Sarel Cilliers was a Voortrekker leader and a preacher. With Andries Pretorius, he led the Boers to a huge victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838. In particular, Cilliers lead the Voortrekkers in a vow which promised that if God would protect them and deliver the enemy into their hands, they would build a church and commemorate the day of their victory as if it were an annual Sabbath day, which their descendants would also be instructed to honour on every 16/12.
Links to the South African Settlers website - the main objective of this site is to try and establish a date and place of an event before the settlers left the British Isles, thus providing a starting place for family research in local British repositories. Contains names of settlers from Devon, England. Information has been drawn from the Albany Museum and Cory Library in Grahamstown, S.A., South African Death Notices (DN); Colonial Office papers (CO); and the Int.Genealogical Index (IGI).