g.2. Johannes Petrus Jacobus, geb. 25/05/1835, Bedford, Amatole, Oos-Kaap ged. 25/08/1835, Albanie, oorl. 09/03/1922, Aliwal-Noord dist. Drakensberg x Heyetjie Magdalena GREYLING, geb. 04/09/1844, Cradock, oorl. 25/02/1910, d.v. Andries Jacobus Greyling and Anna Sophia Robertse.
Johannes Petrus Jacobus was die seun van Hermanus Stephanus Nel en Maria Catharina Potgieter.
Ook bekend as "oupa Nel van Montagu Hill" 'n plaas in Clanville.
Petrus Johannes Jacobus Nel was
a farmer and an early settler in Dordrecht .He later farmed sheep at Montagu
Hills, Clanville in the same district.. As his nick name was' Dordrecht' , we
can conclude he contributed to the development of the town. I wish I knew more
about the early settlement of Dordrecht. Perhaps the farm came to him on his
marriage to his wife? We know that they sailed overseas, as we have photographs
of them both taken by photographers in London, namely A & G Taylor of 153
Regent Street, London, Photographers to the Queen. They were probably
prosperous too. There is confusion about his date of death: either March 3rd or
September 9th, but 1922 is agreed as the year of his demise. I believe some of
his siblings were Dorsland trekkers, leaving the Cape for Angola further north
and perishing in dire circumstances of drought & starvation & lack of
water. From his photograph and the mild kindliness of his expression I would
guess that Jan Nel was a peace-loving man, glad to stay put and not quarrelsome
with his neighbours, whether they were of English or Afrikaans origin. I wonder
why he died in Aliwal North? Did he go there to enjoy the mineral baths &
to ease his arthritis in his old age?(https://www.geni.com/people/Johannes-Petrus-Jacobus-Jan-Nel-b2-f3g2/6000000018814008480)