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Marie Van "Mary" Beckum
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Birth: 1507
Markelo
Hof van Twente Municipality
Overijssel, Netherlands
Death: Nov. 13, 1544
Delden
Hof van Twente Municipality
Overijssel, Netherlands

Maria (Mary) van Beckum, one of the best-known martyrs among the Dutch Anabaptists. She had joined the followers of David Joris and had to leave her mother's house. She found refuge with her brother, the nobleman Jan van Beckum but in May 1544, at the instigation of Goesen van Raesveldt, the bailiff of Twente, a relative and next in line as the heir of the childless Jan van Beckum, she was arrested. Ursula, her brother's wife, remained loyally at her side and shared her fate. First the two women were taken to Deventer, and examined there then they were transferred to Twikkel castle near Delden.
Repeated attempts by priests to deflect them from their faith failed. After a half year's imprisonment the heresy court condemned them both to death.

They were burned at the stake on 13 November 1544 at Delden; first Mary, then Ursula. Many wept when the two bade each other farewell. After a prayer revealing her state of mind, Maria, as the chronicle states, went to the stake with indescribable joy.
According to legend, the stake to which Mary was bound began to grow green and to blossom, and tradition has it that the Mennonites of Hengelo until well in the 19th century regularly planted a green branch on the site of her execution on the anniversary of her death (13 November).

 
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Burned At The Stake
 
Created by: Joan Donnelly
Record added: Dec 28, 2013
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Marie Van Mary Beckum
Added by: Joan Donnelly
 
 
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 Added: Dec. 28, 2013
 
 
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