Daniel Jacobus Erasmus

Daniel Jacobus Erasmus (Somerset East, Cape Colony, 1830 - Bethal District, Transvaal, 1913) was a South African Boer political figure. He was a member of the Transvaal Volksraad and served as the acting president of Transvaal between 1871 and 1872.[1]

Daniel Jacobus Erasmus
Acting State President DJ Erasmus
Acting State President DJ Erasmus
President of the Executive Council of the South African Republic
In office
22 November 1871 – 1 July 1872
Preceded byMarthinus Wessel Pretorius
Succeeded byThomas François Burgers
Personal details
Daniel Jacobus Erasmus

(1830-04-05)5 April 1830
Somerset East, Cape Colony
Died30 April 1913(1913-04-30) (aged 83)
Bethal, South African Republic
Military service
Allegiance South African Republic

Family history


The history of the Erasmus family began in 1688 when Pieter Erasmus arrived in Cape Town in 1688. He settled into a farm called "Groenkloof", located in Drakenstein. Pieter married Maria Elisabeth Joosten in 1691. The couple had six children. Pieter roamed a great deal to look for cultivable land, a trait that his descendant, Daniel Jacobus Erasmus (not the same person who acted as State President), inherited. It was Daniel Jacobus Erasmus and his family who among the first to occupy the land that in time became modern-day Pretoria.[2]

In 1841, the 56 year old Daniel "Swartkoppies" Jacobus Erasmus (1785 - 1861)[3] arrived with his family in the area that is now Centurion, South Africa. The area in Centurion including the Midvaal area was originally occupied by the Mogale clan and still has an active land claim over it. This land was seized and they were forcibly removed. A later retelling of history says they sold the land.[citation needed] Like his ancestor Pieter, Daniel moved into a farm, which he named Zwartkop/Swartkoppies after his nickname. But unlike his pioneering ancestor Daniel didn't find the farm site on his own. The place was recommended to him by his eldest son Daniel Elardus Erasmus. Elardus had happened into the area during an elephant hunt in 1831. He had found the area congenial for farming: there were great grazing grounds, pristine rivers and the absence of malaria. Taking his son's advice, Daniel acquired a large piece of land and settled down.[2] Daniel Elardus Erasmus (1815 - 1875)[4] settled on the farm Doornpoort in the area that is now known as Irene and other members of the family acquired other farms around the Pretoria area.


  1. ^ "Pres. Daniel Jacobus Erasmus". geni.com. Geni. A MyHeritage Company. 27 September 2022. Retrieved 28 June 2023. Daniel Jacobus Erasmus *5.4.1830 +30.4.1913 Transvaalse Kommandant, Volksraadslid, Waarnemende President.
  2. ^ a b "The Legacy". heritagehill.co.za. Heritage Hill. Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2013. The history of Heritage Hill started in the Cape with a young adventurer named Pieter Erasmus that arrived in Cape Town in 1688 and settled on a farm "Groenkloof" in Drakenstein aged just 19. He married Maria Elisabeth Joosten in 1691 and they had 6 children.
  3. ^ "Daniel Jacobus Erasmus, b5c12d3". geni.com. Geni. A MyHeritage Company. 10 August 2022. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Daniel Elardus (2) Erasmus (Daantjie Doornkloof)". geni.com. Geni. A MyHeritage Company. 27 April 2022. Retrieved 28 June 2023. Daniël Elardus Erasmus was the fourth child, (but eldest son) of Oupa Daniël "Swartkoppies" Erasmus and his wife Cornelia.