Antonij Enloos was a goldsmith and Mennonite from the Ruhr Valley (now in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany). His exact origins are unknown.
He married Gritie Livens around 1620 and together they had at least five children:
Antonij came to Amsterdam with his wife, Gritie and their children in early 1643.
His Amsterdam Doopsgezinde Attestatie (Mennonite certificate of membership used by members transferring from congregation to another) was dated 28 April 1643. It also noted that Antonij Enloos came from Wesel, a city in the Ruhr Valley with a significant Mennonite population.
Antonij bought poorterschap in Amsterdam and took oath 3 July 1643. His stated place of origin was Felbad (Velbert).
The family was also in Duisburg and Mülheim before relocating to Amsterdam, possibly because Antonij was "Wandergesellen" or a journeyman for some time. They may have also been fleeing religious persecution.
He and wife, Gritie Livens, were deceased before son, Jan Enloos’ marriage in 1656, but burial records have yet to be found. This may be because they likely died during one of the “plague years” when the Black Death ravaged the population in Amsterdam during the mid-17th century.
Three of their children Jan, Willem and Geertruijd remained in Amsterdam, but sons Pieter and Hendrick left for the Nieuw-Amstel colony in 1657.
Occupation was goudsmid (goldsmith).
Likely sibling of Cecelia Endloos of Essen, who married silversmith, Samuel Vercolijie/Vercoigne 21 Aug 1610. (see: http://www.vondel.humanities.uva.nl/ecartico/persons/18015), keeping with the custom of silversmiths and goldsmiths strictly marrying within each others' families. Antonij's daughter, Geertruijd also married into the Vercolijie family.
Antonij Enloos is named as father in the 1663 baptism record for his son, Johannes "Jan" Enloos in the Evnagelical Lutheran Church of Amsterdam (Jan was 32 years old) and in the civil marriage records for sons, Pieter and Willem.
Special thank you to Bea Wijma for helping to translate Antonij Enloos' Mennonite Attestatie (Certificate).
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