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Gerhardus Jacobus Rudolph, b1c2

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Death: July 24, 1851 (54)
Burgerstraat 8, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, Suid-Afrika
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacobus Andreas Rudolph, b1 and Johanna Magdalena Rudolph / Gardner, b1c5d3
Husband of Johanna Susanna Sophia Meyer
Father of Magdalena Henrietta Elizabeth Nel; Gerhardus Jacobus Rudolph; Izak Meyer Rudolph; Johanna Magdalena Rudolph; Catharina Susanna Sophia Rudolph and 6 others
Brother of Johan Bernard Rudolph, b1c1; Jacobus Andreas Rudolph, b1c3 and Marthinus Salamon Rudolph, b1c4
Half brother of William James Gardner

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About Gerhardus Jacobus Rudolph, b1c2

Het aan die slag van Bloedrivier op 16 Desember 1838 deelgeneem.


Visagie, Jan C., Voortrekkerstamouers 1835 - 1845. Protea Boekhuis, Pretoria, 2011. ISBN 978-1-86919-372-0. Page 431.

RUDOLPH, Gerhardus Jacobus - b1c2

≈ 12/1/1797

Voortrekkerleier en -kommandant.

† Burgerstraat 8, Pmb., Natal 24/7/1851

x Uitenhage 3/10/1819 Johanna Susanna Sophia MEYER a3b1c6d5e8

≈ 10/3/1804

† Ohrigstad, ZAR 1848.

Woonplek: In 1837 aangedui as Tijgerfontein, Onder-Boesmansrivier, Uitenhage. Hy het (ook?) die plaas Jammersfontein in hierdie wyk besit.

Vertrekdatum: Maart 1837.

Trekgeselskap: Leier van sy eie trekgeselskap.

Bygevoeg deur Y. DROST, 5 MAART 2017.


Gerhardus Jacobus Rudolph (1797–1851) was the grandson of the South African Rudolph progenitor, Johan Bernhard Rudolph.

He was a member of a scouting expedition, set up by Piet Uys, which left the Eastern Cape Uitenhage and Albany area on 8 September 1834. Gert, as he was affectionately known, farmed together with Piet Uys in the Lower Bushmans River area of the Eastern Cape. Amongst the approximately 21 whites that made up the group were: the scout J.H. (Hans Dons) de Lange, Johannes Stephanus Maritz and two brothers of Piet Uys, the thirty-four-year-old Jacobus Johannes and the fifteen-year-old Johannes Zacharias. The expedition wanted to establish if it was possible to acquire arable areas in Natal that could have been successfully farmed. At the same time it would also have been an adventurous hunting expedition that could have returned profitable gains.

Gert later was the leader of one of the Voortrekker groups to have left the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa to escape the British Colonization of the Cape of Good Hope as well as the continual cross border raids by the Xhosa to their north.

He was the first cousin of Gert Maritz, a well known Voortrekker leader in early Natal history.

Shortly after leaving the Eastern Cape his trek joined up together with that of Gert Maritz. Fiery of character, he became a renowned Voortrekker leader and fighter. He led the Voortrekkers in many skirmishes against the natives of Southern Africa during their trek into the unknown. He became the leader of their combined trek after Gert Maritz died at Zaailager, Natal on 23 September 1838.

In January 1840, Rudolph and Andries Pretorius helped Mpande kaSenzangakhona in his revolt against his half-brother Dingane, who was then killed on an expedition north in the Hlatikhulu Forest. In gratitude for his help in overthrowing Dingane, the new king Mpande gave Gert Rudolph a concession to farm in this area.

He later became a South African Boer political figure and served as the last head of state of Natalia between 1842 and 1843.

See also

Battle of Italeni

Die Groot Trek

Bygevoeg deur Y. DROST, 5 MAART 2017


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Gerhardus Jacobus Rudolph, b1c2's Timeline

July 3, 1797
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 15, 1821
Age 23
Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 18, 1823
Age 25
South Africa
May 28, 1825
Age 27
South Africa
November 22, 1826
Age 29
South Africa
August 15, 1828
Age 31
South Africa
August 19, 1831
Age 34
South Africa
July 8, 1832
Age 35
June 20, 1835
Age 37
South Africa