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 Marie Van “Mary” Beckum

Marie Van “Mary” Beckum

Birth
Markelo, Hof van Twente Municipality, Overijssel, Netherlands
Death 13 Nov 1544 (aged 36–37)
Delden, Hof van Twente Municipality, Overijssel, Netherlands
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Burned At The Stake
Memorial ID 122350106 · View Source
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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).


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  • Created by: Joan Donnelly Ellis
  • Added: 28 Dec 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 122350106
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marie Van “Mary” Beckum (1507–13 Nov 1544), Find A Grave Memorial no. 122350106, ; Maintained by Joan Donnelly Ellis (contributor 48058555) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Burned At The Stake.