Our search has stopped with my great grandfather, Adam Wirtz. We believe it was spelled Werts, or Wertz originally. Believe his parents came to PA, Lancaster Co., from Philadelphia, after boarding a ship from Rotterdam, as a lot of Germans did.
Adam Wirtz came to Mongtomery Co., Ohio, where he married Sarah Strouse in
1842. She died after giving birth to 5 boys. They were born about two years apart.
The youngest Benjamin H. Wertz was born in 1852. In 1854 she died and is buried in an old German Baptist Cemetery, that is overgrown in Preble Co., Ohio.
Adam evidently sent his boys to live with others in the area. We found William,
Benjamin H., Aaron, but Henry we aren't sure of nor are we sure of the other one.
Adam went into the Civil War, at age about 42. After the war, he remarried to
Sarah Snodgrass, an orphan raised by the Snodgrass family....we are stumped here.
They had two children: a baby girl born in 1869, who died the same day.
A boy, Jacob Charles born in January 1871 who was my grandfather. He married
Cora Rachel Armitta Bennett in 1893 and they had 9 or 11 children. The first
boy was Corwin who died shortly after birth, a daughter, May, and then Charles Jacob the first boy who lived. This was my father born 1896/1950. He married
my mother, Edith F. Young, listed below.
The search has stopped with my 4th great grandfather, Michael Young. We believe Margaret Aldridge, d/o Francis Aldridge. We believe Aldridge and the Youngs
origins were English. A family of Youngs lived in Washington Co. Va. We are not
of the line who are related to President Truman. His Michael Young was German.
Our lineage here is:
Michael Young b. 1760 in VA. died 1833, in Pulaski Co., Ky.
Son Solomon was born 20 Feb. 1799 in Ky, and died before 1850. He married
Margaret Baugh d/o Henry & Margaretta Phillippi Baugh.
Their son: John Young b. 15 Jan 1818 KY, d. 11 Augsg 1864, Pulaski Co.,ky
John' s son: Nelson Green b. 12 July 1838 in Ky, d.16 July 1911
Nelson's son: General Grant b. 19 March 1867 in Ky, d. 4 March 1952 in Ky,
and he and his first wife were buried in Mound Hill, Eaton, Preble, Ohio
Grant and his first wife, Myra Ellen Bryant Young moved to Preble Co. Ohio in about
1930. By this time all of his children had moved into either western Preble Co Ohio
or eastern Wayne Co., indiana...the two counties are joined at the state line.
Grant and Myra Ellen had 9 children: the youngest girl, Edith was my mother.