André Gauch

M, #5222, b. circa 1660, d. 26 February 1698
Andre Gauche signature, 1691
Father*Pierre Gauch1 b. c 1635

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NGK (Cape Town) Marriages1665-1695NGK (Cape Town) Marriages 1665-1695
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Last Edited19/02/2017
BirthOrigin*André was from Le Pont-de-Montvert, Lanquedoc, and may have been born there circa 1660.2,3 
Marriage*He married Jacqueline Decré, daughter of Louis Decré, on 13 January 1683 Celigny, Genéve, Switzerland.1,2
Marriage*He married Jannetje de Clercq, daughter of Pieter Abraham(se) de Clercq and Sara Couchet, on 19 August 1691 Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, (Cape Town), de Caep de Goede Hoop.4,2
Death* On 26 February 1698 André Gauch was murdered at his homestead, most likely in the Drakenstein district. He was struck three mortal blows to the head.

The perpertrator was never officially identified or brought to book, but circumstantial evidence suggests that Pieter Becker may have been the perpertrator, possibly with the knowledge of Jannetje de Clercq the wife of the deceased and whom he married, apparently within months.5,2 

Family 1

Jacqueline Decré b. c 1664, d. b 1691

Family 2

Jannetje de Clercq b. b 3 May 1676
(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, André Gauch, Jacques Delporte, Jean Durand, Jacques de Savoye, Jacques Nourtier, 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, Pierre Cronjé, Paul Couvret, Paul le Febvre, Salomon de Gournay, Pierre Vivier, Pierre Jourdan, Estienne Viret, Esaias Engelbert Caucheteux and Jean de Buijs.6
Occupation* On 13 May 1694 André Gauch was a blacksmith Drakenstein.7 
Names in the record, in publications, etc.19 August 1691, the name of André was written in the record as Andre Goosche.
25 September 1695, the name of André was written in the record as Handris Gauch.8
Slave TransactionsOn 13 May 1694 Claas van Madagascar was sold by Pieter van der Poel to André Gauch, for Rds. 90.7


  1. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), p.160a. (2) When at Geneva in 1920 I was fortunate in finding in the State Archives the entry of the marriage of Andre Gauch (now Gous or Gouws) at the church at Celigny.
    Le samedy 13 janvier 1683 ont espousé André fils de feu Pierre Gauch du Pont de Monvers aux Sevenes et Jaqueline fille de feu Louis Decre de Sauverni.. Hereinafter cited as The French Refugees at the Cape.
  2. [S151] J.A. Heese & R.T.J. Lombard, South African Genealogies 2 D-G (Pretoria, South Africa: Human Science Research Council, 1989), Page 488. Hereinafter cited as S.A. Genealogies 2 D-G.
  3. [S21] Date estimated by compiler, Delia Robertson and, unless there is corroborating information, should not be considered as anything more than a guide.
  4. [S392] NGK G1 1/1, Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Mar), 1665-1695: ao 1691. Den 19 Augusti. Sijn ini den huijwelijken staedt aen Stellenbosch vereenigt Andre Goosche uijt Langedok weduwenaer ende borger alhier, met Joanna de Klerk van Zeelandt jonge dogter, transcribed by Richard Ball, Norfolk, England, (May 2006), Genealogical Society of South Africa, eGSSA Branch Hereinafter cited as Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk, Kerken Boek (Mar).
  5. [S625] J.L. Buys, "Pieter Becker ('n Stamvader) - sy misdade en verhore", 21 July 1992), VERKLARING VAN DIE CHIRURG PAUL LE FEBRE
    In sv verklaling i.v.m. Gauché se dood op 3.3.1698 sê Paul Lebre, ' n chirurg van Stellenbosch, dat "ick my op Donderdag den 27 Feb: jongstlede des morgens vroeg ter requisitie van en beneevens de Heemraden Jacob de Wildt en Maarten van Staden getransport en bevonden hebbende ten huijse van den vrijsmit André Gauché, aan Drakensteijn woonagtig". Daar is die dooie liggaam van André Gauché aan hom getoon. Hy het die liggaam noukeuring ondersoek en gevind dat daar drie dodelike wonde aan die hoof was, een reg bo op die agterkant van die hoof en 'n tweede op die regterkant van die hoof. Daar was ook 'n derde wond aan die regterkant, omtrent op die slaap. Die Chirurg beskryf die wonde in fyn besonderheid en meld dat "het verdere gedeelte van 't lighaam gausch gaaf en ongeschondent sijnde". Die verklaring is onderteken deur "Lefebure Chirurgien".. Hereinafter cited as "Pieter Becker ('n Stamvader) - sy misdade en verhore."
  6. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape, p.74.
  7. [S418] Anna J. Böeseken, Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700 (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1977), p.165. 13.5.1694: Claas from Madagascar (24/25), sold for Rds. 90 by the free blacksmith Pieter van der Poel to Andries Gauche, blacksmith in Drakenstein.. Hereinafter cited as Slaves and Free Blacks at the Cape 1658-1700.
  8. [S408] Drakenstein Heemkring, compilers, Drakenstein I Baptisms., CD-ROM (Paarl) Drakenstein Heemkring, 2006 , Baptism Register, plus Le 25 ditau [Septembre] 1695; Janne fille de Handries Gauch, Janne Le Clair la mere, Le temoins Guillaume dutoijt et Susanne Seugnet.. Hereinafter cited as Drakenstein I Baptisms.
  9. [S387] Website Gemeentearchief Amsterdam ( "
    Doopregisters Gemeentearchief Amsterdam
    Mijn Selectie
    kind Marie
    vader Andr´e Gausch
    moeder Jacqueline du Cret
    doop 31 mei 1690
    religie Waals-Hervormd, Oude Waalse
    bron 132 p.247."
  10. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( ""
  11. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( ""
  12. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records ( ""

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