Abraham le Clercq

M, #5092, b. before 11 October 1671
Father*Pieter Abraham(se) de Clercq1 b. b 4 Oct 1643, d. bt 16 Oct 1678 - 16 May 1686
Mother*Sara Couchet1 b. c 1650, d. b 9 Apr 1714
Step-fatherGuillaume du Toit b. c 1645, d. b 21 Oct 1710

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Last Edited04/09/2016
Birth*Abraham le Clercq was born before 11 October 1671 in Serooskerke, Walcheren.2,3
BaptismAbraham le Clercq was baptized on 11 October 1671 Nederduitsche Gereformeede Kerk, Serooskerke, Zeeland.2 
Marriage*He married Madeleine Mouton, daughter of Jacques Mouton and Marie de Villiers, on 12 May 1709 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.4,3

Family 1

Cornelia van de Caep b. 27 Mar 1672
  • Anna de Clercq+ b. b 26 Jul 1703; putative relationship offered with a view toward further discovery in the record. This relationhip has been widely assumed in published genealogies15

Family 2

Madeleine Mouton b. 1692
(Passenger) ShipVoyage On 29 January 1688 Abraham le Clercq sailed on the Oosterland from Middelburg to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 26 Apr 1688.5,6,7 
(Beneficiary) LiquidDist Between 3 May 1714 and 30 September 1716 a liquidation and distribution account was prepared in the estate of Sara Couchet Cabo de Goede Hoop. The inventory named Abraham le Clercq, Pieter Becker, Jannetje de Clercq, Guilliam Oberholster, Joannes Oberholster and Johanna Barbara Oberholster as benefitting from the estate. Pieter Becker was named beneficiary as the husband of Jannetje de Clercq, and the Oberholster siblings inherited through their deceased mother, Helena du Toit. The fact that Anna de Clercq, who was alive at the time, is as not named as a beneficiary is telling and adds to the evidence that she was not a legitimate daughter of Abraham de Clercq.8
Names in the record, in publications, etc.11 October 1671, the name of Abraham was written in the record as Abraham de Clercq.2
Between 3 August 1710 and 25 August 1726, the name of Abraham was written in the record as Abraham de Klerk.9
Baptisms - WitnessAbraham le Clercq and Catharina le Fèvre witnessed the baptism of Catharina Loos on 21 August 1701 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Stellenbosch, de Caep de Goede Hoop.10,11
He and Johanna Moùton witnessed the baptism of Johannis Swanepoel on 2 May 1723 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.12
He and Jannetje de Clercq witnessed the baptism of Pieter Gaùs on 6 July 1727 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.13
He and Magdalena Moùton witnessed the baptism of Sara Gaus on 16 November 1727 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.14


  1. [S34] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 4 J-K (Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1992), p.306. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 4 J-K.
  2. [S799] C.E. Hulstaert, "ENKELE REACTIES EN AANVULLINGEN OP “DIE HERKOMS VAN DIE DE KLERKS”", Familia XXVI/1989 No. 3 (1989): Uit zijn huwelijk met Sara Barendts Cochet werden te Serooskerke vijf kinderen gedoopd: 2. Abraham ged 11-10-1671 get. Engel Franssen, Stoffelijntje Abrahams de Clerck.. Hereinafter cited as "ENKELE REACTIES EN AANVULLINGEN OP “DIE HERKOMS VAN DIE DE KLERKS”."
  3. [S34] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 4 J-K, Page 306.
  4. [S502] Website Family Search (www.familysearch.org) "1709. 12de Meij: Abraham de Klerk van Serooskerken jongm: met Magdalena Boùton [sic] van Middelbùrg Jongedr:; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12344-98110-16; last accessed 12 May 2012."
  5. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), pp.138-139. A list of refugees appears on pp.138-139:
    Namen van de fransche gereformeerde vluchtelinge toe gestaen op het reglement en Eedt als vrije luijde te vertrecken naer de Cabo de bonne Esperance met het schip
    Jacques de Savoije van Aeth
    Maria Magdalena le Clerck van tournay syn huijsvrouw
    Anthonette Camoij van tournay : de schoonmoeder van Jacques d'Savoije.
    Margo out 17 jaren          
    barbere out 15 [ja]ren            Alle kinderen van Jaecques
    jacques out 9 maenden           de Savoije
    Jean Nortie                Lantsluijden     
    Jacob Nortie                          Domistique van
    Daniel Nortie boere timmem.                     Jacques d'Savoije.
    Maria Vijtou zyn huijsvrouw               
    Jan Prieur du plessy van portieers is een chirurgijn van syn stijl heeft op St. Christoffel gewoont.
    Magdaleena Menanto van portieers zijnne huijsvrouw
    Isaach talifer de Chateau tirrij en brie is een wijngardinier : en hoedemaecker
    Susanna briet d' Chateau: tirrij zij huijsvrouw
    Elyasbet out 14 jaren     
    Jean out 12 jaren          
    Isaach out 7 jaren      Alle kinderen van Isaach talifer
    Pierre out 5 jaren           en Susanna briet
    Susanna out 2½ Jaren     
    Maria out 1 jaer          
    Sara Avice d'Chateau dun: jongedochter
    Jan Cloudon van Conde is een schoenmaecker van syn styl
    Jan de buijse van Calais lantbouwer
    Jan parisel van paris lantbouwer
    En hebbe alle dese voorenstaende mans persoonen gedaen den Eedt in hande van de heer galernis tresel als schepe binnen deser stadt Middelb. op de 8 J anuar : Ao 1688.. Hereinafter cited as The French Refugees at the Cape.
  6. [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), pp. 63. Hereinafter cited as French Speakers at the Cape.
  7. [S553] Webpage Olive Tree Ships - Oosterland (http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/sahug12.shtml) "Ships Passenger List for Huguenot Ship Oosterland to South Africa 1688
    [Oosterland] Belonged to the Chamber of Zeeland. Captain Carel van Marseveen. Left Middelburg on 29 January 1688, and Goeree on 3 February 1688. Arrived at the Cape on 26 April, 1688. [DR: Dutch Asiatic Shipping records the arrival date as 25 April, but many other sources stipulate 26 April. For now I am sticking with the 26th.]

    * Jacques de Savoye (1636-1717) and Marie-Madeleine le Clercq (abt 1660-1721)
    * Antoinette Carnoy (abt 1630-?)
    * Marguerite-Thérèse de Savoye (1672-aft 1713)
    * Barbere-Thérèse de Savoye (1674-aft 1713)
    * Jacques de Savoye (1687-bef.1708)
    * Daniel Nourtier (abt. 1667-1711) and Marie Vitu (abt 1668-1711)
    * Jacques Nourtier (1669-1743)
    * Jean Nourtier (1671- aft. 1694)
    * Jean Prieur du Plessis (1638-1737) and Marie Menanteau (abt 1662 - aft
    * 1693)
    * Carl Prieur du Plessis (1688-1737) (born at sea)
    * Isaac Taillefert (abt 1651-1699) and Suzanne Briet (abt 1653-aft.1711)
    * Isabeau Taillefert (1673-1735)
    * Jean Taillefert (1676-aft.1708)
    * Isaac Taillefert (1680-1689)
    * Pierre Taillefert (1682-1726)
    * Suzanne Taillefert (1685-1724)
    * Marie Taillefert (1687-1689)
    * Jean Cloudon (?- aft. 1700)
    * Jean Pariset (1667-aft.1707)
    * Jean du Nus (1672-aft.1712)
    * Sara Avice (?-1688)
    * Jacques Therond (1688-1739) [DR: 1668-1739]

    Sources: mostly Appendix 2 of "Hugenotebloed in ons are" by J.G. le Roux (1992; ISBN 0-7969-0566-5) and "French speakers at the Cape" by M. Boucher (1981, ISBN 0-86981-222-X)

    Contributor Lesley Robertson."
  8. [S812] Liquidation and distribution account of the personal estate of Sara Couchet & Guiljam Du Toit of Cabo de Goede Hoop, dated 3 May 1714-30 Sept 1716 (eGSSA - MOOC 13/1/1 Boedelrekeninge 1709-1722, CD no. 1).
  9. [S325] Lorna Newcomb and Ockert Malan, compilers, Annale van Nederduits Gereformeerde Moedergemeente Stellenbosch No 1.., CD-ROM (Stellenbosch) Die Genootskap vir die Kerkversameling, 2004 0-9584832-1-3), Baptism Register, Sara, de Vader Abraham de Klerk, d'Moeder Magdalena Moùton (of (boùton) getùyge Sara Coeset 3 Aùg. [1710]
    Maria, de Vader Abraham de Klerk, de Moeder Magdalena, getù Jacob Moùton, Helena dù Toit, 14e Aùgs, 1712.
    Den 25 Aùgùstùs 1726; K: Joseph; V: Abraham De Klerk; M: Magdalena Moùton; G: Aart Olivier, Hermina Harmanze.. Hereinafter cited as Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  10. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms, Catharina, dogter van Hendrik Loots, de Moeder Lysbet [blank] getùygen Abraham de Clerk en Catharina la Fèbre. Gedoopt 21 Augs 1701.
  11. [S150] Edited & augmented by GISA Originally compiled by J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 5 L-M, GISA SA Genealogies (Stellenbosch, South Africa: Genealogical Institute of South Africa, 1999), pg 204. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 5 L-M.
  12. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, 1723; Den 2de Maij; Johannis, zoon van Pieter Swanenpoel en Maria Sibilla Jagers. Getùijgen Abram De Clerk en Jann Moùton.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  13. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms, Den 6 Jùlij 1727; K: Pieter; V: Pieter Gaùs; M: Anna Oosthuijzen; G: Abraham Klerk, Johanna Klerk.
  14. [S408] Baptism Register, Drakenstein I Baptisms, Den 16 November 1727; K: Sara; V: Andries Gaùs; M: Johanna Konterman; G: Abraham De Klerk, Magdalena Moùton.
  15. [S34] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 4 J-K, pg. 318.
  16. [S325] Baptism Register, Palmkronieke I Baptisms.
  17. [S34] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 4 J-K, pg. 306.
  18. [S34] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, S.A. Genealogies 4 J-K.

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