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  • Gideon le Grand (1670 - 1710)
    Le Grand, Gideon, a surgeon, among arrivals 1700 – 1710. No descendants extant. Lorna Newcomb and Ockert Malan, compilers, Annale van Nederduits Gereformeerde Moedergemeente Stellenbosch No 1.., CD-ROM...
  • Jean Rogier (c.1673 - 1724)
    ... Suggested may have been on the ship China.. Two men named Jean Roger appear in the books; one from Picardie early in 1687 and a Jean Antoine Roger from le Bousqet (near Spain) in October 1687 * Lis...
  • Pierre Mouy, SV/Prog (c.1658 - 1735)
    Boucher's French Speakers at the Cape >There remains, in this survey of settlers from north-eastern France and the lands beyond the border, the Mouy family. Pierre Mouy sailed on the Donkervliet in 169...
  • Jeanne Mouy, b2 SM (c.1686 - 1758)
    Judi Marais-Meyer registerJeanne Mouy(Moij) arrived in South Africa with her father Pierrre and sister Marie on 20.7.1699 on board the "Donkervliet".Thanks to Emmerentia J V Rensburg, trained and regis...
  • Jacques / Jacob Bourbonnois (bef.1692 - d.)

Fleeing religious persecution of Protestants in France after the 1685 revocation of the Edict of Nantes (which had guaranteed their rights), 200 000 French Huguenots emigrated to countries such as Switzerland. Germany, England, America, and South Africa.

Amongst the first Huguenots to come were Francois Villion (Viljoen) (who might rather be a Walloon) in 1671, Pierre le Febre in 1683, Jean de Long, and the du Toit brothers, François and Guillaume who arrived in 1686 on the Vryheit. Actually, the very first was Maria de la Quellerie, Jan van Riebeeck's wife. Between 1688 and 1689 a large-scale emigration programme of Huguenots who had fled to the Netherlands was organised to the Cape of Good Hope - then a colony of the Dutch East India Company, which needed more settlers to provide food for the passing fleets. It began on December 31, 1687, and in total some 180 Huguenots from France, and 18 Walloons from the present-day Belgium, eventually settled at the Cape of Good Hope, comprising about one sixth of the free burgher population. Individuals continued to arrive sporadically until the termination of the state subsidised emigration in 1707. By 1720 about 270 French refugees had settled in the Cape.

The Commander, Simon van der Stel, ensured, from the start, that the French, Dutch and German settlers were intermingled (see map), and that only Dutch was spoken in schools and church - so that, within 2 generations, the French language was lost in SA, only to be recalled by the names of their farms and their descendants - many of which still bear their original French names.


  • October 1671 Francois Villion arrived at the Cape as perhaps the first Huguenot refugee
  • 1685 Jean le Long arrived at the Cape
  • 22 October 1685 Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes and declared Protestantism illegal with the promulgation of the Edict of Fontainebleau
  • June/July 1686 Francois and Guillaume du Toit arrived in the Cape on board of the De Vrijheid
  • 10 May 1687 The Eemland departs from Wielingen
  • 13 October 1687 The Eemland arrives in Table Bay
  • 30 December 1687 The Spierdijk departs from Texel
  • 31 December 1687 The Voorschoten departs from Delftshaven, Zeeland
  • 6 January 1688 The Borssenburg departs from Texel
  • 3 February 1688 The Oosterlandt departs from Goree
  • 19 February 1688 The Schelde departs from Wielingen
  • 20 March 1688 The Berg China departs from Rotterdam
  • 13 April 1688 The Voorschoten arrives in Saldanha Bay, the first ship with Huguenots on board as part of the official colonialisation of the Cape by French
  • 22 April 1688 The Zuid-Beveland departs from Wielingen
  • 23 April 1688 The Spierdijk arrives in Table Bay
  • 25 April 1688 The Oosterlandt arrives in Table Bay
  • 26 April 1688 The Voorschoten’s passengers arrived on board of the Jupiter in Table Bay
  • 12 May 1688 The Borssenburg arrives in Table Bay
  • 5 June 1688 The Schelde arrives in Table Bay
  • 27 July 1688 The Wapen van Alkmaar departs from Texel
  • 4 August 1688 The Berg China arrives in Table Bay
  • 19 August 1688 The Zuid-Beveland arrives in Table Bay
  • 9 January 1689 The Zion departs for Table Bay
  • 27 January 1689 The Wapen van Alkmaar arrives in Table Bay
  • 6 May 1689 The Zion arrives in Table Bay
  • 25 May 1689 The Drie Bergen departs from Goree
  • April 1696 The Vosmaer departs from Wielingen
  • October 1696 The Vosmaer arrives in Table Bay
  • 10 December 1698 The Kattendijk departs from Wielingen
  • 2 February 1699 The Westhoven departs from Wielingen
  • 2 February 1699 The Donkervliet departs from Wielingen
  • 5 April 1699. The Kattendijk aeeives in Table Bay
  • 16 June 1699 The Westhoven arrives in Table Bay
  • 20 July 1699 The Donkervliet arrives in Table Bay
  • 2 May 1700 The Reigersdaal departs from Goree
  • 22 August 1700 The Reigersdaal arrives in Table Bay
  • 1700 The Helmeet arrives in Table Bay
  • 1710 Pierre Labuschagne comes to South Africa on board of the Verburg
  • 24 March 1714 The Kockengen arrives at the Cape
  • 1718 Jacques Naude comes to South Africa on board of the Abbekerk
  • 1723 Jean Blignaut comes to South Africa on board of the Huis ten Assenburg
  • 1726 Francois Guilliaume comes to South Africa on board of the Berbice
  • 28 November 1787 The Edict of Tolerance/ Edict of Versailles is declared which partly restored the rights of the Huguenots

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List of Huguenot Families Still Around Today (translated from Krige's Pamphlet)

  • AURET: Jeremie Etienne Auret fled from Nantes to Nederland from where his son, Jermias Auret moved to SA. In 1748 he marries Maria Anna Grove, the widow of the bookkeeper, Daniel Brousson.
  • BLIGNAUT / BLIGNAULT: The Blignauts come from Monthelon & the progenitor, Jean Blignaut, arrived in 1723 in the service of the VOC as midshipman on the ‘Huis ten Assenburg’ . He a teacher of Daniel Hugo(d) ’s children, & married the latter’s widow, Anne Rousseau.
  • BOSHOFF: Guillaume Henri Bossau from Bayonne in S France came to the Cape in 1741 He was a blacksmith& a locksmith & settled in Swellendam, where he began to farm.
  • BRUWER: The progenitor Estienne Bruere came from Blois Orleanais in France on the Voorschoten’ on 13/4/1688 as a bachelor. He was a wagonmaker of calling. His first farm was Rust en Werk in Daljosafet. He married Esther de Ruelle in 1690 & Susanna du Puys from Nederland on 19/02/1702.
  • BUYS: Jean de Buis (de Buys) from Calais or Marck in Flandres came on the Oosterland op 25.4/1688, & in 1700 married Sara Jacobs, daughter of the French refugee, Pierre Jacob from Calais/Vielle Eglise in Flandres. Jean farmed in the Knolle Vallei/ Drakenstein. Sara came with her father on the ‘’de Schelde’’ on 5/6/1688 & first married Daniel Terrier in 1692.
  • CILLIERS / CILLIE / CELLIERS: Josue Cellier rom Orleans came in 1700 with his wife Elisabeth Couvret on the Reygersdaal. He was a carpenterof calling, but he had an excellent knowledge of viticulture. He owned the ‘Het Kruijs Pad, Bottelary’.
  • CORDIER: Louis Cordier (Cortje), married Francoise Martinet, a tenant famer from Pontaix (or Orleanais) - one of the first elders in the French community of Bethel, Drakenstein.
  • CRONJE: The two brothers, Pierre Cronje & Estienne Cronier Came on the Driebergen from Normandie. Estienne was unmarried & Pierre was married to Susanna Taillefert, widow of Jean Garde.
  • DE CLERCQ / DE KLERK: Pieter de Clercq from Seerooskerke, Nederland, died in Nederland. His wife, Sara Cochet came out on the Oosterland with his son, Abraham de Clercq to marry Guillaume du Toit. Abraham de Klerk - the founder of the family in SA - farmed in Stellenbosch & was later a member of the Stellenbosse Dragonders.
  • DELPORT: Jacques de la Porte came from Lille in French Flandres in 1699 on the ship Cattendyk, together with his wife, Sara Vitout - who he had married in Oct 1698 - & their eldest daughter, Maria. From 1721 to 1733 he owned the farm Ontdekkers- Vlei near St. Omar, Daljosafat. He died on 9 December 1739. He had 3 sons & 3 daughters .
  • DE VILLIERS: The three brothers, Pierre de Villiers, Abraham de Villiers & Jacques (Jacob) de Villiers arrivef in Table Bay in 1689 on the Zion. Originally from Bourgogne, the three farmed next to each other for a while in Franshoek. All 3 were handsome wine farmers. Pierre was married to Elisabeth Taillefert; & Jacques & Abraham took two sisters – Marguerite Gardiol & Susanna Gardiol - as spouses. Abraham did not have male offspring.
  • DU PLESSIS: Jean Prieur, a surgeon rom Poitiers, came on the Oosterland, accompanied by his wife, Madeleine Menanteau. Theirfirst son, Charl Prieur duPlessis was born on the journey to SA. After five years they travelled back but he settled here with his second wife, Marie Buisset. He died in Stellenbosch.
  • DU PREEZ: Hercule des Prez or du Pre fled from Courtrai, Flandres with his wife Cecilia d’Atis & six children: Elizabeth du Preez; Hercule du Preez Jr; Marie-Jeanne du Preez;Francois-Jean du Preez; Jaquemina du Preez; Phillippe du Preez on Schelde.
  • DURAND: Jean,from La Motte, was a surgeon & farmer in Drakenstein. His wife was Anna Vermeulen.
  • DU TOIT: François, & his brother Guillaume fled from Lille in Flandres. The latter had only daughters. Francois settled as a burger in Daljosafat. Francois’ wife was Susanna Seugnet. Guillaume’s wife wasSara Cochet.
  • FAURE: Antoine Alexandre came from Orange & arroved in 1714 on the 'Kokenge'. He marriesRachel de Villliers. He was a voorlese & schoolmaster at Stellenbosch.
  • FOUCHE: Philippe Foucher (Fouché), from Orleanais came together with his wife, Anne Souchay & three children - amongst the first refugees on the ‘Voorschoten’. They established themselves in 'de Wilde Paardenjacht', Drakenstein, Paarl.
  • FOURIE: Louis Fourie of Dauphine came to the Cape with Susanna Cordier & afterwards married Anna Jourdaan.
  • GILLIOMEE: François Guilliaumé from Languedoc, France arrived at the Cape from Berlin, Germany (where he'd gone with a group of Huguenots in the 1700s), in 1726 on board the 'Berbice'. He travelled with his wife, Claudine Eloy – born in Bordighera, Ligurië, Italy, and their children Mathieu, Jeanne, Marie & Anne. The VOC sent him at the request of the Cape government for people who could promote the silk industry. He also seems to have been sent to follow up on the estate of Jacques Labat. The silkworm enterprise, however, failed.
  • GOUWS / GOUS: Andre Gaucher from Le Pont-de-Montvert came in 1690 on the ‘Spierdyk’ 7 was one of the few refugees who needed no monetary help.
  • HUGO: Daniel Hugot(d) from Champagne was , according to tradiytion, short of stature, but a very skilled smith & farmed on Zion. At 60 years old he married Anne Rousseau, at whose baptism he had stood as godfather, when he had jokingly remarked that she would one day be his wife. She was the progenitor of both the Blignaults & the Hugos.
  • JACOBS: Pierre Jacob came from Calais with his wife , Susanne de Vos & 3 /children. He died prematurely, & his wife married Nicolaas de Lanoy .
  • JORDAAN: Jean Jourdaan came on the 'Berg China' in 1688 with his brother Pierre. They came from Cabriere. Pierre left behind no male offspring. Jean was later the owner of their farm, ‘La Motte’.
  • JOUBERT: Pierre Joubert of ‘La Motte’ came on the ‘Berg China’ as a 23yr old. His first wife died on the journey from France. He married Isabeau Richard and owned 3 farms in Drakenstein.
  • LABUSCHAGNE: Pieter Labuscaigne was probably from Pontacq in S-France, landing in 1710 and working as a schoolmaster & a farmer.
  • LE GRANGE: Pierre from Cabriere in Provence also arrived on the ‘Berg China’ at 40 years old. He married Margaretha Kool, a 14 yr old. One of his ancestors, Peregrine la Grange, was a Calvinist teacher, and one of the martyrs in 1576.
  • 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.
  • LE ROUX: Three Le Rouxs came to SA - namely Jean from Normandy, & the brothers Gabriel & Jean from Blois. Jean was not related to them.
  • LE SEUR: François le Sueur was a minister who came to the Cape on the ship, the ‘Midloo’ in 1729.He was born in Ooij in Gelderland Netherlands where his father and grandparents had fled from Normandy. He settled in Tafelvalle and married Joanna –Catherina Swellengrebel.
  • LOMBARD: Pierre Lombard came from Pointaix, Dauphiné, France as one of the early refugees. On 6 January 1688 he & his wife Marie Couteau (1659-1718) from Soudiere in Dauphine, together with Francois Rétif, Maria Rousseau and Pierre Meyer, sailed on the ‘Borssenburg’ from Texel in the Netherlands, docking in the Cape on 12 May 1688. He farmed on ‘Langerust’ in Drakenstein (1689 - 1716) en ‘Zondernaam’ in Simondium (1699 - 1716). He also owned Watergat, currently known as Bien Donne in Franshoek. In 1690 was he was described as a "'n siek man met 'n vrou en een kind". He went on to have 3 sons and 3 daughters.
  • MALAN: Jacques was from Merindol, France. He married Elizabeth le Long, widow of Jean Jourdaan & daughter of Pierre le Long,.
  • MALHERBE: Gideon lande here as a young man on the ‘Voorschoten’. He came from Laons in Normandy & married Marie Grillion.
  • MARAIS: Charles Marais was amongst the first Hugenots to arrive here on the ‘Voorschoten’. His wife, Catherine Taboureaux & four children accompanied him. His farm ‘Le plessis Marle’ is named after his birth town. He is murdered by a "Hottentot' within a year of his arrival come here.
  • MEYER: The progenitor, Pierre Meyer came from Dauphine in France. He arrived in Table Bay 12 May 1688 on the ‘Borssenburg,’ having sailed from Texel, Netherlands. He was one of the first deacons of the Huguenot community, and married Aletta de Savoye, daughter of Jacques de Savoye and Madeleine le Clercq.
  • MINNAAR: Jean Mesnard (from Provence) came on the ‘Berg China’ with his wife, Louise Courbonne, & 6 children. All the Minnaars stem from his his son, Philippe - who married Jeanne Mouy.
  • MOUTON: Jacques Mouton from Steenwerck nearby Lille arrived in 1699 on the Donkervliet from Middelburg, Zeeland with 3 daughters whose mother Maride Villiers either died on board or soon after disembarking . His first wife & 3 children had stayed in Europe. He was later a farmer on the farm ‘Steenwerck,' near to Porterville and married a third time to Francina Bervanage.
  • NAUDE: This family originated in Metz, and settled in Berlin as refugees. Jacques (Jacob) Naude was the first to arrive in 1718 on the the ‘Abbekerk'. His father, Philipp, was professor in Maths at the Berlin Academy. His brother's child, Philipp Jakob, arrived 37yrs later, in 1754 on the‘Slooten’ as a soldier in the service of the VOC.
  • NEL: Guillaume Néel (Nel) from Rouaan came as a refugee in 1691,with his wife, Jeanne de la Batte on the ship de Schelde. They lived at ‘Blauwklip’ in Stellenbosch. This couple has been identifed as the source of the genes for Fanconi Anemia in the Afrikaner population of South Africa.
  • NORTJE: Although 3 members of the Nourtier or Nortier family came from Calais, namely Jacob Naude married to Margaretha Mouton; Jean Nortje & Daniel Nortje, all the Nortje descendants in SA derive from Daniel & his wife Marie Vitout. They came out on the ‘Oosterland’ and had all been in the service of the merchant, Jacques de Savoye.
  • PIENAAR: Jacques Pinard from Drouais and his 21 yr old bride, Hester Fouche,came with the first group of Huguenots. He was a carpenter, but also farmed in Klein-Drakenstein. He remarried Marthe le Fevre. Pieter, his grandson, was one of the first explorers through SWA.
  • RETIEF: François Retif came from Blois on the 'Borssenburg' as a young man of 25, his sister Anne Retief and settled on the farm ‘La Paris’. 12 yrs later, he married the 15yr old Marie Mouy. They had 9 children, of which 3 died young.
  • ROUSSEAU / ROUSSOUW / ROSSOUW: Pierre from Menars-la-Ville near to Blois arrived in the Cape in 1689. He was one of the first deacons. Married to Anne Retief, he farmed on L’Arc d’Orleans in Drakenstein. After her death, he married Gertrude du Toit.
  • ROUX: Paul Roux, from Orange, arrived here in 1688 on the ‘Berg China’. On 8 Nov, the same year, he is appointed as teacher, reader & sick comforter for the French community in Drakenstein. He was 1st married to Claudia Seugnat, & afterwards to Elisabeth Couvret, a widow & progenitor of the Cilliers.
  • SENEKAL: The progenitor David Senekal was from the Senecal-family in Normandy. In 1688 he came via Nederland on the ‘Zuid Beveland’. He & his wife Anne Madelein du Puis had 11 children.
  • TAILLEFERT / TAILLEFER: Isaac Taillefert from Brie in France, was a milliner, farmer and deacon in Chateau Thierry. He became a winefarmer in Monneaux . He arrived in SA on board the "Oosterland' with his wife, Susanna Briet – from the valley of Essomes. (she owned vineyards in Monneaux) and six children. In 1690 he owned farms in Normandië and Picardië.
  • TERBLANCHE / TERREBLANCHE: From Toulon, the progenitor Etienne Terblanche settled in Klein-Drakenstein & in 1713 married Marthe le Fevre, the widow of Jacques Pinard. Of their four children the oldest two died unmarried, & with another being a daughter, the whole Terblanche descent is from Pierre, who settled in the S Cape .
  • THERON: Jacques Therond, came from Nimes, Languedoc, in 1688 on the ‘Oosterland’, & settled in the Klein-Drakenstein area. He was a heemraad, & later an owner on the farm Languedoc. Hs spouse was was Marie Jean, daughter of the Huguenot, Hedrcules Des Pres.
  • VILJOEN: Francois Villion (Viljoen), from Clermont (in Belgium? So possibly a Walloon, not a Huguenot), was already at the Cape in 1671. In 1676 the married Cornelia Campenaar. In 1692 he is awarded the farm ‘Idasvallei’ in Stellenbosch. One of his 6 died young.
  • VIVIER(S): Abraham & his two brothers, Jacques & Pierre came from le Preche & farmed in Daljosafat. Two brothers died unmarried & Abraham married to Jacquemine du Preez ,is the progenitor of the family. He received the farm ‘Schoongezicht’ in Daljosafat.



  • VRIJHEIJT 23 June 1686
    • du Toit
  • EEMSLAND 13 October 1687
    • de Péronne
  • BOSWIJK c1687
    • Veron
  • VOORSCHOOTEN arrived Saldanha Bay 13 April 1688, arrived on JUPITER in Cape 8 May 1688
    • Days: 130. People: 192. Deaths: 1 (0.52 %)
    • Marais, le Roux, Fouché, Souchay, Pinard, Tabourdeaux, Malherbe, Bruére, Sabatier, Basché, Godefroy, Grillion, Machepaste
  • SPIERDIJK 23 April 1688
    • Days: 115. People: 173. Deaths: 21 (12.4%)
    • Gauch
  • OOSTERLAND 25 April 1688
    • Days: 87. People: 325. Deaths: 4 ( 1.23%)
    • Taillefert, de Savoye, le Clercq, du Plessis, Imbert, Nourtier, Avicé, Cochet, Menanteau, Carnoy, Cloudon, Cronier, Therond, de Bus, Briet, Vitu
  • BORSSENBURG 12 May 1688
    • Days:127. People:101. Deaths: 4 (3.96 %)
    • Rousseau, Hugo, Retif, Meyer, Couteau, Lombard, Avicé, Grillion, Martineau
  • DE SCHELDE 5 June 1688
    • Days: 107. People: 241. Deaths: 11 (4.56 %)
    • Jacobs, Prevot, des Prez, Néel, de Vos, Terrier, Bleuset, le Fébre, d'Atis, de la Batte, Gros
  • (BERG) CHINA 4 August 1688
    • Days: 140. People: 305. Deaths: 20 (6.56%)
    • Mesnard , Anthonarde, Jourdaan, Rousse, Courbonne, Courbon, Pellanchon, Goiraud , Joubert, Reyne, Mallan , Verdette, Verdeau, Mille, Roi , Frachas , Long , Furet (Jansz van Son, de Wit, van den Berg, Verbeek, van Capelle, van der Bout, Janse van der Zee, Eltrop)
  • ZUID BEVELAND 19 August 1688
    • Days: 120. People: 213. Deaths: 14 (6.57 %)
    • Cordier, Vivier, Martinet, des Ruelles, Goudalle, Simond, de Gournay, le Long, Viret, Sénéchal, de Bérault
  • WAPPEN VAN ALKEMAAR 27 January 1689
    • Gardiol, Seugnet, Fourie, Gardé, le Roux, Benezet, Labat, Rochefort, Aubanelle, Amiel, du Rand, Perrotette, Roux, Martin, Brasier, Barré, Bouvat, Batté
  • ZION 6 May 1689
    • de Villiers, Rosier
  • AGATHA 19 August 1693
    • Legeret
  • VOSMAAR 16 Oct 1696
    • Bisseau, le Febvre, Sézille
  • WESTHOVEN 16 June 1699
    • Potier
  • DRIEBERGEN 3 September 1698
    • Cronier, le Riche, Drouin, Duthuilé
  • CATTENDYK 13 April 1699
    • de la Porte, Vitu
  • DONKERVLIET 20 July 1699
    • Mouton, Mouy, de Villiers
  • HELMEET 1700
    • Bevernagie
  • REIJGERSDAAL 22 August 1700
    • Couvret, Vallète, Cellier, Posseaux
  • BELOIJS 6 February 1706
    • Huibaux
  • GENERALEVREDE 25 January 1708
    • d'Ailly, de Potter
  • STRIJKKEBOLLE 14 Oct 1714
    • Migault
  • SLEEWIJK 22 August 1714
    • le Sage
  • KOCKENGEN 24 March 1714
    • Faure
  • ABBERKERK 19 May 1718
    • Naudé
  • MEIJNDEN 1 October 1719
    • de Saint-Jean
  • HUIS TE ASSENBURG 12 April 1723
    • Blignault
  • BERBICES 22 October 1726
    • Guilliaumé, Eloy
  • MIDLOO 1729
    • Le Sueur


The first farms were on the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains (About 70km out of Cape Town). Here, grew up villages like Paarl; Franschoek (originally 'le Coin Français' - "the French Corner'), Wagenmakersvallei (now Wellington) and Het Land van Waveren (now Tulbagh). Those couple who had arrived before 1688 received farms in Stellenbosch, and the non-farmers were typically settled in Table Valley (now Cape Town). Many of the farms were named after the areas in France from which their owners came: La Motte, La Cotte, Cabriere, Provence, Chamonix, Dieu Donne and La Dauphine.


  • Jean de Buis (de Buys) het/did in Knolle Vallei/ Drakenstein geboer/farm.
  • Jacques de Villiers Huguenot owner of 'La Bri' wine farm, farmed with his brothers on 'Bosch en Dal'
  • Jacques Malan Huguenot owner of 'de Hoop' - now called 'Simonsig' - wine farm
  • Jacques Delporte Huguenot owner of the farm 'Ontdekkers'- vlei naby St. Omar, Daljosafat between 1721 & 1733 - now, possibly, a nursery on 'St Omer' Farm
  • Louis Cordier Huguenot owner of the farm 'Bethel' in 1692, now, possibly 'Nantes' at Paarl Mountain
  • Francois du Toit - Huguenot owner of ‘Die Kleine Bos’ in Dal Josaphat; ‘Zoetnedal’ – an annex to Wagenmakers Vallei; & ‘Limiet Rivier on the Compagnies Rivier, Waveren, above the Company’s Old Post
  • Hercule du Preez Huguenot owner of the farm 'De Zoete Inval', in 1692, now Paarl Station & East of it
  • Guillaume du Toit – Huguenot owner of ‘Aan’t Pad’, Stellenbosch; & ‘Sonques Deurdrift’ over Berg River (in the Malemsbury district)
  • Louis Fourie Huguenot owner of 'Slangrivier' wine farm in 1699 - on the slopes of Groenberg Mt in Wellington Valley
  • Philippe Foucher (Fouché), van/of/from Orleanais was saam/together met/with/to sy/his vrou/woman, Anne Souchay were established on the farm 'de Wilde Paardenjacht', Drakenstein, Paarl.
  • Pierre Jacob Huguenot owner of 'De Goede Hoop' farm in 1688 in the Groot Drakenstein, now Dwarsrivier Valley
  • Ignace Mare - Huguenot farmer of ‘De Groene Kloof’; ‘Langefontein’; ‘Elsjeskraal "aan de Tygerberg"’ in 1714, and ‘St. Omar’ in Daljosafat in 1723 - now, possibly, a nursery on 'St Omer' Farm
  • Pierre Lombard farmed on ‘Langerust’ in Drakenstein (1689 - 1716) en ‘Zondernaam’ in Simondium (1699 - 1716). He also owned the farm Watergat, currently known as Bien Donne in Franshoek
  • Hercule Verdeau was allocated the farm 'Champagne' was first allocated to Hercule Verdeau in 1699. In 1711, he bought his second property at the Cape, the farm Wildepaardejacht which was first allocated on 28 February 1699 to fellow Huguenot Philippe Foucher of Suevres, France. After his death Fouche's widow sold the farm to Hercule Verdeau. Today the farm is known as the residence of former President FW de Klerk & his wife Elita.
  • Pierre Labuscaigne The property Pontac was named on the 5th of August 1723 by the first owner, Pierre de Labuschagne. A native of the Bordeaux region in France, Pierre was a keen admirer of the courtly du Pontac family which governed the area at the time. He named the estate after his mentor Francois Auguste du Pontac. The extent of the Estate at that time was 2 Morgan 6 roods and 5 feet of land below Paarl Rock.




[] Idasvallei, Stellenbosch, home of Francois Villion x Cornelia Campenaar

Josue Cellier Hy/he was ‘n/a timmerman/carpenter van/of beroep/calling, maar/but het/did ‘n/a goeie/good kennis/knowledge van/of land en/& wingerdbou/viticulture gehad/have. Hy/he het/did ‘Het Kruijs Pad, Bottelary’ besit/owned

A Note on Medieval French Naming Traditions

"It will strike the modern reader as strange that the lady was styled Mademoiselle after as before her marriage, and
the use of the title needs a word in passing. The general use of Madame to designate a married woman dates only from the 17th century and even then it came slowly into use. In earlier days the title was reserved for ladies of a certain rank somewhat as ' Lady ' is used in England. These favoured few were the wives of ' les grands ', of the princes of the blood, semi-sovereign princes, Marshals of France, certain of the highest nobility, and of the chevaliers des ordres ; also the King's daughters and abbesses and prioresses ; all these could claim the title of Madame. For other women, whether noble or bour- geoise, wed or single, Mademoiselle was the only title in use.

But whereas in the case of a bourgeoise the husband's or the father's family name followed the title the noble- woman would almost certainly have made use of a territorial name. Montaigne protested against the habit.

" It is a vile habit and one fraught with evil for France for people to be called after their estates, and one that occasions more confusion of families than any other thing. A cadet of good family, who receives as his portion an estate, whose name he bears with credit, cannot abandon it with honour. Ten years after his death the land passes to a stranger, who in his turn bears the title."

Montaigne felt the loss of the hereditary honour which could cling round a name handed down from generation to generation, but he also felt the confusion which arose from the habit he condemns. Every child, girls as well as boys, might bear a different name and much of the significance of events in history may be lost by those who fail to realize relationships through the maze of names.

In England the eldest son of a peer may bear, by courtesy, some secondary title belonging to his father ; his brothers will use the family surname. In France not only great noblemen, like the Constable Montmorenci, whose five sons were known as Montmorenci, Damville, Montberan, Meru and de Thore, but the sons of every little squire with a small property or two to divide was known by a different name. Thus in the Mornay family the eldest son was de Buhy, the second du Plessis Marly the third de Beaunes; their uncle was d'Aubleville and his son Villarceaux, and so on throughout the whole nobility of France. And furthermore, as Montaigne complains, should the property pass into other hands the name went with it and the nobles saw springing up a new class of rich bourgeois proprietors ' roturiers ' who bought the right to use the name along with the territory to which it belonged.

One other point is worth calling attention to. On marriage an Englishwoman loses her maiden name and henceforth in legal signatures as in common parlance uses only her husband's surname. An old traveller in England noticed this as one of the peculiarities of the subjection of a woman to her husband.

" Wives," he says, " are entirely in the power of their husbands, their lives only excepted. Therefore when they marry they give up the surname of their father and take the surnames of their husbands."

In France this is not so. A woman never loses her father's surname and signs with it, at least in all legal documents, after as before marriage. Mile, de Buhy was Madeleine de Bee Crespin till her death, just as du Plessis' wife was Charlotte d'Arbaleste whenever she signed a letter, in spite of her first marriage to de Feuqueres and her second to du Plessis.


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  • CHAPTER FIVE Cape settlers I: from the Loire to the Channel
  • CHAPTER SIX Cape settlers II: from the Rhone to the Atlantic
  • CHAPTER SEVEN Cape settlers III: from south-eastern France and adjoining territories
  • CHAPTER EIGHT Cape settlers IV: from Burgundy to Picardy
  • CHAPTER NINE Cape settlers V: from Flanders to Alsace on the turbulent frontier
  • CHAPTER TEN Some company men and callers at the Cape
  • CHAPTER ELEVEN No permanent refuge

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