John Calvin was born on the 10th of July, 1509, in the small town of Noyon, in Picardy. His grandfather was a cooper, and owned a small house on the banks of the river Oise. His father, Gerard Cauvin—the name was later Latinized into Calvinus, Calvin—attained by his perseverance and industry to an honorable situation. He was Secretary to the Bishop of Noyon, and Notary to the Chapter of the Cathedral. His mother, Jeanne Lefranc, was noted as a goodlooking and pious woman. John Calvin had four brothers, and two sisters. Two of them followed him later on to Geneva, and settled down near their more famous kinsman.