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Hercules Verdeau, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Hercules Verdeaux"
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: La Roque-d'Anthéron, Provence, France
Death: circa 1722 (43-59)
Drakenstein Ledematen, 1715: 'Hercules Verdeau in den jare 1722 overleden'
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacque Berard Verdeaux and Anne Verdeaux
Husband of Marie-Catherine Huibaux, PROG
Father of Marie Verdeau; Magdalena Verdeaux, b2 and Susanna Verdeaux, b3
Brother of Jacques Verdeau

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About Hercules Verdeau, SV/PROG

Hercule VERDEAU was a French Huguenot from Provence, France, who arrived 04/08/1688 on the Berg China. He Settled in Champagne, Wagenmakersvalle.

He married Marie-Catherine HUIBAUX (aka WIBAUT), a French Huguenot from AMIENS PICARDIE, who arrived in SA in 1702 on a boat whose name we do not know. (ihttp://huguenots-france.org/france/refuge/afrique_sud/embarques.htm)

Extract uit brief 23 December 1687 van de Kamer Rotterdam ... de volgende mans en vrouw persoonen voorgekomen om pr t schip China over te varen ... Jaques Verdeau jongman out 20 jaren Arcule Verdeau zijn broeder 16 jaren 2 personen ...

[Botha, C Graham: The French Refugees at the Cape, 2nd Ed 1921]

Some Huguenots were sent to Limietvallei (border or frontier valley), and this area become known as Val du Charron or Wagenmakersvallei (Valley of the Wagon makers).

The Verdeau brothers, Jacques, ‘bachelor 20 years old and Hercule his brother, 16 years old’, from the Provence region in France are registered in the Passenger List of the Dutch ship Berg China which departed from Rotterdam on the 26th of March 1688 and arrived in the Cape of Good Hope on the 4th of August 1688.

The farm Champagne was first allocated to Hercule Verdeau in 1699 by Simon van der Stel and for most of the 18th century belonged to Huguenot families. A large portion of the original farm was subdivided when the town Wellington was proclaimed in 1840 after the land was bought by the Church Commission to form the nucleus of the town. A section of the prop-erty was used for the church which was consecrated in the same year, with Reverend AF du Toit as the first minister. The rest of the land was subdi-vided into plots which became the nucleus of the town.

In 1711, Hercule Verdeau bought his second property at the Cape, the farm Wildepaardejacht which was first allocated on 28 February 1699 to fellow Huguenot Philippe Foucher of Suevres, France. After his death Foucher's widow sold the farm to Hercule Verdeau.

Today the farm is known as the residence of former President FW de Klerk & his wife Elita.

Hercule Verdeau (d 1722) was to married Catharina Wibaut (aka Marie Catherine Huibaux, d 1752) in 1702 and two girls, Magdalena and Susanna were born in 1703 and 1707 respectively - resulting in the family name becoming extinct.

The rough translations of ‘Verdeau’ is clean water or as ‘Ver d’ Eau’ it translates as a glass of water. Fontein or Fountain Street, which borders the property on the South-Western side, is well known for the availability of water.

Logo Symbolism: Synonymous with the French, the 3 petaled Fleur de Lis or Fleur de Lys means "flowers of the lily." This stylized lily has traditionally been used to represent French royalty. It signifies perfection, light and life. In this logo, it is adapted with two extra petals, to form a fountain - personifying the translation of the name as well as the street it the development is located upon.

Information courtesy of: Transcribed from Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London, Volume 5, No. 1-4, 1894-1896, Printed by Charles T. King, High Street, Lymington, 1898 Notes on the Huguenot Families at the Cape of Good Hope by CC de Villiers (From Copy Presented by W. J. C. Moens, Esq., F.S.A.), pp. 222-250 Ancestry 5765 Wellington Museum gracesorleans.blogspot.com


Jacques & Hercule Verdot in Booyens' 'China'

One of the more interesting locations is La Roque d'Antheron. It is the only one of our group of Vaudois towns that actually lies on the south bank of the Durance River. It has a long history of Vaudois culture. In the year 2009 it will still have a Rue de Vaudois. In this area .. is the Verdot family. In particular, we are interested in brothers Jacques and Hercule Verdot.

Jacques & Hercule Verdot of La Roque d'Antheron in church records: Genève No Entry Schaffhausen 09.10.1687 Frankfurt 27.10.1687 In VOC proposed ship list for the China in Rotterdam Dec 1687: Jaques (20) and Arcule (16) Verdeau http://members.shaw.ca/cliffwoodfogge/Documents/China4thEdition.pdf

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Hercules Verdeau, SV/PROG's Timeline

La Roque-d'Anthéron, Provence, France
Age 29
Cape, South Africa
Age 32
Age 36
Cape, South Africa
Age 51
Drakenstein Ledematen, 1715: 'Hercules Verdeau in den jare 1722 overleden'