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  • ID: I16188
  • _UID: 8F2454D365EE46CD93D430D8256AB1372669
  • Name: George Frederick WERTZ
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 6 APR 1829 in Cumberland Valley Twp. Bedford Co. PA 1 2
  • Death: 25 JAN 1905 in Cumberland Valley Twp. Bedford Co. PA 3
  • Note:

    Biographical Review, Volume XXXII, Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania; Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899, pp. 134-135.

    GEORGE F. WERTZ, of Cumberland Valley township, Pa., a veteran of the Civil War, was born April 6, 1829, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, a son of Henry and Sarah M. (Abraham) Wertz.

    His paternal grandfather, Paul Wertz, was born in Germany. He emigrated to this country when young, and became a pioneer settler of Bedford County. The family to which he belonged were active in public affairs; and his nephew, Henry Wertz, Jr., a son of Henry Wertz, Sr., was a Representative to the State legislature. Henry Wertz, the father of George F., was born and brought up in Cumberland Valley township, and here spent his mature life, dying on his homestead, May 26, 1872, at an advanced age. He was well known throughout the county, having been actively identified with the Democratic party as one of its most efficient supporters. He served a number of years as Road Supervisor and for several terms as Township Collector. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah M. Abraham, was born in England, but lived in Bedford County from the age of ten years until her death, having come to America with her parents when a girl. Of her children the following survive: John, a resident of Bedford, Pa.; George F., the subject of this brief sketch; Tolliver, a physician in Evansville, Ind.; and Paul, who resides in Richmond, Mo.

    George F. Wertz began to make himself useful on the parental farm while yet a boy, helping in the lighter kinds of labor required in its management. Before he was old enough to do much hard work he attended the district schools regularly, and for some time afterward he went whenever he could be spared from the fields. Continuing to follow the occupation to which he was bred, he has spent his time and energies to good purpose, his farm being finely kept and well-improved in every respect. In 1864, Mr. Wertz responded to his country's call for troops by enlisting in Company F, Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Fifth Corps of the Army of the Potomac. He participated in the siege of Petersburg, and was at Appomattox Court House on the memorable 9th of April, 1865, which witnessed the surrender of General Lee. Discharged from the service soon after the close of the war, he immediately returned home, arriving here July 9, 1865.

    On June 2, 1863, Mr. Wertz married Hannah Smith, who was born in Cumberland Valley township, a daughter of the late William Smith. Their only child is a daughter, Frances V. Wertz. Mr. Wertz is a Democrat in politics. He has never been an aspirant for official honors, although he rendered acceptable service for three years as School Director of the township.
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    Bedford, PA: Bedford Gazette, issue of Friday, 27 January 1905, p. 1, col. 4

    Found Dead in Barn.

    George F. Wertz, a well known citizen of Cumberland Valley, was found dead in the barn on his farm, three miles from Centreville, Wednesday night at 7 o'clock. He went to the barn about 4 o'clock and as he did not return a search was made, with the result that his corpse was discovered in the hay mow. The cause of death was heart disease. Mr. Wertz was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wertz and was born in Cumberland Valley 75 years ago. He served his country as a Union soldier in the civil war. For many years he was a member of the Lutheran church. His wife, whose maiden name was Hannah Smith, and one daughter--Frances Virginia, at home--survive him. He was a brother of John A. Wertz, of Bedford, and Tolbert Wertz, who lives in the west. The funeral service will be held this morning at 9:30. Interment will be made in the Bedford cemetery.
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    Bedford, PA: Bedford Gazette, issue of Friday, 10 February 1905, p. 1, col. 5

    Wills Recently Filed.

    George Frederick Wertz, late of Cumberland Valley, deceased, wills to his wife, Hannah Wertz, all his property, personal and real, during her life. After her death he directs that all the property be given to his daughter Frances Virginia Wertz. It is further directed that if the widow outlives the daughter, she shall make such disposition as she sees fit of the property. Albert Smith is named as executor.
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    Father: Henry WERTZ b: ABT 1802
    Mother: Sarah OSTER

    Marriage 1 Hannah SMITH
    • Married: 2 JUN 1863 4

    Sources:
    1. Text: 1850 PA Census
      Date: 29 AUG 2011
    2. Title: Biographical Review, Volume XXXII, Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania
      Publication: Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899
      Repository: Ancestry.com
      Date: 22 DEC 2010
      Page: p. 134
    3. Title: Bedford, PA: Bedford Gazette
      Repository: Newspaper
      Date: 1 APR 2010
      Page: obituary, issue of Friday, 27 January 1905, p. 1, col. 4
    4. Title: Biographical Review, Volume XXXII, Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania
      Publication: Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899
      Repository: Ancestry.com
      Date: 22 DEC 2010
      Page: p. 135

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