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Isaac Taillefert, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Château-Thierry, Aisne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France
Death: circa 1699 (47-55)
Paarl, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Place of Burial: Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean Taillefert and Ester Jordin
Husband of Jean Garde and Suzanne (Susanne) Taillefert, SM/PROG
Father of Suzanna Taillefert b5 SM; Isabeau Elizabeth Taillefert, b1 SM; Jean Taillefert b2; Jean-Isaac Taillefert b3; Pierre Taillefert, b4 and 1 other
Brother of Nathaniel Taillefert; Marie Taillefert; Jeanne Taillefert and Elise Taillefert

Occupation: Master hat maker, Chateau Thierry also Wine farmer - Laborie, Paarl, Western Cape, Master Hatter, Hatmaker, Hatter/apothecary/viticulturalist, Arrived Cape on Oosterland 26 Apr 1688, Boer Picardie Drakenstein
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About Isaac Taillefert, SV/PROG

Judi Marais-Meyer register.

Eie inventaris na sy dood MOOC8/1.43 gedateer 13.5.1699. Die inventaris souit in 'n plaas met woning te Drakenstein genaamd Paarl Diamant waarde 1000 frank

Hy laat sy vrou Susanna Brie, 20eeste, een was, 1 perd en 4 kinders agter.

Sy vrou teken die inventaris as Susanna Briedt.

Isaac Taillefer from the province Brie in France son of Jean (Pharmacist and deacon of the Church in Monneaux) and Ester Jordin. He was a hatmaker , farmer and deacon in Chateau Thierry. He then became a winefarmer in Monneaux. He arrived in South Africa on board the "Oosterland' with his wife Susanna Briet, from the valley of Essomes (she owned vineyards in Monneaux and 6 children In 1690 he was the owner of the farms Normandië and Picardië.

From "Vroeë Geslagsregister van Suid Afrikaanse Gesinne.

Married to Suzanna Briet

Daughter Isabeau Taillefert born 1673

Ships Carrying Huguenots to South Africa

Oosterland - 3rd ship to leave Netherlands, 160 feet long, could carry 275 passeners. Left Goeree February 3, 1688, no deaths on board and nobody sick when the ship arrived in Table Bay, 2 months & 22 days, arrived Table Bay April 25, 1688.

24 Huguenots including :-

  • Isaack Taillefert from Chateau-Thierry in Brie, wine farmer &
  • milliner
  • Susanna Briet Taillefert from Chateau-Thierry
  • Elyasbet Taillefert - 14
  • Jean Taillefert - 12
  • Isaack Taillefert - 7
  • Pierre Tillefert - 5
  • Susanna Taillefert - 2 1/2
  • Maria Taillefert - 1

Source:Coertzen, Pieter - "The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988", Tafelberg Publishers Limited, Cape Town, 1988

Namen van de fransche gereformeerde vluchtelinge toe gestaen op het reglement en Eedt als vrije luijde te vertrecken naer de Cabo de bonne Esperance met het schip Oosterlant :


Isaach talifer de Chateau tirrij en brie is een wijngardinier : en hoedemaecker

Susanna briet d' Chateau : tirrij zij huijsvrouw

Elyasbet out 14 jaren

Jean out 12 jaren

Isaach out 7 jaren

Pierre out 5 jaren

Susanna out 21/2 jaren

Maria out 1 jaer } Alle kinderen van Isaach talifer en Susanna briet


En hebbe alle dese voorenstaende mans persoonen gedaen den Eedt in hande van de heer galernis tresel als schepe binnen deser stadt Middelb. op de 8 Januar : Ao 1688.

- Botha, C Graham: The French Refugees at the Cape, 2nd Ed 1921 on

Isaac TAILLEFER (Stamvader)

Marriage: Susanne BRIET

Died: Cir 1699, Cape Colony

Noted events in his life were:

 Residence, 1687, Chateau Thierry, France.

 Emigration: on the ship "Oosterlandt", 29 Jan 1688, Delftshaven, Netherlands. The ship arrived at Table Bay, Cape Town on 12 May 1688.

The 160-foot Oosterland, captained by Carel van Marseveen, departs from Middelburg on January 29, 1688. Amongst the European passengers are the families of Jean Prieur du Plessis and Isaac Taillefert and the soldier Jacques Therond. After 70 days, the immigrants arrive in Table Bay on April 26, a fine day. Instead of having to divert to Saldanha, the Oosterland anchors and the passengers are ferried ashore by rowing boat.

In the seventeenth century, the Tailleferts were a prosperous family in the district of La Bri, in the Poitou-Charentes area of France. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, this French Huguenot family boarded the Dutch East India Company’s ship Oosterland, bound for the Cape.

Laborie was granted to Isaac Taillefert in 1691, which he placed in his son Jean’s name. He already owned the neighbouring Picardie. They set about clearing the bush and planting vines, which was no easy task. But within seven years, they were making a drinkable wine. In fact, it was the opinion of a Frenchman, Leguat, who visited the Cape in 1698, that their wine was “the best in the colony and similar to the small wines of Chanpagne”.

With their knowledge of French viticultural techniques, the Taillefert family laid a solid foundation of vineyards and outstanding wine production that is evident today, three hundred years later, in Laborie’s wines of distinction.


All were agreed that it would not be advisable to levy a direct tax upon provisions supplied to foreigners, as it would not amount to much, and might drive away strangers who brought money into the country. None of the members thought that any profit could be made from an alleged discovery of coal on Pierre Rousseau’s farm at French Hoek. Nor were any of them of opinion that manufactures could be introduced. Isaac Taillefer, it was stated, had made good hats from Cape wool ; but when he died that industry ceased. Others had knitted socks and gloves of woollen yarn made by themselves, but that also had been discontinued. -

The family of Taillefert appears to have died out in South Africa. Francois Leguat mentions Isaac Taillefert, and speaks of his beautiful garden, in which nothing was lacking ; an inner yard in which aviaries containing all kinds of birds were to be seen. Those who visited him, he says, were well received and treated. His wine was the best in the country and as near as possible to the inferior champagne of France. In 1691 Isaac Taillefert received the grants of the land upon which the farms of Normandy and Picardy stand to-day. It is interesting to note that there were Tailleferts in the Company's service ; in 1767 Louis Taillefert was promoted to the rank of Councillor Extraordinary of India. --Ingestuur Ds. MG Muller

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Isaac Taillefert, SV/PROG's Timeline

Château-Thierry, Aisne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France
Age 26
Chateau Thierry, Picardy la Brie, France
Age 28
Streek Brie, Champagne, France, Chateaux Thierry
Age 32
Nogentel, Frankryk, Brie(Champange)
Age 35
Chateau Thiery, France
May 26, 1685
Age 37
Château-Thierry, Aisne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, France
January 1687
Age 39
Essomes, France, Monneaux
Age 39
Chateau Thierry, France
January 29, 1688
Age 40
Delftshaven, Netherlands