Paul Jourdan1

M, #14091, b. circa 1666
Father*Pierre Jourdan1 b. c 1625
Mother*Magdalene Pellade1 b. c 1625

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Last Edited15/02/2014
Birth*Paul Jourdan was born circa 1666.1
(Witness) Abjuration On 24 October 1685, at Cabrières d'Aigues, following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Magdalene Pellade, and her children Paul Jourdan and Jeanne Jourdan, Margarite Jourdan and Magdalene Jourdan abjured their Protestant faith.2 
(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.3,4,5 


  1. [S692] Harry Booyens, "Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile", Familia (Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile) Familia 49 (3) (2012): Pierre Jourdan (father of Paul Jourdan)
    This Cabrieres d'Aigues family is peripheral to the genealogy of the South African families Jordaan. Its significance lies in the fact that it produced the Paul Jourdan who died on the ship China en route to the Cape. All references are to the records of Notary Enjoubert of Pertuis, except where otherwise indicated. The family structure was as follows:
    Pierre Jourdan
    x 12.01.1659 Susanne Foraize, daughter of Joseph & Magdalene Brette ( 3E56/252, 299)
    xx 22.10.1662 Magdalene Pellade (Pellat) (3E56/265)
    Children from the second marriage:
    Paul *ca.1666 (The prospective Cape immigrant) (3E56/299)
    Jeanne (3E56/299)
    Margarite (3E56/299)
    Magdalene bapt. 20.01.1675. Hereinafter cited as "Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile."
  2. [S692] Harry Booyens, "Pierre de Cabrières and Pierre de Belle Etoile", On 24 October, again in front of Lafourest in Cabrières d'Aigues, Paul Jourdan de Cabrières, his mother Magdalene Pellade, and three of his sisters abjure.
  3. [S795] Website The Dutch East India Company's shipping between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795 (
  4. [S568] Webpage Weesmeisies (
  5. [S766] Harry Booyens 'God Bless the Good Ship China', First Fifty Years, (, March 2012, "…."

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