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The history of the Melck family in South Africa

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  • Melck TEN GENERATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • Crest
    • MARTIN MELCK I
  • Martin signature + seal
  • FAMILY TREE
  • Parents J ü rgen and Catarina Martin born 20 October 1723
    • Ship’s captain in Memel, East Prussia (now Klaipeda, Lithuania)
    • Martin chose the land and went to study in Riga. Became a stonemason/builder.
    • Why did he go to the cape?
    • Von Rhenen
  • The Dutch East India Company
    • Sailed from Texel, Netherlands on 21 April 1746
    • Left behind cool and wet East Prussia, winters -2 to -40 C.
    • Arrived Simon’s Bay 26 June 1746
    • Though officially a mercenary, he worked at Elsenburg as a foreman. Then to the Stellenbosch silver mine.
    • Then employed by Jacob Cloete, an influential settler.
    • Discharged after four years to become a free “Burgher”, bought two farms.
    • Married Anne Hop, former master’s widow, at 29.
    • She was 34, an enormous change for him
    • Elsenburg.
    The Dutch East India Company
  • Life in the Cape
    • Change of fortune, comparison.
    • Children: only one son and one daughter.
    • Klapmuts signal post chief
    • Flooding diversion Eerste Rivier
    • Property in Cape Town
    • Ten farms and two loan
    • Farms in Stellenbosch
    • Capetown properties
    • Lutheran Church and Governer Rijk Tulbach
    • Vice Admiral Stavorinus,
    • Silver “Moeder Kerk”
    • Death of Anne 1776, Nelson visits Cape.
    Life in the Cape
  • Martin Melck II/III
    • Born 25.10.1761
    • Married Anna Kriel
    • Martin Melck III only child born 1787
    • Martin Melck II dies same year.
    • Anna Kriel re-marries, Kirsten
  • Martin Melck II/III
    • Disaster strikes, some horses acquired.
    • Martin III marries Anne van Reenen
    • Family now settled at Kersefontein
  • 5 th GENERATION
  • Martin Melck IV
    • Born 1821, only child
    • Married Maria Myburgh of Meerlust.
    • Large family 12 surviving children
    • Resident at Kersefontein
    • Duckitts
    • Farms and families. Melck clan grows.
  • Kersefontein today
    • Near Hopefield on the Berg river
  • MARTIN V
  • 5th Generation
    • 12 surviving siblings
    • 5 marry Duckitts of Esher Surrey
    • Rijk and Albert my grandfather.
    • All boys inherit or are bought farms
    • The family grows
  • MARTIN MELCK VI
    • Marriage #1 Myra Smuts.
    • Sons Martin VII and Pieter WW2. Moira, Punks Carolin. Wargrave
    • Marriage #2 Elise Duckitt
  • Martin Melck VI
  • Martin Melck VII/VIII
    • Septimus was a character
    • In Cape Town and
    • In the “Sandvelt”
    • Son Octavius did not marry
    • He died young.
    • Brother Julian now runs
    • Kersefontein
  • Rijk Melck 80th
  • Where do we come from?
    • One theory:
    • Austria
    • Counter reformation
    • Melk Abbey
    • Originally spelt MELCK
  • Stift Melk
    • The Abbey is situated above the Danube dates back to 980 AD
  • From Austria to Meml?
    • Theory proposed by museum director during 1979 visit:
    • During the counter- reformation Lutherans had to convert to Catholicism or sell up and leave
    • Many chose to leave and set off for East Prussia. The rest, as they say, is history
  • Pa, Ma and Cape crayfish.
    • Circa 1957 at Seaspray
  • Ronnie Melck
    • SFW and Muratie
  • 9 th Generation,My grandsons Jas, Ivan and Antoni
  • Prof Antony Melck(8 th ) with Gudrun,son Gustav(9 th ) Marisa and Marike (10 th )
  • OLD SAYING
    • LIKE POTATOES THE BEST ARE BELOW GROUND.
    • THANK YOU