Pierre Cronjé1

M, #10748, b. 1671, d. 2 September 1718
Father*PN Cronjé2 b. c 1640

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NGK Drakenstein Baptisms 1694-1732NGK Drakenstein Baptisms 1694-1732
Last Edited02/12/2013
Birth*Pierre Cronjé was born in 1671.3
Marriage*He married Suzanne Taillefert, daughter of Isaac Taillefert and Suzanne Briet, before January 1709 de Caep de Goede Hoop. This marriage has been assumed and the date based on the appearance of Pieter Cronje in the 1709 opgaafrol with a wife, a son and a daughter. These could only have been Susanna Taillefer and her son and daughter with her former, deceased, husband Jean Garde. However, in the baptism record of the couple's first child Marie in June 1710, the mother, in her capacity as witness to the baptism, is described as veuve, widow, which raises the (remote?) possibility that she and Pierre Cronje were not yet legally married.4,3
Death*He died on 2 September 1718 de Caep de Goede Hoop.3


Suzanne Taillefert b. 26 May 1685, d. 13 Feb 1723
(Witness) Signature Between 1690 and 1724, 54 Huguenots signed documents de Caep de Goede Hoop. These signatures were published by Graham Botha in his book The French Refugees at the Cape and can be seen in the attached scan of the relevant page and includes those of Louis de Berault, Pierre Cronjé, Jacques Delporte, Jean Durand, Jacques de Savoye, Jacques Nourtier, André Gauch, François Retif, Guillaume Néel, Paul Roux, Daniel Hùgo, David Senecal, Pierre Simond, Jean Prieur du Plessis, Guillaume du Toit, Francois du Toit, Jean le Roux, Jacques Therond, Hercules des Prez, Abraham de Villiers, Jean Gardiol, Jacques de Villiers, Pierre de Villiers, Isaac Taillefert, Jean Taillefert, Jean Gardé, Claude Marais, Estienne Bruere, Daniel des Ruelles, Pierre Rousseau, Jacques Pinard, Estienne Cronje, Jacques Malan, Gabriel le Roux, David du Buisson, Daniel Nourtier, Estienne Niel, Philippe Fouché, Gideon le Grand, Paul Couvret, Paul le Febvre, Salomon de Gournay, Pierre Vivier, Pierre Jourdan, Estienne Viret, Esaias Engelbert Caucheteux and Jean de Buijs.5
Names in the record, in publications, etc.4 October 1704, the name of Pierre was written in the record as Pieter Cronje.6
8 November 1711, the name of Pierre was written in the record as Pierre Croignee.7
Baptisms - WitnessPierre Cronjé and Marie Jeanne des Prez witnessed the baptism of Pieter Delport on 4 October 1704 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.6
Monsterrollen and Opgaafrollen (Muster and tax rolls)Pierre Cronjé appeared on the opgaafrol (census/tax roll) of circa January 1709 de Caep de Goede Hoop with a wife who would have been Suzanne Taillefert and two children, Susanna Gardé and Jean Gardé.8


  1. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, 1710, -- [1 Junij], Marie. d'vader Pierre Cronje, en d'moeder Susanna Taillefer, getuygen Estienne Croignee, en Susanna Taillefer, veuve.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  2. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), p.65. Estienne and Pierre of Normandy, two brothers.... Hereinafter cited as The French Refugees at the Cape.
  3. [S153] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 1 A-C, HSRC SA Genealogies (Pretoria: Institute for Historical Research, Division Genealogical Research, Pretoria, 1986, 1989), ISBN 0-620-23962-X, p. 681. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 1.
  4. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  5. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape, p.74.
  6. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms, [4 Oct 1704], Pieter. d'Vader Jacob de la Porte, d'Moeder Sara Vitoe; getuygen Pieter Cronje, en Marie [Suson?] du Prés.
  7. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms, 1711; [7de 9br]; Elisabeth, d' vader Pierre Croignee: d' moeder Susanna Taillefer, getuygen Pierre Villiers, en Elisabeth Taillefer.
  8. [S756] Opgaafrol, unknown file number; J; Tax Rolls, 1709, Cape Archive Depot, 1709     M      VAN           NAAM     M     V     S     D     K     M     V     S     D      P      S      B      W      L      K      W      R      W      G      W     S     P     D
         0244      CRONJE K      PIETER      1     1     1     1      3      7      35      150      4000      2      5      55      1     1     1      D. My thanks to Hans Heese for sharing his transcription of this opgaaf.
  9. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  10. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms, 1711; [7de 9br]; Elisabeth, d' vader Peirre Croigneè: d' moeder Súsanna Taillefer, getúygen Pierre Villiers, en Elisabeth Taillefer.
  11. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms, 1713; 24de Sept; Pierre. Soon van Pierre Croigneé, en Sùsanne Taillefer. Getùygen Pierre Taillefer & Maria Marais.

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