Marie Anthonarde1

F, #14105, b. 1623

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Last Edited15/02/2014
Birth*Marie Anthonarde was born in 1623 in Provence.1
(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.2,3,4 


  1. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), p.78. Mesnard, Jean of Provence, born circa 1659, arrived in now Berg China 1688 with his wife Louise Corbonne Minnaar, and six children, Jeanne, 10, George, 9, Jacques, 8, Jean, 7, Phillippe, 6, and a baby of five months. In 1690 he was a widower with four children.
    p.140. I Jean Mesnart oudt 28 jaren en de
    I Louise Corbonne out 30 jaren zijn vrouw
    I Marie Anthonarde haer schoonmoeder out 64 jaren,
    6 kinderen van de voorenstaende persoonen Jean Mesnard en zyn vrouw, met namen
    Jeanne jongedochter van 10 jaren
    George jongen 9
    Jaques jongen 8
    Jean jongen .. 7
    Philippe jongen 6
    Andre jongkint van 5 maenden
    t zamen 9 personen in dese familie. Hereinafter cited as The French Refugees at the Cape.
  2. [S795] Website The Dutch East India Company's shipping between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795 (
  3. [S568] Webpage Weesmeisies (
  4. [S766] Harry Booyens 'God Bless the Good Ship China', First Fifty Years, (, March 2012, "…."

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