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Pierre Lombard
farmer (1709) 1
of Drakenstein 2
born circa 1658, Pointais in the Dauphiné 3
died 1714 4
will dated 8 January 1709
His place of birth was given in his will as Pointais in Dauphiné.

Maurice Boucher, in his book French Speakers at the Cape, 1981,
gives the place name as Pontaix in Dauphiné, 'a picturesque little
town on the right bank of the Drôme below Die'.

Pierre Lombard and his wife, Marie Couteau, were apparently
members of the Amsterdam congregation of the Walloon Church
in 1687 when they were part of a small group of refugees from
Dauphiné who took leave of that congregation on 21 December
1687, before sailing for the Cape, possibly on the Borssenburg, a
ship which left Texel for the Cape on 6 January 1688.

This note of their leaving in the church register says that they
were accompanied by 'their mother, Eve', but it does not say which
of the couple's mother she was and no surname is mentioned. Eve,
however, does not seem to have arrived at the Cape. If they did
indeed travel on the Borssenburg she may have stayed behind,
since there were, most unusually, no deaths recorded on that
voyage to the Cape.

Boucher suggests that Pierre Lombard may have been the son of
Antoine Lombard, a farm worker at Aurel, south of Pontaix across
the river, who remained in the district after the revocation of the
Edict of Nantes in 1685.

(The above information from: French Speakers at the Cape,
by M. Boucher, University of South Africa, Pretoria, 1981

Both Pieter Lombart and his wife Maria Coutau signed their will of
1709 by making their marks. One assumes, therefore, that they
were unable to write.


Maria Couteau
circa 1659-1718

b. c1689

c1690 -

c1693 -


b. c1698


children of Pierre Lombard and Maria Couteau

Pieter Lombard 5 born circa 1689

Notes: His aged was given as 20 years
in his parents' will dated the 8th January 1709.

Claudine Lombard circa 1690-circa 1749
born circa 1690
died circa 1749, (date of Inventory)
 married (1)

David du Buisson 6 died circa 1722
 married (2) 15 August 1728 Drakenstein

Gerrit van Hoeting died circa 1752
of Drakenstein

Anthonij Lombard circa 1693-circa 1750
born circa 1693
died circa 1750
 married 7 February 1717 Drakenstein

Johanna Snijman 7 1699-circa 1755
of Droogevalley in the Paardeberg

Mariane Lombard 8 born 1695
born 1695 9
baptized September 1695, Drakenstein 10

Notes: Her age was given as 13 years
in her parents' will dated the 8th January 1709.

A child named Anne was baptised at Drakenstein in
September 1695. I have assumed that this was the same
child called Mariane in her parents will.

On 1st July 1714 she was a witness to the baptism of her niece
Maria du Busson at Stellenbosch.

Around 1715 she and her sister Claudine were listed among the
members of the Drakenstein Congregation.

On the 5th May 1748 Maria Anna Lombard married Jan George
Schreuder, widower of Grisella Sweetmans. They made a joint
will in 1750 but there is no clue therein as to her age. I assume
that she was Mariane marrying for the first time late in life.

Jean Lombard 11 born circa 1698

Notes: His age was given as 11 years
in his parents' will dated the 8th January 1709.

 married 10 October 1718 Drakenstein 12

Louise Jubert

Eva Lombard born 1699
baptized 3 May 1699, Drakenstein 13

Notes: She is not mentioned in the 1709 will of her
parents and had presumably died before that date.

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