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The LOUW family

Faure LOUW. The family and how they connect to the FAURE family.

The first ever congregation of the DRC (Dutch Reformed Church) in the FreeState was established in 1848 by the Rev. Philip Eduard FAURE on the farm Sannahspoort which was, by 1851, where the town Fauresmith was established. Fauresmith was named after said Rev PE FAURE and the governor, Sir Harry Smith.
By 1854, the Rev Andreas Adriaan LOUW (1827-1908) was appointed the first full time clergyman. He was the son-in-law of another big name in the DRC, Dr Andrew Murray.


Rev. Andries Louw had 9 children. One of the boys, born at Fauresmith, was named after Dr Abraham FAURE (1795-1111). In his Autobiography,  "My Eerste Negentig Jaar" (My first 90 years), Rev Abraham Faure LOUW (1866-1960) relates that as a young boy, he was not happy with the choice of name. However, as he grew up, he was so impressed by Dr Abraham FAURE and the work that he has done that he also named one of his sons Abraham Faure LOUW.
The name has been used in the family ever since.
I have on more than one occasion been asked where 'Faure LOUW" fits into the FAURE family. As you can see from the above, they do not.

As a tribute to a great family that has proudly used the FAURE name, we include some in the FAURE family tree. You will however notice that there is no link between that branch and the FAURE tree.



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