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Notes for Catharine Stephens Wertz

1820 census Frankstown, Huntingdon Co., PA page 87
Nicholas Stephy
210110-33310-0200
1 male 26 to 45 (Nicholas, age 43)
1 male 16 to 25 (??? not Peter, age 16 as there are 0 males in the age 16-18 category, so this unknown is age 19-25 )
1 male 10 to 15 (Peter, age 15)
2 males under age 10 (Henry, age 10 & Nicholas Jr., age 3)
1 female 26 to 45 (Mary, age 42)
3 females 16 to 26 (Mary Ann, age 25, Elizabeth, age 19 & Susan, age 18 )
3 females age 10 to 16 (Margaret, age 13, Rachel, age 12 & Hannah, age 11)
3 females under age 10 (Rebecca, age 8, Catharine, age 6 & Eliza, age 1)
2 persons engaged in agriculture
Peter Stephy 000001-00001-01
1 male over 45 (Peter, age 71)
1 female over 45 (Maria Elizabeth, age 64)
1 person engaged in agriculture
On same page as Jacob Wertz, Martin Moyer, Abraham Sells, Herman Farber & David, George & Henry Leamer

1830 census Frankstown, Huntingdon Co., PA
Peter Stiffler
1 male age 80 to 90 (Peter, age 80-90)
1 female age 70 to 80 (Mrs. Peter, age 70-80
1 female age 15 to 20 (??)
Nicholas Stiffler
1 male age 50-60 (Nicholas Sr., age 53)
1 male age 20-30 (Henry, age 20)
1 male age 10-15 (Nicholas Jr., age 13)
1 male age 5-10 (unknown son, age 5-10)
1 female age 50-60 (Mary, age 52)
2 females age 15-20 (Catharine, age 16 & Rebecca, age 18)
1 female age 10-15 (Eliza, age 11)

1834 - daughter Delilah born? Not on any census records with the family.

Married Henry Wertz 1835

Nov 11, 1836 - son Thomas born
March 1839 - son John born

1840 census St. Clair, Bedford Co., PA
Henry Wertz
1 male 20-30 (Henry, age 28)
2 males under 5 (Thomas, age 4 & John, age 1)
1 female 20-30 (Catharine, age 26)
Above is only Henry Wertz (soundexed) in PA that comes up on a search at www.ancestry.com that fits numbers for this family

July 10, 1841 - son Joseph born
Feb 2, 1844 - daughter Mary Elizabeth born. She died February 05, 1849
Feb 21, 1846 - son Nicholas born. He died May 09, 1849
March 4, 1849 - son Henry born

1850 census Greenfield, Blair Co., PA page 146
#143/145
Henry Wertz, age 38, Fuller, b. OH
Catharine, age 36, b. PA
Thomas, age 14, b. PA
John, age 11, b. PA
Joseph, age 9, b. PA
Henry, age 1, b. PA

May 14, 1852 - son Samuel born
1857 - son Wilson born

1860 Greenfield, Blair Co., PA page 146
#98/99
Henry Wertz, age 47, Fuller, b. OH
Cath, age 45, b. PA
John, age 21, b. PA
Joseph, age 19, b. PA
Henry, age 11, b. PA
Sam, age 7, b. PA
Wilson, age 2, b. PA

1870 census Greenfield, Blair Co., PA page 310
#113
Henry Werts, age 56, Fuller, b. OH
Catharine, age 54, Housekeeper, b. PA
Thomas, age 34, Laborer, b. PA
Wilson, age 12, b. PA

1880 United States Census Greenfield, Blair, Pennsylvania Page Number 319A
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Henry WERTZ Self M Male W 67 OH Manufact Of Woolen Goods PA PA
Catharine WERTZ Wife M Female W 65 PA Keeping House PA PA
Henry S. WERTZ Son S Male W 31 PA Teacher PA PA
Wilson R. WERTZ Son S Male W 23 PA Teacher PA PA

www.ancestry.com
Rinscheid & Whetstone Ancestors
Entries: 13159 Updated: 2005-07-01 16:51:06 UTC (Fri) Contact: Jeff Rinscheid
ID: I02723
Name: Henry Wertz
Sex: M
Birth: 2 AUG 1812 in Dayton, Ohio
Death: 22 MAR 1884 in Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Pa
Residence: 1850 Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Pa
Event: Moved ABT 1853 From Blair County to Somerset County
Event: Moved ABT 1863 From Somerset County back to Blair County
Medical Information: Reportedly felled by a tree being cut down by his son, John W. Wertz.

Father: Henry Wertz b: ABT 1778
Mother: Margaret Stephens b: BET 1775 AND 1780
Marriage 1 Catherine Stephens b: 9 SEP 1814 in Blair Twp, Huntingdon County, Pa
Married: ABT 1835
Children
Delilah Wertz b: 1834
Thomas W. Wertz b: 11 NOV 1836
John Wilson Wertz b: MAR 1839 in Bedford County
Joseph S. Lee Wertz b: 10 JUL 1841
Mary Elizabeth Wertz b: 2 FEB 1844
Nicholas M. Wertz b: 21 FEB 1846
Henry Stephens Wertz b: 4 MAR 1849 in Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Penna
Samuel Allen Wertz b: 14 MAY 1852 in Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Pa
Wilson Reese Wertz b: 1857


Excerpt from bio about son Henry S. Wertz
Contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Norma Sturm
Copyright. All rights reserved.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/pa/blair/

Henry Stephen Wertz was born in Somerset county, March 4, 1849. He died at Duncansville, Pa. Oct. 2, 1920. He was the son of Henry and Catherine (Stephens) Wertz, pioneer settlers of Blair county. The family lived in Greenfield township, this county, (then Bedford county) prior to the birth of the subject of this sketch. After his birth they again moved to Greenfield township, near Claysburg, where he spent
his boyhood days.

----- Original Message -----
From: Nancy Dearing Rossbacher
To: 'Kari Northup'
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:50 PM
Subject: RE: photos of Wertzes

>> I don't find the daughter Delilah, born 1834, on any census records, plus her date of birth is before the marriage date. Do you have more info on her? <<

No, I never traced Delilah. By the way, I’ll send a separate attachment copy of a rundown that Rhonda sent me last year. There may be something of assistance to you in it, and you may want to contact Rhonda or Jeff directly about Delilah. Also, numerous descendants of this Bedford County line can be contact through

http://thefamilywertz.homestead.com/files/Cousins.htm

This is a passage in Dad’s Now Remembered: Living Pennsylvania History through 1900, and I think it suggests Dad didn’t have anything on Delilah either. Unfortunately, I can’t ask him because he passed away in February.

p. 418: "Henry and Catherine Wertz were early, if not founding, members of a Methodist meeting near Claysburg. They raised six sons, of whom the second, John W., was born in 1839. Another son and their only daughter died young." Which would imply either daughter Mary, of whom sources note b. in 1844, d. in 1849, or the disappearing Delilah. I tend to think the former. The son who died young was Nicholas, 1846-1849.

Here’s some additional info I do have on the offspring.

Delilah Wertz b: 1834
No further info.

Thomas W. Wertz b: 11 NOV 1836
May or may not be one of the Thomas Wertzes who served in the Civil War. One enlisted at age 28 at Dayton, OH; he was a wagoner and served 1862-’65; age approx. two years off from Thomas’s 1836 birth date --- inconclusive. Another served 1861-’65 with the 52nd PA Infantry, organized and mustered out at Harrisburg; age unknown. A third’s name appears as “Thomas W. Wertz” of Blair Co. in the June 1864 draft list; this may be the one associated with the 194th PA, a 100-day unit organized in 1864.

John Wilson Wertz b: MAR 1839 in Bedford County
This is my direct ancestor. Wife Edith Ann (Wright) Wertz gave birth to eldest son Henry B. (“Harry”) while John was off with the 6th PA Cavalry in 1865. Son Harry lived 56 years, most of it in the State Hospital for mental patients near Harrisburg. Fourth child, second son, John W. Wertz, Jr., was similarly afflicted --- although by what is unknown --- and lived most of his life in the Polk Institute in northwestern PA. Edith died at age 44, with several young children at home, and it may be that an overwhelmed John institutionalized the boys at that point. Numerous other children were apparently unafflicted by whatever it was and went on to marry and raise families. One source (might be Jeff and Rhonda) notes that father Henry Wertz was killed by a tree felled by John W. Wertz. Dad’s book shows that it was felled by John’s younger sibling Wilson Reese Wertz. Don’t know where either got the info.

Joseph S. Lee Wertz b: 10 JUL 1841
Served in the 19th PA Cavalry. Here is the Historical Data Systems record of service:
Joseph S. L. Wertz
Residence Blair County PA;
Enlisted on 9/24/1863 as a Private.
On 9/24/1863 he mustered into "C" Co. PA 19th Cavalry
He was discharged on 7/10/1865
Other Information:
born in 1841
died in 1910
Buried: Lutheran, Newry, PA
(aka Joseph Lee Wertz)

Mary Elizabeth Wertz b: 2 FEB 1844
I believe is the daughter Dad was referring to in his “died young” reference above.

Nicholas M. Wertz b: 21 FEB 1846
No record of service and no additional info.

Henry Stephens Wertz b: 4 MAR 1849 in Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Penna
Write-up here: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/blair/newspapers/wertz-henry-s.txt
N note: There is utterly no proof of the Columbus claim made in it. You know how these bios were.

Samuel Allen Wertz b: 14 MAY 1852 in Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Pa
No further knowledge.

Wilson Reese Wertz b: 1857
No further knowledge.

>> Also the online tree I sent you says:

www.ancestry.com
Rinscheid & Whetstone Ancestors
Entries: 13159 Updated: 2005-07-01 16:51:06 UTC (Fri) Contact: Jeff Rinscheid
ID: I02723
Name: Henry Wertz
Sex: M
Birth: 2 AUG 1812 in Dayton, Ohio
Death: 22 MAR 1884 in Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Pa
Residence: 1850 Greenfield Twp, Blair County, Pa
Event: Moved ABT 1853 From Blair County to Somerset County
Event: Moved ABT 1863 From Somerset County back to Blair County
Medical Information: Reportedly felled by a tree being cut down by his son, John W. Wertz.

The census records don't back up the years of moves above. From what I have they were in Bedford Co., PA in 1840, and then were in Greenfield, Blair Co., PA on all census records from 1850 on, including 1860 which the above has them in Somerset. A bio for son Henry says they lived in Bedford first, then were in Somerset County when he was born in 1849, and they then returned to Blair (which had been formed from Bedford in 1846) and stayed there while he was growing up. <<

I’m confused, not an altogether unusual occurrence. I’ve got them in Bedford in 1840, but I too find them in Greenfield, Blair Co., in 1850 and so on.

I find this note in the sketch of son Henry Stephen Wertz linked above, which may be the bio to which you refer:

Henry Stephen Wertz was born in Somerset county, March 4, 1849. He died at Duncansville, Pa. Oct. 2, 1920.
He was the son of Henry and Catherine (Stephens) Wertz, pioneer settlers of Blair county. The family lived in Greenfield township, this county, (then Bedford county) prior to the birth of the subject of this sketch. After his birth they again moved to Greenfield township, near Claysburg, where he spent his boyhood days.

Still another bio of Henry Stephen Wertz at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/blair/bios/sell/wap-zook.txt notes this:
When Henry S. Wertz was about four years old, his parents moved to Somerset County, Pa., but six years later returned to Blair County and the father resumed farming in Greenfield Township.

Also, I think the bio indicates that the father of John Nicholas Stephens was not Peter Stephens/Steffey but another Nicholas? I bolded the pertinent sentence.

PROF. HENRY S. WERTZ, a prominent business man of Duncansville, Pa., senior member of the Duncansville Granite and Marble Works, is one of the best known educators in Blair County, having been more or less identified with educational work since he was nineteen years of age. He was born in Greenfield Township, Blair County, Pa., March 4, 1849, and is a son of Henry and Catherine (Stephens) Wertz.
Henry Wertz was born at Dayton, O., and his wife in Blair County, Pa., and both died in Greenfield Township. Nicholas Stephens, the maternal great-grandfather, was a pioneer in Blair County and his son, also Nicholas, resided for many years in Blair Township. In his later years he moved to Benton County, Ia., where he died, an octogenarian.

Best,
Nancy