BORTS (BORTZ), Philip Jr.
Husband of Mary nee NICKUM
Son of Philip and Elizabeth Catherine Borts/Bortz
B. 1802 in PA
D. 20 Dec 1852 in Youngstown, Mahoning Co. OH at 50y
Burial – Dec 1852 in Old North Cemetery, Old Section Row 06, Canfield, Mahoning Co. OH
Canfield Twp. Cemetery & Death Records, Mahoning Co. OH, 1983, p. 1
"The first established Lutheran and Reformed congregation in the Connecticut Western Reserve was in Canfield. This congregation built their first church in 1810. "An overwhelming number of the early members of this church (Zion Lutheran and Reformed) were natives of Lehigh (Northampton until 1812) and Berks counties, Pennsylvania, who came to settle in Canfield, Austintown, and Ellsworth townships. Lynn and Heidelberg townships in Lehigh and Greenwich Township in Berks are particularly well represented. There were two major waves of migration – one in 1804/1805 and a second in the late 1820's." Among the families who were early members of this church were: Arners, Bachmans, Baileys, Borts, Brunstetters, Butts, Corlls, Crums, Crumrines, Dustmans, Everetts, Finks, Franks, Fulks, Gilberts, Grabers, Hardings, Lynns, Millers, Neffs, Neiers, Ohls, Osborns, Oswalds, Peters, (Petry-Petre) Ritters, Stitles, Strocks, Wannemakers, Wehrs, and Whitsels. Records are lost. The church was destroyed by fire in 1845, and again in 1894."
History of Trumbull and Mahoning County, 1882, Vol. I p. 452
"Philip Bortz, father of George and Philip, now living in Mahoning county, was a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio with his father, Philip Bortz Sr., about 1805. The family settled in Ellsworth township, and cleared up the place now owned by George Hardman (Harding). The family of Philip Bortz, Sr. consisted of three daughters and two sons, of whom one daughter and one son survive. Philip, Jr., was the oldest son. He resided in Ellsworth township until about 1833, when he removed to Youngstown, and settled on the place now owned by his sons George and Philip, then consisting of two hundred and seventy acres. It was then but little improved. A log cabin and a double log barn then stood on the place. He cleared up the place, and put up a good dwelling, which was destroyed by fire about 1855. He died in 1852. He raised seven sons, of whom George and Philip are the only survivors. William, the youngest son, was a member of the Sixth Ohio cavalry, and was killed in the service (1864 - Enon Church, VA)."
Mary Nickum Borts (Bortz)