Anyone know the ancestors and descendants of this George F. Wertz???
GEORGE F. WERTZ, of Cumberland Valley township, Pa., a veteran of the Civil War, was born April 6, 1829, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, a son of Henry and Sarah M. (Abraham) Wertz.His paternal grandfather, Paul Wertz, was born in Germany.He emigrated to this country when young, and became a pioneer settler of Bedford County.The
family to which he belonged were active in public affairs; and his nephew, Henry Wertz, Jr., a son of Henry Wertz, Sr., was a Representative to the State legislature.Henry Wertz, the father of George F., was born and brought up in Cumberland Valley township, and here spent his mature life, dying on his homestead, May 26, 1872, at an advanced age.He was well known throughout the county, having been actively identified with the Democratic party as one of its most efficient supporters.He served a number of years as Road Supervisor and for several terms as Township collector.His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah M. Abraham, was born in England, but lived in Bedford County from the age of ten years until her death, having come to America with her parents when a girl.Of her children the following survive: John, a resident of Bedford, Pa.; George F., the subject of this brief sketch; Tolliver, a physician in Evansville, Ind.; and Paul, who resides in Richmond, Mo.George F. Wertz began to make himself useful on the parental farm while yet a boy, helping in the lighter kinds of labor required in its management.Before he was old enough to do much hard work he attended the district schools regularly, and for some time afterward he went whenever he could be spared from the fields.Continuing to follow the occupation to which he was bred, he has spent his time and energies to good purpose, his farm being finely kept and well-improved in every respect.In 1864, Mr. Wertz responded to his country's call for troops by enlisting in Company F, Fifty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Fifth Corps of the Army of the Potomac.He participated in the siege of etersburg,
and was at Appomattox Court House on the memorable 9th of April, 1865, which witnessed the surrender of General Lee.Discharged from the service soon after the close of the war, he immediately returned home, arriving here July 9, 1865.On June 2, 1863, Mr. Wertz married Hannah Smith, who was born in Cumberland Valley township, a daughter of the late William Smith.Their only child is a daughter, Frances V. Wertz.Mr. Wertz is a Democrat in politics.He has never been an aspirant for official honors, although he rendered acceptable service for three years as School Director of the township.