Hercules du Preez
(Cir 1645-1696)


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Cecilia Dat˙s

Hercules du Preez 1

  • Born: Cir 1645, Courtrai, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium 2 3
  • Marriage: Cecilia Dat˙s in 1667
  • Died: 22 Nov 1696, Den Soeten Inval, Paarl, Cape Province, South Africa aged 51 4

bullet   Other names for Hercules were Hercules des Pré,4 Hercule des Prez,3 Hercules du Pré 4 and Hercules du Pres.4

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Emigration: Arrived in South Africa from Courtrai, 1688, Cape of Good Hope. 4 Arrived in 1688 or 1689 as a French refugee / colonist. Hercules Des Pre - Du Pres, or Du Preez - Came from Cortryk or Courtrai, Flanders. He, his wife, Cecilia Datys (died on the farm "Soetendal" on 15-11-1720) and four children sailed in the 'Schelde'. The voyage probably took 4-6 months. They encountered two terrible storms and had to put into St. Jago, then again into Port Prayo. He arrived as a French Refugee and Colonist in 1689. On 18 or 19 April 1690 he received help from the Consistory of Batavia of £35 - 8 - 4, for himself, his wife and five children. In 1692 he was granted land and the deed was signed on 15-10-1697. His home was "Den Soeten Inval" - Paarl, where the railway station now stands. He died on 22-11-1696.

• Residence: Kaap De Goede Hoop, Zuid Afrika, 1688-1696.

Hercules married Cecilia Dat˙s in 1667. (Cecilia Dat˙s was born circa 1650 2 and died on 15 Nov 1720 in Soetendal Farm, Drakenstein, South Africa 4.)


1 Personal knowledge of Agnes Sophia Denoon Rissik (née Duncan) (RIN. 437). Author of 'Letters to my Grandchildren' (published 1969); Original family tree drawn in 1943 and signed "To dear Aunt Mary with lots of love from Agnes (Aug 1943)". Aunt Mary is Mary Susan Crampton (née Norval) (RIN. 429). A later version of this family tree was included in Agnes Rissik's book "Letters to my Grandchildren" (published 1969).

2 Cornelis Pama Dr., Die Groot Afrikaanse Familienaamboek, ISBN 0 7981 1561 0 (Cape Town, South Africa: Human & Rousseau, 1983), 105.

3 Elaine Du Preez-Bell Mrs, Genealogy of my Du Preez Family (Betty's Bay, Western Cape: Private, 2012), Pg. 17.

4 Personal knowledge of Agnes Sophia Denoon Rissik (née Duncan) (RIN. 437). Author of 'Letters to my Grandchildren' (published 1969).

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