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Jean Jourdan, de Belle Etoile SV/PROG I

Also Known As: "Jean Jordaan"
Birthplace: Belle Etoile, Saint Martin de la Brasque, Luberon mountains, Provence, France
Death: before circa April 4, 1699
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Pierre Jourdan “Carretier” and Jehane Marque
Husband of Isabeau 'Elizabeth' le Long, SM/PROG and Jaques Jourdan
Father of Cornelis Johannes Petrus Jordaan, b1; Pierre Jordaan; Jean Jordaan, b2; Paul Jordaan, a1b3; Louis Jordaan a1b4 and 1 other
Brother of Magdalene Jourdan; Marie Jourdan, de Belle Etoile; Barthèlemy Jourdan; Catherine Jourdan; Pierre Jourdan, de Belle Etoile SV/PROG 2 and 1 other

Occupation: Owner of the farm La Motte in Franschhoek
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About Jean Jourdan, de Belle Etoile SV/PROG I

Pierre Jourdan “Carretier” de Belle Etoile, Provence, France †28.2.1677 x 1646 Jehane Marque *ca 1628, †1688 on the ship China, daughter of David and Marie Grange. Pierre was the son of Barthélemy Jourdan †before 1624 x St. Martin de la Brasque 1601 Jehane Lautier. Pierre had a brother named Pol.

i. Magdalene *ca. 1647, x Daniel Roux.

ii. Marie *ca.1647, x Jean Roux †before 23.10.1685. We conclude Marie and Magdalene were twins

iii. Barthélemy †22.05.1680 x 28.4.1676 Jeanne Brette

iv. Catherine who died young on 2.6.1676

v.Jean Jourdan de Belle Etoile; *Luberon 1660. Arrived at the Cape on the ship China on 4 August 1688.Later owner of the farm “La Motte” in Franschhoek. † Between March 1698 and Jan 1699 x Isabeau Long of La Motte d'Aigues in Provence

vi. Pierre Jourdan de Belle Etoile; *Luberon 1664. Arrived at the Cape on the ship “China” on 4 August1688. Property owner in Table Valley. † Before Dec 1716 x Cape Town 16.10.1701 Johanna Adriana Junius

Sources on Pierre Jourdan (Carretier)'s sons Jean and Pierre

  • They appear at Jehane Marque's abjuration above, where their names are given (See her profile).
  • They appear with her again in unidentified fashion in Geneva and Schaffhausen (See her profile).
  • They are clearly identified by name with her at Frankfort on 31 October 1687 (See her profile).
  • They are identified by name as the sons Jean (28) and Pierre (24) of Jeanne "Marthe" (actually Marque), widow of "Jourdan".

◦ SOURCE : Dutch East India Company planned passenger list of 23 December 1687- ex Rotterdam (C Graham Botha pp.140)


By 24 October 1685 the Intendant of Provence advises Louis XIV's Minister of State, Louvois, that, with the exception of the counties of Seyne, Manosque [on the Durance east of Bastide des Jourdans], and “some villages in the Val d'Aigues”, all of Provence will be Catholic. In terms of the Edict, one has to either convert or leave the country. Those who do not convert are sentenced to forfeit their property and row in the galleys (in the case of men) or be thrown in prison (in the case of women). The children of the converted shall have to be educated in the Catholic religion. We now look at events in the villages themselves. In the week following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the individuals with whom we are concerned all abjure their faith...

1. On 22 October 1685 Pierre Jourdan “Cavalier” of Cabrières d'Aigues and his family, including son Pierre Jourdan de Cabrières, abjure their faith in Cabrières d'Aigues in front of Notary Lafourest. It is from this event that we know their respective ages.

2. On 23 October 1685, at La Motte d'Aigues, it is the turn of Marie Jourdanne, daughter of Pierre Jourdan “Carretier” of Belle Etoile and the widow of Jean Roux. With her are her three daughters Jeanne, Marie and Margarite.

3. At the very same event, immediately following Marie on the list, we find Daniel Roux (42), his wife Magdalene Jourdanne (38), the eldest daughter of Pierre Jourdan “Carretier” of Belle Etoile, and their two daughters Jeanne and Marie. Based on the grouping, these two families shared a home by 1685. It appears that Daniel Roux is the brother of the late Jean Roux.

4. At St. Martin de la Brasque, 500 metres from Belle Etoile, we find the abjuration of Jeanne Bret(te), widow of the late Barthèlemy Jourdan, and her two daughters Isabeau and Jeanne between 23 and 27 October 1685.

5. Immediately following that of Jeanne Brette, we find the abjurations of Jeanne Marque, widow of the late Pierre Jourdan “Carretier” and of her youngest sons, Jean and Pierre. Here too, the two families probably all live in the same household. This is no doubt the home in Belle Etoile where the late eldest son of Pierre Senior, Barthèlemy (husband to Jeanne Brette), must have been in command until his death. [Booyens p4-5]

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 ...

  • I Jeanne Marthe wed : van Jourdan out 60 jaren
  • I Jean Jordan haer zoon out 28 jaren ...

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

-=Pierre Jourdan de Cabrières and the other man - How history confused two different men by Harry Booyens at /cliffwoodfogge/Pierre.htm:

On 20 March 1688 the Dutch East India Ship China set sail from Goeree for the distant Cape of Good Hope with two men on board who happened to have identical names. Both were Pierre Jourdan; both came not only from Provence, but from the same tiny district of Provence - the Luberon. In fact, they came from two villages within walking distance of each other, namely Cabrières d'Aigues and the hamlet of Belle Etoile some 500 yards outside St. Martin de la Brasque. The two men were wholly unrelated going back at least four generations.

Once at the Cape, Suzanne, daughter of Pierre de Cabrières, married Jean, son of the brother of Pierre Jourdan de Belle Etoile. However, the histories at the Cape managed to confuse the two immigrants and merged their children under the name of only one man. In reality Pierre de Cabrières lived in the very French Drakenstein district and was a strong Protestant churchman. Pierre de Belle Etoile lived in Cape Town, where his daughter married Mochamat Dayan, the son of the Rajah of Tambora and his wife, the daughter of Sheik Yussuf. Mochamat had converted to Christianty soon before and had been baptised David Sultania. …

In this regard. please see the Discussion and the Jourdan Project about the confusion between the two Pierre Jourdaan SV/PROGs, and hence, whose brother the SV/PROG Jean Jourdaan is. I’ve locked down the fields on all of them to keep them safe from accidental mash ups. Everyone just yell if you want to add new info -the idea is to keep safe not prevent other research work. Sharon June 2014 / June 2016

Distribution List 18 & 19 April 1690

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

'Jean Jourdan, with wife ..... f230'

- Theal History of South Africa 1486 - 1691, p 349 - 350 on


Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

Drakenstein Extract of Baptisms in the Drakenstein Church, 1694-1713:

Le 18 Janvier Lannee 1699 - janne fille de izabeau Longue venue du defunt jean jourdan pour temoins Jacque Mallant et hanne fauche, pour marraine.

- Botha, C Graham: The French Refugees at the Cape, 2nd Ed 1921 'Drakenstein Extract of Baptisms in the Drakenstein Church, 1694-1713' on

Inventaris en taxatie der goederen nagelaten bij de overledene vrijman aan Drakenstein Pieter Schordan, ten voordeele van sijn egte huijsvrouw Isabella Longh ter eener en sijn vijf minderjarige weeskinderen ter anderen zijde soo als deselve bij de E:E: Weesm:ren en den boedelhoutster voorsz: zijn geprijseerd, bestaande in meenigte en prijs als volgd, te weeten

  • Land en daarop staande timmeragie, leggende onder Drakenstein gen:t Lamoth, over de Bergrivier aan het Olijphants pat, met weijnigh bouwgereetschap, is gestelt op ƒ800
  • 18 p:s slegte beesten a ƒ25, et p:s klein en groot 450
  • 3 p:s paarden, 1 merrhe met 2 veulens tesamen 100
  • 50 p:s schapen klein en groot et p:s ƒ2 100
  • weijnigh huijsraat 25
  • Somma ƒ1475
  • dees boedel is schuldigh aan de E: Comp:e en andere diversche klein schulden 475
  • blijft netto de somma ƒ1000

Aldus geinventariseert en geprijseert aan Caap de Goede Hoop den 4:en April 1699.

Gecomitt: Weesmeesteren: Adriaen van Reede, Henning Hüsing

   Dit merck C is van Isabella Long eijgenhandig gestelt.
In kennisse van mij: A: Coopman, Secret:s

- Inventories of the Orphan Chamber Cape Town Archives Repository, South Africa Ref no.: MOOC8/1.40 on

See also: Harry Booysens 'Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile' in Familia 2012-3 on

Jean Jourdan is the progenitor of the Jordaan surname in South Africa.

The surname "Jourdan" was apparently adopted around the year 1000 by a family Thézan, then living in what is today known as Thézan-lès-Béziers, France.Their "exit" happened after the 'Albigensian Crusade' (1209-1229), when the Roman Catholic Church tried to eliminate the Waldensian and Cathar "heresy" in Languedoc by murdering large numbers of them.

The post-Roman settlers of Thézan-lès-Béziers were actually Spanish, so there is a possibility that the Jordaans were originally from Spanish origin!

The Jourdans were early Protestants, but apparently not Waldensian or Cathars, so they were spared, or avoided the persecution. Fearing future persecution, one family of Jourdans (Jourdan-de-Thézan) fled in 1232 to the Waldensian settlement in the Pellice Valley, Piedmont, near Pinerolo/Torino in present day Italy.

After Catholic persecution became serious in Italy in the 15th century (1495) and the Edict of Nantes came into effect, offering religious freedom in France, the Jourdan family fled again. Over the Alps for the second time... They settled in the Luberon region of Provence, France, specifically in the Aigues valley. (last section)

There were (other) Jourdans in the Aigues valley during the 13th century, e.g. the knights Guillaume and Pierre Jourdan, who founded the small town Bastide des Jourdans. They may have settled there earlier, directly from Thézan-lès-Béziers.

It is reasonably certain that Jean Jourdan was from the Waldensian Jourdan family coming from the Pellice Valley. He was born in 1660 in or near Cabrieres d'Aigues or St Martin de la Brasque, only a few km from Bastide des Jourdans. The three towns are very close to each other. Jean's family later joined the French Huguenot movement.

After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Jean, with mother Jeanne and brother Pierre, again fled religious persecution, through Geneva Switzerland, Schaffhausen and Frankfurt Germany to Rotterdam Holland. Father Pierre apparently died before or during this trek. They boarded the VOC ship Barg China in 1688 in Goeree (near Rotterdam) for Cape Town South Africa. Mother Jeanne died at sea before reaching the Cape.

Jean was apportioned land in Olifantshoek (now Franschoek), which he called "la Motte", after the town of birth of his wife Isabeau (le Longue). His brother Pierre called his land "Cabrieres". The town Franschoek was laid out on part of this farm.

Essensially, the ancestors of the Jordaans of South Africa lived for (roughly) 200 years in the Langedoc of France, 200 years in the Italian Pellice valley, 200 years in the Luberon region of Provence, France and now for over 300 years in South Africa, where they found religious freedom, at last.

a1 Jean Jourdan (nou Jordaan) van Cabrière, in Frankryk, gebore: 1660. Uitgekom op die skip “Berg China” in 1688, later eienaar van die plaas “La Motte” in Franschhoek, gesterf: voor Januarie 1699, getroud: Elisabeth of Isabeau le Long. b1 Jan getroud: 19 Mar 1724 Susanna Jordaan b2 Paul gedoop: 25 Sep 1695, getroud: Rachel Nel e1 Jacobus gedoop: 20 May 1725

Judi Marais-Meyer register - MARAIS -MRIN 137

Jean Jourdan(nou Jordaan) gebore 1660 van Belle Etoile, St Martin de la Brasque, Frankryk.

Hy vertrek uit Frankryk via Geneve, Schaffhausen, Frankfurt na die Kaap. Sy naam kom voor op die Kerk Boeke van Rotterdam saam met sy broer, Pierre en ma Jeanne Margue. Hulle verskynook op die VOC passasierslyn 3 maande voor die skip se vertrek uit Frankfurt, 23 Des 1687 VOC lys tabel 2 - In al die gevalle is hy ongetroud.

Die inligting kan gekry word op :

Familia vol 47 -2010

Virginia Belz Chomat, Cabrières d'Aigues et la Famille Jourdan,

Edition Cabrières, (2007); p 207

George McCall Theal, South Africa under the Dutch East India

Company Vol 1, 1969 (Negro Universities reprint); p 337

Verdere Verwysings:

Groot Afrikannse familienaamboek - Cor Pama

Geslagsregister van Vroeë Kaapse Families -

Jean is die stamvader van al die Jordaans in Suid Afrika. Dis ook die stamvader van bv. Bertie (Jorrie/Burt) Jordaan

JORDAAN For source of additional information, click here. a1 Jean Jourdan (nou Jordaan) van Cabrière, in Frankryk, gebore: 1660. Uitgekom op die skip “Berg China” in 1688, later eienaar van die plaas “La Matte” in Franschhoek, gesterf: voor Januarie 1699, getroud: Elisabeth of Isabeau le Long. b1 Jan getroud: 19 Mar 1724 Susanna Jourdan c1 Johannes gedoop: 8 Jul 1725, burger Stellenbosch, getroud: 19 Dec 1749 Sophia van Heerdea c2 Anna gedoop: 6 Apr 1727, getroud: Jacobus van Heerden c3 Elisabeth gedoop: 2 Jul 1729, getroud: Andries Nolte c4 Susanna gedoop: 7 Aug 1731, getroud: F. de Nicker c5 Pieter gedoop: 19 Jul 1733, getroud: 28 Aug 1763 Elsie van der Merwe d1 Gerrit gedoop: 20 May 1764, burger Swellendam, getroud: 20 Jun 1784 Susanna Elisabeth Coetzer d2 Anna Susanna gedoop: 12 Apr 1767, getroud: P.W. Coetzer d3 Jacoba gedoop: 20 Nov 1768, getroud: W.C. Coetzer d4 Magdalena Elisabeth gedoop: 19 Apr 1772, getroud: J.J. Coetzer d5 Johannes Petrus gedoop: 3 Mar 1776, burger Graaff-Reinet en later Stellenbosch, getroud: 21 Feb 1796 Anna Maria de Lange; hertroud: 3 Feb 1799 Martha Sophia Marais; opnuut hertroud: 11 Apr 1802 Elisabeth Catharina Botha e1 Anna Johanna Maria gedoop: 30 Apr 1797 e2 Petrus Johannes gedoop: 5 Feb 1799 e3 Johannes Petrus gedoop: 10 Nov 1801 e4 Elsie Magdalena gedoop: omtrent 1803 e5 Hester Jacomina gedoop: 28 Mar 1808 d6 Pieter Johannes gedoop: 18 Apr 1779, burger Graaff-Reinet, getroud: 20 Jan 1799 Maria Catha[rina Snyman d7 Elsie Maria gedoop: 28 Apr 1782, getroud: G. Coetzer c6 Magdalena gedoop: 7 Oct 1736 c7 Joseph gedoop: 6 Nov 1740 c8 Louis gedoop: 16 Sep 1743, burger Stellenbosch, getroud: 10 May 1772 Hester Pienaar b2 Paul gedoop: 25 Sep 1695, getroud: Rachel Nel b3 Louis gedoop: 15 Jul 1697, burger Drakenstein, getroud: 11 Apr 1728 Petronella van Staden; hertroud: 18 Oct 1739 Maria Guillaumet, van Languedoc b4 Johanna gedoop: 18 Jan 1699, getroud: Daniel Krynauw; hertroud: 31 Oct 1734 Andries Hesselbaart, van Halle in Sakse

JORDAAN Jean Jourdan * Cabriere 1660 a. 1688 aan boord Berg China, eienaar v.d. plaas La Motte in Franschhoek † voor Jan. 1699 x Isabeau LE LONG * c. 1668 † c. 1736 (sien ook J.G. le Roux & R.T.J. Lombard: Hugenotebloed in ons are) b1 Jan x 19.3.1724 Susanna JORDAAN c1 Johannes = 8.7.1725 x 19.12.1748 Sophia VAN HEERDEN c3 Elizabeth = 2.7.1729 x 15.2.1761 Andries NOLTE v. Maagdeburg c4 Susanna c5 Pieter = 19.7.1733 x 28.8.1763 Elsie VAN DER MERWE d1 Gerrit * 11.5.1764 = 20.5.1764 x 20.6.1784 Susanna Elizabeth COETZER d2 Anna Susanna x Pieter Willem COETZER d3 Jacoba = 10.11.1768 x 16.3.1785 Wenzel Christoffel COETZER d4 Magdalena Elizabeth = 19.4.1772 x 22.2.1789 Jacobus Johannes COETZER = 16.2.1766 d5 Johannes Petrus = 3.3.1776 x 21.2.1796 Anna Maria DE LANGE xx Kaapstad 11.4.1802 Elizabeth Catharina BOTHA e1 Anna Johanna Maria = 30.4.1797 e2 Pieter (Petrus) Johannes = 5.2.1799 † 14.11.1883 x Cradock 3.7 1820 Jacoba Petronella COETZER xx Maria Johanna Susanna VAN JAARSVELD † Koupslaagte 1.9.1908 d.v. Renier Adriaan van Jaarsveld en Petronella Maria Schoeman e3 Elsie Magdalena * 16.6.1800 = Tulbagh 17.2.1802 Tweede huwelik e4 Magdalena Johanna Catharina * 31.5.1805 = Tulbagh 2.3.1806 x Cradock 3.12.1820 Petrus Johannes VAN HEERDEN e5 Hester Jacomina = Swellendam 28.3.1808 x Cradock 7.2.1828 Jacobus Hendrik Francois COETZER e6 Rudolph Philippus * 20.12.1810 = Graaff-Reinet 7.4.1811 x Cradock 6.7.1828 Anna Sophia ERASMUS xx Cradock 5.9.1830 Elizabeth Helena VAN HEERDEN e7 Jacoba Alberta Sophia * 20.10.1812 = Graaff-Reinet 7.2.1813 x Cradock 6.7.1828 Wilhelmus Johannes COETZER s.v. Wenzel Christoffel Coetzer en Jacoba Jordaan e8 Anna Maria Wesselina * 18.7.1814 = Graaff-Reinet 28.8.1814 e9 Ruben Jacobus Hosea * 4.9.1816 = Graaff-Reinet 7.10.1816 x Cradock 2.9.1838 Martha Margaretha SCHMIDT e10 Gert Benjamin * 6.9.1818 = Cradock 15.11.1818 x Cradock 28.5.1837 Elsje Petronella Johanna Margaretha BOTHA e11 Louis Daniel * 13.9.1820 = Cradock 2.10.1820 x Cradock 17.6.1838 Jacoba Susanna Johanna Petronella COETZER xx Cradock 1.5.1882 Cornelia Christina VAN DER MERWE wed. Pollard e12 Jan Hendrik * 16.9.1823 = Cradock 20.10.1823 e13 Jacobus Josua * 30.12.1825 = Cradock 5.2.1826 e14 Wilhelm Helm Johan * 30.1.1828 = Cradock 20.4.1828 e15 Anna Susanna Francina * 14.7.1830 = Cradock 17.10.1830 e16 Margrita Aletta Elisabeth * 23.9.1832 = Cradock 8.10.1832

Emigration: 20 Mar 1688 from Rotterdam, Netherlands on the ship "Berg China" The ship arrived at Table Bay on 4 Aug 1688. Residence: the farm "La Motte" Franschhoek, , Cape Province, South Africa Source: My People's puzzle

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Saint Martin de la Brasque, Luberon mountains, Provence, France
Age 31
Cape of Good Hope
Age 32
Age 33
Cape of Good Hope
September 25, 1695
Age 36
Stellenbosch, Cape, South Africa
July 15, 1697
Age 38
Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Age 39