About Durand Soullier, SV/PROG 1
Sollier Durand, a shoemaker at Drakenstein ; on 4th October, 1697, he and his wife became members of the Dutch church at Cape Town. He died in September, 1739, and was buried in the Dutch church, Cape Town. In 1702 his name is found as married to Martha Petel, who died in 1715. In 1719 he was an elder of the church at Cape Town. Their only daughter Martha married Renault Berthault de St. Jean of Sanoere, a surgeon, q.v., who came to the Cape. Representatives of this family in the family van der Riet.
- The French Refugees at the Cape. Botha , Colin Graham
' Coertzen gives 2 daughters for him & Marthe Petel; & a second marriage in 1716 to Isabeau de Villers
- Coertzen, Pieter. 1988. Die Hugenote Van Suid Afrika 1688-1988: Cape Town, Tafelberg.
Soulliers in Boucher
Botha, who confuses the families of Gilles Sollier and the settler Durand Soullier, is evidently correct in assuming that the two men were brothers, despite the different spellings of the surname. Appropriately enough, Durand was a shoemaker who, with his wife Marthe Petel, became a member of the Table Valley church at the same time as Gilles. A daughter Susanne was baptized there on June 28, 1699 and her sister Marthe on New Year’s Day, 1702.
After the death of his wife Durand Soullier married Elisabeth, daugher of Pierre de Villiers, who joined the Cape church in April 1716.93 Like Gilles, Durand Soullier was a responsible member of burgher society and an elder of the Table Valley congregation, although he does not seem to have had Gilles’s educational background. Had he already been abroad with the Dutch East India Company? On March 3, 1697 a Durand Soullier was received at the Walloon church in Amsterdam with a membership entry which suggests that he had come from the Indies. If this is so, he must have left very promptly for the Cape of Good Hope. We shall have more to say about Gilles Sollier later in connection with the arrival at the Cape in 1731 of Andre Mellet and Marie Gautier. Mellet was from Nimes, the son of Claude Mellet, baptized on June 4, 1666 and still living in the French city in 1740. The surname Sollier is also of frequent occurrence in the Nimes registers of the reformed church. .• M. Boucher.M (1981). French speakers at the Cape: The European Background. Pretoria, UNISA: Ch 6: Cape settlers II: from the Rhone to the Atlantic p151