Jeanne Rousse1,2

F, #11816, b. circa 1673, d. between 20 March 1688 and 4 August 1688
Father*Jean Roux2 b. c 1650, d. b 23 Oct 1685
Mother*Marie Jourdan2 b. c 1648, d. bt 20 Mar 1688 - 4 Aug 1688

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Last Edited10/09/2012
Birth*Jeanne Rousse was born circa 1673 in La Motte d'Aigues, Provence, France.2
Death*She died between 20 March 1688 and 4 August 1688 at sea on the ship China.2
(Witness) Abjuration On 23 October 1685, at La Motte d'Aigues, Provence, France, following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Marie Jourdan, and her daughters Jeanne Rousse and Marguerite Rousse and Marie Rousse abdured their Protestant faith.3 
(Refugees) ShipVoyage On 20 March 1688 the China departed Goeree enroute to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 4 August 1688. Among those on board were a group of eight orphan girls sent to the Cape following requests by Jan van Riebeeck (1659) and Simon van der Stel (1685) that the Heeren XVII send between 20 and 40 marriageable girls to the Cape. When they were finally sent in 1688 the Heeren XVII wrote that they had been selected because of their experience in farming and it was suggested they be encouraged to marry farmers. They were: Ariaante Jansse, Willemyntje Ariens de Wit, Ariaantje Jacobs, Judith Verbeek, Engeltje Cornelisse van der Bout, Catharina Jansz van der Zee, Petronella Cornelisz and Anna Elkop. Also, on board were 28 Huguenot refugees from Provence, of whom 8, mostly women, died enroute. The refugees who commenced this 19 week voyage were Matthieu Fracassé, Pierre Jaubert, Susanne Reyne, Pierre Jourdan, Marie Jourdan, Jeanne Rousse, Marie Rousse, Marguerite Rousse, André Pellanchon, Paul Jourdan, Pierre la Grange, Jehane Marque, Jean Jourdan, Pierre Jourdan, Jean Mesnard, Louise Courbonne, Marie Anthonarde, Pierre Malan, Elisabeth Richarde, Jacques Malan and Paul Roux.4,5,6 


  1. The female form of Roux is Rousse.
  2. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), p. 83; Jeanne, aged 15, Marie, aged 10, Marguerite, aged 7; Sailed in the Berg China in 1688 with theIr widowed mother, Marie Jourdan. The mother and Jeanne died on the voyage.. Hereinafter cited as The French Refugees at the Cape.
  3. [S692] Harry Booyens, "Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile", Familia (Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile) Familia 49 (3) (2012): Marie abjured as widow of Jean Roux with her three daughters Jeanne, Marie and Margarite at La Motte d'Aigues on 23 October 1658.. Hereinafter cited as "Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile."
  4. [S795] Website The Dutch East India Company's shipping between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795 (
  5. [S568] Webpage Weesmeisies (
  6. [S766] Harry Booyens 'God Bless the Good Ship China', First Fifty Years, (, March 2012, "…."

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