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Johan Georg Meyer

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Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa
Cause of death: appendicitis
Place of Burial: Colesberg, Northern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Cornelis Floris Johannes Meyer, b9 and Johanna Magdalena Swanepoel, b6c6d2
Husband of Hester Christina Elizabeth Meyer, b6
Father of Cornelis Floris Johannes Meyer; Johannes Petrus Meyer; Johanna Magdalena Meyer; Org Meyer; Hester Christina Elizabeth Meyer and 4 others
Brother of Johanna Catharina Wilhelmina Meyer; Cornelia Francina Magdalena Meyer; Jan Petrus Meyer, b8c4; Cornelis Floris Johannes Meyer; Jacobus Johannes Meyer and 2 others

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About Johan Georg Meyer

THE Voortrekkers Johan Georg Meyer and Hester Catharina Elizabeth (néé Mulder) came from Prince Albert with two wagons and made their way to the Transvaal in the early 1840’s. Org sourced land and selected three farms, namely Klipriviersberg, Elandsfontein and Swartkoppies. The couple chose to live next to the Natal Spruit (today the open land on the corner of Hendrik Potgieter Street and Tenth Avenue, Alberton North). Org asked another Voortrekker, Jacob Smit, to keep an eye on the farms, while he went back to Prince Albert to sell his farm there. He could not sell the land in the Cape and then decided to abandon it .On his return, he decided to keep Smit as a neighbor and ceded Klipriviersberg to him. A map dating to 1895 (from the Chief Surveyor General database) shows that the whole farm (then numbered No.25) was granted to one Jacob Smit on 25 July 1859.

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.

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 Johan 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 and 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 Hennie 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.

About Johan Georg Meyer (Afrikaans)

Johan Georg Meyer (a1b9c1) Gebore op 27 November 1816, oorlede in Oktober 855 Hy was die oudste seun van Cornelis Floris Johannes en vestig hom reeds in 1845 op Elandsfontein in die Witwatersrand waar sy nageslag ʼn belangrike plek inneem in die vroeë geskiedenis van die Witwatersrand en die latere Heidelberg, Johannesburg en Alberton. Hy is in Oktober 1855 op Colesberg oorlede toe hy op ’n terugtog was vanaf Prins Albert, waar hulle by sy ouers gekuier het.

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. Hierna 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.

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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