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1853 Map of Loudoun County Virginia showing Peter Wirtz property location.
1853 Map of Loudoun County Virginia showing Peter Wirtz property location.
In this 1853 map of Loudoun County Virginia you can see the location of Peter Wirtz (1766-1852), son of Conrad and Maria Barbara Bentz Wirtz, property location, as marked by the red arrows. It is noted as P. Verts and P. Verts heirs. It appears to be about 1 to 1 1/2 miles south of Lovettsville, Virginia (marked by the green arrow) along what is today Route 287, Berlin Turnpike. 
 
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A Letter Home - 1838
A Letter Home - 1838
 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Iron kettles that will be used to cook the lard, ponhaus and puddin. 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Scalding trough that will be used to scald the hog to so the hair can be removed. 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Fire under the scalding trough. Usually started at around 4:30 a.m. so the water would be hot enough to began at daylight.
 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
The hog has been scaled in the trough and here (left to right foreground) Russell James Virts, James Green and Lester William Thomas Virts are scrapping off the hair with hog scrappers. 
 
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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. 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Raymond Eugene Virts, left, and Benton Stone de-bone and cut up the heads. This meat will be cooked in the kettles and later ground up and will be put in the ponhaus (scrapple) and poudin. 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
James Green is gutting the hog as his grandson, Dexter watches.
 
 
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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.

 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
The hog has been cut up, with an untrimmed ham (foreground right). The ham, some weighing as much as 40 pounds, will eventually be sugar cured along with the sides (bacon) and shoulders. The backbone and ribs will be put into a salt-water brine in large 10-20 gallon crocks. Pork chops were not part cut from the hog, since the whole tenderloin was kept, sliced and frozen. Scrap pieces will be put into the sausage. In this picture are (left, front to back), Benton Stone, James Speaks and Clarence Lanham. On the right are James Green and Elmer Swartz.
 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Daniel Fleming is dipping the cook lard from the kettle in to the press. The cut lard (cracklings) will be pressed to render all the lard from the meat. The lard will be stored in lard cans and the cracklings will either be eaten or feed to the chickens. On top of the lard can is a colander covered with cheesecloth. The lard is strained through this to get all the meat out to prevent spoilage.
 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Sausage grinder. It is also used to grind up the cook meat from the heads and some skins that will go into the ponhaus (scrapple) and puddin’.
 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Elmer Swartz stirring the Poudin, Raymond Eugene Virts, Lester William Thomas Virts, Clarence Lanham, Benton Stone stirring Ponhaus (scrapple) and Daniel Fleming.


 
 
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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.
 
 
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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
Joe Jenkins turning the press, which contains sausage that is pressed in to the casings that Goldie (Virts) Stone is attending to. The stuffed sausage will be hung in the meat house for at least 24-48 hours before some of it will be froze and the remainder will be left. The sausage will keep for 2-3 months just hanging on the poles in the meat house.
 
 
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Aaron Cooper (1817-1878) Headstone
Aaron Cooper (1817-1878) Headstone
 
 
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Abraham A. Virts (1836-1914) and Florida Jennings Minor Virts (1840-1915)Headstone
Abraham A. Virts (1836-1914) and Florida Jennings Minor Virts (1840-1915)Headstone
 
 
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Ada Mabel May Robb
Ada Mabel May Robb
Ada Mabel May was born on March 4, 1881 in Russell, Iowa to James Madison and Mary Eveline Werts May. She died March 16, 1965 in Russell, Iowa. She married Quincy Spence Robb on December 24, 1902 in Russell, Iowa. He was born March 4, 1878 in Murcock, Ohio and died October 26, 1927 in Russell. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa

Photo courtesy of Mary Beth Noonan
 
 
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Aged Mothers, Sisters, Gave Sons to Opposite Causes in the Civil War
Aged Mothers, Sisters, Gave Sons to Opposite Causes in the Civil War
 
 
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Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts
Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts
left to right: Alfred Riley Werts, Oliver Osmond Werts, Charles Martel Werts, Clifton Elmer Werts, Jacob Leonard Werts and John Quincy Werts

Sons of John Jackson Werts and Esther Ann Wymer

John Quincy was born June 25, 1855 in Zanesville, Ohio and died April 1, 1953 in Canton, Wisconsin. He married Melviana Davies April 2, 1879. She was born November 15, 1855 in Russell, Iowa and died April 9, 1906 in Russell, Iowa. He then married Mary McClellan on July 4, 1907. She was born November 15, 1857 in Edinburg, Virginia and died January 20, 1936 in Canton, Wisconsin. All three are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

Alfred Riley was born August 17, 1860 in Muskingum County Ohio and died July 30, 1935 in Russell, Iowa. He married Ida Goble on June 17, 1885. She was born December 19, 1867 and died August 15, 1942 in Russell. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

Jacob Leonard was born March 3, 1862 in Muskingum County, Ohio and died March 16, 1944 in Garland, Wyoming. He married Margaret Jane Robinson on March 26, 1884. She was born September 21, 1862 in St. Charles, Iowa and died November 21, 1943 in Garland, Wyoming.

Clifton Elmer was born October 12, 1868 in Russell, Iowa and died December 11, 1943 in Bartow, Florida. He married Clara Mae McCoy on March 14, 1889. She was born November 17, 1869 in Lagrange, Iowa and died March 26, 1950 in Chariton, Iowa. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

Charles Martel was born October 18, 1876 in Russell, Iowa and died January 4, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa. He married Mary Grace Clark on June 21, 1902. He then married Helen Lee Garner. She was born September 2, 1888 in Ashland, Illinois and died November 5, 1973 in Coos Bay, Oregon. Charles is buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.
Oliver Osmond was born November 17, 1878 in Russell, Iowa and died December 20, 1956 in Russell, Iowa. He married Grace Imogene Prather on January 8, 1902. She was died on July 20, 1957 in Russell, Iowa. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

Photo courtesy of Sharon Lyn Amore

 
 
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Alice A. Virts Hartman
Alice A. Virts Hartman
Alice A. Virts was born January 15, 1848 to Jacob Joseph and Ann Rebecca Mossburg Wirts, Jr. She died on December 1, 1911 in Thurston, Maryland. She married Jacob C. Hartman on March 7, 1865. Alice and her husband are buried in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Point of Rocks, Maryland. 
 
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Alice Julia Speaks
Alice Julia Speaks
Alice Julia Speaks was born 1870 in Loudoun County Virginia to Thomas J. Speaks and Rachel Ann Davis. She died July 29, 1948 in Loudoun County Virginia. 
 
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Alice Mae Dixon
Alice Mae Dixon
Alice Mae Dixon was born January 24, 1935 in Lovettsville, Virginia to Susan Viola Speaks and Harry Lee Dixon. She died May 1, 1994 in Baltimore, Maryland. 
 
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Alivie William Wertz, Sr. and Adolphinia Myrtle McBrayer
Alivie William Wertz, Sr. and Adolphinia Myrtle McBrayer
Alivie William Wertz, Sr. and his wife Adolphinia Myrtle McBrayer


Picture courtesy of Timothy Wertz
 
 
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Alpheus Jackson Hackley
Alpheus Jackson Hackley
Alpheus Jackson Hackley was born March 22, 1849 in Fauquier County Virginia to William Samuel Hackley and Martha Ellin Harrell. He married Elizabeth Russell on January 18, 1869 in Loudoun County Virginia. He died April 1926 in Loudoun County Virginia. 
 
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Amanda Catherina Virts Hunter (1827-1895) Headstone
Amanda Catherina Virts Hunter (1827-1895) Headstone
 
 
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Amelia Ellen Virts (1874-1921) and George Lewis Leopold, Sr. (1877-1924) Headstone
Amelia Ellen Virts (1874-1921) and George Lewis Leopold, Sr. (1877-1924) Headstone
 
 
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Ann Rebecca Mossburg Wirts
Ann Rebecca Mossburg Wirts
Ann Rebecca Mossburg was born February 21, 1828 and died April 7, 1901 in Point of Rocks, Maryland. She married Jacob Joseph Wirts, Jr. on February 12, 1855. Jacob was born January 1, 1810 in Lovettsville, Virginia to Jacob Joseph and Louisa Brunner Wirtz, Sr. He died on April 2, 1882 in Frederick County, Virginia. Both are buried at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Point of Rocks, Maryland.

Photo courtesy of Jennie LeGrave
 
 
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Anna Frantz Wertz (1779-1836) Headstone
Anna Frantz Wertz (1779-1836) Headstone
 
 
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Anna Jane Wilt Virts
Anna Jane Wilt Virts
Anna Jane Wilt was born on 27 Jun 1935 in Savage, MD. She died on 07 Aug 2012 in Cumberland, MD. She married Vernon Guy Virts Sr., son of James W. Virts and Pansy E. Maynard on 17 Sep 1952 in Kitzmiller, MD. He was born on 02 Jan 1927 in Barnum, WV. He died on 07 Jul 2003 in Oakland, MD.  
 
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Annie Bell Catherine Demory Funk
Annie Bell Catherine Demory Funk
Annie Bell Catherine Demory was born February 7, 1885 in Loudoun County Virginia to John William and Jane Priscilla Virts Demory and died February 15, 1969 in Frederick, Maryland. She married Harry Benjamin Funk on June 1, 1904. He was born June 21, 1872 in Loudoun County Virginia and died February 26, 1930 in Brunswick, Maryland. Both are buried in Mt.Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland.

Photo courtesy of Harry B. Funk
 
 
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Annie Leanore Funk
Annie Leanore Funk
Annie Leanore Funk was born May 27, 1932 to John Benjamin and Doris Leanore Dindore Funk. She died before 1993.

Photo courtesy of Harry B. Funk
 
 
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Ashland Clayton George
Ashland Clayton George
Ashland Clayton George was born May 28, 1852 in Lovettsville, Virginia to Samuel Wilhelm and Elizabeth Catharina Grubb George. He died December 30, 1932 in Loudoun County Virginia. He married Eleanor C. Johnson on April 15, 1875. She was born February 24, 1856 in Lovettsville and died September 24, 1922 in Loudoun County. Both are buried in St. James Reformed Cemetery in Lovettsville.

Photo courtesy of Fred Lee George IV
 
 
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Audra May Virts and Roger Lewis Daniels
Audra May Virts and Roger Lewis Daniels
Audra May Virts was born March 16, 1909 in Arlington, Virginia to Randolph and Effa Vernon Virts. She died December 26, 1978 it St. Michaels, Maryland. She married Roger Lewis Daniels on July 11, 1925. He was born September 6, 1903 in Arlington, Virginia and died March 19, 1962.
 
 
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B. J. Verts
B. J. Verts
B. J. Verts was born April 9, 1927 in Nelson, Missouri to William Trigg and Jeannette Poindexte Verts. He died December 29, 2011 in Corvallis, Washington.

Photo courtesy of BJ Verts
 
 
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B. J. Verts - Military Service
B. J. Verts - Military Service
 
 
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Benjamin Thomas Virts and Ida Bell Thompson
Benjamin Thomas Virts and Ida Bell Thompson
Benjamin was born January 5, 1851 in Point of Rocks, Maryland to Jacob Joseph and Ann Rebecca Mossburg Wirts, Jr. He died on April27, 1930 in Frederick, Maryland. He married Ida Bell Thompson on June 25, 1881. She was born on September 1860 and died September 9, 1907 in Frederick Maryland. Both are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Maryland.

Photo courtesy of Jean LaGrave
 
 
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Berkley Smith Virts and Marion Abel Virts
Berkley Smith Virts and Marion Abel Virts
Berkley Smith Virts was born January 28, 1916 in Morrisonville, Virginia to Elbert Joseph and Lela Corinne Smith Virts. He died September 1, 1987 in Fairfax, Virginia. He married Marion Elizabeth Abel on August 31, 1949. Berkley is buried in Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro.

Photo courtesy Marion Abel Virts
 
 
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Bessie Irene Hackley
Bessie Irene Hackley
Bessie Irene Hackley was the daughter of Rose Belle Speaks and Robert Hackley. She married George Melvin Cogle. 
 
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Betty Jane Hackley
Betty Jane Hackley
Betty Jane Hackley was the daughter of James Hackley and Susie Elizabeth Nuce. She married Rinehardt Tetzolff. 
 
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Billie Marie Moon
Billie Marie Moon
Billie Marie Moon was born July 1, 1928 in Newburg, West Virginia to William Douglas and Verna Ellen Virts Moon. She died December 21, 1983 in Wellsburg, West Virginia.

Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen Hall Wilt
 
 
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Carrie Ruth Kidwell and William Franklin McFarelane
Carrie Ruth Kidwell and William Franklin McFarelane
Carrier Ruth Kidwell was born April 8, 1900 in Lovettsville, Virgnia to Charles William and Della Bessie Virts Kidwell. She died on February 22, 1954 in Norfold, Virginia. She married William Franklin McFarlane on May 4, 1921. He was born November 17, 1889 in Norfolk, Virginia and died July 24, 1962 in Norfolk. Both are buried in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk. 
 
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Catherine Jeanette Frye
Catherine Jeanette Frye
Catherine Jeanette Frye was the daughter of George W. Fry and Martha Elisabeth Lynn. She married John William Frye. 
 
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Charlcie Talitha Belless Robertson
Charlcie Talitha Belless Robertson
photo courtesy of James Fordyce 
 
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Charles Alfred Eldridge, John Wesley Eldridge, Viola Catherine Eldridge Elliot, Clarence Virts Eldridge, Sr., Russell Andrew Eldridge
Charles Alfred Eldridge, John Wesley Eldridge, Viola Catherine Eldridge Elliot, Clarence Virts Eldridge, Sr., Russell Andrew Eldridge
photo courtesy of Julie Eldridge Carbaugh 
 
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Charles Anderson Wall - Military Service
Charles Anderson Wall - Military Service
 
 
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Charles Chester Virts and Ida Catherine Constable
Charles Chester Virts and Ida Catherine Constable
Charles was born in 1870 to James Madison Wix and Lydia Catherine Reed Virts. He died March 15, 1918 in West Virginia. He married Ida Catherine Constable on December 25, 1892. She was born March 13, 1873 in St. George, West Virginia and died November 28, 1962 in Keyser, West Virginia. Both are buried in Damon Cemetery, Newburg, West Virginia.
 
 
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Charles Clifford Virts
Charles Clifford Virts
Charles Clifford Virts was born April 29, 1928 in Lovettsville Virginia to Elbert Franklin and Myrtle Viola Riley Virts. He died on February 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. He is buried in the Mount Olivet United Methodist Cemetery in Lovettsville Virginia. He was a veteran of the Korean War. 
 
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Charles Craven Virts (1875-1950) and Rose Ellen Shumaker (1878-1958) Headstone
Charles Craven Virts (1875-1950) and Rose Ellen Shumaker (1878-1958) Headstone
 
 

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