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Sri Lanka Sinhalese Family Genealogy

 

Hendrick De Mel – Family #3738

 

Descendants of Hendrick De Mel

of  

Moratuwa, Sri lanka.

 

Dated  8th. January 2017

 

( Following Report is based on Outline – ( Indented  ) format using Descendant View )

 

 

 

I. Hendrick De Mel was born in 1870 in Koralawella of Moratuwa. He died Y in 1930 at the age of 60.

 

Selestina De Mel was born (date unknown). Hendrick De Mel and Selestina De Mel had the following children:

 

A. Sam De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Meraya Mendis was born (date unknown). Sam De Mel and Meraya Mendis had the following children:

 

1. Maureen De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Stanisclaus De Silva was born (date unknown). Maureen De Mel and Stanisclaus De Silva had the following children:

 

a. Rohith De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Hyasinth was born (date unknown). Rohith De Silva and Hyasinth  had the following children:

 

i. Roshni De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Ashley was born (date unknown). Roshni De Silva and Ashley  had the following children:

 

(1) Ashani was born (date unknown).

 

(2) Roshani was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Harshani De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Roshan was born (date unknown). Harshani De Silva and Roshan  had the following children:

 

(1) was born (date unknown).

 

(2) was born (date unknown).

 

iii. Thushani De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown). Thushani De Silva had the following child:

 

(1) was born (date unknown).

 

iv. Dilshani De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Channa was born (date unknown). Dilshani De Silva and Channa  had the following child:

 

(1) was born (date unknown).

 

b. Nimal De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Janice was born (date unknown). Nimal De Silva and Janice  had the following children:

 

i. Melani De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Steven was born (date unknown). Melani De Silva and Steven  had the following child:

 

(1) Sahara was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Nilmanthi De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Dave was born (date unknown). Nilmanthi De Silva and Dave  had the following children:

 

(1) Riny was born (date unknown).

 

(2) Nicole was born (date unknown).

 

iii. Dinali De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Shane was born (date unknown). Dinali De Silva and Shane  had the following children:

 

(1) Isabella was born (date unknown).

 

(2) was born (date unknown).

 

iv. Shehan De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

c. Rangani De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Reggie was born (date unknown). Rangani De Silva and Reggie  had the following children:

 

i. Ranmali was born (date unknown).

 

Sanath was born (date unknown). Ranmali  and Sanath  had the following children:

 

(1) Mindika was born (date unknown).

 

Chamara was born (date unknown). Mindika  and Chamara  had the following child:

 

(a) was born (date unknown).

 

(2) Lakith was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Ruknil was born (date unknown).

 

Maheshi was born (date unknown). Ruknil  and Maheshi  had the following children:

 

(1) Rusith was born (date unknown).

 

(2) Lahiru was born (date unknown).

 

(3) was born (date unknown).

 

d. Pemsiri De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Regina was born (date unknown). Pemsiri De Silva and Regina  had the following children:

 

i. Prashani De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Suraj was born (date unknown). Prashani De Silva and Suraj  had the following child:

 

(1) Lumini was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Udeshika De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Nuwan was born (date unknown). Udeshika De Silva and Nuwan  had the following children:

 

(1) Thanuj was born (date unknown).

 

(2) Sanuj was born (date unknown).

 

e. Mithra De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Malani was born (date unknown). Mithra De Silva and Malani  had the following children:

 

i. Shanika De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Samal was born (date unknown). Shanika De Silva and Samal  had the following children:

 

(1) was born (date unknown).

 

(2) was born (date unknown).

 

(3) was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Dilumini De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Priyan was born (date unknown). Dilumini De Silva and Priyan  had the following children:

 

(1) was born (date unknown).

 

(2) was born (date unknown).

 

f. Prethie De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Prince was born (date unknown). Prethie De Silva and Prince  had the following children:

 

i. Orville was born (date unknown).

 

Geraldien was born (date unknown). Orville  and Geraldien  had the following children:

 

(1) Joanne was born (date unknown).

 

(2) Orville was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Derrick was born (date unknown).

 

Achala was born (date unknown). Derrick  and Achala  had the following children:

 

(1) was born (date unknown).

 

(2) was born (date unknown).

 

g. Mihiri De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

George was born (date unknown). Mihiri De Silva and George  had the following children:

 

i. Pradeep was born (date unknown).

 

Nilakshi was born (date unknown). Pradeep  and Nilakshi  had the following children:

 

(1) was born (date unknown).

 

(2) was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Geethal was born (date unknown).

 

h. Nisal De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Sunendra was born (date unknown). Nisal De Silva and Sunendra  had the following children:

 

i. Piumie De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Nilmanthi De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

i. Surani De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Nalaka was born (date unknown). Surani De Silva and Nalaka  had the following children:

 

i. Sadamal was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Niluka was born (date unknown).

 

2. Evelyn De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Rupert Peiris was born (date unknown).

 

3. Lloyd De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Maywan was born (date unknown). Lloyd De Mel and Maywan  had the following children:

 

a. Nirmalie De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

b. Minoly De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

c. Hiran De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

B. Lisie Liyanora "Nana" De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

De Mel was born (date unknown). Lisie Liyanora De Mel and De Mel had the following children:

 

1. Claris De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Regie Gomez was born (date unknown). Claris De Mel and Regie Gomez had the following children:

 

a. Lalani Gomez was born (date unknown).

 

b. Sriyani Gomez was born (date unknown).

 

2. Gladis De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Emeri De Mel was born (date unknown). Gladis De Mel and Emeri De Mel had the following child:

 

a. Illangasiri De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

3. Lesly De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Doris Doris was born (date unknown). Lesly De Mel and Doris Doris had the following child:

 

a. Ravindra De Mel was born on 11 Aug 1963.

 

was born (date unknown).

 

4. Christy De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Bietris Bietris was born (date unknown). Christy De Mel and Bietris Bietris had the following children:

 

a. Crishan De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

b. Viraj De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

5. Pilies De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

6. Dalton De Mel died Y on 8 Jul 2012.

 

Mignon was born on 29 Jan 1927. Dalton De Mel and Mignon Mignon had the following children:

 

a. Deepthi De Mel was born on 24 Oct 1958.

 

Thilak Fernando Fernando was born on 8 Jul 1955. Deepthi De Mel and Thilak Fernando Fernando had the following children:

 

i. Thiraj Haputhanthri was born on 8 Jul 1985.

 

Bianca was born (date unknown).

 

ii. Prathaj Haputhanthri was born on 7 Nov 1987.

 

Malsirini was born (date unknown).

 

b. Mihiri De Mel was born on 27 Jan 1962.

 

Thushara Fernando was born on 2 Feb 1961. Mihiri De Mel and Thushara Fernando had the following children:

 

i. Theekshana Fernando was born on 13 Oct 1989.

 

ii. Dinithi Fernando was born on 17 Mar 1991.

 

Charlotte Rebecca was born (date unknown). Hendrick De Mel and Charlotte Rebecca had the following children:

 

C. Vincent Henry De Mel was born on 7 Jan 1912. He died Y on 12 Dec 1984 at the age of 72.
Date of Birth: - 7th January 1912
Place of Birth: - Koralawella Moratuwa,
Date of Death: -12 December 1984.
Place of Death: - Moratuwa
Date of Marriage: - 16 December 1942
Profession: -Worked As General Manager AtMell Mendis Ltd” Talawakelle For Over 40 Years.
Where They Lived: - Panadura Till 1958 After Which They Shifted To Moratuwa.

 

Constance Lettia Jayawickrama was born on 20 Oct 1916. She died Y on 22 May 1983 at the age of 66.
Date of Birth: - 20 October 1916
Place of Birth: - Panadura
Date of Death: - 22 May 1983
Place of Death: - Moratuwa
Profession: - Taught At Carey College, Wesley College Till Marriage.
Vincent Henry De Mel and Constance Lettia Jayawickrama had the following child:

 

1. Veraan Harithdra Laksiri De Mel was born on 18 Nov 1943.
Date of Birth: -18 November 1943
Place of Birth: - Colombo
Date of Marriage :- 24 April 1971.

 

Evindra Delanie Rosemary Fernando was born on 30 Jul 1951.
Date of Birth 30 July 1951
Place of Birth: - Moratuwa
Date of Marriage:- 24 April 1971
Veraan Harithdra Laksiri De Mel and Evindra Delanie Rosemary Fernando had the following children:

 

a. Diluka Vishanthri De Mel was born on 28 Apr 1972.
Date of Birth: - 28 April 1972  
Place of Birth: - Colombo

 

Chandana Punchihewa was born on 30 Apr 1967.
Managing Director MRC Group & Director RJV Ltd. Diluka Vishanthri De Mel and Chandana Punchihewa had the following children:

 

i. Dinara Chenuka Punchihewa was born on 24 Oct 1994. Dinara Chenuka Punchihewa -

 

ii. Tehara Cheruni Punchihewa was born on 6 Jul 1998. Tehara Cheruni Punchihewa -

 

iii. Anik Josiah Punchihewa was born on 4 Jan 2003. Anik Josiah Punchihewa -

 

b. Vidanalage Viranga Heshan De Mel was born on 11 May 1976.

Date of Birth: - 11 May 1976.
Place of Birth: - Colombo
Date of Marriage: - 22 July 2006

 

Rozanne Eranthi Perera was born on 23 Feb 1981.

 

c. Vidanalage Raveen Hirantha De Mel was born on 6 Feb 1984.
Date of Birth: - 6 February 1984
Place of Birth: - Colombo
 

Nadeesha Perera Perera was born on 27 Jan 1984.

 

D. Iris De Mel was born on 2 Feb 1919. She died Y in 2001 at the age of 82. Lakshadipathmahavidanalage Iris Mertel De Mel

 

Tiddiman De Silva was born on 24 Nov 1920. He died Y in 1976 at the age of 56. Jayasiinghe Arrachige Tiddiman Gebriel  De Silva Iris De Mel and Tiddiman De Silva had the following children:

 

1. Sriyani De Silva was born on 2 Sep 1951.

 

Emil Perera was born on 15 Jun 1944. Podimarakalage Emil  Loraine Perera Sriyani De Silva and Emil Perera had the following children:

 

a. Eneka Perera was born on 20 Aug 1973. Eneaka Subashinie Perera

 

Sujith De Fonseka was born on 17 May 1968. Eneka Perera and Sujith De Fonseka had the following children:

 

i. Richel Fonseka was born on 27 Mar 2000. Rishel  Melissa de Fonseka -

 

ii. Nathan Fonseka was born on 4 Feb 2004. Nathan  Ryan de  Fonseka -

 

b. Achira Perera was born on 31 May 1978. Achira Suranga Perera -

 

Sachithra Narangoda was born on 23 Jul 1980. Sachithra  Nirmalee Narangoda -  Achira Perera and Sachithra Narangoda had the following children:

 

i. Ashera Perera was born on 25 Jan 2008.

 

ii. Ashley Perera was born on 19 Apr 2013.

 

2. Shanthi De Silva was born (date unknown).

 

Sunil Fernando was born (date unknown). Shanthi De Silva and Sunil Fernando had the following children:

 

a. Sajeewani Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

Priyal Cooray was born (date unknown). Sajeewani Fernando and Priyal Cooray had the following child:

 

i. was born (date unknown).

 

b. Shalika Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

Manoj was born (date unknown).

 

c. Sunesh Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

E. Walter De Mel was born on 11 Nov 1920. He died Y on 17 Oct 1965 at the age of 44. Widanalage Wilmot Henry Walter de Mel  -

 

Emerine Aponso was born on 20 Aug 1927. Emerine Aponso -
Walter De Mel and Emerine Aponso had the following children:

 

1. Errani De Mel was born on 18 Jan 1952.

 

Sunil De Mel was born on 8 Mar 1948. He died Y.
Parents :

Vidanalage Henry Vincent De Mel &
Vidanalage Annette De Mel
Errani De Mel and Sunil De Mel had the following children:

 

a. Sanjeewa De Mel was born on 18 Jul 1973.

 

Samanthi Fernando was born on 20 Aug 1974.

Sanjeewa De Mel and Samanthi Fernando had the following child:

 

i. Sarah De Mel was born on 29 Jun 2008.

 

b. Vidanalage Sajith Thareendra De Mel was born on 28 Oct 1978.

 

Thilini Mendis was born on 27 Feb 1989. Vidanalage Sajith Thareendra De Mel and Thilini Mendis had the following child:

 

i. Thimothy De Mel was born on 15 Aug 2014. Vidanalage Thimothy Shaun de Mel -

 

2. Ramya Hiranthi De Mel was born on 30 Dec 1952.

Nihal Peiris was born on 23 Aug 1947.

Ramya Hiranthi De Mel and Nihal Peiris had the following children:

 

a. Sonali Peiris was born on 22 Apr 1976.

Born at St. Michael's Nursing Home, Bambalapitiya, Sri Lanka.

 

Mahindika Siriwardena was born (date unknown).

 

b. Randika Peiris was born on 25 May 1981.

Born at St. Michael's Nursing Home, Bambalapitiya, Sri Lanka.

 

Lashani Dissanayake was born on 28 Feb 1986. Randika Peiris and Lashani Dissanayake had the following child:

 

i. Mariah Peiris was born on 24 May 2015.

 

3. Wiraj De Mel was born on 29 Apr 1958.

Inoka Pieris was born on 18 Jan 1963.

Wiraj De Mel and Inoka Pieris had the following children:

 

a. Vihangi De Mel was born on 29 Apr 1988.

 

Thanusha Wickramarathne was born (date unknown).

 

b. Harith De Mel was born on 21 Jun 1989.

 

4. Premani De Mel was born on 14 Sep 1959.

 

Shiran Ferdinando was born on 31 Jul 1956 in COLOMBO, SRI LANKA.  
Premani De Mel and Shiran Ferdinando had the following children:

 

a. Sharika Ferdinando was born on 31 May 1988.

 

b. Sandharu Ferdinando was born on 27 May 1991.

 

F. Catherine De Mel was born (date unknown).

 

Walter Fernando was born (date unknown). Catherine De Mel and Walter Fernando had the following children:

 

1. Mrs KANTHI FERNANDO was born on 10 Jul 1942. She died Y on 25 Feb 2005 at the age of 62.

 

Mr LESLIE SILVA was born on 15 Oct 1936. He died Y in 2014 at the age of 78.

 

KANTHI FERNANDO and LESLIE SILVA had the following children:

 

a. LAKSHANI SILVA was born on 11 Aug 1963 in COLOMBO, SRI LANKA.

 

Mr VIBODHA SAMPATH was born on 2 Jul 1962. LAKSHANI SILVA and VIBODHA SAMPATH had the following children:

 

i. LAKBRABHA SAMPATH was born on 23 Feb 1990.

 

ii. VISHRUTHA SAMPATH was born on 17 Jan 1995.

 

b. Lakshana Silva was born on 30 Dec 1964.

 

Sriyantha De Mel Mel was born on 15 Jul 1961. Lakshana Silva and Sriyantha De Mel Mel had the following children:

 

i. was born (date unknown).

 

ii. was born (date unknown).

 

c. LAKSITHA Silva was born on 20 Jul 1966.

 

Ayesha Carthelis was born on 25 Dec 1967. LAKSITHA Silva and Ayesha Carthelis had the following children:

 

i. was born (date unknown).

 

ii. was born (date unknown).

 

d. Lakdeep Silva was born on 10 Sep 1971.

 

was born (date unknown).

 

e. Lakshika Silva was born on 7 Oct 1976.

 

was born (date unknown).

 

f. Laknisha Silva was born on 26 Aug 1981.

 

2. Sunil Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

Sriya Sriya was born (date unknown). Sunil Fernando and Sriya Sriya had the following children:

 

a. Shanaka Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

b. Shehan Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

c. Sharmaline Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

3. Lalith Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

Amitha was born (date unknown). Lalith Fernando and Amitha  had the following children:

 

a. Dinusha Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

b. Ashani Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

c. Nishani Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

 

 was born (date unknown).

 

4. Shiran Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

Consy was born (date unknown). Shiran Fernando and Consy  had the following children:

 

a. Shalindra Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

b. Shanika Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

5. Priyani Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

Wijey Goonawardane was born (date unknown). Priyani Fernando and Wijey Goonawardane had the following children:

 

a. Sushan Goonawardane was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown). Sushan Goonawardane had the following children:

 

i. was born (date unknown).

 

ii. was born (date unknown).

 

iii. was born (date unknown).

 

b. Krishan Goonawardane was born (date unknown).

 

Yasitha was born (date unknown). Krishan Goonawardane and Yasitha  had the following children:

 

i. was born (date unknown).

 

ii. was born (date unknown).

 

6. Malina Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

Jayantha Rathnayake died Y in 2016. Malina Fernando and Jayantha Rathnayake had the following children:

 

a. was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

b. was born (date unknown).

 

G. Mable De Mel died Y on 7 Jul 1956.

 

Lincon Stambo died Y on 29 Nov 1994. Mable De Mel and Lincon Stambo had the following children:

 

1. Lalani Stembo was born on 3 Aug 1942.

 

Benston Fernando was born on 21 Mar 1937. He died Y on 23 Feb 2002 at the age of 64.

Lalani Stembo and Benston Fernando had the following children:

 

a. Bimal Fernando was born on 9 Sep 1966 in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.. Studied at: St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa.

Profession: Major . (Retired) Sri Lanka Army.

(Current Occupation )
Manager Projects
Design Team 3
Colombo.

 

Chamali Fernando was born on 26 Dec 1969 in Kandy, Sri Lanka..


Birth: 26.12.1969 at Kandy.

Studied at: St.Anthony’s Convent, Kandy.

Profession: Major. ( Retired) Sri Lanka Army

Bimal Fernando and Chamali Fernando had the following children:

 

i. Binendri Fernando was born on 31 Mar 1997 in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka..

 

ii. Bingun Fernando was born on 9 Jun 2002.

 

b. Binaka Silva was born on 27 Jan 1971.

 

Prasanna Amaradasa was born on 13 Jul 1967. Binaka Silva and Prasanna Amaradasa had the following child:

 

i. Binnaly Amaradasa was born on 25 Apr 1994.

 

2. Swarna Stambo was born on 8 Oct 1949.

 

3. Patrisia Stambo was born (date unknown).

 

Collete Fernando was born (date unknown). Patrisia Stambo and Collete Fernando had the following children:

 

a. Clide Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

b. Calile Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

c. Claudia Fernando was born (date unknown).

 

was born (date unknown).

 

Preparer:

 Shiran Ferdinando

 27, 6th. Lane, Rawathawatte, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

 0094112648888 / 0094779826074

 dshirans.ferdinando@gmail.com

 

Note:

 

Descendants of Hendrick De Mel of Moratuwa, Sri lanka

The site contains limited information relating to our family.

In the future I hope to upgrade with further information relating to our family and provide details on where and how our ancestors lived together with articles and photographs. 

I request your input to maintain & upgrade the site to best of our knowledge.

Thank You -  

I would like to thank  All Our Family Members for their most valuable inputs.  

 

 

Dedication –

I  like to dedicate the site to all of our relations both near and far for their valuable inputs and assistance in various ways. Without you, I would know very little about our family and its origins.   

To all of our ancestors, that is why we are here today !!!!!  

Finally to my darling Wife, my Children for tolerating me while I was at the Computer  for hours & hours................  without them and their encouragement and fullest support, this site would not exist! 

This is purely a very friendly approach. If you disapprove of anything, then please let me know.  

Since we met each year in a get together, the idea was to meet each other at least once a year, get to know,  keep Henricans going & to build a very special bond among all of us. 

Enjoy an experience geared towards sharing and cooperation by visiting the website & participating in annual get-togethers, which will be a treasure for all of us. 

Grace, Mercy, Peace from Our Almighty God to all of us for ever & ever............  

God Bless You. 

With Warm Regards 

Shiran  Ferdinando

8 th. January 2017 

 

HENRICANS

 

 HENRICANS”is the name given to the family organization whose members consist of the generation coming down from the Late Hendrick De Mel of Koralawella of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka who lived in Francisco Place circa 1870-1930.

 Since the 1st generation descendants are no more, what is written in this article is from what I have heard from my late father & other close relatives from the time I was quite young.

  Hendrick De Mel was often referred to as“Rathu Hendrick De Mel” most probably as there were many others with the same name as Hendrick, which was a fairly common name among Anglican Christians of that era but more so due to his fair complexion.

He wore a traditional dress in vogue at that time, a tweed coat and tweed “redde” tied with a leather belt so that it will not come down and a neat comb on his hair.

 My father the Late Ville De Mel (Vincent Henry being his real name) his son, who worked for a better part of his life in Talawakelle working for his “De Mel” relatives told me this story which was corroborated by Hendrick’s daughter my late aunt Catherine.

Hendrick De Mel after a few shots & some argument probably with his dear wife had walked to the Koralawella Beach in some what of frenzy and in a sudden anger thrown his cat’s eye gold ring to the sea.

By a miracle a wave had within a few minutes washed it a shore. My father treasured this ring and wanted it to go down generations and handed it to me his first & only born son but alas some domestics at home had stolen it and I was deprived of a valued family heirloom.

 The “De Mels” of Moratuwa especially Koralawella were indeed proud of their “Fore” name which was “Vidanalage”. My father however claimed that the original name was “Laxadipathi Maha VidanalageDe Mel Appuhamy” which was subsequently shortened to simply “Vidanalage”. I have no corroborative evidence of the former claim. My two sons nevertheless have been both christened with “Vidanalage” preceding their respective names.

 My father also had shown me where HendrickDe Mel had originally lived.

 The De Mels also took pride in naming their houses with a “Mel” prefix. A tour round Koralawella some years back would have still observed names such as ‘Melville”, ”Melgreen”, ”Melgrove”, ”Melbourne”, ”Melita”, ”Melrum”, ”Melsiri”, ”Melinda”etc.

Grandfather Hendrick was no exception. Hi sold home had been named “Melsruhe” which was situated on the riverside opposite Francisco Place. This house was there till the 1980’s. What was remaining was the well preserved wood monogram on the trellises marked “VHDM’ clearly .My father took pride in showing this to me.

 

Back to Hendrick De Mel

 

He had married twice the first being Selestina De Mel who bore him a Son & Daughter. The Son being Sam De Mel who lived a better part of his life in Kurunegalle and daughter Nana who lived through out at “Orchid Villa”Koralawella. The generation down this line is dealt in detail in the De Mel family tree.

After the demise of his first wife he had married the second time to Charlotte Rebecca (My Grand Mother) who had been very much younger and a few years elder to his children from the “first marriage”.This marriage bore him 2 sons Ville & Walter & 3 daughters Catherine, Mable & Iris. This generation is also dealt in detail in the Family Tree.

 

Coming back to the get together the idea was first mooted by my late father Ville in 1976, and was held in a grand scale at“Orchid Villa”the home of Nana De Mel, the eldest daughter of Hendrick De Mel.

 

Committees were appointed and in latter years decided to have the get together on Thai Pongal day in January each year the event being shifted each year to a different location mostly at a family member’s house.

 

The get togethers gave an opportunity for the large number of the “Hendrick De Mel” family to join in fun, fellowship&love.

 

His off spring, which has now reached the 6th generation, are many and spread around the world. Henricans are domiciled in Canada, USA, England, Dubai, Qatar, Jordan Australia & New Zealand and the descendents are multiethnic, multicultural.

 

We thank God almighty that all of them and are doing very well in life and live as honorable citizens in their respective environs.

 

Lately however the numbers present at the annual get together has dwindled and my appeal through this web site is to request my dear relatives to make it a point to keep a day free in your busy schedule to meet & greet the descendants of Hendrick De Mel on this special day in January each year to propose a toast to the memory of the GRAND OLD MAN.

 

Thank You

 Veraan De Mel

 3rd. February 2011

 

(material subject to any errors which are un intentional, clarifications welcome)