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The records of the Reformed Church of 1636 report 22 talers contributed by the Reformed Church, and 25 talers by "Hermann uff den Graff" in the name of the Mennonites, for the support of some widows and orphans of Reformed clergymen.
ter Meer, 1845, of Krefeld.) The head of the Krefeld Mennonites was Hermann op den Graeff (1585-1642).
Religious life has always been active here, though not explosive in nature. Johannes Weyer (1515-1588) at Cleve attacked witchhunting; Mennonites, Labadists, and Quakers found refuge here, and here Gerhard Tersteegen, for the only time in his life, entered the Mennonite pulpit.
The town, belonging to the counts of Moers, but surrounded by the territory of Electoral Cologne, suffered unspeakably in the dynastic wars. Not until the rule of the house of Orange (1600-1702) and the Hohenzollerns (after 1702) did it begin to thrive.
Toleration and industry, combined with government protection, brought prosperity and rapid growth; by 1786 its population had increased to 7,500, and 100 years later to 100,000.
According to the family chronicles of Hubert Rahr ("Familie Königs-Konings," in V, 268), the Kempen Protestants were permitted to hold their services in the city hall by 1536, whereas the 100 Mennonites living there held theirs in Weyer's barn and buried their dead behind the barn.
(This family tradition was probably the basis of the painting , by F.