|Death: ||Dec. 29, 1873|
Daughter of Jacob and Ruth (Baird) Wertz.
Hollidaysburg Register, 7 January 1874:
"WERTZ - HORRIBLE ACCIDENT - TWO PERSONS BURNED TO DEATH"
"One of the most horrible accidents that ever occurred in this vicinity, happened in the Loop, about five miles from this place, on Monday morning, the 29th ult.
John Wertz, aged about 47 years, and Mary Ann Wertz, aged between 35 and 40 years, children of Jacob Wertz, Sr., have been insane for many years, and were kept in a small frame house containing two rooms, near the residence of their father, they being quite wild, at times, it was necessary to exercise great care over them. About seven o'clock, a fire was observed in the house, by Messrs. Rohrer and Bonine, of this place, who were on a hunting excursion, and by several other persons, but before they could get there, the fire had made such headway that it could not be extinguished, and the building was soon consumed. The poor unfortunates were horribly burned. It is to be hoped that they died the more easy death of suffocation. The fire in the stove was made about about half an hour before the fire in the building was discovered, and Mary Ann was awake and up. Cries were heard, but as this was not unusual, not much notice was taken of the noise, until the fire was discovered. The building contained two rooms, with a small entry between, in which was the stove to heat both rooms, in which the unfortunates were confined, and some suppose that one of them set the straw of his or her bed on fire: but it might have occurred in some other way. The aged father and other relatives of the family have the sympathy of the community in this terrible bereavement."
Jacob Wertz (1795 - 1883)
Ruth Baird Wertz (1802 - 1872)
Susanna Margaret Wertz Robison (1824 - 1919)*
John Wertz (1827 - 1873)*
Jacob B. Wertz (1829 - 1911)*
William Wertz (1831 - 1908)*
Mary Ann Wertz (1834 - 1873)
Albert M. Wertz (1837 - 1914)*
Martin Luther Wertz (1839 - 1889)*
Abigail Ann Wertz Mountain (1841 - 1899)*
Created by: Zella
Record added: Dec 24, 2005
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