Theodore Roosevelt Virts

Male 1904 - 1996


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  • Born  18 Dec 1904  Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  8 Mar 1996  Leesburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I5  Virts
    Last Modified  8 Aug 2015 

    Father  Oscar Franklin Virts,   b. 9 Apr 1877, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1967, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  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 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

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    Theodore Roosevelt Virts
    Theodore Roosevelt Virts
    Theodore Roosevelt Virts, born December 18, 1904 in Lovettsville, Virginia to Oscar Franklin and Mary Catherine Mann Virts. Died March 8, 1996 in Leesburg, Virginia. He is buried in the cemetery at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church in Lovettsville.

    Photo courtesy of Raymond E. Virts Family
    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    Th hog has been scrapped clean and shaved down with a knife and ready to be hung on the gallous pole. In the foreground are Benton Stone and Theodore Roosevelt Virts, with Russell James Virts working on the hog. Behind Russell is Elmer Swartz.
    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    Elmer Swartz, Theodore Roosevelt Virts (orange hat), Benton Stone and James Green prepare to begin cutting up the hog.

    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    Theodore Roosevelt Virts dipping Ponhaus (scrapple) from the kettle into a pan that Daniel Fleming is holding.
    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
    James Marion Virts (1848-1933) Group Photo
    James Marion Virts (1848-1933) Group Photo
    left to right:

    Russell James Virts, William Michael Everhart, Sr., Harrison Riley, Theodore Roosevelt Virts, Milford Leonard Everhart, Leon Conner, James Marion Virts, Lester William Thomas Virts (little boy)

    Photo courtesy of Raymond E. Virts Family

    Headstones
    Theodore Roosevelt Virts (1904-1996) Headstone
    Theodore Roosevelt Virts (1904-1996) Headstone

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    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering (14)
    November was the time for butchering hogs. It has been a fall tradition in the Virts family for well over 100 years. The Raymond E. Virts family on the Long Lane in Lovettsville, Virginia always butchered on Thanksgiving day. You might consider the butchering day as a family reunion held several times each November as this even would bring together siblings, cousins and friends. There was always a friendly competition amongst Raymond's brothers to see who had the largest hog. It was not uncommon to have a hog have a dressed weight of over 400 pounds. Such a hog would produce over 40 pound hams that would be sugar cured. Most local families had a butchering and would usually slaughter form 2 - 14 hogs, depending on the size of the family. Butchering is nearly extinct today. You will only find a hand full of families that still carry on the tradition. Hardly anyone even knows how to do it anymore. I would have to say it is a dying art. Just click on the picture to see it enlarged and to get a description.
    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann
    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann (17)

  • Notes 
    • Named for president Theodore Roosevelt he lived most of his life on the Long Lane, Lovettsville, Virginia with his father Oscar Franklin Virts and brother Raymond Eugene Virts. He farmed or worked on farms most of his life. He also trapped game for their furs in the winter as well as collected Ginseng during the summer and fall months. He also dug graves and helped his brother Russell take care of the Mt. Olivet Methodist Cemetery in Lovettsville, Virginia for many years. Theodore never married. He loved baseball and even saw the great Walter Johnson pitch for the Senators back in the 1920's.

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      Frederick Post, March 9, 1996

      Mr. Theodore R. Virts, 91, of Lovettsville, Va., died Friday, March 8, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Leesburg, Va. Born Dec. 18, 1904, in Lovettsville, he was a son of the late Oscar Franklin and Mary Catherine Mann Virts. Surviving are two sisters, Jessie Frye of Lovettsville and Goldie Stone of Leesburg; two nephews, Gary E. Virts of Purcellville, Va., and Howard Gosnell of Lovettsville; three nieces, Evelyn Ambrose of Brunswick, Renee Laing of Delaware and Althea Swartz of Lovettsville; and many great-nieces and nephews. Mr. Virts was preceded by a sister, Lillie Gosnell; and four brothers, Lester Mann, and Raymond, Lester and Russell Virts. Interment was in the Mt. Olivet Methodist Cemetery, Lovettsville.