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Louis le Riche, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "Louwys de Ryck"
Birthplace: Normandie, France
Death: October 08, 1732 (58-59)
Drakenstein, Cape Colony, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Susanna Fouché
Father of Susanna Elizabeth le Riche; Pieter Pierre le Riche, b2; Anne le Riche; Maria le Riche and Joseph le Riche

Label: SV/PROG
Managed by: J Herman Potgieter
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About Louis le Riche SV/PROG

Alternate spellings surname: La Riche / Le Riche

Place of origin: The Thimerais region (Normandie)? Date of arrival: 1698 Ship: Driebergen Settled at: Kromrivier in the Wagenmakersvallei Married to Suzanne Fouché Two sons, three daughters

Source: The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988 by Pieter Coertzen p.164


LE RICHE: Louis, the progenitor, came from the Thimerais region in France (perhaps in Ill-de-France, next to Normandy) on the ship ‘Driebergen’ in 1698 as Louwys de Ryck. He settled in Kromrivier in Wagenmakersvallei, and married Suzanne Fouché aka Susanna Fouche (b1689) in 1708. They had 2 sons & 3 daughters, of whom 1 daughter died young. [Sharon Doubell 2013 Compiled from

  • Pieter Coertzen, Die Hugenote van Suid Afrika 1688-1988 Cape Town: Tafelberg Publishers Limited, 1988),
  • Krige, Ode. Die Hugenote, 1688-1988 Ter Viering Van N Onblusbare Gees: Nasionale Feeskomitee Hugenote 300.


Eienaar van Groenfontein 1717 tot 1732. Sy weduwee, Suzanne Fouche dra die plaas oor aan hul jongste seun, Joseph le Riche wat toe ook L'Arc d' Orleans in Klein Drakenstein besit. Joseph se weduwee trou met Adriaan Louw
from http://houliston.lisaandroger.com/getperson.php?personID=I490&tree=... – no sources


Louis le Riche

	Born:	Oct 8 1673	In:	 	 France

Died: 1732 (at age ‎~59‏) In: Groene Fontein, Drakenstein.
From http://www.myheritage.com/person-5000001_138403261_138403261/louis-... - no sources

le Riches in Boucher

[a] Delft ship, the Driebergen, ..sailed for Batavia from the United Provinces on May 25, 1698 under the command of Marten de Jeught. The vessel reached the Cape on September 3 after a voyage which was enlivened by a successful engagement with a pirate north of the Canary Islands. Aboard her were the future colonists Louis le Riche, Pierre and Etienne Cronier, Jean Duthuile and Philippe Drouin. P 112

There is no precise information on the birthplaces of Louis le Riche and the Cronier brothers who accompanied Duthuile and Drouin on the Driebergen in 1698. All three made their way to Delft, where assistance was given on August 18, 1697 to Louis (le) Riche “pour aprandre son mestier”.115 He does not appear to have persevered in the trade he intended to follow … Pierre… and his brother Etienne considered themselves Normans and may perhaps have come from the Thimerais. The abjuration of a Francois Cronier of La Ferte-Vidame at Leyden in September 1687 provides a possible clue. Le Riche was perhaps from the same area. pp118-119

  • Boucher.M (1981). French speakers at the Cape: The European Background. Pretoria, UNISA: Ch 5: Cape settlers I: from the Loire to the Channel


  • Reference no.: MOOC8/5.42
  • Testator(s):
  • Susanna Fouchet
  • Louis le Riche
  • 28 November 1732
  • N:s Leij

Inventaris mitsgaders taxatie van alle sodanige goederen, als ’er ab intestato sijn naargelaten en met ’er dood ontruijmt door den landbouwer Louis le Riche in gemeenschap beseten met sijn nagelate huijsvrouw Susanna Fouchet en dus ten voordeelen van haar ter een’er en hunne vier bij den andere verwekte kinderen als

  • Susanna getrouwt met den mede landbouwer Louis Fouri ter andere zijde
  • Pieter oud 20
  • Maria oud 13 en
  • Joseph le Riche oud 10 jaren

[...] ƒ
Een plaats ofte hofstede gelegen onder ’t district van Drakenstein gen:t de Groene fonteijn, bij de weed: bewoont werdende, getax:t op ƒ3600 Een plaats ofte hofstede gelegen onder ’t district van Drakenstein gen:t Lustigaan, gewardeert op 3600

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6 jongens a 75 rd:rs ider 1350 1 meijt tot 225


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Louis le Riche SV/PROG's Timeline

Normandie, France
September 22, 1709
Paarl, WC, South Africa
November 13, 1712
July 24, 1715
Paarl, Cape, South Africa
September 13, 1722
Dakenstein, Paarl District, Cape Colony, South Africa
October 8, 1732
Age 59
Drakenstein, Cape Colony, South Africa