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About Johannes Hermanus Grobler, b6c2d6

Johannes Hermanus Grobler (Hans) (*12.12.1795) (≈14.02.1796 Tulbagh) (†28.05.1876 Rustenburg) He went on the Great Trek with his brother-in-law Voortrekker leader Andries Hendrik Potgieter where together they established the Republic of Potchefstroom. Hans became the first Landdros of Potchefstroom in 1841and served as Chairman of the Transvaal Volksraad.

Signatory to the 'Sandrivier Konvensie' in 1852.

Terms served as chairman of the Transvaal Volksraad - ZAR

7 Jun 1854 - 15 Jun 1854

5 Nov 1855 - 20 Nov 1855

4 Mar 1856 - 11 Mar 1856

27 May 1856 - 30 May 1856

Hans Grobler was appointed acting State President of the Transvaal Republic - ZAR in 1860.

Commandant-General Stephanus Schoeman refused Hans' appointment as acting State President and unconstitutionally assumed the position himself from 06.12.1860 to 17.04.1862. Paul Kruger managed to regain control in 1862 during which period Grobler’s in-law, Theunis Snyman, was appointed Commandant-General on October 1862.

Hans owned numerous farms such as 'Dorenspruit' and 'Tevredenfontein'. In 1839 he settled on the farm 'Niewepoortje' in the Magaliesberg and in 1846 on the farm 'Haakdoringdraai' in Ohrigstad before finally settling in the Rustenburg district.

NB note: Johannes Hermanus Grobler [see b6c1d5e1] (*1813) [Hans Duikervoet] is very often confused with the correct acting State-President and first Magistrate of Potchefstroom, Hans Grobler (*1795).

Hans Duikervoet [b6c1d5e1] continues to be confused with the 1st Landdros of Potchefstroom, Hans Grobler (*1795). Early reference books on the subject have mistakenly got Hans Duikervoet (*1813) as the acting State-President of the Transvaal Republic due to an earlier mistake in the Grobler register whereby Nicolaas Johannes Grobler [b6c2] was mistakenly noted as [b6c1]. At that time, researchers found the only descendant following from [b6c1] with the name Johannes Hermanus Grobler was Hans Duikervoet (*1813). However, genealogical research now shows that Hans Duikervoet (*1813) was in fact the grandchild of Johannes Hermanus Grobler [the correct b6c1] (=20/02/1754 Drakenstein) who remained in the Cape. The Potgieter Trek participant, Voortrekker and acting State-President Johannes Hermanus Grobler (*1795) was the son of Nicolaas Johannes Grobler [the correct b6c2] (=20/06/1756 Drakenstein).

Johannes Hermanus Grobler’s (*1795) mother, Cecilia Johanna Steyn, was the aunt of Elsie Francina Steyn {b2c4d8e5f6}, the mother of President Paul Kruger.

Johannes Hermanus Grobler's (*1795) 1st wife was Geertruy Maria Margaretha Potgieter, half-sister of Chief-Commandant Andries Hendrik Potgieter.

Johannes Hermanus Grobler's (*1795) 2nd wife, Maria Margaretha de Bruyn {b5c1d3}, was the sister of Anna Maria de Bruyn {b5c1d2}, who married Andries Jacobus Krugel (=18-03-1791) the uncle of Chief-Commandant Andries Hendrik Potgieter. Therefore, Maria Margaretha de Bruyn was the sister-in-law of Andries Hendrik Potgieter’s mother.

Please direct all queries to Alexander Armenis


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Johannes Hermanus Grobler, b6c2d6's Timeline

December 23, 1795
September 12, 1813
Age 17
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 18
July 19, 1816
Age 20
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 6, 1818
Age 22
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 23
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 6, 1822
Age 26
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 28
September 3, 1826
Age 30
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 15, 1827
Age 31
Cradock, Stormberg District, Eastern Cape, South Africa