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Marguerite Rousse, SM/PROG

Also Known As: "Viret"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Belle Etoile, Provence, France
Death: Died in Cape Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jean Roux and Marie Jourdan, de Belle Etoile
Wife of Estienne Viret, SV/PROG
Mother of Elizabeth Viret, b1 SM; Jean Viret, b3; Etienne Viret, b2; Marie Viret, SM; Magdalena Viret and 8 others
Sister of Jeanne Rousse and Marie Rousse

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About Marguerite Rousse, SM/PROG

Marguerite / Margarete was the youngest of the three daughters Rousse that traveled to South Africa with their mother Marié Jourdan (widow) in the Berg China which left Rotterdam March 20, 1688 and arrived in Table Bay August 4, 1688. It carried 175 passengers of which 19 died, & 50 sick people on board on arrival in Table Bay. She was seven years old at the time.

Source: Page 80, The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988 by Pieter Coertzen.

Alternate spelling first name: Marguerite / Margarete / Margaretha

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Source: First Fifty Years Project - Marguerite Rousse


NARRATIVE:

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]

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Marguerite Rousse, SM/PROG's Timeline

1681
1681
Belle Etoile, Provence, France
1697
August 25, 1697
Age 16
1699
August 14, 1699
Age 18
Drakenstein, South Africa
1702
June 19, 1702
Age 21
1706
1706
Age 25
Cape Colony
1710
1710
Age 29
1714
April 15, 1714
Age 33
Cape Town, South Africa
1726
August 11, 1726
Age 45
Cape Colony
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