Johan Georg Meyer (1816 - 1856)

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Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa
Cause of death: appendicitis
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About Johan Georg Meyer

Early in 1835, the Voortrekker Johan Georg Meyer passed through the current Meyer farm (Klipriviersberg) with the Potgieter trek. As it was the first "mountainous" area they encountered after trekking through the Free State, he decided this was where he would like to have his farm. Even though he carried on with the trek, he returned later to Prince Albert to fetch his family and to sell his property there. When he could not find a buyer for his farm, he decided to abandon it. In 1844, when, Johan Georg Meyer, moved from the Karoo to the Witwatersrand. He staked out 3 farms for himself; Elandsfontein, Klipriviersberg and Swartkoppies. In 1845 he settled at Elandsfontein. He built his original farmhouse on what is now the corner of Hendrik Potgieter St. and Tenth Ave Alberton. On their way back by ox wagon to Elandsfontein, after a visit to Prince Albert in 1856, Johan Meyer passed away.

Die Meyers en die Groot Trek Johan George Meyer, Johannes Petrus se vader, het die Groot Trek meegemaak. Hy was na alle waarskynlikheid 'n lid van die ·trekgeselskap van Andries Hendrik Potgieter en het as ongetroude jongman saam getrek tot by Ohrigstad. Lede van die trekgeselskap het volgens oorlewering laer opgeslaan naby die huidige standplaas van die Nederduits Gereformeerde Gemeente AlbertonSuid. Op die grond waar die pastorie vandag staan, is die graf van 'n Voortrekkervrou en kind. Ons kan reredelik aanvaar dat Org deel was van die geselskap van elf man wat in 1835 noordwaarts gereis het om Trichardt op te soek en die wereld in die noorde 'n bietjie deur te kyk.

Met sy terugkeer uit die noorde in Augustus 1836 was hy net betyds om sy mense te organiseer dat hulle by Vegkop, Oktober 1836, hulself kon verdedig teen 'n aanval van die Matebele. Ons kan ook aanvaar dat Org aan die slag van Vegkop deelgeneem het. Hieroa blyk dit dat Org teruggekeer het na Prins Albert. ln 1840 is hy getroud met Hester Mulder en op 26 Junie 1842 is Johannes Petrus op Prins Albert gebore.

The first family to settle in Alberton area was the Meyer family from Prins Albert the Voortreker Johann Georg Meyer came to the Transvaal in the Great trek with two ox wagons in 1840 and measured out 3 farms for himself, namely Elandsfontein, Kliprivier and Swartkoppies. In 1845 they decided to stay on the farm Elandsfontein and the homestead was built on what is today known as Hendrik Potgieter and 10th Avenue alongside the Natalspruit river. The family cemetery was created where the traffic circle in 9th Avenue now stands. The first person to be buried there was Cornelius Floris Johann Meyer who died in 1851. aged 10 in a freak snow storm while collecting firewood near the Jukskei River. He was the oldest son of Johann Georg Meyer. In 1855 the Voortrekker family travelled back to Prins Albert to visit with family. On the way back at Colesburg, Voortrekker Meyer died from ”vuur in die maag” which was assumed to be appendicitis. His grave has never been found. The responsibility now fell to young Johannes Petrus Meyer known as Jan and only 13 at the time , to bring his three brothers as well as his mother and five sisters back to the Transvaal. After the death of Voortekker Meyer his wife Hester married Abraham Viljoen in 1858 and gave all of her land to her new husband. Their child Jacomina Hendina Viljoen died in 1862 aged 2 years along the Johan Georg Meyer, son of Org Meyer. (One of Hester’s sons) in 1873 aged 3. Abraham Viljoen died in 1894 vand was also buried in the family cemetery in 9th Avenue. The executor of Abraham’s will had the land measured and gave 300 morgen to his widow Hester. She had this land transferred to her 4 daughters after the Boer War and they decided to sell the land. The land was bought by the Alberton Estate Syndicate who established the town of Alberton. Alberton was proclaimed a town in 1903 and the name was derived from General Alberts, Chairman of the Syndicate, and the Town Prins Albert where Tant Hester came from. After the war Tant Hester went to stay with her daughter Wilhermina Bezuidenhout on the farm De Rust in Heidelburg. She died in 1912 at the age of 90 and was buried in Heidelburg.

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Johan Georg Meyer's Timeline

1816
November 27, 1816
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1840
May 4, 1840
Age 23
Graaff-Reinet, Cape, South Africa
1841
April 4, 1841
Age 24
Cape, South Africa
1842
June 26, 1842
Age 25
Kaap, South Africa
1845
February 1, 1845
Age 28
Prince Albert, Central Karoo DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1846
December 30, 1846
Age 30
Prince Albert, Cape, South Africa
1850
1850
Age 33
Kaap, South Africa
1853
August 29, 1853
Age 36
Cape, South Africa
1854
November 5, 1854
Age 37
Cape, South Africa
1856
October, 1856
Age 39
Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa