Roland Claude Duvall Virts

Male 1856 - 1878


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  • Born  May 1856  Point of Rocks, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  7 Jan 1878  Point of Rocks, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery, Point of Rocks, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1716  Virts
    Last Modified  7 Sep 2014 

    Father  Jacob Joseph Wirts, Jr.,   b. 1 Jan 1810, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1882, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Ann Rebecca Mossburg,   b. 21 Feb 1828, Buckeystown, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1901, Point of Rocks, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Feb 1855  Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F320  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • R. Claude Virts

      Source: Gettysburg Compiler
      Date: January 11, 1878

      Last night, R. Claude Virts, 19 years old was instantly killed near Adamstown Station, Baltimore and Ohio railroad, in Frederick County. He was in a sleigh and attempted to cross the track, but his horse stopped and was struck by a passing train. Virts's body was thrown about sixty feet, his left leg broken in several places, and his head badly crushed. The sleigh was broken up, but the horse was unhurt. The deceased lived near Point of Rocks, Md.
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      Source: Unknown, however believe this is from the Frederick News
      Note: News article shows his first name as Oland, however all other sources show Roland, and his tombstone shows his first name beginning with R.

      Fearful Accident - We regret to announce the sudden and terrible death of Mr. Oland Wirts, a young man about 20 years of age, son of Jacob Wirts, who resides near the Point of Rocks. Young Wirts left his home late on Monday afternoon for the purpose of attending a dance in Adamstown. He drove to Adamstown in a sleigh, and hitched his horse to the fence on the West side of the track. About 11 o'clock at night some one noticed that his horse was becoming very restless, and went to the house where the dance was being held and informed him of the fact. The unfortunate young man left the dance, unhitched his horse, and started for the East side of the track in order to hitch him behind a warehouse out of sight of the passing trains. In crossing the track the horse stopped, leaving the sleigh on the West track. An oyster train, running a the rate of 40 miles per hour, was so close at hand that you Wirts could not escape from the sleigh before it was struck by the engine, and was thrown a distance of about fifty feet. When found a few moments after, life was extinct. Upon examination, it was ascertained his neck was broken; his head burst open in a shocking manner, and one of his legs broken in two places. It is stated that his brains were found upon the track the next morning. The sleigh was broken to atoms, but the horse was not hurt in the least. Young Wirts is spoken of as very fine young man, and was much thought of by a large circle of friends. His funeral took place on Wednesday last a 1 o'clock, and was largely attended by those who were desirous of paying the last, sad respect to his memory.