Johanna Cornelia van der Merwe

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Johanna Cornelia van der Merwe

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Rouxville, Xhariep, Free State, South Africa
Place of Burial: Rouxville, Xhariep, Free State, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Johannes Frederik van der Merwe, b2c5d4e1f6 and Helena Catharina van der Merwe, b2c5d4e2f3
Wife of Hendrik Frederik Delport
Mother of Simon Stephanus Delport; Johannes Jacobus Delport; Johannes Frederik Delport; Hendrik Frederik Delport; Willem Stephanus Delport and 2 others
Sister of Willem Johannes van der Merwe; Elsie Sophia Van der Merwe and Helena Catharina van der Merwe

Managed by: Johann Ahlers
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About Johanna Cornelia van der Merwe

Johanna Cornelia van der Merwe (7 March 1825 - 15 January 1888) was a Voortrekker heroine who survived the Weenen massacre, an impi attack on her trekking party at the Boesmans and Bloukrans Rivers on 17 February 1838, despite suffering more than twenty assegai wounds.

She later married Hendrik Fredercik Delport with whom she had seven sons (despite being permanently crippled by the attack). She died aged 62 and was buried in Rouxville. An ox-wagon in the historic 1938 Great Trek Centenary commemoration trek as well as a South African Navy submarine were named in her honour.

  • DEPOT VAB
  • SOURCE MHG
  • TYPE LEER
  • VOLUME_NO 0
  • SYSTEM 01
  • REFERENCE M474
  • PART 1
  • DESCRIPTION DELPORT, JOHANNA CORNELIA. NOOIENSVAN VAN DER MERWE. EGGENOOT
  • HENDRIK FREDERIK DELPORT.
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Johanna Cornelia van der Merwe's Timeline

1825
March 7, 1825
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1849
1849
Age 23
1851
1851
Age 25
1852
May 24, 1852
Age 27
1854
January 6, 1854
Age 28
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1857
January 19, 1857
Age 31
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 13, 1857
Age 32
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1863
February 1863
Age 37
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1888
January 15, 1888
Age 62
Rouxville, Xhariep, Free State, South Africa
1938
October 14, 1938
Age 62
Rouxville, Xhariep, Free State, South Africa