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Posted by: Wilbur L. (Bill) Wirt Date: June 08, 2001 at 19:16:14
In Reply to: Re: LEVI WIRT D. 1897 WOOD CO., OHIO by Jonathan Wert of 287

Hi Jonathon:
Thanks for replying. I do have Levi's obit but no help about where he was borm etc.
Apparently he was the first Wirt in Seneca County. He seems to be in the right place in 1860, 1870 and 1880. I have checked court house records. His death certificate says he was born in PA but biography says Ohio.
Even though it is rather lenghthly I am enclosing his biography from the History of Wood County published in 1893 (I think). It answers some questions.
LEVI WIRT, a retired farmer of Perry township, was born in Chippewa township, Wayne county, March 26, 1835. His father David Wirt was born in Pennsylvania, where he married Miss Eliza Wire, a native of the same state. Mr. Wirt died in Wayne county, Ohio when our subject was but three years old. By occupation he was a millwright. After his death, Mrs. Wirt married Nathan Bisey, then moved to Seneca county, and died at Fostoria.
Our subject was one of two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Wirt. The other, a girl, died whan seven years old. Levi was bound out to Jacob Wimer, a farmer, who, when Levi was ten years old , moved to Allen county, Indiana, ten miles north of Fort Wayne, where our subject waqs sent to a district school. Mr. Wimer was a kind man, and treated him well. When sixteen years old, he left Mr. Wimer, the latters wife having died, and was employed by a man by the name of Rhodes, in Allen county, at nine dollars a month. He saved a little of this, and attended school that winter, which was the last opportunity for doing so. Mr Wirt remained in Indiana until nineteen years old, and then returned to Seneca county and worked in a sawmill, and later ran a threshing machine, in which he had an interest.
In February, 1856, Mr. Wirt was united in marriage to Lucinda Foster, a native of Jackson township, and daughter of Christian Foster, from Perry county. At that time our subject had a team and a couple of hundred dollars, which he had saved from his wages. He was the half owner of a steam sawmill, bought on time (and later paid for), and renting his step-father's farm, in Loudon township, Seneca county, he there began his sucessful career as a farmer. In the spring of 1861, he moved to Montgomery township, where he bought forty acres of unimproved land for which he paid $600 cash, and which was the first place he could call his own home, since leaving that of his childhood. For seven years he lived in Montgomery township, and in 1868 he went to Section 3, Perry township. He sold his forty acres in Montgomery townshipfor $1,200. He secured a farm in Perry township, on which he lived until the fall of 1890, when he went to West Millgrove, where he has continued to reside ever since retiring from active farm work. To Mr. and Mrs Wirt were born these children: Andrew J., September 27, 1857, is a farmer in Bloom township; Oscar David, October 27, 1860, is a farmer in Perry township; Eliza A., January 15, 1864, married Edward Dindore of Henry county; William Franklin. born April 15, 1870 is now living in Van Buren: Clara E.August 18, 1875 is the wife if Byron Whitman. Mrs. Wirt died August 11, 1887, aged fifty years, and was buried in West Millgrove. Mr. Wirt was married again, his second wife being Mrs. Abraham Foster, whose maiden name was Lydia A. Swope. She was born in Morgan county, Ohio, June 15, 1831, and by her first marriage was the mother of ten children, seven of whom are still alive.
Mr. Wirt has always been a staunch Republican, his first vote being cast for Salmon P. Chase for governor of Ohio. He has served his party in every township in which he lived, and for two terms was township trustee of Perry. He is now serving as mayor of West Millgrove, to which office he was elected to fill an unexpired term of Joseph Ashe, in the spring of 1894,and in in 1895 was elected to serve the regular term. He is a member of Prarie Depot Lodge No. 646, I.O.O.F. and with his wife is a member of the Congregational church. Mr, Wirt is a successful farmer, a pleasant gentleman, popular with his many friends, and an excellent citizen.



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