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De Wind, a former Dutch Mennonite family, now extinct. The idea, found in older books, that this family stemmed from Germany is wrong. About 1566 two brothers, Pieter and Jan de Wind, fled because of persecution from Flanders, Belgium, to Vlissingen  in the Dutch province of Zeeland. Jan joined the Reformed Church.

(1) Pieter became a Mennonite, and his descendants gave the Mennonite church in the Netherlands meritorious service. (2) Paulus de Wind, a weaver, son of (1) Pieter, moved from Vlissingen to Middelburg. (3) Gerard de Wind, a son of (2) Paulus, was a cloth shearer. (4) Paulus de Wind (1655-1728), a son of (3) Gerard, married to Jacomyntje Frans, was a cheese and butter merchant at Vlissingen and an elder of the Vlissingen congregation 1691-1704, then moved to Zwolle, where he died. After this, most of the de Winds were practicing physicians in Middelburg, where nearly all served the church as deacons. (5) Gerard de Wind was a son of (4) Paulus. His sons were (6) Jan van Beekhoven de Wind (Middelburg ca.1710 Haarlem?), physician and preacher at Gouda 1734-37 and of the Haarlem Peuzelaarsteeg congregation 1737-ca. 1770, (7) Paulus de Wind (1714-71) (Nos. (7) to (11) were born and died at Middelburg and practiced medicine there unless otherwise noted), (7) Paulus de Wind, married to Berdina Tak and later to Cornelia Dobbelaers, and (8) Gerard de Wind (1730-1800), married to Suzanna van Hoorn, professor of anatomy at Middelburg. A son of (7) Paulus was (9) Samuel de Wind (1742-1803), mar­ried to Cornelia Dobbelaer, known for his beneficence, as was his son (10) Paulus de Wind (1767-97), married to his cousin Elizabeth de Wind. Another son of (9) Samuel was (11) Boudewijn Dobbelaer de Wind (1775-1818), married to Petronella Tak, a pillar of the church and a very popular man in his hometown. (12) Samuel de Wind (1793-1856), married to his cousin Cornelia Dob­belaer, a son of (10) Paulus, was a well-known lawyer in Middelburg. He published also a number of studies on the history of Vlissingen and was very active in the church. His son (13) Samuel Dobbelaer de Wind (1817-89) was a physician at Middelburg. With him the family died out in the male line. In the 18th century a branch of this family, now also extinct, was found at Amsterdam.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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