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Peter Phillip Werts1,2

Male
b. 14 June 1737, d. 1798


Father Wilhelm Wurtz1 b. 1703, d. 1782
Mother Anna Catharina (?)1 b. circa 1703
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Family Christina (?) b. 1741
Children  1. Michael Werts b. 1763
  2. John Werts b. 1765
  3. Christina Werts b. 1767
  4. Catherine Werts b. 1769
  5. William Werts b. 1771
  6. George Peter Werts Sr. b. 27 Jul 1773, d. 23 Jan 1855
  7. Ann Mary Werts b. 1775
  8. Jacob Werts b. 1777

Note*   It is family tradition that Peter came to this country with his brother from Germany about the time of the Revolutionary War and settled in MD. He moved sometime after that to Loudoun Co., VA where he died.

Notes from Gary Virts:

Birthdate and parents confirmed from LDS library, file number 1904042

Database: Pennsylvania Foreign Oaths of Allegiance

IMMIGRANTS INTO PENNSYLVANIA: Volume 1

Name: Peter Wertz,

Ship: NEPTUNE

Captain: JOHN MASON

Place: ROTTERDAM

Date: SEPT. 24, 1753

According to the DAR Patriot Index - Volume 3, page 3155, Peter served as a Patriot Servant in the American Revolutionary War.

Burried in the New Jeruselum Cemetery, Lovettsville, VA, Row KK, Stone 3. Stone shows "Virtzs, Peter, d. 22 May 1798, at 60y 1m 9d."

The below article is a notice of sale of Peter’s property in the Frederick-Herald, March 12, 1814.

“Whereon Peter Wirtz resided, about one mile and a half from John George’s mill, five miles from Harper’s Ferry, and six from Waterford in Loudoun County, Virginia. This tract contains about one hundred and thirty six acres of prime land, about thirty six will timbered and the remainder cleared. The improvements in the plantation are a dwelling house with two rooms, a large barn with convenient stables. There is also upon a tract a never failing spring, with a milk house near the dwelling and a creek running through the farm, so that the fields may be well watered. In addition to these improvements there are two large apple orchards which produce the most useful and approved kinds of fruit, also a variety of other fruit trees. Persons wishing to purchase the above property will on application to the subscriber be shown the same-the terms are one-fifth of the purchase money in hand, and the remainder in four equal payments. Possession will be given on the 15th day of April excepting one room and the use of part of the kitchen until October next. Sale to commence at ten o’clock. All persons indebted to the estate of Peter Wirtz are requested to come forward and settle off their respective account.”

Last Will and Testament

Will dated January 6, 1798:

"In the Name of God, Amen, I Peter Wirts, Sen. of Loudoun County, state of Virginia, being sick and weak body, but of perfect mind and memory, be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, of knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally, first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body, I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing but at the General resurrection, I shall receive the same the dame again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate, where with it hat pleased God to belfs me in this life, I give and display of the same in the following manner and form, that is to say, I give and bequeath to my beloved son, John, one Bay mare and to my beloved daughter, Christina, I give a roan colt of the same Mare and two cows, a bed and other household furniture, as my other tow daughters have received all ready and to my Dear wife Christina, I give and bequeath of my Estate, real and personal, with land and houses and all whets in and on it with all the creatures, during her natural life, and in case she should get married again, she shall have no more than her third, and the rest shall be equally divided amongst my children, as hereafter their names mentioned as to my beloved son Michael, to my beloved daughter Catharina, to my beloved son William, to my beloved son Jacob (who has received of me, seventy four pound, fourteen shillings, which sum is to be deducted from his share) and to my beloved daughter Anna Mary, and to my beloved son Peter, to my beloved son John and to my beloved daughter Christina, after all debts is paid. But as long as my dear wife Christina is a life and single nothing shall be taken out of her hands and after her natural decease, what is left shall be divided as above mentioned, and my Dar wife Christina and my oldest son, Michael, do I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and siannul all and every other former Testament, Wills, Legacies, bequests and Executors by me in any wise before named Willed, Bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming, this and not other to be my Last Will and Testament. In Winefs whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of January, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Eight."

Signed by Peter Wirts with his mark 'X'. Will was probaated on September 10, 1798. Charles Binn, clerk.

1804 Nov 8 - Peter Werts list by Jacob Wertz, administrator brought to court Augsut 14, 1811

More About PETER PHILIP VIRTZS:

Burial: New Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery, Lovettsville, VA

Notes for CHRISTINA ?:

Stone shows Christine Virtzs, b. (not readble), d. 20 JUN 1813, at 76y 5m 3w 2d, wife of Peter Virtzs

Believe her last name was Eberhart/Everhart

More About CHRISTINA ?:

Burial: New Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery, Lovettsville, VA

More About PETER VIRTZS and CHRISTINA ?:

Marriage: 1758, Frederick, MD2 
Marriage*   Principal=Christina (?) 
Birth* 14 June 1737  Germany1 
Death* 1798   
Will* 10 September 1798  Loudoun Co., VA,

Peter Werts' Will, Will Book F, page 44 Loudoun County, Va.



In the name of God, Amen. I, Peter Werts Senior, of Loudoun Co., State
of Virginia, being sick and of weak body, but of perfect mind and memory,
thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and
knowing it is appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my
last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I
give and recommend my soul into the hand of the Almighty God that gave it
and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian
burial at the discretion executors nothing doubting that at the general
resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God,
and as touching such worldly estate, herewith it has pleased God to bless
me in this life, I give and dispose of the same in the following manner
and form, that's to say, I give and bequeth to my beloved son John one
Ball mare, and to my beloved daughter Christina, I give a roan Colt of
the name mare and two cows, a bed and other household furniture as my
other two daughters have received already, and to my dear wife Christina
I give and bequeth the rest of my real estate and personnal with Land and
houses and what is in and on it with all the creatures during her natural
life, and in each (such) case she should get married again she shall have
no more that her third and the rest shall be equally divided amongst my
children as hereafter their names are mentioned, as to my beloved son
Michael, to my beloved son William, to my beloved son Jacob (who received
from me seventy four pounds fourteen shillings, which sum is to be
deducted from his share) and to my beloved daughter Anne Mary, to my
beloved son Peter, to my beloved son John and to my beloved daughter
Christina, after all debts is paid, but as long as my dear wife Christina
is alive and single nothing shall be taken out of her hands, and after
her natural decease what's left shall be divided as above mentioned and
my dear wife Christina and my oldest son Michael, do I likewise
constitute, make and ordain the sole executors of this my last will and
testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and
every other former testaments, wills, legacies bequests and executors by
me in any wise before named, willed and bequethed, ratifying and
confirming this and no other to be my my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this sixth day of January,
one thousand seven hundred and ninty eight.


Peter X(His Mark) Werts (seal)



Signed, sealed, published,
pronounced and declared by the said Peter Werts
as his last will and Testament in the
presence of us, who in his presence
and in the presence of each other have
hereunto subscribed our names.

Frederick Smith

Michael Shearp

Isaac Richie



At a court held in Loudon County

Sept. the 10th 1798

This last will and Testament of Peter Werts Sr. Dec'd was proved by oaths
of the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered bo be recorded & on the
motion of Michael Werts one of the Executors therein named who made oath
according to law & together with John Shaver and Isaac Richie his
securities enter into & acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one
thousand Dollars with condition as the law directs certificate is granted
him obtaining a probate thereof in due form and Liberty is reserved the
EXX to join in the probate thereof when she shall think fit.



Teste: Binns. CL. Cur.



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Citations
  1. [S57] Gary Virts Research, Gary Virts.
  2. [S56] Werts - Vinsel - Slater Family History, F. C. Slater.
  3. [S75] Loudoun Co., VA., Will Book F..


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