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Samuel Grandin Wurts, II
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1812
Fayette County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 1880
Greenup County
Kentucky, USA

The "Wurts" name is a derivation from original Wurtz or Wirz. The present-day "Wurtland", Kentucky was once known as "Fulton", Kentucky. until 1875 when the name was changed for the Wurtz family, a pioneer family of the area.

Nichols Cemetery #3,Old County Road [north of Powell Lane] Wurtland, Kentucky.See directions/location at clickable address below. No tombstone/marker is visible for this individual.

In 1847, three brothers, William, George and Samuel Grandin Wurts came to Greenup County Kentucky to engage in the furnace business. With them was Benjamin King, who married Ann Wurts, a sister of the Wurts brothers. They built Pennsylvania Furnace in 1847 and Laurel Furnace in 1848. The family lived at Laurel, which they operated for about twenty years. They sold Laurel Furnace to Robert and Thomas Scott of Ironton, Ohio.
[See: "The History of Greenup County, Kentucky", by Nina Mitchell Biggs and Mabel Lee Mackoy, 1951, pp.308-309]

Obituary of Samuel C.[sic] Wurts
(reprinted years after his death)

Ironton Sunday Tribune, March 16, 1930 (Remember this obituary was published at the time of his death not 1930 - this is just a reprint - RMM).

Memories of older residents who resided here during the days when Lawrence and Greenup county (Kentucky) furnaces were in their heyday, will be stirred by the following obituary of Samuel C. Wurts, furnace man of past years. Mr. Wurts has two daughters living at present, Lucy Wurts Walker of Raceland and William Wurts of Riverton, and two grandchildren, Seymour Chinn of West Russell and Wurts Chinn of Wurtland.

Friday last another of our older iron men, one of the very pioneers of the Hanging Rock Iron Region, and one time one of our more successful furnace managers, Mr. Samuel C. Wurts departed this life, aged 60.

A native of Connellville (sic), Fayette County, Pa., the deceased was deputy sheriff of that county in 1828-29. In 1830 he engaged in the pig iron business as manager of Aetna Furnace in his native county, but after a year's stay he removed to the city of Erie, to take a position in a bank till 1831, when he once more returned to Aetna Furnace. In 1832 he married Miss Mary McMannis, by whom he had one daughter. From Aetna furnace he moved to Hecla furnace, Lawrence county, Ohio, and it was here in 1835 that his wife died.

He managed this furnace till 1838 when he and his brothers George and William rented and operated her for the succeeding five years, making pig iron and castings. Here he became acquainted with Miss Martha Cartwright and married her in 1849. Two sons, George and William, and five daughters sprung from this wedlock, only one of whom, George died in 1863. All the daughters are married and reside in this county.

The Hecla furnace lease expiring in 1842, he and his brother came over to our State (Kentucky) and county, purchased the old Argillite furnace tract and other lands, built Pennsylvania Furnace in 1844 and rant it for one year. In 1845 he sold out his interest and moved to Caroline furnace, purchasing an interest in her. In 1849 he and his brothers built Laurel Furnace. He continued in the management of Caroline furnace till 1851, when he purchased a fine river bottom farm, five miles from town,
built a fine residence on it and remained there till 1870, when he moved to an adjacent farm. As a partner of Wurts, Swap & County he also rebuilt the old Steam furnace.

He was a man of unusual endowments, and while in the iron business, his judgment and ability as to the management of iron furnaces was second to none.

By his death his family and friends have lost a kind hearted, faithful friend, whose memory will long dwell with them. "

NOTE: Samuel's FIRST wife was Mary McMannis, whom he married in 1832 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1835 in Lawrence County, Ohio (burial location unknown), He married SECOND wife, Matilda, on April 2, 1840 in Lawrence County, Ohio. 
Family links: 
  Matilda Cartwright Wurts (1822 - 1889)*
  Mary Wurts Chinn (1848 - 1915)*
  Matilda Wurts Walker (1850 - 1894)*
  Lucy Hannah Wurts Walker (1858 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Nichols Cemetery #3
Greenup County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Mike Murray
Record added: Sep 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76066600


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