John  Wertz

          JOHN  WERTZ, a prominent farmer of Jackson, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, May 30, 1844.  He was the son of  Jacob and Elizabeth Wertz, whose personal history appears in this volume.  When three years of age he accompanied his parents to Shelby County, locating one mile east of Mt. Auburn, on the farm where his mother still resides.  His boyhood and youth were spent on the farm, and his life occupation has been farming.  At the age of twenty-two, or on October 12, 1865, he was married to Eliza A. Myers, daughter of  Jacob and Barbara Myers, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of Ohio, where Eliza was born April 8, in 1845.  Shortly after her birth her mother was called away, but prior to her death they had removed to Shelby County, Indiana.  Her father Jacob Myers, continued to reside in this township, until August 26, 1886, when he died.  This union was blessed with seven children:  Elizabeth A.,  Minnie A.,  Philo J.,  Ida M.,  Elsie C.,  Clarence M.  and  Ottis[sic] A., all of whom are living.  Mr. and Mrs. Westz are member of the Lutheran Church, also their daughters, Annie and Minnie.  Mr. Wertz is a staunch Democrat; he owns a fine farm one mile east of the village of Mt. Auburn, and has a comfortable home, and is one of the successful farmers of Jackson Township.  The births of his children are as follows:  Elizabeth A., was born September 3, 1866;  Minnie A., February 4, 1868;  Philo, March 30, 1871;  Ida M., July 30, 1874;  Elsie C., February 14, 1881;  Clarence M., June 13, 1884;  Otis A., January 19, 1887.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, pg 681-2, "Jackson [County] Sketches".
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