CONCLUSION


In closing, it is noteworthy that Theodore Wirtz, the lone survivor of his branch of the Wirtz family in Germany, came to this country, survived both the perils of pioneer life and the Civil War, raised a family of four boys and five girls who produced forty-two grandchildren, and lived on to 91 years of age. Of the 42 grandchildren only nine were males endowed with the name of Worts. Of his great-grandchildren with the Worts name, very few have male offspring.

Among Theodore's descendants the family name of Wirtz has already disappeared; is this happening to the uniquely spelled family name of Worts also?