen in the 18th century.

Mennonite Quarterly Review VII (1933): 236.

Roosen, B. C. Geschichte der Mennoniten-Gemeinde zu Hamburg und Altona I. Hamburg, 1886. 8, 9, 31, 40, 43, 47, 63, 66, 72; II, Hamburg, 1887: 6, 7, 8, 11, 84, 85.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Voss, de, family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 August 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Voss,_de,_family&oldid=133981.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 856-857. All rights reserved.

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