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Nancy Eliza ("Lila") Wertz

Nancy Eliza ("Lila") Wertz

Female 1875 - 1923  (48 years)

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  • Name Nancy Eliza ("Lila") Wertz 
    Nickname Lila 
    Born 16 Jan 1875  Salem, Roanoke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Jul 1923  Lowell, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Masonic Cem, Las Vegas, San Miguel Cnty, NM Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1017  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 31 May 2010 

    Father Abraham Joshua Wertz,   b. 16 Aug 1852, Salem, Roanoke Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1939, Las Vegas, San Miguel Cnty, NM Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Mary Lowman Jennings,   b. 2 Mar 1853, Fincastle, Botetourt Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1933, Las Vegas, San Miguel Cnty, NM Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 25 Feb 1874  Fincastle, Botetourt Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Family ID F348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charles Wesley Allen,   b. 29 Jan 1867, Chillothe, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1958, Warren, Cochise Cnty, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1892  Las Vegas, San Miguel Cnty, NM Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. Clarence W. Allen,   b. 23 Feb 1894, Las Vegas, San Miguel Cnty, NM Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1894, Las Vegas, San Miguel Cnty, NM Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F352  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John A. Leiter, «i»HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF THE LEITER FAMILIES«/i», p. 104 (1971), reports:
      «tab»"Nancy Eliza Wertz, b. 1-16-1875, Fincastle, d. 7-28-1923 Bisbee, Ariz., on 11-16-1892, at Las Vegas, N.M., m. Charles Wesley Allen, b. 1-29-1867, Chillicothe, Mo., d. 4-8-1958, Warren, Ariz."

      According to a local New Mexico newspaper, "Miss Lila Werts" was the object of a criminal attack in August, 1890. The paper's story line says: "Villains Frustrated. A Young Lady from Las Vegas Has a Narrow Escape ... Lecherous Devils Foiled." The paper reported that Ms. Werts was "visitng her aunt, Mrs. J. B. Snauffer [sic], of Fulton." Lila was invited to a dance held Saturday night, 16 August, 1890, at "Geosana, a little Mexican village three miles distant. They went in a wagon, accompanied by Mr. Snauffer's two little girls, [ Sue Ellen and Bessie ] aged ten and twelve years, and a little Mexican boy who drove the wagon. They reached the festive hall and tripped the light fantastic to entrancing strains of music until the 'wee sma' hours...." They left the dance hall for home at about 2:30 a.m. Before they reached home they were attacked. One attacker tried to lasso the girls' escort, William McFadden, a night telegraph operator for the Santa Fe railroad. WHen that did not succeed they threw rocks at him, bruising him and also striking "little Susie Snauffer" although not injuring them. "Mrs. Snauffer hearing the screams of her two little girls and neice at such an hour of the night was completely prostrated, making it necessary to telegraph to Las Vegas for a physician." The newspaper attributed the attack to Mexican "white caps." «i»See«/i», the «i»Las Vegas [NM] Daily Optic «/i»(21 Aug 1890).

  • Sources 
    1. [S123] Wertz, Bruce|, Guy Bruce Wertz, "Family Group Record" (Feb 2000) and subsequent Email updates, (G. Bruce Wertz, brucewertz@excite.com).

    2. [S121] Leiter|, John A. Leiter, HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF THE LEITER FAMILIES, (John A. Leiter, 1225 NW 26 Ave, Portland, OR 97210 : 1971), p.104 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S122] Leiter-2 |, John A. Leiter, HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF THE LEITER FAMILIES, (John A. Leiter, 1225 NW 26 Ave, Portland, OR 97210 : 2d ed 1977), p.119 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S121] Leiter|, John A. Leiter, HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF THE LEITER FAMILIES, (John A. Leiter, 1225 NW 26 Ave, Portland, OR 97210 : 1971), p.103 (Reliability: 3).