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Re: WILT, Christian
Posted by: Cheryl (ID *****3614) Date: February 26, 2009 at 16:40:30
In Reply to: Re: WILT, Christian by Ron Halbritter of 1448

Christian Wilt b: 1820 in VA d: Aft. 1880 in Garrett County Maryland. Married Maria Martin in 1843 in Alleghany County Maryland/d: 1863 in Preston County WV {Her Father: Peter Martin b: 1818 in Germany/Prussia }

Below is a Biography of their son, George Washington Wilt b: 04 Apr 1844 in Preston Co., VA d: 1942 in Odgen Twp., Lenawee Co., MI Zion Cemetery (submited by Christian Pulver, Wilt descendant - see WILT GenForum).

George W. Wilt: From the Portrait and Biographical Album-Chicago Chapman 1888.

"G.W. Wilt, a resident of Ogden Center, actively engaged in farming, was born in Preston County, WV, or more properly speaking, Virginia, as West Virginia was not separated from the Old Dominion. His Great Grandfather, Michael Wilt, was born in Bedford, PA, of German parentage, and was one of the earliest settlers of West Virginia. He located in that part of Randolph County now included in Preston County, 4 miles from the present site of the village of Aurora, where he bought quite a large tract of land, engaged in farming, and spent his last years there.

The Grandfather of our subject, Michael Wilt, was born either in Pennsylvania, or soon after his parents settled in Virginia; however he grew to manhood in the latter state. After his marriage to Lydia Waltz, he settled on a tract of land which his father had bought and cleared his farm from the wilderness. The father of our subject was born on that homestead, and there reared to manhood. He married in his native place Maria Martin, a native of Germany, and the daughter of Peter Martin, who was born, reared and married in that country. Sometime after his marriage, he emigrated with his family to America, and settled in that part of Alleghany County now included in Garrett County, Maryland, where he improved a farm and there died after his marriage. Mr. Wilt settled on a tract of land which his father had given him, and which he improved into a fine farm. He now lived in retirement in the village of Elkins, Garrett County Maryland, but his good wife, the mother of our subject, departed this life in 1863.

Our subject, who was the second child in the parental family, was reared on his fatherís farm, and remained with his parents until he was nineteen years old. He then enlisted, in February, 1863, in Company I, 3d Maryland Infantry and immediately marching into the front did valiant service for his country in the Army of the Potomac until the close of the war. He was in the battles of Winchester, South Mountain and many minor engagements. He was discharged with his regiment in June, 1865, and returned home, where he resumed farming occupations until 1868. He then left Preston County and coming to Michigan obtained employment in Ogden Township, where he worked by the month for three years. He then made his first purchase of a tract of forty acres of timber land on section twenty three of Ogden Township, and later he bought sixty acres adjoining his first purchase. He cleared about forty acres of his land, and drained and cultivated it, but in 1882 he sold out and bought the farm on which he now resides, containing 100 acres of land, 70 acres of which are cleared and very productive. There is a fair set of farm buildings on the place, and Mr. Wilt has made many important improvements in the few years the property has been in his possession. He is a practical, energetic man, paying careful attention to all the details of farming, and bids fair to have a very fine farm in the course of a few years.

Mr. Wilt did not begin farming for himself without first securing the aid of a good wife, to whom he was married December 21, 1871. Her maiden name was Sarah Robertson, and she was born in Madina County, Ohio May 3, 1851, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Robertson, the former, the second child of George P. Robertson. Mrs. Wilt is a member of David Becker post Number 25 G.A.R. He is a faithful and patriotic citizen and actively advocates the interests of the Republican Party."

Christian's Father: George Wilt, Farmer - b. 24 Mar 1791 / an 1818 marriage of a George Wilt is recorded in
Allegany County Maryland. Note: George, his Father, Michael, and his Uncle Peter Wilt were all recorded in the 1820 census living in Allegany County Maryland. (unless this George is Peter's son George (b. 2/15/1799). George is recorded living with Christian and his family in Preston Co. in 1850 - likely that he died bet. 1850-1860 in Preston County.

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