George Peter Werts, Jr.

Male 1801 - 1866


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  • Suffix  Jr. 
    Born  10 Oct 1801  Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened  18 Oct 1801  Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  29 Jul 1866  Adamsville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  New Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Adamsville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I407  Virts
    Last Modified  12 Apr 2014 

    Father  George Peter Wurtz, Sr.,   b. 27 Jul 1773, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1855, Adamsville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Susannah Huff,   b. 24 Mar 1775, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1853, Adamsville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Jan 1797  Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F384  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Margaret Maple,   b. 22 Dec 1808, Coshocton County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1851, Adamsville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Sep 1827  Adamsville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Julia Ann Werts,   b. 25 Jun 1828, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1854, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Washington Werts,   b. 25 Dec 1829, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1857, Coshocton, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Jackson Werts,   b. 6 Feb 1831, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1901, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Susannah Werts,   b. 9 Oct 1832, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1910, Lucas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Mary Jane Werts,   b. 14 Mar 1834, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1917, Lucas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Jacob Henry Werts,   b. 11 Nov 1835, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1919, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Catherine Shroyer Werts,   b. 30 Apr 1838, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1839, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. George Peter Wesley Werts,   b. 4 Apr 1841, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1919, Aledo, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F241  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Willimina Swank,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  16 Sep 1852  Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F242  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Mary E. Shrigley,   b. 26 Mar 1821,   d. 8 Dec 1892 
    Married  11 Sep 1860  Coshocton County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F243  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    George Peter Werts,Jr. and Margaret Maple
    George Peter Werts,Jr. and Margaret Maple
    Photo courtesy of Mary Elizabeth Noonan

  • Notes 
    • Birth information source: St. James United Church of Christ Church Register,
      Sept. 17, 1789-August 23, 1823.

      He spent his youth in attendance on the common schools of the neighborhood and in work on the old home farm, being inured to the ardous labor of farming on the frontier. He was of a studious nature and spent much time in the study of such books as he could secure in his frontier home. When he was 18 years of age he lost his left hand by the bursting of a gun while at target practice among his comrades. Shortly afterward he entered the school room as a teacher and for 21 years was employed in the same district. He served in Adams Township as Justice of the Peace from 1847 to 1850. He witnessed the Leonid meteor shower on November 13, 1833 and wrote a 13-verse poem, "Star Falling".

      Stars Falling

      by

      George Peter Werts, Jr.

      Come my dear friends and neighbors all,
      And when I view the sight so strange,
      And listen to the solemn call,
      O'er the creation thoughts I'd range,
      Which from the Lord so lately came,
      And to my mind came the great day,
      To teach the wonders of his name.
      When God, His glory will display.

      In Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Three,
      When down from glory, He'll appear,
      The sight so strange appeared to be,
      Ten Thousand angels in His rear,
      That to describe it plain and clear,
      And Michael's trump with awful sound

      Would take an abler pen than's here.
      Awake the nations under ground.

      On Wednesday morning bright and clear,
      And the whole earth to atoms fall,
      'Twas clearly seen what I declare,
      The heavens roll like a parchment scroll
      'Twas on the month, the thirteenth day,
      The saints on angels wings arise
      The month, the eleventh I shay say.
      To praise their Jesus in the skies.

      But I will strive to reach the case,
      But should we still neglect the call,
      And tell how strange the thing took place,
      Until the stars indeed do fall,
      'Twas in the morning about three,
      And Gabriel swears time is no more,
      When men from worldly cares are free.
      Then our sad doom we'll vain deplore.

      All of sudden, strange surprise,
      May God assist us to be wise,
      The meteors blazed along the skies,
      Before we see the flaming skies,
      In quick succession as the flow,
      May we with rapture hail that day,
      With Thousands round you at one view.
      And swift and joyful scar away.

      As though the stars distracted grew
      Up to the courts where angels sing,
      And from their orbits quickly, flew,
      And join to praise the eternity rolls round,
      And from the zenith every way,
      May we in Jesus love be found.
      In wild disorder seemed to stray.

      The atmosphere was clear and bright,
      As the Lord ordained the sight,
      And scare a leaf was seen to nod,
      The air was calm before its god.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1045] Saint James United Church of Christ Records by Jerry & Tedi Jeen Mower.