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George Peter Wesley Werts1

Male
b. 4 April 1841, d. 11 January 1919


Father George Peter Werts Jr.1 b. 11 October 1801, d. 29 July 1866
Mother Margaret Maple1 b. 23 October 1808, d. 13 March 1851
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Family Mary Elizabeth Decker b. 10 September 1840
Marriage* 3 October 1865  Aleda, Mercer Co., IL, Principal=Mary Elizabeth Decker1,5,2 
Children  1. Alpha May Werts b. 6 Aug 1866, d. 3 Jan 1923
  2. Susie Elizabeth Werts b. 31 Oct 1867, d. b 1920
  3. Clarence Benjamin Werts b. 14 Feb 1870, d. b 1910
  4. George William Werts b. 18 Jul 1872
  5. Alonzo Ernest Werts b. 18 Jul 1874
  6. Everette Lee Werts b. 10 Sep 1876 or 10 Sep 1877, d. 11 Feb 1931
  7. Gussie Werts b. 10 Oct 1880, d. 8 Jan 1881
  8. O. Frank Bruce Werts b. 4 Oct 1882, d. 1 Jun 1938
  9. Mary Olive Werts b. 4 Oct 1882
  10. Fred Werts b. 22 Sep 1884, d. 30 Sep 1884

Reference 1910

Biography*   George W. Werts, blacksmith, was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, April 4, 1841, and is a son of George and Margaret (Maple) Werts. His father was a native of Loudoun county, Virginia, and his mother of Ohio. Mr. Werts was raised on a farm, and when sixteen years old learned the blacksmith's trade, so that when Sumpter's cry of distress belched from mouths of cannon and called for America's yeomanry to relieve her he was used to toil and prepared to do his country's service. He enlisted August 22, 1862, in company I, 122d Ohio Vol., under Capt. Gary. He was mustered in at Zanesville, Ohio, as a private. For two years, more or less constantly, he bugled for his company. He became surrounded by the enemy; Harper's Ferry; went into line at Williamsport, near Gettysburg, where he assisted in taking 1,500 prisoners. He was then in the effort to cut through Manassas gap to intercept Lee; was then sent to New York to aid in quelling the riot. He fought at Locust Grove, then started with Grant for Richmond. May 4, 1864, he went into the battle of the WIlderness, where his company lost heavily; took part at Spottsylvania Court-house, Cold Harbor, where his division received a complimentary order for taking the works of the enemy. He was then sent to the south side of Richmond to Butler's department, and was drawn in line to make a charge, but word came countermanding the order. He then united with the main army at Petersburg, and fought on the south side of the river. He accompanied Sheridan in the Shenandoah valley to protect Washington; went through that campaign, and was with Sheridan in his famous ride, and aided in "licking them out of their boots" at Cedar creek, where victory depended largely on the corps of which he was a member, the army having been generally routed by Early's forces when Sheridan arrived from Winchester. This corps was called by the rebels the Catholic cross corps. Mr. Werts assisted in the charge and taking of the works in Richmond; followed the enemy to Sailor's run, taking 1,100 wagons and many prisoners; then on to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court-house. Mr. Wert's army career was one of unusual activity. He was mustered out at Washington. But twelve of his company remained able for duty. In 1865 he located to Sunbeam, Mercer county, Illinois, where he has since been the "village blacksmith." He was married October 3, 1865, to Miss Mary Decker, daughter of Benjamin Decker, and a native of Mercer county. He has six children: Alpha M., Susie E., Clarence B., George W., Jr.; Alonzo E., and Everet L.2 
Birth* 4 April 1841  Muskingum Co., OH1,2 
Census* 1850  1850 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Adams Township, Series: M432, Roll 718 Page 314B, December 6
(enumerated with father, George Werts)
35, 594, 594, Werts, Peter, 2, M, , , , Ohio, , , ,3 
Census 1860  1860 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Adamsville, Series: M653, Roll: 1019, Page: 567B, July 30
(enumerated with Jacob A. Snoots, Blacksmith)
39, 1102, 1021, Werts, George P., 18, M, , Black Smith Appt., , , Ohio, , , ,4 
Marriage* 3 October 1865  Aleda, Mercer Co., IL, Principal=Mary Elizabeth Decker1,5,2 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Illinois, Mercer County, Ohio Grove Township, Series: M593, Roll: 260, Page: 304A, June 1
13, 13, Werts, George W, 29, M, W, Blacksmith, 5500, 500, Ohio, , , , , , , , , 1,
13, 13, Werts, Mary E, 29, F, W, Keeping House, , , Ill, , , , , , , , , ,
13, 13, Werts, Alpharetta, 3, F, W, , , , Ill, , , , , , , , , ,
13, 13, Werts, Susan E, 2, F, W, , , , Ill, , , , , , , , , ,
13, 13, Werts, Hunky, 3/12, M, W, , , , Ill, , , Feb, , , , , , ,6 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Illinois, Mercer County, Ohio Grove Township, ED:182, Series: T9, Roll: 236, Page: 395A, June 11
16, 76, 76, Werts, George W, M, W, 39, , , , 1, , , Blacksmith, , , , , , , , , , , O, Va, O
17, 76, 76, Werts, Mary E, F, W, 39, , Wife, , 1, , , Keeping House, , , , , , , , , , , Ill, O, O
18, 76, 76, Werts, Alfa M, F, W, 13, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , Ill, O, Ill
19, 76, 76, Werts, Susa E, F, W, 12, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , Ill, O, Ill
20, 76, 76, Werts, Clarance B, M, W, 10, , Son, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , Ill, O, Ill
21, 76, 76, Werts, George W, M, W, 8, , Son, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , Ill, O, Ill
22, 76, 76, Werts, Alonzo E, M, W, 5, , Son, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , 1, , , Ill, O, Ill
23, 76, 76, Werts, Everett L, M, W, 3, , Son, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Ill, O, Ill7 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, Illinois, Mercer County, Ohio Grove Township, ED: 77, Series: T623, Roll: 330, Page: 150B, June 15
Sheet 6B
62, 109, 113, Werts, G P, Head, W, M, April 1841, 59, M, 35, , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , , , Farmer, 0, , Yes, Yes, Yes, O, F, F, 96
63, 109, 113, Werts, Mary E, Wife, W, F, Sept 1840, 59, M, 35, 10, 8, Illinois, Ohio, Ohio, , , , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
64, 109, 113, Werts, George, Son, W, M, July 1876, 23, S, , , , Illinois, Ohio, Illinois, , , , Lawyer, , 0, Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
65, 109, 113, Werts, Lee E, Son, W, M, Sept 1877, 22, S, , , , Illinois, Ohio, Illinois, , , , At School, , 7, Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
66, 109, 113, Werts, M O, Daughter, W, M, Oct 1882, 17, S, , , , Illinois, Ohio, Illinois, , , , At School, , 8, Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
67, 109, 113, Werts, Frank B, Son, W, M, Oct 1882, 17, S, , , , Illinois, Ohio, Illinois, , , , At School, , 8, Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,8 
Death* 11 January 1919  Aledo, Mercer Co., IL9 
Death Cert 14 January 1919  Aledo, Mercer Co., IL, Werts, George Wesley
Sex: M
Color: W
Age: Unk
Cert# 0010055
Death Date: 1919-01-11
City: Aledo
County: Mercer
State: IL
Date FIled: 19-01-149 

Citations
  1. [S56] Werts - Vinsel - Slater Family History, F. C. Slater.
  2. [S288] History of Mercer and Henderson Counties, Anonymous.
  3. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census , 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S101] Church of Latter Day Saints, "LDS Ancestral File", Ancestral File, Submitter: LOUISE L THACKER
    32 TAMARADE DRIVE
    LITTLETON, CO 80127.
  6. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  7. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  8. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  9. [S336] Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950, online http://www2.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html.


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