Cornelius William Virts, Sr.

Male 1825 - 1906


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  • Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  22 Aug 1825  Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  21 Apr 1906  Sandy Hook, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Knoxville Reformed Cemetery, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I342  Virts
    Last Modified  16 Sep 2016 

    Father  Conrad Virts,   b. 6 Jun 1791, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1881, Neersville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elisabeth Derry,   b. 22 Feb 1802, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1886, Neersville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Mar 1819  Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F31  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Catherine Ellen Enniss,   b. 22 Jan 1834, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1892, Sandy Hook, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Dec 1850  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Lawrence T. W. Virts,   b. 16 May 1853, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1854, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John T. Virts,   b. 1 May 1857, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1860, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary E. "Mollie" Virts,   b. 10 Sep 1859, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1951, Hagerstown, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Emma McClellan Virts,   b. 10 Nov 1860, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1938, Gaithersburg, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Sarah Lillian Virts,   b. 15 Dec 1863, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1901, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Cornelius William Virts,   b. 31 May 1865, Weaverton, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1941, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Pearl Estell May Virts,   b. 5 Nov 1870, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1959, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Charles Edgar Virts,   b. 31 Dec 1873, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1955, Sandy Hook, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Ella Gertrude Virts,   b. 6 Jul 1874, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1945, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Dr. Grace Gue Virts,   b. 26 Jan 1878, Knoxville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1955, Hagerstown, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  16 Sep 2016 
    Family ID  F201  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Elizabeth Brown,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  27 Feb 1894  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Leroy Henson Virts,   b. 4 Jul 1897, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1898, Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F202  Group Sheet

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    Cornelius William Virts, Sr. and Catherine Ellen Enniss
    Cornelius William Virts, Sr. and Catherine Ellen Enniss
    Cornelius was born August 22, 1825 in Loudoun County, Virginia to Conrad and Elizabeth Derry Virts. He died April 24, 1906 in Sandy Hook, Maryland. He married Catherine Ellen Enniss on December 2, 1850. She was born January 22, 1834 in Maryland and died October 31, 1892 in Sandy Hook. Both are buried in the Reformed Cemetery in Knoxville, Maryland.
    Cornelius William Virts Family Group Photo at his home Prospect Hill Farm, Washington County Maryland, circa 1897
    Cornelius William Virts Family Group Photo at his home Prospect Hill Farm, Washington County Maryland, circa 1897
    Cornelius was born August 22, 1825 in Loudoun County, Virginia to Conrad and Elizabeth Derry Virts. He died April 24, 1906 in Sandy Hook, Maryland. He married Catherine Ellen Enniss on December 2, 1850. She was born January 22, 1834 in Maryland and died October 31, 1892 in Sandy Hook. Both are buried in the Reformed Cemetery in Knoxville, Maryland.

    Headstones
    Cornelius William Virts (1825-1906) and Catherine Ellen Enniss Virts(1834-1892) Headstone
    Cornelius William Virts (1825-1906) and Catherine Ellen Enniss Virts(1834-1892) Headstone

  • Notes 
    • Washington Post, April 25, 1906

      Hagerstown, April 24. Cornelius Virts a wealthy farmer, died suddenly today of acute indigestion near Sandy Hook, aged eighty-four years. He owned several fine farms in Washington County, valuable property in Brunswick, and was the largest stockholder in the Harpers Ferry Bridge Company. Mrs. Grace Nash of Washington, is a surviving daughter.
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      Frederick News, April 25, 1906

      Cornelius Virts died at 6:15 o'clock yesterday morning at his home, near sandy Hook, Washington county, from acute indigestion, aged 81 years. He was a native of Washington county and was a well-know and highly respected citizen. He was a member of the M. E. church and a devout Christian. In addition to owning several fine farms, he possessed a half dozen of the finest dwellings in Brunswick. He was also a heavy stockholder in the Harpers Ferry Bridge Company. He made several distributions of his property among his children. He was a man of wonderful vitality and last year cut all the day that was made on his farm. Surviving are his wife; sons, William, Frederick county; Charles, at home; daughters Mrs. Joseph Johnson, sandy Hook; Mrs. Pearl; Henck, Sandy Hook, Mrs. Gertie Nash, Washington. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon, leaving the house at 2 o'clock. Services will be held about 2:30 o'clock in the Methodist Episcopal church at Knoxville, and interment will be made in the cemetery at that place.
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      The following was provided by V.B.Virts:

      Cornelius went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as a youth and learned plastering for a salary of $75 per year. He worked at his traded for two years, 1848 -1850, prior to his marriage. After his marriage he settled in Knoxville, Maryland, where he continued his trade for six years. In 1856, he owned two houses and bought the farm that was passed down through my family's generations for $4,777, paying $1500 cash. During the Civil War he cleared himself of debt by boarding officers and leasing his barn to the commissary department. His original farm contained 96 acres and during the war he added 24 acres to it. To the best of my knowledge, Cornelius built the three story 15 room brick farmhouse on this property I 1870 at a cost of $4000. I remember my mother removing wallpaper in what we called a parlor room one time when I was younger, where we discovered writing on the plaster that gave the name of the person that did the wallpapering and a date of 1877 as when the wallpapering was done. The house is in excellent shape and the family that now lives there has painted the outside of the brick house a cream color and trimmed it in green. Traveling on old route 340 toward Knoxville, Maryland from the Cindy Dee Restaurant, it is on the left about two tenths of a mile from the Cindy Dee. My grandfather told me the brick for the house was fired on the site and that they used horsehair to hold the brick clay together for firing. Interior walls of the house are made of brick 18 inches thick.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1141] The Frederick News, April 25, 1906, obituary.

    2. [S1563] Maryland Marriages 1666-1970.

    3. [S269] Frederick County Maryland Marriage Records.