Wirth Family notes from church records of Dexbach, Germany
Charles Wirth was born Karl Wirth, 18 Apr 1835 in Dexbach, Germany. His parents was Johannes Wirth and Anna Margaretha Mankel.
Johannes Wirth was born 24 Oct 1797 in Dexbach, the son of Jakob Wirth and Anna Gertrand Koch.

Johannes Wirth and his wife, Anna Margarethe Mankel had these children:

(1) Maria Elisabeth Wirth born 15 Dec 1822 in Dexbach
(2) Johannes Wirth born 17 Sep 1825 in Dexbach
(3) Johann Jakob Wirth born 12 Mar 1829 in Dexbach (Zwillinge)
(4) Anna Margaretha Wirth born 12 Mar 1829 in Dexbach (Zwillinge)
(5) Anna Katharina Wirth 15 Jan 1832 in Dexbach
(6) Karl Wirth born 18 Apr 1835 in Dexbach

Anna Margaretha Mankel was born 21 Sep 1795, the daughter of Nicolaus Mankel and Anna Catharina Morg.

Her brother was Johannes Mankel who with his wife, Maria Elisabeth Schmidt, had these children:

(1) Johannes Mankel born 5 Sep 1823 in Dexbach
(2) Louise Katharina Mankel born 20 Apr 1826 in Dexbach
(3) Carl Friedrich Mankel born 23 Apr 1830 in Dexbach
(4) Anna Gertraud Mankel born 29 Aug 1833 in Dexbach
(5) Heinrich Mankel born 18 Aug 1836 in Dexbach
(6) Jacob Mankel born 18 Jul 1840 in Dexbach
Karl Wirth (1835) and Jacob Mankel (1840), who were first cousins, came to America together.Both settled first in Peoria County, Illinois before coming to Taylor County, Iowa.

Obituary of Charles Wirth - One by one the early settlers are passing on. Thursday morning of last week another of the old and highly respected citizens of this community answered the final summons in the person of Chas Wirth. He had been a most respected citizen of this neighborhood for forty-five years and during that time had, by his honesty and uprightness, established for himself a reputation which was to be envied. Though he is not with us in the flesh, he will long be remembered for his sturdy character, and the world is better for his having lived.

Funeral services were held Friday and interment was in the Guss cemetery. Charles Wirth was born in Germany, April 17, 1835, and departed this life at his home 4 1/2 miles northeast of New Market, June 15, 1922, age 87 years, 1 month and 28 days. He was married to Elizabeth Letterman in Peoria county, Illinois April 1, 1866. They lived in Illinois until 1875. Then came to Butler county, Iowa where they remained for about six months. From there they moved to Dallas township, Taylor county, Iowa, where they lived a life of true companionship, one to the other, until on June 7, 1904, their earthly union was broken by the death of his wife. To this union were born five children, Mrs Louisa Dunn, John Wirth, Mrs Ida Combs, Mrs Mary Osburn and Mrs Cora Van Horn, all of whom reside in the Glassgow community. These five faithful children, and their companions who did all that was in their power for father Wirth during the six days of his sickness, were all present at the funeral service which was held in the Free Methodist Church.

Father Wirth was converted about 40 years ago and has since that time lived devout, consistent Christian life, thus preparing himself to say with the Psalmist David: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." His suffering during his sickness was of the most intense nature, but the God of all grace, whom he loved and served for 40 years, was with him to comfort and strengthen him in pain and in death.

But today he rests where there shall be no more death, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. From whence his eternal spirit shall beckon his many friends and loved ones to the beautiful city of God. He is survived by his 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 8 greatgrandchildren. One granddaughter preceded him in death February 19, 1922. He also leaves a host of friends to mourn his death.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev J.P. Rowland, pastor of the Glassgow Free Methodist church, assisted by Rev W.G. Taylor, pastor of the College Springs Free Methodist church.

Charles/Karl Wirth married 19 Mar 1867 in Peoria County, Illinois (Book 3 page 204) to Elizabeth Letterman. Elizabeth was born 13 Oct 1846 in Peoria County, Illinois. Her parents were Joseph Letterman and Katherine Brenner. I have never found an obituary for Elizabeth Letterman Wirth.
Joseph Letterman
Obituary of Joseph Letterman - Peoria County, Illinois 1895

Joseph Letterman was born in Dexbach, Griesbieden Koppf, Germany, March 25, 1810, and died Friday, March 29, 1895, at his home east of Brimfield, aged 85 years and 4 days.

He emigrated to this country in 1834 and landed in Baltimore, Maryland, where he resided for a number of years and where he was married to Miss Katherine Brenner, in 1842. To them were born 7 children, of whom 3 are living. He moved from Baltimore to Kickapoo, Peoria county, Ill., in 1847, where his wife died in 1852. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Mrs Louisa Smith. By this union five children were born, of whom only one is now living, Mary, the wife of Mr L. Hasselbacher. After a short residence in Kickapoo he purchased what is now known as the Yess farm in Jubilee township, and a few years later sold that place and purchased the farm in Julilee township, and a few years later sold that place and purchased the farm where he resided at the time of his death. His wife survives him. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church, near his home, of which he was a lifelong member, on Sunday, March 31st, the services being conducted by the regular pastor. The remains were interred in the Baptist cemetery at Kickapoo.

Joseph Letterman's second wife was Louise Mankle who was a first cousin of Charles Wirth.

Obituary - Mrs Louisa Mankle Letterman was born in Dexbach, Germany, April 20, 1826, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs L. Hasselbacher, near Brimfield, Illinois, Jan 12, 1908.

Mrs Letterman came to America in 1851, coming to Sulphur Springs, Mo., where she was united in marriage to Jacob Smith, in the same year. To this union one child was born, a daughter, now Mrs W.D. Cox, residing at Elsmore, Kansas.

She was again united in marriage to Joseph Letterman, at Kickapoo, Ill., Nov 26, 1854, coming to this state in that year from Missouri. To this union five children were born, four of whom have passed to the better land. The surviving child is Mrs Mary Hasselbacher, wife of L. Hasselbacher, at whose home she died and by whom she was tenderly cared for.

Mr and Mrs Letterman resided in Kickapoo for a time after their marriage and then removed to the farm now known as the August Yess homestead, in Jubilee township, where they lived until 1866. They then purchased the farm now occupied by Mr and Mrs L. Hasselbacher, and this has ever since been her home, except for some years after the death of her husband Mrs Letterman made her home with her daughter, Mrs Cox, in Elsmore, Kansas. For the past fourteen years she has lived on the old home stead with Mr and Mrs Hasselbacher, where her declining years have been made comfortable and happy, her children and grandchildren leaving nothing undone that would add to her pleasure.

She leaves, besides the two daughter, one brother, Jacob Mankle, of New Market, Iowa, and one sister, Mrs Gertrude Weide, residing in Germany, and nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, to mourn her loss. The two daughters and brother were present at the funeral services.

The funeral services were held on Tuesday, at the Jubilee Lutheran church, and were largely attended. The sermon was preached by Rev Smith, of Galesburg. Mrs Letterman was a life long member of the Lutheran church. The remains were laid to rest at Kickapoo. The pall bearers included five grandsons of the deceased.

Card of Thanks - We desire to sincerely thank the friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness during the illness and at the time of the death of our beloved mother. Mr and Mrs L. Hasselbacher - Mrs Gertie Cox.

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