Surnames in bio: KURTZ-HARGET-McCLINTIC-MASON-ROGERS-
A farmer residing on Section 7, Jefferson Twp., Henry
Co., IA, was born in Maryland in 1829, and is the son
of John and Margaret (Harget) Kurtz, who were of
German origin, but were born, reared and married in
Maryland. His grandfather, on his father's side was
in Germany, and his name was also John Kurtz. The given
name of his wife was Susan, who bore two children:
John and Susan, who remained in MD, and probably never
married. The children of John Kurtz, father of our
subject, are mentioned individually in the sketch of
Newton McClintic, who married Ann R., the second young-
est daugter. John Kurtz, Sr., died at the age of 64,
and his wife survived him a number of years, reaching
the age of 72. Both were buried on the old homestead
side by side, and also with one son, Peter, who died
John Kurtz, our subject, was married in 1850 to
Martha K. Mason, a daughter of A. W. and Cynthia
(Rogers)Mason, who were married in Monroe Co., TN.
Mrs. Kurtz was born there and came with her parents
to Henry Co., in 1842, settling where Wayland is now
located. Later Mr. Mason purchased a farm on Sect. 8,
where he lived for some years, but later purchased a
small home on Sect. 6, where he and his wife died.
They were born in NC and reared a family of 10
children, the first 8 being born in TN--James N.,
William R., Martha A., Mary J., Andrew J., Arch
McCracken; Rufus and Thomas, Leo and Margaret, in Iowa.
The wife of A. W. Mason died in her 41st year, and
Mr. Mason wedded Isabella Murry, who bore Henry H.,
Charles A., Elizabeth C., Samuel D., Viola J., and
Ida, all born in this county. A. W. Mason died in
May 1869, age 64. His widow yet resides in Washington
County, now the wife of Joseph Young.
Forty-six years in the county have crowned the head
of John Kurtz, Jr. with hairs of gray, but he is the
same genial man of 25 years ago. He is the father of
seven children: Samantha, wife of John Lute, a farmer
in Jefferson Twp.; Aramintha, wife of Abner Edwards,
a farmer of Washington Co.; William husband of Mattie
Essley, is faming near Coppack; David, the husband of
Mary Windling, resides in Jefferson Co.; Mattie, wife
of John Page, an employee on the C.B. & Q.R.R.; Charles,
and employee in the State Asylum, and Frank complete
the number. Mr. Kurtz owns 140 acres situated near
Wayland., within easy walking distance of Coppack.
He has served longer on the School Board than any other.
Henry County, Iowa 1888 bio.
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