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George Peter Werts Sr.1

b. 27 July 1773, d. 23 January 1855

Father Peter Phillip Werts b. 13 June 1737 or 14 June 1737, d. 22 May 1798
Mother Christina Eberhardt b. 6 January 1737, d. 28 June 1813
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Family Susannah Hoff b. 23 March 1775 or 24 March 1775, d. 1 January 1853
Marriage* 3 January 1797  Principal=Susannah Hoff1 
Children  1. Christina Werts b. 17 May 1797, d. 20 Jul 1871
  2. Elizabeth Werts b. 15 Mar 1799, d. 1873
  3. George Peter Werts Jr. b. 11 Oct 1801, d. 29 Jul 1866
  4. Margaret Werts b. 27 Jan 1804, d. b 1880
  5. Catherine Rose Werts b. 28 May 1806, d. 20 Apr 1889
  6. Malinda Werts b. 24 Nov 1809, d. 17 Oct 1898
  7. John Werts b. 10 Apr 1812, d. Jul 1896
  8. Solomon Huff Werts b. 30 Jan 1815, d. 5 Aug 1892
  9. Jacob Werts b. 9 Sep 1817, d. 6 Jun 1898

Note*   George was born in Maryland where his father had settled about the time of the Revolution. All of his children except Jacob were born in Frederick Co., MD or Loudoun Co., VA. About 1815 he brought his family to Muskingum Co., OH where he was a farmer and blacksmith. He and Susannah and most of their children are buried in New Hope Cemetery near Adamsville.

In 1850 an Emily Huff is living in their household. She is porobbaly a niece of Susannah. 
Biography*   George Peter Werts (1773-1855) and Susannah Huff (1775-1853). George was born 27 Jul 1773 near Frederick, MD. Susannah was also born in Maryland on 24 Mar 1775 and moved to Loudoun County, Virginia where they were married near Leesburg on, 32 Jan 1797. Around 1811, they moved to become one of the first settlers in the area of Adamsville, Muskingum County, Ohio, where they immediately, went to work to organize the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church where they are buried. George was a veteran of the War of 1812 and as a civilian he was a blacksmith. The Wertz name was on, a store in Adamsville in the late 1830s.

The History of Muskingum County reported an event at New Hope Cemetery, "The first summer, Peter Wertz discovered his little daughter Margaret in danger from a copperhead snake. Picking her up, he held her under one arm, while with a club in the other he dispatched the snake. His son Jacob Wertz is authority for the statement that before he left the spot he killed 14 of those dangerous reptiles."

George died 23 Jan 1855 and Susannah on 1 Jan 1853, both near Adamsville, OH. The church minister who buried George wrote of his devotion to the church, described his funeral, and this "His large posterity were 9 children, 67 grandchildren, 68 great grandchilden and one great-great-grandchild, all amounting to 145 souls..." Their children were Christina, Elizabeth, George Peter, Jr., Margaret, Catherine Rose, Melinda, Johannes (John) Salomon, and Jacob.2 
Birth* 27 July 1773  MD1 
Marriage* 3 January 1797  Principal=Susannah Hoff1 
Census 1810  1810 Federal Census, Virginia, Loudoun County, No Township, Series: M252, Roll: 69, Page: 588
Wirts, Peter (10020-32010-0-0)3 
Census* 1820  1820 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem township, Series: M33, Roll: 92, Page: 163
Wirts, Jacob (300101-021010-200-0000-0000)4 
Misc* February 1820  Muskingum Co., OH, Peter Worts appointed Grand Juror for 1820 from Salem Twp.5 
Census 1825  WIRTS, JACOB, 1825 Ohio Taxpayers, Muskingum County, OH.
R6 T2 Sec1 lots 7.8 Salem 200 acres 
Census 1830  1830 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem township, Series: M19, Roll: 137, Page: 324
Wirts, Jacob (0012000100000-0010000100000)6 
Census 1840  1840 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Series: M704, Roll: 418, Page: 447
Wartz, Peter (line 2: 0000100010000-0000000010000-000000-000000-3-0100000-_-0-000-000-00-00-00000000)7 
Census 1850  1850 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Series: M432, Roll: 718, Page: 282A, October 4
01, 145, 145, Wirts, Peter, 74, M, , Farmer, 4000, MD, , , ,
02, 145, 145, Wirts, Susanna, 75, F, , , , MD, , , ,
03, 145, 145, Huff, Emily, 15, F, , , , Ohio, , , ,8 
Death* 23 January 1855  Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH9,1 
Burial* after 23 January 1855  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Inscription: Peter Werts Died Jan 22, 1855 Aged 81yr 5mo 26dy9 
News/Obit* after 23 January 1855  Werts, George Peter

George Peter Werts departed this life, on Tuesday, the 23rd of January. Peter was a resident of Salem Township, Muskingum County, Ohio. He was born in the state of Maryland, on the 27th day of July AD 1773. While young he was taken by his parents to Loudoun County, Virginia and there is in his youthful days he became a full member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in which he continued faithfully unto his death. He was given in marriage with Susannah Huff on the third day of January 1797 with whom he had nine children, four sons and five daughters. He moved to Ohio in the spring of 1816, where he and his family united with the New Hope congregation in the same township and county. He regularly attended divine services rendered by the writer of these lines, during a period 34 years. As he advanced in age, he grew in grace and became more and more confounded to the image of Christ, and attended public Worship I the house of the Lord as long as his bodily strength and health would admit. His pastor visited him in the last stage of his affliction which was complicated disease. He appeared to be patient and willing and prepared to depart and be with Christ, his Savior. He departed this life calmly, composedly and cheerfully, full of hope of a future blissful life, on Thursday the 25th, 1885. His remains were deposited in the bosom and embrace of our common mother earth, on this occasion the writer delivered the funeral address from 2nd Timothy, 4 Chapter 78th Verse to a large congregation of relatives and friends. He arrived to the age of 81 years 5 months and 26 days. His large posterity were nine children, 67 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, all amounting to 145 souls. He lived to see his fifth generation which the Lord gave. The Lord hath taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Written by Samuel Kammerer, Minister, New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1855

Last Edited 6 Apr 2015

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