Conrad Wentz born 1819 Reinpfalz, Bayern, Germany and Charlotte Mader born 1832, Bayern, Germany, to Forks, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania 1836 to KS in 1870.
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Glen Elder, KS 1902
"Mrs Scharlottie Wentz: Died, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Wm Little in Glen Elder, on Saturday June 28, Mrs Scharlottie Wentz, aged 69 years, 9 months, and 20 days. Mrs. Wentz was born in Germany, Sept. 8, 1832 and came to the United States in 1836 locating in Pennsylvania. In 1870 she moved to Kansas and afterward to Oklahoma and Wisconsin, coming back to Mitchell county Kansas in 1898. The funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. Helmick, of the M. E. church and the remains laid to rest in the Granite Creek cemetery. She leaves nine children to mourn her departure, 4 of whom live in Kansas, three in Nebraska and two in Wisconsin. The bereaved family have the sympathy of this community in the loss of their aged mother." Scharlottie Wentz was affectionately called "Grandma Betty" by John Conrad Wentz family.
Cawker City Journal December 7, 1882
"Conrad Wentz, died at his residence on Granite Creek, three miles east of Cawker City, Nov. 28, 1882, aged 63 years, five months and 24 days. He leaves a wife and eleven child- ren, five of the children are at home with the mother in needy circumstances. He came from Reinpfalz, Bayern, Germany to Pennsylvania in 1848 where he was married to Charlotte Mader, Jan 1, 1850. He located at this place with the rest of the Pennsylvania colony Oct. 15, 1870. He was greatly afflicted for many years with gravel, and was once operated upon by Dr. D. C. Everson and two other physicians. He was a Presbyterian. This last sickness, with a complication of diseases creating intense suffering, he bore with christian fortitude and submission. One of simple, earnest faith has gone to rest. May the blessing of God rest upon the bereaved family."
The Wentz family of Bayern, Bavaria, Germany migrated across Europe, first to Holland and then to England, coming to America in 1848, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania near the postal towns of Eldredsville in 1860 and Millview in 1870. Conrad Wentz, age 44, occupation farmer, from Germany, was listed in the July 1863 Consolidated Draft Registry, Forks, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. The family moved from the census township of Forks, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania to Kansas in 1870, homesteading in Mitchell County. 1920 Federal Census, daughter Mary Rupke Bauer Thurs Anderson and brother Jacob Wentz, would indicate their father's birthplace was Friesland and mother's birthplace was Bavaria.
Conrad Wentz died intestate November 28, 1882, leaving a widow, and eleven children. Charlotte Wentz has also been noted as Charlotte Walter, mother of the bride, at the marriage of her daughter Caroline Wentz Hohner to August F. Stumme. Charlotte Wentz remarried, age 52, to Gustav Ernst Kraemer, age 29, Feb 13, 1885, at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Beloit, KS.
The probate of the estate of Conrad Wentz dated March 1885 petitioned the court for allotment of the estate of Conrad Wentz, deceased, to his widow
Charlotte Kraemer and his children:
Adam Henry Wentz, 32, born abt 1853, Sullivan Co., PA, residence unknown
Mary Bauer, 28, born December 1856, Sullivan Co., PA, residence Warsaw, Wisconsin
Caroline Stumme, 26, born January 1859, Sullivan Co., PA, residence Germantown, Smith County, KS
Hannah Elizabeth Ailers (Eilers), 24, born September 29, 1860, Sullivan Co., PA, residence Osborne County, KS and The Pennsylvania Colony
Catharine Buffington, 22, born abt 1861, Sullivan Co., PA, residence unknown
Jacob Andrew Wentz, 20, born July 1864, Sullivan Co., PA, residence Cawker township, Mitchell County, KS
Charlotte Louise Wentz, 18, born abt 1867, Sullivan Co., PA, residence Germantown, Smith County, KS
Charles David Wentz, 15, born April 1869, Sullivan Co., PA, residence Cawker township, Mitchell County, KS
Rebecca Amanda Wentz, 13, born May 8, 1872, Mitchell Co., KS, residence Cawker township, Mitchell County, KS
George Noah Wentz, 12, born July 1873, Mitchell Co., KS, residence Cawker township, Mitchell County, KS
John Conrad Wentz, 9, born March 1875, Mitchell Co., KS, residence Cawker township, Mitchell County, KS
In a document dated May 21st 1885, Commissioners were appointed by the court to allot and set off the homestead of Conrad Wentz. The heirs were notified by mail. On Jun 15, 1885, the Commissioners met at the homestead property and allotted and set off one half in value to Charlotte Kraemer, and the other half in value to the children of Conrad Wentz
The allotment was set off to said Widow, Charlotte Kraemer, being described as follows: Commencing at a point eighty rods west of the north east corner of the S. E. 1/4 of Section 24, Township Six (6) South of Range 10 West. Whence running West eighty (80) Rods West, whence south one hundred and sixty (160) rods to the S.W. corner of the within described 1/4 section, whence East eighty rods = Whence North 160 = Rods to the place of beginning, containing eighty acres more or less.
And the share and portion so allotted and set off to said children of Conrad Wentz being described as follows: At the N. E. corner of the S. E. 1/4 of Section 24, Township 6, South of Range 10 West. Whence running South one hundred and sixty (160) Rods = to the S. E. Corner of the within described 1/4 section. Whence west eighty (80) Rods= Whence north one hundred and sixty = (160) Rods. Whence East eighty Rods to the place of beginning, containing eighty acres more or less.
The heirs addresses were listed in June 1885 as following
Mary Bauer, Warsaw, Wisconsin
Caroline Stumme, Germantown, Kansas
Hannah Ailers (Eilers), Yoxall, Kansas
Katherine Buffington, Glen Elder, Kansas
Jacob Wentz, Cawker City, Kansas
Charlotte Wentz, Kirwin, Kansas
Charles Wentz, Downs, Kansas
Rebecca Wentz, Downs, Kansas
George Wentz, Downs, Kansas
John Wentz, Downs, Kansas
Charlotte Kraemer, Downs, Kansas
Charlotte Wentz, noted as a single woman, would sell her 1/10 interest of the undivided one half interest in the Conrad Wentz homestead property in Mitchell County, KS, eight acres more or less, to Obed and David Gausel, December 22, 1885 for $125.00. Known as Scharlottie Wentz in her 1902 obituary, it was stated that she had resided in Oklahoma, then to Wisconsin, coming back to Cawker City, Mitchell County, KS in 1898. She left nine children to mourn her departure, 4 of whom lived in Kansas, three in Nebraska and two in Wisconsin.
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