Oscar Franklin Virts[1]

Male 1877 - 1967


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  • Born  9 Apr 1877  Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Died  3 Feb 1967  Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried  Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I1  Virts
    Last Modified  8 Aug 2015 

    Father  James Marion Virts,   b. 14 Dec 1848, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1933, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Elisabeth Leigh,   b. 1849, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1926, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Mar 1873  Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F8  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Catherine Mann,   b. 10 Mar 1877, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1942, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1899  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lillian Ruth Virts,   b. 5 Oct 1899, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1951, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Russell James Virts,   b. 20 May 1902, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1995, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Theodore Roosevelt Virts,   b. 18 Dec 1904, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1996, Leesburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Goldie Pauline Virts,   b. 20 Oct 1907, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1997, Leesburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Raymond Eugene Virts,   b. 18 Nov 1910, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1989, Martinsburg, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Jessie Alice Virts,   b. 20 Aug 1913, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 2003, Winchester, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Lester William Thomas Virts,   b. 24 Apr 1920, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1993, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

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    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann
    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann
    Oscar was born April 9, 1877 in Loudoun County Virginia to James Marion and Mary Elisabeth Leigh Virts. He died February 3, 1967 in Lovettsville, Virginia and is buried in the cemetery at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church in Lovettsville. Mary Catherine Mann was born March 10, 1877 in Loudoun County Virginia to Joseph H. and Rebecca V. Lynn Mann. She died March 10, 1942 in Lovettsville, Virginia. She is buried in the cemetery at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church in Lovettsville.

    Photo Courtesy of Raymond E. Virts Family
    Mary Catherine Mann, Lester William Thomas Virts and Oscar Franklin Virts
    Mary Catherine Mann, Lester William Thomas Virts and Oscar Franklin Virts
    Home of Oscar Franklin Virts (1877-1967) and Mary Catherine Mann (1877-1942, Long Lane, Lovettsville, Virginia
    Home of Oscar Franklin Virts (1877-1967) and Mary Catherine Mann (1877-1942, Long Lane, Lovettsville, Virginia
    Oscars father and mother, James Marion Virts and Mary Elisabeth Leigh Virts lived here in there later years in this house until their deaths.

    This was also the home of Oscar Franklin Virts son, Raymond Eugene Virts (1910-1989) and his wife Mary Marie Hackley, and Raymond brother Theodore Roosevelt Virts (1904-1996). Raymonds wife Mary was the last to live here and left the home in December 2000.

    Photo courtesy of Gary Virts

    Headstones
    Oscar Franklin Virts (1877-1967) and Mary Catherine Mann (1877-1942) Headstone
    Oscar Franklin Virts (1877-1967) and Mary Catherine Mann (1877-1942) Headstone

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    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann
    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann (17)

  • Notes 
    • Birth date confirmed from Oscar Franklin Virts family bible.

      Son of James Marion Virts. Oscar was raised by his grandparents Eliza Virts Long and William Long along with his siblings Amelia, Charles, Rose, and Della. His father, James Marion Virts had left his mother for sometime for another woman. Mary felt she was not capable to raise all the children alone, so she had some of them stay with their grandparents. James and Mary reconciled around 1887 and had additional children starting in 1888. The Longs lived on the Nearsville side of the Short Hill mountain. Oscar commented when he was young that all the children had to be in the house before dark because the bears would come down out of the mountain and look for food.

      Share cropper most of his life on the farm of Charles Stevens, Long Lane, Lovettsville, Virginia.
      The farm on which Oscar share cropped contained the barn in which John Moberly was assassinated during the Civil War.. The house was struck by lightening and burned down in the 1950's. Following is a story from the book History of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers by Briscoe Goodhart detailing the death of John Moberly:

      "Monday, April 3 Gen. Stephenson ordered the commander of the Rangers to send to his headquarters a squad of three men. The men selected were Sergt. Charles B. Stewart, Company B, Joseph Waters and M. H. Best, Company A, and they with three citizens proceeded to Virginia on foot.

      The general informed Sergt. Stewart that he was to proceed, with a guide to the mountains, where Moberly would probably be found, and capture, or kill him, and bring him to the Ferry. Stewart proceeded to the Short Hill, where he learned from reliable citizens that Moberly would be at a certain rendezvous some time the next day. Stewart's party rested for the night in a barn, and the next day proceeded to the appointed place, concealed themselves in a hay loft, and waited. In the afternoon on April 5, Moberly rode into the barnyard, and under a shed, Stewart's men now revealed themselves, with drawn revolvers, when Moberly was heard to proclaim, "Oh Lord, I am gone." All fired, and Moberly fell from his horse, dead, thus ending his career.'

      Oscar also worked on a sawmill for Charlie Painter. He was bitten by a copper snake one morning while gathering kindling for the steam engine of the sawmill. After he retired from share cropping he settled on his land at the end of the Long Lane, Lovettsville, Virginia were he lived until his death with his sons Raymond Eugene and Theodore Roosevelt Virts. Oscar was also a Virginia State Forest Warden during the late 1940's and early 50's (badge no. 3410).

      Like most folks of that time he raised hogs and butchered each fall (this is still a tradition carried on to this day), raised chickens for their eggs to sell and cattle for their milk (cream) to make butter. They sold their eggs on the other side of the Short Hill, carrying them by hand across the mountain on the Egg Path. Their butter was sold to the Market Man. He supplemented his income by trapping for furs and hunting ginseng.

      Oscar was about 5'10" tall and weighed about 170 lbs. in his prime. He originally had black hair but by his early 40's it was snow white. At the time of his death he still had a full set of snow white hair. He was a constant user of Rose Bud snuff. He would always use his pocket knife to dip it.
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      Loudoun Times Mirror, February 9, 1967

      Oscar Franklin Virts, 89, retired farmer, died in his home near Lovettsville, Feb. 3. He was the son of the late James Marion and Mary Leigh Virts. His wife, deceased, was Mary Catherine Mann Virts. Surviving are four sons, Lester Virts, Purcellville, and Russell, Raymond and Theodore Virts, Lovettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Frye, Lovettsville and Mrs. Goldie Stone of Waterford, and one brother Elbert Virts, Lovettsville. Interment was in the Mt. Olivet Methodist Cemetery, Lovettsville.

  • Sources 
    1. [S714] Loudoun County Virginia Birth Register 1853-1879.

    2. [S690] James Marion Virts' Family Bible.

    3. [S1837] Virginia Death Certificate No. 1967005307.