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About Jacobus Johannes Uys, b1c5d2

Also known as "Koos Bybel" . Received a Bible from inhabitants of Grahams Town when he participated in the Great Trek, opening the hinterland of South Africa.1838.

c5 Cornelis Janse ˜ Stellenbosch 17 Jun 1736, getroud: Maart 1766 Alida Maria Swart

d2 Jacobus Johannes ˜ Stellenbosch 3 Feb 1771, gesterf: Natal Julie 1838; die bekende Voortrekker; getroud: 10 Mar 1793 Susanna Margaretha Moolman

Photograph of a panel at the Voortrekker Monument: With acknowledgements to the S.A. National Cultural Historical and Open-Air Museum

British settlers, Grahamstown, presenting a Bible to Jacobus Johannes ("Koos Bybel') Uys and his son Petrus Lafras ('Piet Italeni') as afarewell token of their esteem.

Military History Journal. Vol 3 No 6 - December 1976

Jacobus Johannes (Koos Bybel 1770-1838), the patriarch of this branch of the Uys family had six sons: Cornelisjanse (1796-1872), Petrus Lafras (Piet Italeni 1797-1838), Jacobus Johannes (Cobus 1800-1871), Dirk Cornelis (Swart Dirk 1814-1910), Johannes Zacharias (Jannie Gyselaar 1819-1898), and Wessel Hendrik (1824-1877). In October 1837 Koos Bybel had a mud and daub church built at 'Kerkspruyt' near Thaba 'Nchu and requested the Wesleyan missionary, James Archbell, to officiate at the first Holy Communion of the Trekkers held north of the Orange River. To commemorate the event he chiselled his name on a large rock, which is now housed at the Bloemfontein Museum.Koos Bybel died, aged 68, at Plessis Laager, near the present-day Pietermaritzburg, having reached his 'promised land'.

Born on Wydgelegen in the Overberg, farmer on Hassequaskloof. Moved to Uitenhage 1822/3, from where he led the Uys-Trek in 1838. Received a Bible from British settlers in Grahamstown.

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Jacobus Johannes Uys, b1c5d2's Timeline

June 26, 1770
Bredasdorp, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
February 2, 1771
Stellenbosch, WC, South Africa
January 4, 1794
Age 23
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
January 20, 1796
Age 25
Stellenbosch, Cape Colony
July 10, 1797
Age 27
Hessequaskloof, Srotmsrivier, Swellendam dist., Suid-Agrika, Kaapkolonie
July 26, 1800
Age 30
Swellendam, WC, South Africa
July 13, 1802
Age 32
Caledon, Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
July 3, 1804
Age 34
Age 36