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Gideon Scheepers

Country of Birth:

South Africa

Year of birth: 1878

Places of Residence:

Middelburg

Boer Hero

The life story of Gideon Scheepers - picture 1 Gideon Scheepers was a leader among his men
I first realised that I was related to Gideon Scheepers when doing a history project in high school on my family tree. I traced him to the Robinson side of my family and discovered that his sister was married to a great great grandfather, Cecil John Robinson.

What really happened to Gideon Scheepers, the gallant 23-year-old Boer fighter who was executed by a British firing squad some months before the Anglo-Boer War was to end? Though nobody knows, since his body was never found, this young heliographer became an almost legendary figure in South African history and his name sacred to many Afrikaners.


As he was considered innocent and had become an idol because of his daring exploits in the Cape Colony, Scheepers' execution caused an outcry throughout the world.


Despite his tragic end and the public interest aroused by the secret and apparently clandestine circumstance of his death, very little is known about his exact movements and experiences.

Commandant Gideon Scheepers was born on 4 April 1878 in Middelburg in the Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek. At age 16 he joined the Staatsartillerie in the Transvaal Republic and was soon a first-rate telegraphist, heliographer and later in the SA War a scout that the Boer leader, General Christiaan de Wet, prized. He took part in the Battle of Magersfontein and escaped capture when General Piet Cronje surrendered at Paardeberg

At age 22 he got the rank of Commandant and led a commando of 150 men who took on the British in the Cape Colony. He had several successes and his bravery was legendary. His mere presence in the Cape Colony inspired more Boers to take up arms against the British.

On 10 October 1901 Scheepers became ill and asked to be left behind near Prince Albert. The British captured him and jailed him in Graaff-Reinet. During his trial the British refused him his rights as an Officer and charged him with war crimes under martial law. After the court accepted some suspect testimony about the alleged war crimes he was sentenced to death and executed in 1902. He was 23 years old.

His remains was buried in an undisclosed location and the grave leveled off as you would when you bury a dog.

The British thought of him as a brigand, but among the Boers his memory lives on as that of a hero and a martyr.
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As a Scheepers descendant, my father was Cornelius Coenraad Scheepers, my brother is Jakobus Louwrens Scheepers, but more than that I simply don't know anything about our grandfather, grandmother. Any/ all information will be considered helpfull and can be emailed to me.
31 Oct 2009
Peter
All i know is that my father was Johnnes ,Jurgens ,Coenraad,Nicholas Scheepers, my grandfather was Jerry Scheepers ,more than that i do not know,help will be appreciated.Please email me on scheepers.jurie@gmail.com
06 Jun 2010
Vicky Onel
Am trying to trace my grandmother's family, Wilhelmina Johanna Jacoba Scheepers born 1889 in Kingwilliams'town, Eastern Cape. Her father was one Willem Scheepers. Anything you can provide would be appreciated. thanks. please email to: niedermeyer260@hotmail.com
09 Jun 2010
Benjamin Fourie
I am attempting bo find out more about my family tree. My Grandfather Gerhardus Scheepers was born 25 April 1915 in Senekal OFS he was maried to Abram Jacoba ( Stanford) Scheepers born 17 June 1917 in Reits OFS. Please contact me on jan.scheepers@topmail.co.za if you have any information
09 Jun 2010
Benjamin Fourie
Gideon Scheepers is my great grand father. Its amazing to know that he played such a big role in the history of this country and died a true hero.
23 Dec 2010
Paul
My fathers great grandfather was Gideon Scheepers brother. His name was Adriaan Albertus Scheepers. His daughter married a Jansen Van Vuuren her name was Johanna Jacoba Scheepers. Grew up on a farm in the Kirkwood area the farms name was Harlem. If there is anyone that can provide further information please e-mail me on lukas_fireball@yahoo.com
03 Jan 2011
Peet Schabort
As I sat today search the web I was privilege to end up on the history of Gideon Scheepers. In a sense it saddens me, as I am most likely be one of the lost Scheepers who do not know much about my own past history. My father and mother divorced after my birth. My father was Johannes Jacobus Scheepers (he go around by the name of Jaap). As to my knowledge is had two brothers (maybe even more and I don’t know of any sisters). The one brother was Gideon Scheepers. As a child my mother told me he lived in Watervalboven during 1960. The other brother Petrus Johannes Jacobus Scheepers (go by the name of Peet) lived during 1970's at Hartbeespoortdam. That is basically all that I know of my family tree. Today at my age of 54 I still seeking and try to find out where do I belong in the Scheepers family. I was born on the 12th November 1957 in Pretoria and my birth names Fredrik Johannes Jacobus. To my knowledge after my grandfather. Frik Scheepers
22 Feb 2011
Elric Pretorius
Hi Bob,that's the question isn't it . I don't want to put any spieifcc time frames here, since those never hold. I don't have much work to do (updating system, icons and few other small things) and I will release the beta version (need to get some feedback and discover as much bugs as possible). I hope it will be soon, but hope wont get me there, so I will try to get more time for this in this few weeks so you can finally get the taste of it.
23 Feb 2011
Stanley Scheepers
Hi Tricia,thank you for your comment. The prelbom might be that I am at an internet seminar in Las Vegas and when everybody is uploading it can lead to prelboms.Sorry about that. I will try to follow up next week. I would like you to stay in touch with me and let me know what you think. Thanks again. Take care and to your success!
28 Feb 2011
Wayne Scheepers
Gideon Scheepers was my father's cousin. Gideon's dad Jakobus Johannes Jacobus (Gideon's Father) was my grandfather's brother. Because of different views on the Anglo Boer War, they seperated. My father was suppossed to be named after Oom Jacobus. Instead he was named after one of the Egyptian faraos. My son carries my fathers name in memory of that sad occassion. The war broke the Scheepers family apart.
31 Mar 2011
Scheeoers A
As a Scheepers descendant, my father was Cornelius Coenraad Scheepers, my brother is Jakobus Louwrens Scheepers, but more than that I simply don't know anything about our grandfather, grandmother. Any/ all information will be considered helpfull and can be emailed to me.
29 Sep 2011
Sunell Hattingh (Scheepers)
All i know is that my father was Johnnes ,Jurgens ,Coenraad,Nicholas Scheepers, my grandfather was Jerry Scheepers ,more than that i do not know,help will be appreciated.Please email me on scheepers.jurie@gmail.com
09 Jan 2012
Jurgens Scheepers
Am trying to trace my grandmother's family, Wilhelmina Johanna Jacoba Scheepers born 1889 in Kingwilliams'town, Eastern Cape. Her father was one Willem Scheepers. Anything you can provide would be appreciated. thanks. please email to: niedermeyer260@hotmail.com
10 Feb 2012
Colleen Niedermeyer
I am attempting bo find out more about my family tree. My Grandfather Gerhardus Scheepers was born 25 April 1915 in Senekal OFS he was maried to Abram Jacoba ( Stanford) Scheepers born 17 June 1917 in Reits OFS. Please contact me on jan.scheepers@topmail.co.za if you have any information
07 Apr 2012
Jan Scheepers
Gideon Scheepers is my great grand father. Its amazing to know that he played such a big role in the history of this country and died a true hero.
08 Apr 2012
clinton
My fathers great grandfather was Gideon Scheepers brother. His name was Adriaan Albertus Scheepers. His daughter married a Jansen Van Vuuren her name was Johanna Jacoba Scheepers. Grew up on a farm in the Kirkwood area the farms name was Harlem. If there is anyone that can provide further information please e-mail me on lukas_fireball@yahoo.com
25 Jun 2012
Lukas Jansen Van Vuuren
As I sat today search the web I was privilege to end up on the history of Gideon Scheepers. In a sense it saddens me, as I am most likely be one of the lost Scheepers who do not know much about my own past history. My father and mother divorced after my birth. My father was Johannes Jacobus Scheepers (he go around by the name of Jaap). As to my knowledge is had two brothers (maybe even more and I don’t know of any sisters). The one brother was Gideon Scheepers. As a child my mother told me he lived in Watervalboven during 1960. The other brother Petrus Johannes Jacobus Scheepers (go by the name of Peet) lived during 1970's at Hartbeespoortdam. That is basically all that I know of my family tree. Today at my age of 54 I still seeking and try to find out where do I belong in the Scheepers family. I was born on the 12th November 1957 in Pretoria and my birth names Fredrik Johannes Jacobus. To my knowledge after my grandfather. Frik Scheepers
19 Aug 2012
Frik Scheepers
Hi Bob,that's the question isn't it . I don't want to put any spieifcc time frames here, since those never hold. I don't have much work to do (updating system, icons and few other small things) and I will release the beta version (need to get some feedback and discover as much bugs as possible). I hope it will be soon, but hope wont get me there, so I will try to get more time for this in this few weeks so you can finally get the taste of it.
19 Oct 2012
Prakash
Hi Tricia,thank you for your comment. The prelbom might be that I am at an internet seminar in Las Vegas and when everybody is uploading it can lead to prelboms.Sorry about that. I will try to follow up next week. I would like you to stay in touch with me and let me know what you think. Thanks again. Take care and to your success!
19 Oct 2012
Amada
Dear all, I think I found an illustration of Gideon Scheepers execution in the French journal "Le Rire". Here is the Link: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/rire1901_1902/0220 Best wishes, Bettina Müller Heidelberg University http://artjournals.uni-hd.de/
15 Nov 2013
Bettina
What if this information was correct?? My mother (recently passed away at 94) has for many years told us a fantastic "story" . A brittish soldier who had simpathy with the Scheepers family, secretely pointed out the burial site. The family removed his body and burried him in an undisclosed grave in the Free State. My mother's grandmother often placed fresh flowers on the grave, mentioning that "Little Gideon" lies here My mother pointed out the graveyard to me.
15 Jan 2014
Hendrik
And yes. My Great Grandmother was a sister in the Scheepers family..hennie11500@gmail.com
15 Jan 2014
Hendrik
I am looking for Johanna Hermina Scheepers, who was my friend at Potchefstroom University in 1967. Her father was a Dutch reformed minister, named Gideon Scheepers. His sons were Louis, Lukas,Gideon, Johannes, Ben and Jan. Daughters wer Jakomien, Sarah and Hannatjie (my friend). If anyone knows where one of the above are, please let me know on denidog.wright3@gmail.com
16 Feb 2014
Denia Wright
I am looking for Johanna Hermina Scheepers, who was my friend at Potchefstroom University in 1967. Her father was a Dutch reformed minister, named Gideon Scheepers. His sons were Louis, Lukas,Gideon, Johannes, Ben and Jan. Daughters wer Jakomien, Sarah and Hannatjie (my friend). If anyone knows where one of the above are, please let me know on denidog.wright3@gmail.com
16 Feb 2014
Denia Wright
It was last week when I asked my oupa were did his parents get his name (philip scheepers) from , he said that it was his grate grate grandfathers name. Just last night I decided to Google the name and to my surprise philip scheepers was the son of Gideon scheepers omg
11 Aug 2014
kyla Scheepers
My Name is De Wet Scheepers. I am a descendant of Gen De Wet on my moms side. but I have no idea if I'm related to Gideon Scheepers. All My dad knows it that his dad Died in WW2 when he was 3. It be pretty awesome. Any information will be helpful. dewet.scheepers@hotmail.com
03 Jul 2015
De Wet Scheepers