M, #17079, b. circa 1630
|BirthOrigin*||Carel was from Bruges and was perhaps born there circa 1630.1|
|Vrijbriewen and Burgher Status||On 13 March 1658, Carel Melin was granted a vrijbrief or letter of freedom which released him from his contractual obligations to the VOC and accorded him the status of vrijburgher or free burgher. He was recorded as having been a sailor on the ship, Het Wapen van Hollant.2|
- [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1652-1662 to which are added land grants, attestations, Journal of voyage to Tristan da Cunha, names of freemen, &c. Vol III, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1900), p.266.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.
- [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, p.266. Carel Melin, of Bruges, formerly sailor on the same ship. Granted 13th March, 1658.