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Pieter La Grange 1
born circa 1664, Cabriere in Provence 2
died between 1725 and 1736 3
Notes:
According to the opgaaf return for 1719 they lived in Cape Town, owning four slaves, had no animals or crops, and at that date they still had two sons and one daughter living with them. In 1721 there was just one slave, but otherwise the family was the same.

In the muster roll of 1725 he and Margaretha Kool
are still listed, living in the Cape District.
(VC 49, page 543)

H UGENOTE-VER EN IGI NG VAN SU I D-AFRI KA
HUGUENOT SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA
BULLETIN 19
1981
pages 12-15
FRANKFURT AM MAIN AND THE CAPE REFUGEES
M. Boucher

GOIRAND. Pierre Goirand and Francoke
Rousse of Cabrieres-d’ Aigues travelled
through Switzerland and reached Frankfurt
in October 1687.

GRANGE. Pierre Grange of Cabrieres
was at Frankfurt with Goirand and his wife.
He was evidently travelling with his cousin,
Louis Courbon.


COURBON. Louis Courbon of Cabrikresd’Aigues
was a mason and so destitute at
Frankfurt that he had no shoes.
FERRAND. Two men named Jean

H UGENOTE-VER EN IGI NG VAN SU I D-AFRI KA
HUGUENOT SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA
BULLETIN 22
1984 - 1985
page 47

THE LA GRANGE FAMILY
The La Grange family was one of the earliest
families in France to be converted to
Protestantism. With the Revocation of the
Edict of Nantes in 1685 Pierre la Grange left
his home town Cabrieres in Provence and
fled as a Huguenot refugee from France.
Pierre was from a family that practised masonry
as a trade in Cabrieres.’’ He was not
schooled in the art of writing and could only
sign with a mark.3’ Evidently Pierre and his
cousin Louis Courbon - a mason ‘I - like
many of their Calvinist countrymen from
the south of France, followed the route over
Switzerland and northwards up the Rhine
Valley to Frankfurt am Main, situated near
the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers
(in the present West Germany). Here he
shared company with his friends, Pierre
Goirand and his wife Francoise Rousse
(who arrived at Frankfurt in October 1687
from Cabrieres).
Their dire straits at Frankfurt are reflected
in the fact that his cousin had no shoes.’,
From there Pierre and his cousin travelled
together to the Netherlands.
On March 20, 1688 they embarked at
Rotterdam on the vessel “Berg China” that
was bound for the Cape. After a hazardous
voyage they reached the Cape later that
year.’’ Apart from his own resources and
livestock possibly presented to him by the
Company, Pierre also received 30 or 50 guldens
at his departure from the Netherlands,
as well as 100 guldens in 1690.’)
On December 1, 1702 he became the
owner of an erf in Table Valley (Block LL,
no. 12 - at the corner of the present-day
Wale and Long Streets). His neighbours
were the Free Blacks Jacob from the Coast
of Coromandel, facing Wale Street, and Jacob
Cornelisz from Malabar, facing Long
Street (today the Homes Trust Building occupies
this spot). He evidently erected a
house on this site, because within two years,
on 16 November 1704, he married Margaretha
Kool of Amsterdam, born approximately
1690, daughter of Cornelis Kool who
li\sd a short distance away (Block NN, no.
- 9:
Their onl! child. Jan (Bl), married Johmnj.
Contsrman. widow of Andries Gous.
This soupls had onl- two sons, namely (Cl)
Johanna Petrus. - 27.1.1737, x 26.3.1758
Annd Fourie and (C2) Marthinus -
3 1 3.1-3. burgher Swellendam, x 22.3.1761
\Idria Fourie. sister of the above mentioned
.Anna.
Sources:
1. BOUCHER: French Speakers at the
Cuye
2 . Deeds Office, C. T.: OCF 444
-3. FRANKEN
1. Huguenot Society Bulletin no. I9
J P Louw
47


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BULLETIN 35
1998

page 33

PRE-VOYAGE RECORDS OF THE HUGUENOT
REFUGEES ON THE BERG CHINA
Viginia Belz Chomat
Edited and translated by Randolph Vigne

“On 31 October 1687 50 Protestant
refugees from the Luberon arrived in
Frankfurtam-Main.

The following six people were part of a group
of nine from Cabri2re.Y d’Aigues. They were
in Geneva and Lausanne in August and
September before reaching Frankjurt.
Pierre Goirand (Gouiran), 30, son of
Jacques, and his wife Franqoise Roux, 28.
They abjured at Cabribres d’Aigues on 26
October 1685. They did not arrive at the
Cape.
Louis Courbon, 20. On 22 October 1685
Louis abjured at Cabribres d’Aigues with his
parents Andr6 Courbon and Jeanne Roux and
his brothers and sisters AndrC, Daniel, Pierre,
Catherine and Isabeau.
Pierre Grange, 23, cousin of Louis Courbon.
On 22 October, Franqois Grange, 50, abjured
at Cabribres with his wife Margarite, 50, and
their children Pierre, 24, and Daniel, 12. Margarite
was the sister of AndrC Courbon and
hence Louis’s aunt.
Pierre Jourdan, 24. The consistory of the
Amsterdam Walloon church noted that he had
left for the Cape on 20 March 1688. It was
noted that one Pierre Jourdan, 65, abjured at
Cabribres with his wife Suzanne Pascal, 48,
and their children Pierre, 24, and Antoine, 16.
At the marriage of Antoine in 1695, Suzanne
Pascal, widow, made Antoine her heir ‘with
this condition that in the event that her other
son Pierre, who has been in the King’s service
for some years, is still alive and returns home,
he will inherit half.’ This probably refers to
the Pierre Jourdan cited below.
The ,following I7 people were originally

married 16 November 1704 at Stellenbosch 4

Margarita Cornelisz Kool
circa 1690-1771


Margareta
b.1707

Pieter
b.1709

Jan
b.1712
children

children of Pieter La Grange and Margarita Cornelisz Kool

Margareta La Grange 5 born 1707
born 1707 6
baptized 20 February 1707, Cape Town 7
 married  9

Carel Christiaan Becker 8 circa 1690-1771

Pieter La Grange born 1709
born 1709 10
baptized 10 February 1709, Cape Town 11

Notes: He was presumably still living in 1721
when his father's opgaaf return lists two sons and
one daughter.

Jan La Grange born 1712
baptized 23 October 1712, Cape Town
 married

Johanna Conterman 12

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