Hercules des Prez

M, #7395, b. 1645, d. before 22 November 1696

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Last Edited26/07/2018
Birth*Hercules des Prez was born in 1645 in Courtrai, Flandre.1
Marriage*He married Cecilea d'Atis circa 1669.1
Death*He died before 22 November 1696 de Caep de Goede Hoop.2,1
Inventory*Hercules's estate was inventoried on 22 November 1696 Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.2


Cecilea d'Atis b. 1650, d. 1720
(Passenger) ShipVoyage On 19 February 1688 the Schelde departed Wielingen enroute to the Cape where it docked on 5 June 1688. Among those on board were Hercules des Prez, Cecilea d'Atis, Hercules des Prez, Elizabeth des Prez, Marie Jeanne des Prez and Philippe des Prez.3,4,5 
(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, Hercules des Prez, 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, 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
Names in the record, in publications, etc.An unknown date , the name of Hercules was written in the record as Hercules du Prees.
NotesBetween 2012 and 2014 journalist and author Max du Preez revealed in an online article and on social media that he is a direct descendant of 'Hercule du Pre/Hercule des Pres'. He also announced that DNA testing done in South Africa revealed that on his "father's side I'm in the E1b1b1c1 [Y Dna] haplogroup". Internationally this haplogroup is known as E-M34 and is prevalent amoung Ethiopians as well as Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. Among the famous people known to be in this group are Napoleon Bonaparte and the English physician William Harvey.7,8


  1. [S154] Pieter Coertzen, The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988 (28 Wale Street, Cape Town: Tafelberg Publishers Limited, 1988), p. 159. Hereinafter cited as The Huguenots of South Africa.
  2. [S788] Webpage Tanap (http://databases.tanap.net/) "Reference no.: MOOC8/1.19. Testator(s): Hercules du Préé. 22 November 1696."
  3. [S351] Grahame Naudé, "Dutch East India Company Shipping", Familia (DEIC Shipping) 43 Number 1 (2006): Details of voyage 1558.2 from Wielingen to Batavia

    Number     1558.2
    Name of ship     SCHELDE
    Master     Scheiteruit, Aarnoud
    Tonnage     733
    Type of ship     jacht
    Built     1682
    Yard     Zeeland
    Chamber     Zeeland
    Date of departure     19-02-1688
    Place of departure     Wielingen
    Arrival at Cape     05-06-1688
    Departure from Cape     01-07-1688
    Date of arrival at destination     16-09-1688
    Place of arrival     Batavia
    Particulars     Via S. Tiago.
    Next homeward voyage     5853.2
    On Board     I     II     III     IV     V     VI
    Seafarers     107          5     3     8     97
    Soldiers     105          4     4     2     103
    Passengers     29          27     3     1     4
    Gegevens over de opvarenden bij het Nationaal Archief. Hereinafter cited as "Dutch East India Company Shipping."
  4. [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.269. Hereinafter cited as French Speakers at the Cape.
  5. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), p.65. Hereinafter cited as The French Refugees at the Cape.
  6. [S486] Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape, p.74.
  7. [S804] Information published by Max du Preez, 2012-2014.
  8. [S709] Website Geni (www.Geni.com) "http://www.geni.com/projects/E-M34-Y-DNA/8402."
  9. [S331] Webpage Ball Family Records (www.ballfamilyrecords.co.uk).

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