Can anyone connect to this Peter Wert b. 05Feb1815 in Cumberland Co., PA; resided most of his life in Crawford Co., OH; d. 03Apr1885 in MO...buried in Grant Cemetery, Creighton, MO. Who worked with him in operating the Underground Railroad in Crawford Co., OH beside his brother John Wert?Why did he move to Creighton, MO??
Peter Wert (b. 1815), son of Joseph (1775-1855) and Barbara Kitch Wert (1778-1855), moved from Cumberland County, PA. to Crawford County, OH.with his parents in 1826 when he was eleven years old.He became the most prominent man in Crawford County in later years by providing assistance to escaping slaves seeking refuge in Canada.His brother Captain John Wert assisted him, he also being a strong abolitionist.
The History of Crawford County and Representative Citizens, gives the following information about Peter Wert:
P. 269, "Jefferson Township had a station on the Underground Railway,which was kept by a man named Peter Wert, a wagon maker of Leesville,who was commonly known as "Black Pete."He aided many runaway slaves
on their way to Canada and freedom."
P. 351, "And men of the type of the Odells and Peter Wert, who conscien-tiously believed that the institution of slavery was a violation of the law of God, and no human law protecting it should be obeyed, and became important cogs in the "underground road through which many a slave found
freedom only when he reached the protecting folds of the British Flag."
P. 356, "In the early days Peter Wert had charge of a mill, and it was a station on the Underground Railroad being the first point north of the Iberia Station."
P. 457, refers to an advertisement about Peter Wert that was published in the Bucyrus Journal, February 1, 1833.It states: "SIX CENTS REWARD - ran away from the subscriber living in Bucyrus, on the 20th inst., a boy named Peter Werth, an indentured apprentice in the wagon and plough-making business.All persons are hereby cautioned against harboring or trusting him on my account, as I will prosecute all who do so.Said boy is about 18 years old, dark complected, is fond of talking with his
superiors, and occasionally tries to play the fiddle; had on when he went away a dark satinet coatee, white hat, and striped satined pantaloons of a snuff color.The above reward of a bundle of shavings will be given to any
person returning said boy to the subscriber.
Bucyrus, December 20, 1833-W3"
In response to this advertisement, there was a letter forwarded to theEditor which said:"TO THE PUBLIC - Sir:In your paper of the 21st inst. I perceive an advertisement concerning my son, Peter Werth.Now
I wish to correct an error in said advertisement.My son did not run away as Mr. Myers states; he came home on account of some ill treatmenton Saturday last.I as his rightful guardian, commenced a suit against Mr. Myers on Monday last (for non-performance of the indenture) the
result of which has been a verdict in my favor of thirty dollars.
PS - Mr. Myers had better keep his shavings for the purpose of lighting candles to play cards, dice, and roulette by, and save his money also.
* Joseph Werth, Sr. Bucyrus, December 24, 1833, W4"
* At the March term of court in 1834, the following indictment found.
"George Myers, for suffering gaming in his outhouse."
P. 542, "The most prominent man in this county connected with the Underground Road was perhaps Peter Wert, first of Leesville, and later of New Winchester.He was known as "Black Pete", not on account of his friendship for the slaves, but on account of his complexion, as he was
very dark. He was a man of strong determination.He had a wheel shop at Leesville and here the slaves came to him after night.They generally arrived just before daylight, a signal was given by them which was recognized by him and they were given food and a place of shelter during the
next day and when night came they were given explicit directions to their next stopping place which was probably the Robinson Mill on the Sandusky River, near the old Luke Tavern."
P. 544, has information concerning a slave station operated by Eli Odell. It states:"Slaves were brought to him by Peter Wert and from his place they were either piloted across to Kaler or McIntyre in Sandusky Township, or
moved directly north, for there must have been some station at or around Sulphur Springs, although not trace can be found of one there."
"No record can be found of those in Bucyrus who kept stations on the Under-ground Road with the exception of Captain John Wert."
P. 545, "About the same time Captain John Wert lived near the southeast corner of Mansfield and Spring Streets.He had a wheel-wright shop on the same lot and did work at this and carpentering.He had several sons and
all were strong abolitionists. One night a slave owner came to
Bucyrus with two of his followers, having been given private information that his slave would be found secreted at the home of Captain Wert and demanded the slave.Being refused he threatened to enter the place by force and make a search.Mr. Wert seized a gun and stated that his house could not be searched without the proper papers, issued by the proper authorities in Bucyrus.
Jonathan M. Wert, Jr.,
WERT FAMILY HISTORY ASSOCIATION,
P.O. Box 194, Port Royal, PA. 17082-0194.