ADAM JOSEPH FERTIG/FERTICH
 
 
FATHER
ADAM FERTICH
DIED OCT  3. 1863.

 

MOTHER
ANNA.
WIFE OF ADAM FERTICH
BORN DEC. 18. 1817.
DIED DEC. 20. 1892.
 
 
Fertich Family Reunion - August 1990
 
Fertich Family Reunion - August 1990
 
Fertich Family Reunion - August 2003
 
Adam Joseph Förtig (Fertig) was born and baptized on December 16, 1811 in Ohrnbach, Bavaria, Germany1,2,3. He was the second son of John Anthony Fertig of Watterbach and Maria Anna Bachman of Wiesenthal1,4.
 
Adam departed from his hometown of Ohrnbach and immigrated to America with his father's family in 18372.  He changed the spelling of his surname from Förtig to Fertig and settled in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania2,3.  Prior to 1843, Adam married Harriet, who was born in 1818 or 18192,5,6,7.  Adam and Harriet were blessed with a son named John Andrew J.5,6,8,9.  Several years later, Harriet passed away at the age of 29 on March 5, 1848 in Sunbury, Northumberland County7.
 
Five months later, on August 7, 1848, Adam along with his half-brothers Francis Matthew and John Joseph appeared at the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County in Sunbury3.  He filed a petition for naturalization and renounced his allegiance to Ludwig I, King of Bavaria3.
 
Adam and his son John A. J. then relocated to Butler Township in neighboring Schuylkill County5,6.  In 1848 or 1849, Adam got remarried to Anna Bolich5,7,10.  Anna was born on December 18, 1817, the daughter of Michael Bolich, Jr. and Salome Hepler from the Lavelle area8,10
 
Anna had a son from a prior marriage, named Charles T. Hendricks, who was born in 1841 and married Rebecca Berger8.  This is likely the time period in which Adam changed his surname from Fertig to Fertich.  Presumably, the Bolich family had influence in this decision, considering that Anna's family had recently changed their surname from Bolig to Bolich.
 
Adam and Anna were rewarded with the birth of seven sons: Albert B., Nathan, Timothy M., Jermiah T., Daniel B., Benjamin Franklin and Lewis5,6,8,9,11,12,13.  Adam took up farming as a means to provide for his family6.
 
Adam then purchased a ten acre parcel of land in Butler Township from his brother-in-law, William Bolich on November 22, 1849 for $300.0014.  Adam later acquired 1.8 acres of land in Butler Township on April 1, 186415.  He bought the property for $120.00 from Anna's sister Maria's husband, Daniel M. Hepler15.
 
Adam passed away in 1863 or 1864 at the age of 51 or 52 and was buried in the Bickel Cemetery, south of Lavelle16.  Anna's brother, Timothy Bolich was appointed guardian over the minor children: Albert, Nathan, Jermiah, Daniel and Benjamin9.  The 1.8 acre parcel of land was given to John A. J. Fertich sometime shortly after the death of his father, Adam9.
 
Anna's sister-in-law, Amanda Grow, wife of Timothy Bolich, assigned a parcel of land in Barry Township to Anna Fertich on March 18, 186813 This property held a double house and was located along the Mahanoy Creek, at the south side of the intersection of Dutchtown Road and Barry Road8.
 
On December 20, 1892, Anna passed away two days after her seventy-fifth birthday and was buried in the Barry United Evangelical Church Cemetery in Barry, south of Lavelle10
 
CHILDREN OF ADAM JOSEPH AND HARRIET:
John Andrew J., born 1842 or 1843 and died on January 14, 1866
 
CHILDREN OF ADAM JOSEPH AND ANNA:
Albert B., born September 1849, married Clara J. Horn and died after 1927
Nathan, born December 19, 1850, married Effie P. Grubb and died October 11, 1916
Timothy M., born February 7, 1853 and died March 22, 1863
Jermiah T. "Jerry", born June 5, 1854, married Sapronah Isabella Conrad and died 1938
Daniel B. "Dan", born April 3, 1856, married Alice Hornberger and died December 26, 1933
Benjamin Franklin, born May 14, 1857, married Julia Ann Yoder and died December 25, 1891
Lewis, born October 23, 1859 and died October 27, 1860
 
REFERENCES:
1. 1811 Birth and baptismal record of Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
Diözesan-Archiv Würzburg, Pfarrei Weilbach, Kirchenbuch A2 (1636‑1833)
Auszug aus den Kirchenbüchern der kath. Pfarrei Weilbach/Unterfranken, Taufregister 1811:
Decembris 16ta Adamus Josephus, Joannes Antonii Förtig coloni, et Mariae Annae natae ??? ex Wiesenthal conjug. fil. legit. Levante ??? Francisco Joseph Grimm, praetor.
 
English translation: Excerpts from the Weilbach/Unterfranken Parish Church Books, Baptismal Register 1811, A2 (1636-1833), held at the archives of the Catholic Bishop in Würzburg, Germany.
Adam Joseph was born in the parish of Weilbach and baptized on December 16, 1811, a son of Johann Anton Förtig, cottager, and of his wife Maria Anna ??? from Wiesenthal.
 
2. 1837 Ship Clementine Passenger List.
For more information, see the reference section for John Anthony Fertig.
 
3. 1848 Petition for Naturalization by Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County, Sunbury, Pennsylvania
No 199 April Term 1848
Filed Aug 7 1848
 
State of Pennsylvania.
Northumberland County, SS
Adam Joseph Fertig born in Ohrenbach Bavaria being now in the thirty sixth year of his age, having migrated from Ohrenbach and arrived in New York on the fourteenth day of September A.D. 1837 being them under the allegiance of Bavaria and intending to continue his residence in Northumberland County, reports himself to the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of the County aforesaid, in compliance with the second section of the Act of Congress, entitled “An Act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and to repeal all acts heretofore, made upon that subject, enacted the 14th day of April, 1802,” and the supplements thereto-with intent hereafter to become a citizen of the U. States.
Adam Joseph Fertig
 
Northumberland County ,SS.
Adam Joseph Fertig a native of Ohrenbach being desirous of conforming to the Act of Congress of the United States of America, entitled “An Act to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and to repeal all acts heretofore, made upon that subject, enacted the 14th day of April, 1802,” and supplications thereto, comes personally into Court, and being sworn according to law, declares on oath, before the said Court, that it is bona fide his attention to become a citizen of the United of America, and to renounce forever, all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty whatever, and particularly to the King of Bavaria to whom he has heretofore been subject.
Sworn and Subscribed in Open Court, the 7th day of August 1848 J Farnsworth Piet
Adam Joseph Fertig
 
4. 1807 Marriage record of John Anthony Fertig and Maria Anna Bachmann.
For more information, see the reference section for John Anthony Fertig.
 
5. 1850 Census of Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
Adam Fatig, age 38, laborer; Anna Fatig, age 33; John Fatig, age 7; Alfred Fatig, age 8 months; Charles Henry, age 8
 
6. 1860 Census of Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
Adam Fatig, age 49, farmer, $110 personal estate; Anna Fatig, age 43; Charles Fatig, age 19, carpenter; John Fatig, age 17, farm laborer; Alfred Fatig, age 11; Nathan Fatig, age 10; Timothy Fatig, age 7; Jeremiah Fatig, age 6; Daniel Fatig, age 4; Benjamin Fatig, age 3; Louis Fatig, age 8 months; Mary Gabel, age 20, servant
 
7. 1848 Death record of Harriet Fertig.
Sunbury American and Shamokin Journal, March 11, 1848, page 3
DIED, In this place, on the 5th inst. HARRIET FERTIG, wife of Mr. Adam Fertig, of this place, aged about 29 years.
 
THE SUNBURY GAZETTE, SUNBURY, PA, SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 1848, PAGE 3
DIED.
In this town, on the 5th inst. Mrs. HARRIET FERTIG, aged 29.
 
8. Writings of Esther E. (Fertich) Hummel, daughter of Jermiah T. Fertich
Where Lavelle now stands, this was all timber land owned by his grandfather Michael Bolich.  His grandfather lived in a log house on this farm which is now the property of a family named Versinskies on the road to Tailorsville just a little below Lavelle.  Dad said it stood where the Versenskies house now stands, but there is also another log house on the same farm right near the road.  When grandfather first built this house it had no windows or doors.  He had to prop boards up at the windows and doors for in the night the wolves used to come after there cows as they didn't have a stable.  Great grandpa used to get his old flint lock gun and chase the wolves.  These were rugged times.  So grandpa and grandma Bolich lived there and raised a large family.....At that time it was Salome Town named after Salome Bolich, Michael's wife.  Later it was changed to Rocktown, then later to Lavelle.....Michael built homes for each one of his children, some of which are still standing.....and a double house that stood on opposite side of the road as you came into Barry from Lavelle.  That was the home of Jermiah Fertich when a young man.  It belonged to his parents, Anna and Adam Fertich.....Those homes that he built were built by the help of his sons and son in laws.....Jermiah Fertich was born on June 5, 1854, in the log house that still stands on Shiren's farm, his grandfathers farm Michael Bolich.  As a young grown man he lived a Barry that house stood across the street as you came into Barry from Lavelle.  At that time it belonged to his parents.  He lived there with parents and brothers.  Jermiah Fertich in later years he owned his own home in Lavelle.  Parents Anna and Adam Fertich the farm house it born there was a log house fixed over a little different in later years.  They just tore in down now 197 at Shirens Farm.....Jermiah Fertich was born in a log house where Sheiren's diary farm, his grandfather Michael owned that farm.....At that time he (Michael Bolich) would go out gather people together and preach to them.  Not sure was he Methodist or Baptist but some of his grand children weren't christened young as there parents believed in baptizing in the water when grown up. So Jermiah Fertich and Henry Smith were christened when grown up.....They had a sewing machine to make there clothes.  It must of been an old one.  They used candles instead of lamps.  They made there own, took a round can for a mold, put a cotton string in with one end out, melted tallow, filled the can, when dry, cut the can away from the candle.  His mother knitted 2 pairs of sock every winter for each one of her children and dad made all his own gloves or mittens, crocheted they also made there own overalls.....Adam & Anna Fertich family, Jermiah & Saphronah Conrad, Nathan & Effey Grub, Benjamin & Julia Yoder, Albert & Clara Horn, Daniel & Alice Hornberger, Lewis single, Timothy single, John single, Charles & Rebecca Berger.  John was the son of Adam and Charles was the son of Anna of there first marriage.....Family Third Generation, Albert & Clara Fertich no children, Nathan & Effey Fertich, Blanch, Holand, Jermiah & Saphronah Fertich, Anna, George, John, William, Lartis, Joseph, Adella, Mertie, Perchie, Edith, Rollin, Daniel & Alice Fertich, Arthur, Frank, Alma, Chester, Benjamin & Julia Fertich, Clinton, Maud, Emma, Charles, Kathrine, Single John, Timothy, Lewis Fertich.....These things were told to me Edith Fertich Hummel by my father Jermiah Fertich.
 
9. 1865 Petition for sale of property owned by John Andrew J. Fertich.
For more information, see the reference section for John Andrew J. Fertich.
 
10. Tombstone of Anna (Bolich) Fertich.
The tombstone is located at the Barry United Evangelical Church Cemetery  (St. Johns Church of Evangelical Association Cemetery / Immanuel Evangelical Congregational Church Cemetery) in Barry, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  Directions: From Lavelle, take Route 901 east.  Go about ½ mile and take a left unto Dutchtown Road (opposite to Black Creek Road).  Go about ½ mile and the church and cemetery is on the left, opposite to Bolich Road.  The Fertich tombstones (including Anna (Bolich) Fertich’s parents) are in the near left corner as well as near the center of the cemetery.   The tombstone was photographed and transcribed on March 02, 2002.
MOTHER, ANNA., WIFE OF ADAM FERTICH, BORN, DEC. 18. 1817., DIED, DEC. 20. 1892.
 
11. 1870 Census of Barry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
Anna Fertig, age 52, keeping house, $350 real estate, $100 personal estate; Jeremiah Fertig, age 16, farm laborer; Daniel Fertig, age 14, farm laborer; Benjamin Fertig, age 13, farm laborer; Nathan Fertig, age 20, farm laborer; George Bensinger, age 54, farm laborer, $300 real estate, $150 personal estate; Naomi Bensinger, age 49, keeping house, $50 real estate, $200 personal estate
 
12. 1880 Census of Barry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich family.
Ann Fertich, age 63, head, widowed, keeping house; Daniel Fertich, age 24, son, laborer; Benjamin Fertich, age 23, son, laborer; Lidie Knarr, age 17, servant; George Bensinger, age 66, married, laborer; Salome Bensinger, age 57, wife, married, keeping house
 
13. 1892 Property purchase by Julia Ann (Yoder) Fertich.
For more information, see the reference section for Benjamin Franklin Fertich.
 
14. 1849 Property purchase by Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
Deed Book 39, pages 230 & 231, Schuylkill County Courthouse, Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
This Indenture Made the twenty second day of November in the year our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and forty nine, Between William Bolig of Butler Township Schuylkill County and State of Pennsylvania of the one part, and Adam Fertig of the Township, County and State aforesaid of the other part.  Witnesseth.  That the said William Bolig for the consideration of the Sum of Three Hundred Dollars lawful money of the United States of America unto him will and freely paid by the said Adam Fertig at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged.....All that Certain Messuage tenement and tract of Land Situated in Butler Township County and State aforesaid Bounded limited and described as follows to wit. Beginning at a Stone in a line of Henry Snyders land and corner of Michael Boligs land, thence along the line of Henry Snyders and Emanuel Snyder North four degrees East forty perches to a Stone thence less William Bolig remaining part of this same tract, North Eighty Six degrees, West forty perches to a Stone, thence South four degrees West forty one perches to a Stone, thence by land of Michael Bolig North Seventy one degrees East Six perches to a point, thence South Eighty Six degrees East thirty four perches to the above mentioned place of Beginning Containing Ten Acres Strict measure It being part of the Same larger tract of Land which Michael Bolig and Sarah his wife by their deed, bearing date the third day of September in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty seven, for the consideration therein mentioned did Grant and Confirm unto the said William Bolig (party hereto).....Recorded and Examined Nov. 20 1852.
 
15. 1864 Property purchase by Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
Deed Book 80, pages 256 to 258 , Schuylkill County Courthouse, Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
This Indenture made the First day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four Between Daniel M Hepler of Eldred Township in the County of Schuylkill and State of Pennsylvania and Mary his wife of the one part and Adam Fertig of Butler Township County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth That the said Daniel M Hepler and Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars lawful money of the United States of America unto them will and truly paid by the said Adam Fertig.....All That Certain tract or messuage of land Situated in Butler Township county and State aforesaid Bounded and Described as follows to wit:  Beginning at stone on land of William Boltz North eighty four and one half degrees east twenty perches to post + stones, thence by land of Daniel M Hepler South Sixty three and one half degrees west ten and five tenths perches to white pine thence by land of the same South two degrees west eighteen and five tenth perches to stone + post thence by land of the same North eighty five degrees west twenty four perches to stone, thence by land of Adam Fertig North five and one half degrees east twenty four perches to the place Beginning Containing one acre and one hundred and thirty five perches more or less This being part of a larger tract of land which Michael Bolig and Salome his wife by this Indenture bearing date the first day of April One thousand eight hundred and sixty four did grant and confirm the same unto Daniel M Hepler the present grantor.....Recorded + Examined August 18" 1864.
 
16. Tombstone of Adam Joseph Fertig/Fertich.
The tombstone is located at the Bickel Cemetery (Reed's Cemetery / Taylorsville Evangelical Association Cemetery) south of Lavelle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  Directions: From Lavelle, take Route 901 east.  Go about 1 mile and take a right unto Black Creek Road.  Go about ½ mile and bear right unto Lincoln Road.  Go about ½ mile and the cemetery is on the left, just before the bridge over the Little Mahanoy Creek.  This cemetery is located on private property and it is suggested that permission is obtained from the property owner who lives adjacent to the cemetery.  The Fertich tombstones are in the back left corner of the cemetery.  The tombstone was photographed and transcribed on March 02, 2002.
FATHER, ADAM FERTICH, DIED OCT  3. 1863.
 
An active Fertig family researcher was handed the following information, which did not have a date or source:
Adam Joseph Ferdig, 21 0 1864, Barry Twp. Schuylkill Co. Pa, d. 3 0 1864, age 52, wife + 6 children.
 
Adam's tombstone recorded his death date as October 3, 1863.  However, evidence from the county courthouse stated that Adam purchased land on April 1, 1864.  A death record also indicated that Adam died in March 1864.  Therefore, it is likely that the recorded date of death is incorrect on Adam's tombstone.  Since the tombstone type and appearance for Adam and Anna are similar, it is possible that Adam's tombstone was placed at the time of death of his wife Anna, almost 30 years after Adam's death.  This possible delay in placing Adam's tombstone could account for the incorrect date of death. 
 
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