Biography of John Wentz
Richland Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JOHN WENTZ was born in this county December 18, 1839. His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth (Copenheffer) Eentz, were natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent. They came to Ohio in 1837, and entered eighty acres of land, where our subject now resides. They had eight children; Andrew, Jacob, Louisa, Levi, John, Jesse, William and Henry, the two latter deceased. The father was a weaver by trade; he died in 1854, aged fifty eight years; the mother in 1883, aged eighty five years. Mr. Wentz obtained a good education, and. worked upon the farm and railroad till he enlisted in the army, August 18, 1862. He joined Company A, One Hundred and Twenty.third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was engaged at Winchester, Martinsburg, Berryville, Snicker's Gap, Cedar Creek, Hatcher's Run, High Bridge and many skirmishes, serving two years and nine months. He was wounded in the engagement at High Bridge, and was detained at the hospital at Philadelphia two months, after which he was discharged. He married Savilla Cowdry February 24, 1866, she being the daughter of William and Mary (Bruce) Cowdry, then residents of Michigan, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Wentz are parents of three children; Olive, born February 17, 1868; Edith, November 9, 1870; Walter V., April 24, 1881. Mr. Wentz inherited twenty five acres of the homestead, where he now resides, having added to his inheritance till he now owns eighty nine acres, well stocked and improved, valued at $80 per acre. His dwelling cost $1,200 in 1880, and his barn $500 in 1872. He is a Republican, and member of the Church of God; Elder at present. On account of wounds received in the war, he receives a pension of $8 per month.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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