OK! The PENCE/WERTS connection that I've come across was in a bio in the "History of Champaign Co". George W. WERT was b. c 1835-40 Hunterdon Co., NJ; md. Mary LOOKER 1857. Two of their children married PENCE's--Seralda md. John PENCE and Pheana md. Fernando PENCE--no children for each of these. In the 1870 census of Champaign Co, I find my g-grandmother's brother, Harvey WERTS residing with a Jacob PENCE, 57, b. OH. When I found Jacob's father in an earlier census, found he was from VA(think his name was Joseph). There were also some PENCE/Hartpence families from Hunterdon Co. that married WERTS and went to Darke Co., OH about 1838. Also believe there was a WERTZ(George) that went to Loudon Co., VA by way of Frederick Co., MD (they were originally in PA) that married a BENTZ, which I believe is a variation of PENCE. Can you tell me anything more about the background of the WV WIRTZ families--like what counties, or where they might have come from? My theory is that they all immigrated originally to PA, then some went to VA and some to NJ; although some may have come through NY because there were WERTS'in Fulton and Montgomery Co's NY that may be connected to the NJ WERTS'. What are your thoughts?