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Sara Barendsz Cochet, SM/PROG

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: 't Eijland Walcheren, Oosten Saeburgh, Oost-Souburg, Zeeland, Nederland
Death: April 9, 1714 (60-68)
Stellenbosch, Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika (Pokke?)
Place of Burial: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Barend Jansz Cochet and Jannetje Joosse van Vooren
Wife of Pieter Abrahamsz Le de Clercq and Guillaume du Toit, SV/PROG 1
Mother of Abraham de Clerq, (a1); Abraham de Klerk (SV/PROG); Unknown De Klerk; Barendt De Clercq; Jeanne 'Jannetje' le Clercq, a3 SM and 6 others

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About Sara Barendsz Cochet, SM/PROG

Sara Cochet appears to have arrived from Walcheren/ Oost Soutberg in Zeeland on the Oosterland on 25 April 1688 as the widow of Pieter/Pierre le Clercq (with whom Coertzen says she had a son, Abraham le Clercq - who comes with her). Less than a month later - on the 16 May 1688 - she marries Guillaume du Toit? They had three daughters.

Sara Cochet went to South Africa as a widow with Guillaume du Toit according to SAG volume 4 page 306

[Guillaume, however, arrives before her in 1686, on the ship Vrijheijt, and comes from Lille (in Flandres) so the 'together with' option seems unlikely - Sharon]

Coertzen tells us that also arriving on the Oosterland in 1688 from Zeeland with her are:

  • 1) her son, Abraham le Clercq (who marries Magdalene Motoun 20 years later), but who is settled in Vogel Vallei (Voel Vallei) near Hermon [and not with her and Guillaume du Toit in AAn't Pad, Stellenbosch? Does that suggest he is older enough to own land when her arrives? If so, it's a bit of a tight squeeze for his mom to go on to produce 3 more daughters after this? - Sharon]
  • 2) and Jeanne (marries Andre Gauch and Peter Becker)
  • 3) and Joost

- brother and sister of Abraham.

[Does this mean Sara came with her 3 small / or not so small children? - Sharon]

  • 4) and Marie Madeleine le Clercq (d 1721) - who comes from Flandres with her husband (Jacques de Savoye, who she married in Zeeland in 1686) and her 3 children [producing 3 children by April 1688 suggests multiple births; or children prior to the marriage; or that perhaps all of the 3 children were incorrectly attributed to her. Maybe the le Clercq children of Sara Cochet? - Sharon]

[Is this Marie, perhaps Sara Cochet's sister-in-law with whom she emigrates as a widow / or finding herself a widow on the trip?]

MOOC8/3.29 See full document attached Testator(s): Sara Couchet

9 April 1714

Inventaris vande goederen en effecten als wijlen Sara Couchet wed: wijlen Gulliam du Toit, met 'er dood ontruijmt en nagelaaten heeft, en bij ons ondergetekende ter requisitie van d' E:E: Heeren Weesmeesteren aan Cabo, gespecificeert, als

  • Een huijs met desselvs erf leggende en staande in 't vlek of dorp Stellenbosch, inde Opgaande Stellenbosch Straat groot volgens de grond erf brief in dato 21 Octob:r 1710, verleend.
  • een troepje schapen berustende onder Abraham de Klerk, dewelke verklaard deselve ontrent agt maanden gelden ontfangen te hebben, vande overledene zijnde doenmaals twehondert twe en t seventigh, segge /:272:/ sondern nu 't nette getal te weesen
  • een custing brief of obligatie ten lasten van Jan Eggertz: van Flensburg groot ƒ1200 spruijtende uijt koop van een plaats gelegen onder 't district van Drakenstein
  • een obligatie ten lasten van Abraham de Klerk groot twaalf honderd guldens segge 1200:--:--
  • een obligatie ten lasten van Jannetie Pietersz: de Klerk groot drie honderd guldens segge 300:--:--
  • een obligatie ten lasten van Jacoba Campher nu getrouwt met Christoffel Amijn groot ses hondert ses en sestigh guld:s segge 666:--:--
  • aan contanten suijver bevonden, nadat van 't geld 't geen door Jannetie de Klerk na 't overlijden van den overledenen bevonden was, betaalt is, volgens d' anexe reek:e der dood schulden, sulkx bij ons bevonden en versegelt een som: van een hondert seeven en twintig guld:s twaalf stv:s segge ƒ130:13:12


A good biographical link:




That Guillaume Dutoit was an older man than Francois is suggested by the fact that he was engaged to the widow Sara Cochet, one of whose sons Abraham came to the Cape in 1688 as a soldier in the company’s service aboard the Oosterland. Sara Cochet’s first husband was Pieter de Klerk of Serooskerke, north of Middelburg, who died in or before 1687, the year of her arrival at the Cape. The name De Klerk was doubtless originally Le Clercq and the family of French language descent, probably from the north-east of France or the Spanish Netherlands. It is difficult to determine to what extent the De Klerks of the Cape were French-speaking. In addition to Abraham, born at Serooskerke, there was another son Joost at the Cape from the same locality in Zeeland and a daughter Jeanne, born in Middelburg. Sara Cochet, who married Guillaume Dutoit on May 16, 1688, was born in Oost- Souburg, north-east of the port of Flushing. * Boucher.M (1981). French speakers at the Cape: The European Background. Pretoria, UNISA. CHAPTER NINE Cape settlers V: from Flanders to Alsace on the turbulent frontier pp261-2

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Sara Barendsz Cochet, SM/PROG's Timeline

Oosten Saeburgh, Oost-Souburg, Zeeland, Nederland
Age 19
Serooskerke, Walcheren, Zeeland, The Netherlands
May 7, 1670
Age 20
Serooskerke, Zeeland, Nederland
October 11, 1671
Age 21
Serooskerke, Walcheren, Zeeland, The Netherlands
January 14, 1674
Age 24
Serooskerke, Schouwen-Duiveland, Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, Netherlands
May 3, 1676
Age 26
Serooskerke, Walcheren, Zeeland, Nederland
October 16, 1678
Age 28
Serooskerke, Zeeland, Netherlands
May 12, 1688
Age 38