MATHIAS WERTZ is a native of Montgomery County, Ohio, where he was born August 22, 1840. His parents were Jacob and Elizabeth (Warble) Wertz, the former a native of Ohio, and the latter of Virginia. They emigrated to Shelby County in the spring of 1847, and settled one and a quarter miles east of Mt. Auburn, where Mrs. Wertz still resides. Mathias was then eight years of age, and therefore was almost entirely reared in this county. At the age of twenty-one he began to do for himself, and adopted farming as a life profession. In December, 1862, he was married to Mary Mahley, daughter of John and Christena Mahley, natives of Germany. Mary was born in Germany, and accompanied her parents here when quite young. This union has been blessed with seven children: Daniel P., Jacob H., Charles S., William W., George A., Jesse M., and Frank M., all of whom are living. Mr. Wertz began life with a fair start, and to-day owns 240 acres of fine land, and has one of the best homes we have had the pleasure to see. They are members of the Lutheran Church. Politically, he is a staunch Democrat. He has always been very successful, and to-day can be classed among the substantial farmers of Jackson Township.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, pg 682, "Jackson [Co] Sketches".
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