André Pellanchon1

M, #14102, b. circa 1672

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Last Edited16/09/2012
Birth*André Pellanchon was born circa 1672 in France.1
(Witness) Letter On 23 December 1687, in a letter to the Heeren Zeventienen, the Rotterdam Chamber advised that the following individuals had expressed an intention to sail to the Cape on the ship China. They were: Jean Mesnard, André Pellanchon, Louise Courbonne, Marie Anthonarde, Jeanne Mesnard, George Mesnard, Jacques Mesnard, Jean Mesnard, Philippe Meinard, André Mesnard, Jehane Marque, Jean Jourdan, Pierre Jourdan, Marie Jourdan, Jeanne Rousse, Marie Rousse, Marguerite Rousse, Pierre Malan, Elisabeth Richarde, Hercules Verdeau, Pierre la Grange, Pierre Jourdan de Cabriere, Paul Jourdan and Matthieu Fracassé.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. [S575] M. Boucher, French Speakers at the Cape in the first hundred years of Dutch East India Company rule: The European background (Pretoria: University of South Africa, 1981), p.188. The names of two other Jourdans appear in te Berg China's sailing list: Pierre, like his namesake, twenty-four years of age, and Paul, a young man of twenty-two of whom nothing more is heard after December 1687. They were to sail with André Pellanchon, a boy of fifteen, and all three were first cousins.. Hereinafter cited as French Speakers at the Cape.
  2. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), 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

    I Anthoine Madan out 38 jaren en
    I Elisabeth Verdette zijn vrouw out 23 jaren
    I dochterken genaamt [?] out 10 maenden
    Sa      3 in dese familie

    I Jeanne Marthe wed: van Jourdan out 60 jaren
    I Jean Jordan haer zoon out 28 jaren
    I Pierre Jourdan idem 24 do.
    I Marie Jourdan wed. out 40 jaren
    I Jeanne Rousse haer dochter out 15 jaren
    I Marie Rousse haer dochter out 10 jaren
    I Margarete Rousse haer dochter 7 jaren
    Sa      7 personen in dese familie

    I Pierre Malan out 23 jaren met zijn vrouw
    I Isabeau Richarde out 20 jaren
    Sa     2 personen in dese familie

    I Pierre Goiraud out 30 jaren met
    I Francoise Rousse sijn vrouw 28 jaren
    Sa      2 personen

    I Jaques Verdeau jongman out 20 jaren
    I Arcule Verdeau zijn broeder 16 jaren
    2 personen

    I Pierre Grange jongman out 23 jaren
    I Louise Corbon jongman zijn cousin 20 jaren
    2 personen

    I Susanne Resue jongedochter out 20 jaren

    I Pierre Jourdaan jongman out 24 jaren
    I Paul Jourdan jongman 22 do.
    I Andre Pelanchon 15 do.
         alle cousins germain [all first cousins]
    3 personen

    I Mathieu frachasse jongman out 26 jaren

    I Jean Furet jongman out 18 jaren

    I Anthoine Scaet jongman out 19 jaren

    't zamen uijtmakende vier en dertig personen jongh en out.
    . Hereinafter cited as The French Refugees at the Cape.
  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", Familia (March 2012):…. Hereinafter cited as "God Bless the Good Ship China."

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