Name: George KURTZ
Birth: 1765 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Death: 30 NOV 1840 in Nelson County, Kentucky
By family accounts, George Kurtz, the second son named in Conrad's will, was born in Germany. In George's old German Bible, his birth date was given as 1765. This agrees with the date on his tombstone that says he died 30 November 1840, age 76. He was buried in a small Lutheran cemetery near Bardstown.
George Kurtz was married first to Catherine Funk, daughter of Henry Funk, who signed their marriage bond with Heinrich Funk, in German script. After Catherine's death, George married Barbara Kamp, daughter of Elizabeth Kamp. This marriage bond was signed by Godlieb Kamp, perhaps a brother o
r uncle of Barbara.
There were twelve children in George Kurtz's family. The first three were Catherine's, Jacob. Conrad and Henry Funk. Barbara had nine children, Mary Elizabeth, Eliza Ann, Elias, George, Isaac, Anna Catherine, John, Benjamin, Samuel and Elizabeth Ann. The twelve were listed in the old German Bible and also in two deeds.
George did not leave a will but Henry F. Kurtz, administrator of his estate, sold land in Putnam County, Indiana to Jacob Kurtz, who had moved there in 1828. This deed was signed by all of George's heirs, (Putnam Co. Deed Bk M, p. 300). Again. in Putnam Co. Deed Book M. p. 398, Conrad Kurtz
. Administrator for Henry F. Kurtz, conveyed land from George's estate to Elijah Allen, husband of Jacob's daughter, Mary Elizabeth. This deed. too, was signed by all the heirs of George.
There is evidence that George was born in Pennsylvania. In the 1880 Census of Spencer Co., Ky., George Jr. gives the birthplace of both of his parents as Pa., and, in the 1880 Census of Nelson Ky., Samuel also says that Pa. was the birthplace of his parents.
It appears that George was quite a prosperous farmer. The appraisal of his estate and the sales were recorded in 1842 in Will Book 3. pp. 440-448, Nelson Co., Henry F. Kurtz, administrator. The total sales came to $1204.76 1/2. This was in addition to all his land in Kentucky and Indiana, two slaves valued at $1150 and various notes.
It is also interesting to know that, in 1787, George Curts served as a soldier in an expedition against the Wabash Indians under Gen'l George Rogers Clark. Reference: Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Vol. 22. p. 83.
The details of George Kurtz' family are given in what follows as far as they are known. Jacob, the oldest, was the only one who lived in Indiana. The others settled in Nelson County or other nearby counties in Kentucky.
In 1920, Laura Kurtz Underwood visited with some Kurtz relatives who lived at Samuels. Kentucky in Nelson County and saw George's old German Bible and the nearby Kurtz house where five generations of Kurtzes had lived. Records have been searched in Spencer, Nelson and Hardin Counties and
, in the 1940's, some personal contacts were made as well. More details are available for the Indiana family of Jacob than for his brothers and sisters.
(Research):MARRIAGE BOND OF GEORGE CURTSE
Know all men by these present that we George Curtse and Henry Funk are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Virginia in the sum of 50 pounds to be paid to the said commonwealth to the which payment well and truly to be made and done we bind ourselves etc. firmly by these present
s sealed with our seals and dated the 16 of January 1790.
Whereas a marriage is suddenly intended to be solemnized between the above bound George Curtse and Catharine Funk daughter of the above Henry, if therefore there should be no just cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else remain in full force and virtue -
(Seal) George [his x mark] Curts
(Seal) Henry Funk (in German script)
Teste: Isaac Morrison
Know all men by these presents, that whereas George Kurtz late of Nelson County, State of Kentucky died sometime since in testate leaving twelve children and heirs, having in his life time made advancements to sundry of his children, and whereas at his death he owned a tract of land in Nelso
n County on the waters of Rogers Run and three tracts of land, situate in the State of Indiana, Putnam County, one of which he in his lifetime sold to Jacob Kurtz Jr. but did not Convey it. And whereas it became necessary to sell a portion of the land, of George Kurtz's and Benjamin F. Wiseheart became the purchaser. Now know ye that for good considerations hereunto moving us, we the children and he
irs of George Kurtz Ded have nominated, constituted and by these presents do nominate, constitute and appoint Conrad Kurtz of the County of Hardin and State of Kentucky, he being one of the children and heirs of George Kurtz Ded our true and lawful attorney in fact for the following purpos
First to convey all our right, title and interest in the land, sold to Benjamin F. Wiseheart to the said, to the said Benjamin F. Wiseheart.
Secondly to convey to Jacob Kurtz Jr. all right, title and interest in and to the tract of land situate in the State of Indiana, County of Putman, which he purchased of our said Father George Kurtz and which he has had in possession or sold.
Thirdly to sell and convey all our right, title and interest as heirs of George Kurtz Ded in and to the other two tracts of land, situate in the said County of Putnam and State of Indiana, and to receive from the said Jacob Kurtz Jr. any balance he may be owing for the land to be conveyed to him, and also to receive from the purchaser or purchasers, either cash or such other securities made payable to himselft as our Attorney in fact & to collect the same and execute all necessary a quittances for the same as and when h
e may think proper for the other two tracts of land in said State of Indiana, County of Putnam and will full power to make conveyances & receive the purchase money for all the lands we have any right title or interest in as heirs of George Kurtz Ded in said State of Indiana, County of Putnam. And we further authorize our said Attorney in fact of Henry F. Kurtz who as Admr., who is also the Admr. of Geo
rge Kurtz Ded, to apply the several amounts of money thus realized by him to making up to the heirs of George Kurtz Ded who have had less advances from their said Father, equal to those who have had large advancements, and the residue after making all equal to be divided equally among all th
e children and heirs of George Kurtz Ded and we do hereby ratify and confirm all the actings and doings of our said Attorney done and performed in pursuance hereof as fully as we could do were we personally present & acting ourselves. Given under our hands and seals this 28th day of September 1846.
Witness as To Elias Kurtz )
Eliza A. Kurtz )
Artennsia Kurtz )
(Seal) Elias Kurtz
(Seal) Mary E. Gore
(Seal) Enoch W. Gore
(Seal) Samuel Kurtz
(Seal) Isaac Kurtz
(Seal) George Kurtz
(Seal) F. B. Mathis
(Seal) Anna K Mathis
(Seal) Eliza A Kurtz
(Seal) John Kurtz
(Seal) Benjamin Kurtz
Father: Conrad KURTZ
Mother: Elizabeth UNKNOWN
- Mary Elizabeth KURTZ
- Elias KURTZ
- Isaac KURTZ
- Anna Catherine KURTZ
- Benjamin KURTZ
- John KURTZ
- George KURTZ
- Samuel KURTZ
- Eliza Ann KURTZ
Catherine FUNK b: 1775 in Virginia
16 JAN 1790
in Hardin County, Kentucky
- Conrad KURTZ , Jr.
- Henry Funk KURTZ b: AFT 1792
- Jacob KURTZ b: 22 DEC 1790