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Posted: 1164195948000
Classification: Query
Surnames: de Meillon / Enslin
I have a lot of info. Too much to give in a single reply. From the info I have: His family are from a small village called 'Meillon' in SW France, near Pau. His father was killed in India before be was born and his mother moved to London where he was born (in about 1800). He joined a boat called the HMS Leven which was doing surveys of the southern African coast. He worked as the artist doing Botanical drawings but caught malaria in Mozambique. He was left in Simonstown to recover but never left (in about 1821). He painted mostly watercolour scenes of Cape Town and its people, presumably to make money but it seems he eventually took a job as an English teacher in Swellendam. It's probably here that he married Barbara Enslin (her name is variably recorded - one record even gives her surname as Grobbelaar). They had a hoard of children. He worked as a clerk in Prieska (one of his children died there with a death certificate stating "A lunatic from the village of Prieska"). He is also recorded as working in Fort Beaufort and Grahamstown. It seems that he died in PE from smallpox in about 1855-60. All his personal effects were burned. I have most of the family tree. The bulk of the info is available in the National Archieves in Cape Town. Please let me know if you need any more info. I have lots (including a few of his original watercolours).
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