FRANCIS MATTHEW FERTIG/FERDIG

FRANCIS M.
FERDIG
Born Sep 19, 1819
Died Dec 12, 1896
Aged 77 y 2 m 23 d.
 
MATILDA
Wife of
Francis M. Ferdig
Born August 16, 1820
Died October 16, 1864
Aged 44 y. 2 m.
ELIZABETH
Wife of
Francis M. Ferdig
Born Dec 27, 1814
Died June 20, 1896
Aged 81 y 5 m 24 d.
Franz Mathaeus Förtig (Francis Matthew Fertig) was born on September 12, 1821 at 11:00 p.m. in Ohrnbach, Bavaria, Germany1,2,3,4.  He was baptized the next day at 2:00 p.m. in the Catholic parish of Weilbach, Bavaria1.  Francis was the son of John Anthony Fertig and Mary Anna Nothburga Schwaninger1.
 
In 1837, Francis and his father's family departed from Ohrnbach and immigrated to America2.  He settled in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and changed the spelling of his name from Förtig to Fertig2,3,4.
 
Prior to 1843, Francis married Matilda, who was born on August 16, 18202,5,6.  They were blessed with eight children: Mary, John C., Francis, Sarah, Isaiah, Sophia, Ellen and Caroline6,7,8.
 
On August 7, 1848, Francis, along with his brother John Joseph and half-brother Adam Joseph appeared at the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County in Sunbury3He filed a petition for naturalization and renounced his allegiance to Ludwig I, King of Bavaria3.
 
Apparently, the first naturalization petition of Francis was denied and he reapplied for citizenship on August 6, 1849, while residing in Sunbury, Northumberland County4.  This later petition included a witness, Henry Bartshar, to testify of Francis's moral character and attachment to the principles of the United States Constitution4.
 
Francis moved to Rush Township, Northumberland County and changed the spelling of his surname from Fertig to Ferdig sometime prior to 18605,6,8,9.  Shortly thereafter, Francis then relocated to Monroe Township, Snyder County and continued as a farmer for the rest of his life6,7,8.
 
His wife Matilda died at the age of only 44 on October 16, 1864 and was buried in the Shreiner's Cemetery, west of Shamokin Dam5.  Prior to 1870, Francis got remarried to Elizabeth, daughter of Philip and Christine Shreiner, who was born on December 27, 1814 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania5,7,10,11.
 
On September 28, 1874 and June 30, 1877, Francis purchased a 60 acre parcel of land in Monroe Township from the heirs of Philip Shreiner for a total price of $310.0010.
 
Elizabeth died on June 20, 1896 at the age of 81, followed by the death of Francis several months later on December 12, 1896 at the age of 755,12.  They were both buried in the Shreiner's Cemetery5 I. E. Boust of Monroe Township was appointed administrator in the estate of Francis on December 21, 18969.
 
CHILDREN OF FRANCIS MATTHEW AND MATILDA:
Mary, born 1842 or 1843
John C., born July 21, 1845, married Mary A. Long and died January 20, 1898
Francis "Frank", born 1848 or 1849, married Sophia M. Long and died before 1910
Sarah, born July 1851 and married William Naugle
Isaiah,  born May 12, 1854 and died July 31, 1884
Sophia, born 1856 to 1859
Ellen, born June 29, 1861 and died August 11, 1864
Caroline, born Nov 15, 1863 and died June 14, 1864
 
REFERENCES:
1. 1821 Birth and baptismal record of Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig.
Diözesan-Archiv Würzburg, Pfarrei Weilbach, Kirchenbuch A2 (1636‑1833), Auszug aus den Kirchenbüchern der kath. Pfarrei Weilbach/Unterfranken, Taufregister 1821:
12ma Septembris hor. 11 noct. natus et altera die hor. 2 pom. baptizatus Franciscus Mathaeus fil. leg. Joannis Antonii Foertig civis Ohrenbacensis et Mariae Annae Nothburgae nat. Schwaninger conjugum, levante Francisco Mathaeo, Michaelis Bachmann civis Ohrenbaci et Annae Margarethae nat. Grimm conj. filio legitimo coelibe.
 
English Translation: Excerpts from the Weilbach/Unterfranken Parish Church Books, Baptismal Register 1821, A2 (1636-1833), held at the archives of the Catholic Bishop in Würzburg, Germany.
Franz Mathaeus was born on September 12, 1821 at 11:00 p.m. in Ohrenbach and baptized the next day at 2:00 p.m. in Weilbach, a son of Johann Anton Foertig, citizen in Ohrenbach, and his wife Maria Anna Nothburga née Schwaninger.
 
2. 1837 Ship Clementine Passenger List.
For more information, see the reference section for John Anthony Fertig.
 
3. 1848 Petition for Naturalization by Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig.
Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County, Sunbury, Pennsylvania
No 201 April Term 1848
Filed Aug 7 1848
 
State of Pennsylvania.
Northumberland County, SS
Francis M Fertig born in Ohrenbach Bavaria being now in the twenty sixth year of his age, having migrated from Ohrenbach and arrived in New York on the 14th day of Sept. A.D. 1837 being them under the allegiance of the King 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.
Francis M Fertig
 
Northumberland County ,SS.
Francis M 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
Francis M Fertig
 
4. 1849 Petition for Naturalization by Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig.
Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County, Sunbury, Pennsylvania
No. 220 April Term 1849
Filed Aug 6th 1849
Et Cert Aug 25 1849
 
To the Hon. J. B. Anthony & his associates, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County.  The petition of Francis Fertig a native of Bäyern (Germany) now residing in Sunbury, county aforesaid, respectfully represents that your petitioner is desirous of becoming a citizen of the United States and of enjoying the benefit of the good laws + government thereof.  The petitioner therefore prays the Court to admit his naturalization, according to the provision of the acts of Congress on this subject.  Your petitioner also represents that he resided in the United States more than three years next preceding his arriving at the age of twenty one years, that he has continued to reside therein up to this time and that he is now twenty seven years of age
Francis M Fertig
 
Northumberland County Jct
Henry Bartshar a citizen of the United States, being duly sworn, deposeth that to his knowledge the petitioner has resided within the limits + jurisdiction of the United States from the year 1837 or 1838 until the present time and for all that time in Pennsylvania; that during all that time the petitioner has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States + well disposed to the good order + happiness of the same + that he was under 18 years of age when he first came to this county.
Henry Bartshar
Sworn + subscribed in open court August 6, 1849 J Farnsworth Piet
 
Northumberland County Jct
The petitioner being duly sworn, according to law, deposes that he has never borne any hereditary title or order of nobility in the country from whence he came; that for more that three years last past it has been his intention, and that he does hereby renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty whatever and particularly to the King of Bayern / Germany to whom he was heretofore subject.
Francis M Fertig
Sworn & subscribed in open court August 6, 1849 J Farnsworth Piet
 
5. Tombstones of Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig, Matilda Ferdig and Elizabeth (Shreiner) Ferdig.
The tombstones are located at the Shreiner's Cemetery, west of Shamokin Dam, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.  For directions, see the Reference section for the discussion of John Anthony Fertig.  The tombstone of Matilda Ferdig is located in the second row from the church, third tombstone from the cemetery road.  The tombstone for Francis Matthew and Elizabeth (Shreiner) Fertig/Ferdig is located in the ninth row from the church, first tombstone closest to the cemetery road.  The tombstone of Matilda Ferdig was photographed and transcribed on May 23, 2002.  The tombstone of Francis Matthew and Elizabeth (Shreiner) Fertig/Ferdig was photographed on May 5, 2004.  The tombstone was nearly illegible, but was accurately located based upon an old cemetery map obtained from Lee Calvin Hummel, grandson of Calvin Oscar Ferdig.
MATILDA, Wife of Francis M. Ferdig, Born August 16, 1820, Died October 16, 1864, Aged 44 y. 2 m.
 
Tombstone Inscriptions of SNYDER COUNTY, PENNA., Compiled by George W. Wagenseller, LL.D., Middleburgh, Pa., pages 163-164, 1904.
SHREINER'S CEMETERY. Located along road leading from Selinsgrove to Lewisburg.  Contains 224 bodies and 131 unmarked and 92 marked graves.
Ferdig, Francis M. b Sep 19, 1819; d Dec 12, 1896, aged 77 y 2 m 23 d.
Ferdig, Elizabeth, w of F. M. b Dec 27, 1814; d June 20, 1896, aged 81 y 5 m 24 d.
Ferdig, Matilda, w of F. M. b Aug. 16, 1820; d Oct 16, 1864, aged 44 y 2 m.
 
A GENEALOGIST'S GUIDE TO BURIALS IN SNYDER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, VOLUME I, Eastern Townships, East of PA 104, Compiled by Joseph A. Meiser, Jr., B.S., Ph. D. and Sarah Roadarmel Meiser, Grantham, PA, 2000, pages 157,160.
Schreiners Cemetery, L.R. 54056, Monroe Twp., Snyder County, Recorded in 1983.
Ferdig, Francis M 9/19/1819-12/12/1896
spouse 1: Matilda, 8/16/1820-10/16/1864
spouse 2: Elizabeth, 12/27/1814-6/20/1896
 
6. 1860 Census of Rush Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig family.
Francis Fordig, age 39, farmer, $400 personal estate; Matilda Fordig, age 40; Mary Fordig, age 17; John Fordig, age 14; Francis Fordig, age 11; Sarah Fordig, age 7; Sophia Fordig, age 3; Isaiah Fordig, age 5
 
7. 1870 Census of Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig family.
Francis Fertig, age 49, farmer, $2000 real estate, $1300 personal estate; Elizabeth Fertig, age 56, keeping house; John Fertig, age 25, works on farm; Francis Fertig, age 21, works on farm; Sarah Fertig, age 18; Isaah Fertig, age 16, works on farm; Sophia Fertig, age 11
 
8. 1880 Census of Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig family.
Francis M. Ferdig, age 58, head, married, farmer; Elizabeth Ferdig, age 64, wife, married, keeping house; Isaiah Ferdig, age 24, son, farm laborer; Sophia Ferdig, age 21, daughter, house help; William Daible, age 14, grand son, farm laborer
 
9. 1896 Appointment of administrator for estate of Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig.
Know all men by these presents that I, John Ferdig (the oldest son of Frances M Ferdig deceased) and Sarah Ferdig (now the wife of Wm Naugle) and an heir to the Est. of Frances M. Ferdig All of Monroe Twp Snyder Co. Pa do renounce our right to administrate in our fathers, Frances M Ferdigs Est. to I. E. Boust of above Twp Co + State and that we agree and desire that the above I. E. Boust be appointed as administrator in the Estate of our father Frances M. Fertig deceased - In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seal this 21st day of Dec A.D. 1896
John Ferdig Seal
Sarah Naugle X mark Seal
William Naugle Seal
Witness W Ferdig
 
10. 1877 Property grant to Francis Matthew Fertig/Ferdig.
Release Anna Hoffmaster et all To Francis M. Fertig
To all people to whom these presents shall come, Anna Hoffmaster + Solomon Hoffmaster her husband all of the County of Lawrence and State of Pennsylvania Daniel Koch Soloman Koch Martin Koch Samuel Koch David Koch Mary Wernnay and William Wernnay her husband all of the county of Columbianna + Mahonony in the State of Ohio Grandchildren of Philip Shreiner late of the County of Snyder in the State of Pennsylvania (being children of Susannah + Martin Koch) said Susannah being a daughter of said Philip Shreiner Decd Said Philip Shreiner having died some time ago, having first made his Last Will and Testament in writing, which will was duly probated in the Register's office of the county of Snyder Pennsylvania in which he devised and bequeathed his Real Estate, situate in said county to wit.   All that certain Tract of Land situate in Monroe Township, Snyder County Penn, adjoining lands of Michael Engel on the north, Samuel Wastman on the east lands of Michael Hummel on the West together with lands of Daniel Long and Peter Long, containing about sixty acres more or less to Elizabeth Fertig and provided that is the said Elizabeth should die single and without lawful heirs then my real estate should be equaly divided among my four daughters Susan Margeret Polly and Sarah or their lawful heirs.  Now know ye that we the aforesaid parties to this instrument of writing in consideration of the sum of twenty dollars to each of us in hand paid by Francis M Fertig of Monroe Township Snyder County Penna the receipt the receipt whereof we do hereby severally and jointly acknowledge each to have had received do hereby assign transfer set over and sell and release to the said Francis M Fertig his heirs and assigns in fee simple all our and each of our respective rights interest claim and demand title whatsoever of into or concerning the aforesaid real estate bequeathed to us aforesaid in right of our decd mother Susan and hereby giving to the said Francis M. Fertig full power and authority to receive and use the same without any let or hinderence from us he to step in and occupy our place as legatees under said will witness our hand and seal this 30th day of June 1877 Anna Hoffmaster Seal Solomon Hoffmaster Seal Martin Koch Seal William Wernnay Seal Mary Wernnay Seal Samuel Koch Seal David Koch Seal Daniel Koch Seal Solomon Koch Seal.....  
 
To all people to whom these presents shall come, Margaret Kaufman, widow of the city of Freepost, State of Illinois, one of the daughters of Philip Shriner, late of the county of Snyder in the State of Pennsylvania, decd the said Philip Shriner, having died some years ago, having first made his Last Will and Testament in writing, which will was duly probated in the county of Snyder , in which he devised and bequeathed his Real Estate, sit ???? to wit. All that certain Tract of Land situate in Monroe Township Pennsylvania, adjoining lands of Michael Engel on the north, Samuel Hast ???? lands of Michael Hummel on the West together with lands of Daniel ????  , containing about sixty acres more or less, to Elizabeth Fertig and ???? said Elizabeth should die single and without lawful heirs, then my ???? equally divided among my four daughters, Susan, Margaret, Polly and Sarah ????. Now know all men by these presents, that I the aforesaid Margaret ???? consideration of the sum of One hundred and thirty dollars to one in hand ?? Fertig of Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, the receipt ???? by acknowledgement, to have had and received , do hereby assign, transfer, ???? and release to the said Francis M. Fertig, his heirs and assigns  in fee simple ???? interest, claims and demands whatsoever of and into or concerning ???? Real Estate bequeathed to me as aforesaid hereby  giving to the said Francis ???? whatsoever and authority to receive and use the same without any let or hin ???? to occupy my place as a legatec under said will.  In Witness where ???? to set my hand and seal this 28th day of September A.D. One Thousand eight ??? four, Margaret Kauffman X her mark Seal Witness present K C N C Hyde J C ??? Stepherser, County, Ss. I Henry C Hyde, Judge of the County Court in and for ???? aforesaid do hereby certify that Margaret Kauffman, who is personally ???? person whose name is subscribed to the annexed decd, appeared before ???? acknowledged in person, that she had signed, sealed and delivered the ???? writing as her free act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed ???? , this 28th day of September A.D. 1874 J C Hyde, County Judges ????
 
11. Death record of Elizabeth (Shreiner) Ferdig.
Snyder County Pennsylvania, Death Index
Ferdig, Elizabeth, 20 June 1896, 82 y, 5 m, 12 d, b. Lancaster Co. Pa, buried Shamokin Dam
 
12. Obituary for Francis Fertig
Middleburgh Post, December 17, 1896
DIED...Dec. 11th, near Shamokin dam. Francis Fertig, aged about 75 years. Interment at Schriner's church, Chestnut Ridge, Tuesday of this week.
 
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