Last year we had a couple of e-mails from Devantier cousins — Deborah Devantier in the USA, and Vanessa Devantier in Brazil, asking about family connections. We couldn’t find any links in our family records, so I passed them on to Torben Devantie in Denmark, who has now confirmed the links, and that both Deborah and Vanessa are cousins. We’ll have to enter them into our program to work out whether they are 4th, 5th or 6th coursins, and how many times removed!
Our link to the Devantier family comes on the Falkenberg side: Val’s great great grandmother was Jessie Falkenberg, nee Schultz, who came to the Cape Colony with the German settlers in 1858, at the age of 9. And Jessie Schultz’s great great grandmother was Judith Devantier.
Torben Devantie is the one who has collected most of the Devantier family tree, which is enormous. The family were Huguenots who migrated from France via the Rhineland to Brandenburg in Prussia after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Many other Huguenot families settled in the Ueckermark region of Brandenburg (north-east of Berlin), and they all intermarried and married French for several generations. Many were tobacco planters, and one group, including some Devantiers, moved to Denmarkat the request of the King of Denmark to grow tobacco, and for a long time the town of Fredericia was “Huguenot City”.
Anyway, Torben Devantier wrote to say that he had found the link to Deborah Devantier’s ancestor Carl Wilhelm Friedrich Devantier, which is on his web site. We checked our records, and we found none of the links there, not one, not two, not three generations back. And then found that Abraham Devantier (1692-1761) who married Sarah Feut and had 11 children, which we do have, had remarried to Judith Talman, and had another six kids, whom we didn’t have. No wonder the Devantier family is so enormous. So we’ve got several generations catching up to do. That Abraham Devantier, by the way, was our Judith Devantier’s eldest brother, which means he was Val’s 7th great grand uncle.
And then Vanessa Devantier’s ancestor was Friedrich Albert Devantier, and we found a tentative link in our tree, and now Torben Devantie has confirmed the link, which is also on his web site.
There is more about the Devantier family on our family wiki page.