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About Piet Potgieter

Piet Potgieter was born on 24 December 1822. His Mother was Elizabeth Helena, and his father Andries Hendrik Potgieter (Voortrekker Leader). He married Elsje Aletta van Heerden in Potchefstroom.

They had 4 daughters and 3 sons. The youngest son, Pieter Johannes, was born on 19 January 1855, after Piet Potgieter died. Piet Potgieter had his farm at Middelfontein 16km from Nylstroom.

During September 1854 the murders [on Hermanus Potgieter and his company by Makapan] took place at Moorddrift. A commando went out after Makapan (Mokopane) and Piet Potgieter and MW Pretorius were in charge of their own Boer Group.

While the people of Makapan were besieged at the Makapans Caves, on 6 November, Piet Potgieter was shot and fell behind the stone walls. Paul Kruger, a close friend, jumped after Piet Potgieter and carried him out while there was still heavy shooting.

Piet Potgieter was buried at his Farm Middelfontein, near Nylstroom.

Piet Potgieter was reburied on 30 May 1964 at Potgietersrus. His grave is situated in Ruiter Road on the Municipal grounds, opposite the Post Office.

(bron: Arend Dieperink Museum, Mokopane, 015 491 9735)

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Piet Potgieter's Timeline

December 24, 1822
Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 13, 1844
Age 21
Middelfontein, Waterberg
December 10, 1845
Age 22
Middelfontein, Waterberg
October 28, 1847
Age 24
Middelfontein, Waterberg
September 11, 1849
Age 26
Middelfontein, Waterberg
December 3, 1852
Age 29
Middelfontein, Waterberg
July 11, 1853
Age 30
Middelfontein, Waterberg
November 6, 1854
Age 31
Mokopane, Bosveld, Limpopo, South Africa
November 19, 1855
Age 31
Middelfontein, Waterberg