Melt van der SpuyAge: 4616881734

Name
Melt van der Spuy
Family with Maria van der Poel - View family
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Marriage: 14 June 1716Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Johanna Crijna van der Spuy
Baptism: 2 May 1717Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: 5 December 1794Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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Meldt (Melt) van der Spuy was born in Rotterdam in 1688 and the first and only Van der Spuy to have emigrated to South Africa. He sailed for South Africa for the first time on 12 December 1707, as a soldier with the Dutch East India Company on board the Schellenberg, and arrived in the Cape of Good Hope on 26 May 1708. He stayed until 1713, when he returned to Holland for a short while. Within a few months, in 1714 he again sailed to South Africa as an aspirant sea officer. On 6 April, 1715, aged 27, he became a citizen of the Cape. He married Maria van der Poel, who in her own right was wealthy, on 14th June 1716. They had eight children. He died in Cape Town on 28th October, 1734, aged 46. He was buried in the vault of the Groote Kerk, Cape Town. Six years after he had returned to South Africa for the second time he became a free burger (landowner) and it was thought that he lived in the Wynberg area, where the once Governer Simon van der Stel was his neighbour. There is no documentary proof of this, and it is more probable that he lived in Cape Town itself, where he had his business interests. He was a farmer and astute businessman, but his main source of income was from his bottle store. Even as a young man he was fairly prosperous, especially as he was able to send his nine-year-old son Petrus to Holland to study. He died in 1734. After his death his widow Maria bought the farm Simonsvlei (Klapmuts) in 1738, and sold it in 1742. In 1740, six years after she was widowed, she married the Honourable Carel George Wieser, a prominent citizen and wealthy widower in the Cape. He was the owner of various properties in the Cape, including the valuable estate "Constantia" (Groot Constantia). He bought Constantia from Olof Bergh in 1745 for R2 888, When Maria's second husband died in 1758 her son Jacobus van der Spuy took over Groot Constantia, and the family continued living there for the next twenty years, until Jacobus van der Spuy sold it in 1778. Meldt and Maria van der Spuy had eight children, and only two of their sons, Petrus and Marthinus, had male descendants, That is why there are only two branches of the Van der Spuy family in South Africa, known as the Petrus branch and the Marthinus branch. (Petrus van der Sputy was the first South African-born person to become a dominee, (church minister) after he had studied in Holland).