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François (Rétif) Retief (1660 - 1721)

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François Retief formerly Rétif
Born in Mer de Blois, Francemap
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Died in Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop, Dutch Cape Colony [South Africa]map
Profile last modified | Created 9 May 2013
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Categories: Cape of Good Hope - Kaap de Goede Hoop (1652-1806) Project | Cape of Good Hope Stamouer-Progenitor | Cape of Good Hope Project Needs Validation | Huguenot Migration.

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François (Rétif) Retief was a Huguenot emigrant.
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Francois /Retief (Retif)/[1]
Given Name: Francois[1]
Surname: Retief (Retif) (Array)[1]


Date: 2 FEB 1660[2] 2 Feb 1663[3] 2 FEB 1663[1]
Place: Orléans, France[2] Mer de Blois, France[1]


(Passenger) Ship Voyage: On 6 January 1688 Marie Couteau, Pierre Lombard, Francois Rétif, Maria Rousseau and Pierre Meyer sailed on the Borssenburg from Texel to de Caep de Goede Hoop where it docked on 12 May 1688.6[3] Arrival: In 1688, Francois Rétif arrived at the Cape from Mer, Blois, France, on board the Borssenburg (Coertzen says he "probably" arrived on this vessel).[3]


He was a a farmer between 1688 and 1721 La Paris, Drakenstein, de Caep de Goede Hoop.[3]


Between 1690 and 1724, 54 Huguenots signed documents. These signatures were published by Graham Botha in his book The French Refugees at the Cape and includes those of Louis de Berault, Pierre Simond, Jacques Delporte, Jean Durand, Jacques de Savoye, Jacques Nourtier, André Gauch, François Retif, Guillaume Néel, Paul Roux, Daniel Hùgo, David Senecal, Jean Prieur du Plessis, Guillaume du Toit, François du Toit, Jean le Roux (or Jean le Roux de Normandie?), Jacques Therond, Hercules des Prez, Abraham de Villiers, Jean Gardiol, Jacques de Villiers, Pierre de Villiers, Isaac Taillefert (or Isaac Taillefer-164)), Jean Taillefert, Jean Gardé, Claude Marais, Estienne Bruére, 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. [4] These signatures were almost certainly also some of those of the 240 burghers who signed the petition headed by Adam Tas [5] against corruption and cronyism by the Government of Willem Adriaan van der stel. [6]


Date: 24 SEP 1721[2] 23 SEP 1721[1]


  • WikiTree profile Rétif-13 through the import of Vermaak Family Site - 05 May 2013.GED on May 5, 2013 by Dina Vermaak. User ID: D610234F-327D-4D1B-AD24-C5F0458203D4 : ID Number: MH:I2254 : UPD : 27 MAR 2009 22:48:19 GMT+2
  • Source: S99 Record ID Number: MH:S99 User ID: AF462D62-4E21-4ADA-8A47-BBA81134C3FA Author: Gareth Evans Title: Evans Web Site Text: family tree Page: Francois Retif Event

  • WikiTree profile Retief-15 created through the import of Ancestors_DippenaarAndre_noinfo.GED on Oct 23, 2012 by Andrew Dippenaar. User ID: 68FA4ECD-481E-4E95-B7FF-9ABDD0F1521D : Record ID Number: MH:I1476 : UPD 21 SEP 2012 23:05:04 GMT+2

  • WikiTree profile Retief-23 created through the import of Marais Family Register.ged on Oct 28, 2012 by Hannes Marais. User ID: 9698ADC3-54E0-4AE0-9C49-660FD6A9F0C0 : Record ID Number: MH:I299 : UPD 28 OCT 2012 21:18:28 GMT+8

  • WikiTree profile Sv-1 created through the import of vanderWalt-Nel 8 01 2013.ged on Jan 9, 2013 by Ilze Nel.
  • Source: S-1593725828 Repository: #R-1688704944 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Text:
  • Repository: R-1688704944 Name:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Oct 23, 2012 Andrew Dippenaar.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 May 5, 2013 Dina Vermaak.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Entered by Nina van Schalkwyk.
  4. Entered by Pieter Meyer 25 April, 2013. Source: Colin Graham Botha, The French Refugees at the Cape (Cape Town: Cape Times Limited, 1921), p. 74. Also see > French Huguenots who emigrated to South Africa.
  5. Also see: Robertson, Delia. The First Fifty Years Project. Page: Adam Tas & Adam Tas, Dagboek (eds. Leo Fouché, A.J. Böeseken, vert. J.P. Smuts). Van Riebeeck-Vereniging, Kaapstad 1970 2011 dbnl / erven Leo Fouché / A.J. Böeseken / J. Smuts. Seen and entered by Philip van der Walt Apr 3, 2017.
  6. Willem Adriaan van der stel succeeded his father, Simon van der Stel, as Governor of the Cape in 1699; Willem van der Stel abused his official position to corner an over-supplied market in farm produce. Van der Stel was jealous of Adam Tas's wealth and easy going life, and in 1706 he used his legal powers to arrest and imprison him. Tas became a Stellenbosch legend when he had this petition drawn up against incumbent Governor W.A. van der Stel and other farming officials. Tas and his fellow free burghers were protesting against the corruption and extravagant lifestyle of Van der Stel and the fact that abuse of power by officials led to unfair competition with burghers. The Tas petition was submitted to the Lords Seventeen, the governing body of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), in Amsterdam. The petition was rejected and on Sunday, 28 February 1706 Magistrate Starrenburg arrested Adam Tas. From documents in the desk of Tas, Van der Stel established the nature of complaints against him and also the names of the dissatisfied burghers. Though several more burghers were arrested and punished, they were victorious at the end, when the Lords Seventeen in October 1706 categorically prohibited officials to own land or to trade. His wife Elizabeth van Brakel tried hard to get him released; when Adam Tas was finally freed after thirteen months, he named his farm 'Libertas' (liberty). Van der Stel was recalled to the Netherlands in 1707. Sources:; (seen and added by Philip van der Walt with the kind help of Maria Labuschagne on Apr 3, 2017.)

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G.C. Botha mapping Huguenot farms
G.C. Botha mapping Huguenot farms

Botha map and index of farms given to Huguenots (1921)
Botha map and index of farms given to Huguenots (1921)

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French geographic origins Cape Huguenots


On 10 Mar 2016 at 06:28 GMT Ronel (van Heerden) Olivier wrote:

Retief-171 and Rétif-13 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate Please merge and help build our tree Thanks

On 8 Apr 2015 at 20:38 GMT Angie (Young) Childs wrote:

Found some more

On 28 Aug 2014 at 04:28 GMT Philip van der Walt wrote:

Retief-15 and Rétif-13 appear to represent the same person because: Same data (birthdate, spouse, children etc.)

On 19 Jul 2014 at 06:53 GMT Philip van der Walt wrote:

Rétif-15 and Rétif-13 appear to represent the same person because: Same person though years of birth vary between 1660 and 1663 (all the profiles of the same François Rétif will be merged into Rétif-13).

On 19 Jul 2014 at 06:24 GMT Philip van der Walt wrote:

Retief-23 and Retief-15 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse

On 19 Jul 2014 at 06:18 GMT Philip van der Walt wrote:

Sv-1 and Retief-15 appear to represent the same person because: Though exactly one year difference in birth date, same spouse & other data (proginator). The suffix Sv-1 CANNOT be the LNAB.

François is 13 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 25 degrees from Burl Ives and 13 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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