JOHN WILLIAM FERTIG
 
John William Fertig -circa 1882
 
John William Fertig and Virginia Elizabeth "Jenny" Umberger
 
John W. and Jenny Fertig family:
Left to right: Harry Lockhardt, Charles Stephen and Roy Joseph
 
John W. and Jenny Fertig family:
Left to right, front row: Jenny, Harvey and John W.
Back row: Harry, Roy and Charles

 
John W. and Jenny Fertig family:
Left to right: Harvey, Harry, Jenny and John W.
 
John W. and Jenny Fertig with granddaughters:
Left to right: Irene Ruth, Velma Mae, Mary Lou and Betty June
 
Jenny Fertig with sons - circa 1956:
Left to right: Charles, Harry and Roy
 
Charles Stephen Fertig, Sr. and Inez Ray Spence
Wedding Day
 
Charles Stephen Fertig, Sr. and Inez Ray Spence
 
MSgt./E-8 (Ret.) Charles Henry Fertig, Jr.
 
MSgt./E-8 (Ret.) Charles Henry Fertig, Jr.
 
Harry Lockhardt Fertig and Ruth Emma Gardner
 
   
 
FATHER
JOHN W. FERTIG
1861 - 1945
 
MOTHER
VIRGINIA E. FERTIG
1867 - 1950
 
 
John William Fertig was born on June 21, 1861 in Snyder County, Pennsylvania1,2.  He was the second son of John Joseph Fertig and Catherine Welker3,4.  John William was named after his father, John Joseph Fertig, as well as his grandfather, John Anthony Fertig.  John William was raised in Penn Township, Snyder County3.
 
On March 4, 1879, John William relocated to Pawnee County, Kansas with his father's family5Ten years later, John was united in marriage with Virginia Elizabeth "Jenny" Umberger on September 21, 18892,6,7,8.  Jenny was born on May 11, 1867 in Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Virginia, the daughter of James Lockard Umberger and Matilda Ann Steffie2,6,7,9,10,11.  John William and Jenny were honored and blessed with the birth of four sons: Charles Stephen, Sr., Roy Joseph, Harry Lockhardt and Harvey Sylvester6,7,9,10,11,12.
 
John purchased an 80 acre tract of farmland, the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 15, Township 22 (Logan Township), Range 156,9,10,11,12,13.  His father, John Joseph, owned the west half of the same quarter section and gave the property to John William as an inheritance13,14.  John Joseph had homesteaded on the quarter section immediately north of John William's tract of land12,13 John William remained on his property and farmed for the rest of his life6,9,10,11.
 
John and Jenny were both believers in the Lord Jesus Christ7,12.  The following memories were written by Irene Ruth (Fertig) Jost, granddaughter of John William12:
Grandmother was less than five feet tall, but had a huge heart of love which made her unique.  She was a most gentle and loving woman.  Called Aunt Jenny by her nieces and nephews.  Everyone loved to come to their farm to enjoy southern hospitality. My Grandmother was blind from Glaucoma her last years.  She loved my reading her Bible to her.  Uncle Harry also became blind in old age for doctors did not understand Glaucoma and the removal of cataracts.
 
The driveway approach to their house divided to become a circle drive which enclosed the cedar and lilac bushes.  There were nine buildings on their farm yard. The three bedroom house, a barn (for horses), a cattle barn, brooder-houses (for chicks), hen-houses, granary, repair building, well-house, out-house.  My grandfather was a well-organized man who kept the whole farm "picture perfect".  Across the road from their place was homesteaded by my Great Aunt Mary whom he helped a good deal, I understand.  My Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother lived with my Great Aunt Mary.  A corner of their land was allocated for a cemetery for the Fertig family. However, many Fertigs have been interred in other cemeteries in this area.
John went home to be with the Lord on March 26, 1945 at the Nulf Convalescent Home in Pawnee County, at the age of 83 or 842,12.  The funeral service was conducted by Reverend H. N. Bower, Evangelical minister of Offerle and Reverend Henry Grusing of Radium15.  Jenny passed on to her eternal home on April 1, 1950 at the age of 822,7,12.  Their bodies were both buried at the Larned Cemetery in Larned12,16.
 
Jenny's obituary recorded the following information regarding her life7:
At the age of nine, because of the ill health of her mother, she became a little mother to her brothers and sisters.  When 14 years of age she gave her heart to God and was affiliated with the Baptist church.  After her marriage she became a charter member of the Lincoln Methodist church and when it was disbanded, they attended the Methodist church in Larned.  After the death of her husband about five years ago, she moved her membership to the Radium Methodist church, where she attended as much as her failing health would permit.  As her eyesight failed and physical darkness gathered around her, the light of God's spirit and grace illuminated her heart and soul.  It was a benediction to visit with her.  She was patient, kind, unselfish, and thoughtful of others.  One of her favorite poems after which she tried to pattern her life is entitled "Others." 
CHILDREN OF JOHN WILLIAM AND JENNY:
Charles Stephen "Charley", Sr., born April 5, 1891, married Inez Ray Spence and died May 30, 1952
Roy Joseph, born January 1, 1893, married Sarah Ruth Yocum and Ella Frieda Jost and died September 27, 1971
Harry Lockhardt, born September 22, 1894, married Ruth Emma Gardner and died July 5, 1976
Harvey Sylvester, born December 17, 1903 and died February 18, 1950
 
REFERENCES:
1. 1861 Birth and baptism certificate of John William Fertig.
CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH & BAPTISM,
To these two Parents, as John Fertig and his Wife Catharine a daughter of Peter Welker was born a Son on the 21 day of June in the year of our Lord 1861.  This Child was born in Snyder County, in the State of Pa in North America, was baptized on the   day of 1861 by the Rev. Duninger and received the name of John William.
Witnesses present at the Act of Baptism The Parents, as sponsors.
 
2. Ancestral Chart for John Phillip Fertig.
For more information, see the reference section for Simon Henry Fertig.
 
3. 1870 Census of Penn Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, John Joseph Fertig family.
For more information, see the reference section for John Joseph Fertig.
 
4. 1885 Census of Kansas, John Joseph Fertig family.
For more information, see the reference section for John Joseph Fertig.
 
5. 1919 History of Simon Henry Fertig.
For more information, see the reference section for Simon Henry Fertig.
 
6. 1900 Census of Logan Township, Pawnee County, Kansas, John William Fertig family.
John W. Fertig, head, born June 1861, age 38, married 10 years, farmer, owned farm free; Virginia E. Fertig, wife, born May 1867, age 33, married 10 years; Charlie S. Fertig, son, born Apr 1891, age 9; Roy J. Fertig, son, born Jan 1893, age 7; Harry L. Fertig, son, born Sept. 1894, age 5
 
7.  1950 Obituary for Virginia Elizabeth (Umberger) Fertig.
Virginia Elizabeth Umberger, daughter of James and Matilda Ann Umberger, was born in Rural Retreat, Wyth county, Virginia, May 11, 1867, and was crowned in the land immortal from the home of her son, Harry, at 9:30 Saturday evening, April 1, 1950, at the beautiful age of 82 years, 10 months and 20 days.  She moved to Pawnee county, Kansas, Dec. 2, 1887, and was united in marriage to John William Fertig, Sept. 24, 1889.  To this union four sons were born.  She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers, one sister, and by her youngest son, Harvey Sylvester, who entered the life beyond only six weeks before her departure.  At the age of nine, because of the ill health of her mother, she became a little mother to her brothers and sisters.  When 14 years of age she gave her heart to God and was affiliated with the Baptist church.  After her marriage she became a charter member of the Lincoln Methodist church and when it was disbanded, they attended the Methodist church in Larned.  After the death of her husband about five years ago, she moved her membership to the Radium Methodist church, where she attended as much as her failing health would permit.  As her eyesight failed and physical darkness gathered around her, the light of God's spirit and grace illuminated her heart and soul.  It was a benediction to visit with her.  She was patient, kind, unselfish, and thoughtful of others.  One of her favorite poems after which she tried to pattern her life is entitled "Others."  Mrs. Fertig is survived by three of her sons, Charley Stephen, Roy Joseph, Harry Lockard; by her youngest sister, Mrs. Laure E. Warren, Winfield; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.  She selected John 14 as the scripture lesson for her service and named the following as pall bearers: Bob Jost, Ansel Blakely, Earl Fertig, Abner Zook,  Roy Monger and Franklin Miller.
 
8. 1889 Marriage license for John William Fertig and Virginia Elizabeth Umberger.
NO. 194, Marriage License., State of Kansas, Pawnee County, Larned Sept 21 A.D. 1889, To any Person Authorized by Law to Perform the Marriage Ceremony---GREETING: You are Hereby Authorized to Join in Marriage JW Fertig of Larned aged 28 years, and Miss Jennie Umberger of Larned, aged 22 years, and of this License you will make due return to my office within thirty days.  S.F. Mercer, PROBATE JUDGE.
State of Kansas, Pawnee County, ss: J.G. Lowther do hereby certify, that in accordance with the authorization of the within License, I did, on the 21 day of September A.D. 1889 at near Larned in said county, Join and United in marriage the above named JW Fertig and Virginia Umberger, Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written. Attest: SF Mercer PROBATE JUDGE G Lowther [SEAL.]
 
9. 1910 Census of Logan Township, Pawnee County, Kansas, John William Fertig family.
John W. Fertig, head, age 48, married 20 years, farmer, own farm; Virginia E. Fertig, wife, age 43, married 20 yeas; Charlie S. Fertig, son, age 19, home farm; Roy J. Fertig, son, age 17; Harry L. Fertig, son, age 15; Harry S. Fertig, son, age 6; Ida M. Thomas, servant, age 19, teacher
 
10. 1920 Census of Logan Township, Pawnee County, Kansas, John William Fertig family.
John W. Fertig, head, own farm, age 58, married, farmer; Virginia E. Fertig, wife, age 52, married; Harvey S. Fertig, son, age 16
 
11. 1930 Census of Logan Township, Pawnee County, Kansas, John William Fertig family.
J.W.Fertig, head, house owned, age 68, married, age 28 first married, farmer; Virginia E. Fertig, wife, age 63, married, age 27 first married; Harvey S. Fertig, son, age 26
 
12. Correspondence with Irene Ruth (Fertig) Jost, daughter of Roy Joseph Fertig.
For more information, see the reference section for Roy Joseph Fertig.
 
13. Property Map of Logan Township, Pawnee County, Kansas.
For more information, see the reference section for John Joseph Fertig.
 
14. 1905 Will of John Joseph Fertig.
For more information, see the reference section for John Joseph Fertig.
 
15. 1945 Obituary for John William Fertig.
A RESIDENT 60 YEARS
J. W. Fertig, Who Died Monday, Farmed in the Ray Community.
J. W. Fertig, who was a resident of Pawnee County about 60 years, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Nulf Convalescent Home.  He was born at Sunbury, Pa., June 21, 1861, coming to Kansas when he was a young man.  For many years the family lived on a farm two miles south of Ray.  He is survived by his widow and four sons, Charles and Harry of Larned: Roy, of Radium: and Harvey of Parsons.  Time and place of the funeral service will be announced by the Beckwith Morturary.
 
Fertig Funeral Thursday.
The funeral of J. W. Fertig, who died Monday, will be held at the Beckwith chapel at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in the Larned cemetery.  He was a resident of Pawnee county 66 years.  The service will be conducted by Rev. H. N. Bower, Evangelical minister, of Offerle, and Rev. Henry Grusing, of Radium.
 
16. Larned Cemetery Record Book.
NC 545A; FATHER, JOHN WM. FERTIG, B: 21 Jun 1861 Selins Grove, PA, D: 26 Mar 1945 LKS, F: John Joseph Fertig, M: Catherine Welker, WF: Virginia E. Umberger, CH: Charles S., Roy J., Harry L., & Harvey S.; MOTHER, VIRGINIA E. FERTIG, B: 11 May 1867 Wyth Co. VA, D: 1 Apr 1950 PCOKS, F: James Lockard Umberger, M: Matilda Ann Steffey, B&S: Laura; SON, HARVEY Silvester FERTIG, B: 17 DEC 1903 PCOKS, D: 18 FEB 1950 Parsons, KS; HARRY Lockard FERTIG, B: 22 Sep 1894 Ray, KS, D: 5 Jul 1976 LKS, F: John William Fertig, M: Virginia Elizabeth Umberger, WF: Ruth Emma Gardner Mar 1918, B&S Charles, Roy & Harvey; RUTH Emma FERTIG, B: 8 Mar 1900 York, PA, D: 14 Jan 1981 LKS, F: James Gardner, M: Jessava Albert, B&S Theodore, John, Edna & Hope
 
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