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Wuite, a Dutch Mennonite family, originally at Giethoorn, Dutch province of Overijssel, where Harm Roelofs (Wuite) was a Mennonite preacher in the Giethoorn-Zuid congregation 1739-d. 1792. His son Roelof Harms Wuite was a preacher of the same church 1783-d. 1793. Roelof Roelofs Wuite moved ca. 1830 from Giethoorn to Tjalleberd in Friesland, where he engaged in peat-digging and later in farming. His cousins (?) Jacob Jansz Wuite and Jan Jansz Wuite settled about the same time as farmers on the neighboring hamlet of Luinjeberd. Jan Jacobs Wuite (1845-1908), a son of the above Jacob Jansz Wuite, was for 35 years a trustee of the Tjalleberd congregation. His son was Jan Wuite (Luinjeberd, 2 May 1874 - Haarlem, 5 July 1931), who after studying at the university and the Mennonite seminary of Amsterdam served as pastor at Stadskanaal 1898-1904, Drachten-Ureterp 1904-1912, Leiden 1912-1925, and Bovenknijpe 1925-1930. He was editor of De Zondagsbode from 1916 until November 1930, and of the Doopsgezind Jaarboekje 1927-1930. He published a paper. "De Scheurin tusschen het Lam en de Zon," in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1900, and in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1904 a Dutch translation of S. Cramer's article on Menno Simons from Herzog's Realencyclopadie XII under the new title "Menno's Leven." In Doopsgezind Jaarboekje 1914 he commemorated his profes­sor Samuel Cramer. An address of his, "De taak van de predikant in onze gemeente," given be­fore the ANDPV (Dutch Mennonite ministers' association), was published in Doopsgezind Jaarboekje 1928. Gods Wegen, godsdientige schetsen (Schagen n.d.-1933,) came from the press after his death.

Geert Wuite Janszoon (Luinjeberd, 16 July 1874 - The Hague, 21 February 1940) also studied theology at the university and the Amsterdam seminary and served as pastor of the Mennonite congregations at Staveren-Molkwerum 1899-1902, Arnhem 1902-1910, and The Hague 1910-1939. Particularly at The Hague he was a popular preacher and an influential leader of the church. The Wuite House of the congregation at The Hague is named after him. He was a trustee of the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit. 1931-1939. He published a num­ber of sermons, and a volume of sermons entitled Soli Deo Gloria (Busonn, 1939) was published when he retired. His son Jan Johan Gerard Wuite (b. at Staveren 1900) after studying at Leiden and Amster­dam was a pastor at Veendam 1927-32, Zaandam Oost 1932-34, and Utrecht 1934-    . He was a trustee of the Algemeene Doopsgezinde Sociëteit 1933-34 and 1943-    , and a curator of its seminary 1946-    , acting as its moderator 1955-    .

Many members of this family have served as deacons at Giethoorn, Tjalleberd, Zwolle, Leeuwarden, Amsterdam, and The Hague.


Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1878): 23.

Doopsgezind Jaarboekje (1919): 66, 68, 71, 72; (1928): 96; (1932): 23-37; (1941): 17-24.

Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1793: 63.

De Zondagsbode XXII (1908-9) Nos. 8, 10; XLIV (1930-31) Nos. 37 f.

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, p. 991. All rights reserved.

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