(1828 - 1896)

   William Amore was born to unknown parentage on February 6, 1828 in Troy, New York. He was in Ohio by 1848 for a marriage record is found for him. On September 25, 1848 he married 16-year old Frances Price. She was born around February 14, 1832. The couple did not have any children as Frances died on April 2, 1850 at the age of 18 years 1 month 16 days. She is buried in Orange Grove Cemetery (also called Richmond Cemetery) in Oxford Township, Ohio where her grave stone is still standing although almost unreadable. The town close to the cemetery has not seen life or activity for almost one hundred years. Those visiting Richmond Cemetery have said that during cloudy days, the area has a certain spookiness to it. William is listed on the 1850 Census for Oxford Township in Coshocton County, Ohio as living with the Thomas Buck family. His age is listed as 22 with the profession "shoemaker." His real estate value was listed as $200.

William married again on May 15, 1851 to 21-year old Charlotte Reed. She was born on August 4, 1828 in Ohio. According to the marriage record, her last name is given as Imons, however there have been reports from descendents and other sources that her last name was Reed. The book "Marriages of Coshocton County" compiled by Miriam Hunter shows a marriage of William Irwins to Charlotte Reed on March 28, 1850. For an indepth analysis please refer to Is This My Charlotte?. There were five sons born to this union but only two, William Henry and George Washington, survived adulthood. One died at the age of three and two died at the age of about one year. Tragedy struck again when Charlotte died on October 9, 1862 at age 34 years 2 months 5 days. She is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Coshocton, Coshocton County, Ohio.

Three months after Charlotte passed away, William married for the third and last time. He took Elizabeth Spencer as his wife on January 15, 1863. Seven children, four sons and three daughters, were born to this union. One son and the daughters lived to adulthood but three sons died in childhood or infancy. The census taken on June 25, 1870 shows William, age 42, is a shoemaker and Elizabeth, age 33, is a housekeeper (housewife). Sons, William (Henry), age 18, and George, age 16, are laborers. Others in the household include: Cephas Amore, age 1; Jane Amore, age 4; and Florence Amore, age 2. It can be deduced from birthdates of the first three children of William and Elizabeth that Cephas' age could have been marked as "7" but could be difficult to make out on the microfilm record. "Jane" could be Jennie and "Florence" could possibly be "Florus". Until further documentation is uncovered, only assumptions are what we have. On the 1880 Census taken on June 18, 1880 William and Elizabeth are found living in Franklin Township in Coshocton County. Children living with them included Cephas, Jane, Laura, and Nellie. William lists his father's birthplace as England and his mother's birthplace as New York.

Elizabeth lived about eighteen years after William died. In her later life she is found living with her son, Cephas, and his family in Licking County, Ohio. Elizabeth was a devout Christian, belonging to the Methodist church and then later the Alexandria Baptist church. Not only did this remarkable woman raise her step-sons as her own, but she helped raise two of her grandchildren, Olive and Leonard (Cephas' children), after her daughter-in-law died until her son remarried. Elizabeth died on September 22, 1914. Her certificate of death cites the cause of death as liver cancer. She was buried on Sep. 24, 1914 in Alexandria, Licking County, Ohio. William passed away on February 9, 1896 at the age of 68 years 3 days. He is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery. For an essay about William and Coshocton, please read The Town on the River.

Ohio Death Index
County Name: LICKING
Date of Death: 9/22/1914
Volume Number: 1460
Certificate Number: 51100

Children of William Amore and Charlotte Reed:
  1. William Henry Amore b. 10 Mar 1852 West Lafayette, Coshocton Cty, Ohio d. 14 Jul 1934 m. 14 Dec 1872 to Mary Angeline (Annie) Werts b. 16 Feb 1855 d. 5 Dec 1941

  2. George Washington Amore b. 6 Jan 1854 West Lafayette, Coshocton Cty, Ohio d. 18 Sep. 1942 Coshocton County, Ohio m. 30 Jun 1878 to Catherine (Katie) Burden b. 10 Oct. 1852 d. 26 Sep. 1925

  3. Charles Amore b. about 1856 d. Sep 1859 at 3 years

  4. Lewis Clark Amore b. about 1858 d. 17 Oct 1859 at 1 years

  5. Zachariah Amore b. about 1860 d. 12 Oct 1861 at 1 year

Children of William Amore and Elizabeth Spencer:
  1. Cephas Amore b. 16 Oct 1863 Coshocton County, Ohio d. 21 Sep 1953 Alexandria, Licking County, Ohio m. (1) 31 Jan 1893 Flora Euphrates Studor b. 22 June 1867 d. 27 Jan 1896 m. (2) 24 Apr 1912 Ada Prior b. 29 July 1880 Nashport, Muskingum county, Ohio d. 23 May 1947 Alexandria, Licking County, Ohio

  2. Oliver Amore b. Abt. Jan. 1866 d. 19 May 1866 age 4 mos.

  3. Jennie May Amore b. 26 June 1866 d. 22 Feb 1917 Adams, Muskingum County, Ohio m. before 1888 to Albert S. Spragg b. Apr 1866 d. 1932

  4. Florus Amore b. Abt. Feb 1868 d. 19 Apr 1874

  5. Laura Amore b. 17 Aug 1871 Coshocton County, Ohio d. 8 June 1955 Alexandria, Licking County, Ohio m. 20 Sep 1900 to John Thomas Reese b. 20 Sep 1859 d. 4 Mar 1931

  6. Nellie Amore b. 18 June 1874 Coshocton County, Ohio d. 23 Oct 1961 Canton, Stark County, Ohio m. 10 Aug 1898 to William Dennison Brannon b. 18 Nov. 1870 Muskingum County, Ohio d. 1 Oct. 1954 Muskingum county, Ohio Updated January 27, 2007

  7. Infant Son Amore b. 16 Nov 1875 d. 1 Dec 1875

(1852 - 1934)

    William Henry Amore, son of William Amore and Charlotte Imons, was born on March 10, 1852 in West Lafayette, Coshocton County, Ohio. He was a laborer as a young man. On December 14, 1872 he married 17 year old Mary Angeline (Annie) Werts. She was born on February 16, 1855 to William Washington Werts and Louisa Bookless. Annie died on December 5, 1941 - two days before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She lived to see many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren born. Her father, William, died when she was about three. A man named Isaiah (Zade) Powelson reared her. Apparently he had her respect and love for she went on to name one of her sons after him. Louisa Werts later married a man named John Simon, and the couple had a daughter, Sarah Ellen Simon. The Werts name was Americanized from Wirts although many spellings occur throughout family history including Wertz, Wuerts, Wirtz and Virts.

William Henry and Annie had six sons and one daughter, all who lived to adulthood and many to an old age. William Henry was a carpenter, farmer and shoe cobbler. His grandson, Eugene (Gene) Amore, remembers visiting his shoe shop as a child. His granddaughter, Marie (Amore) Quirk remembers, "When us kids were younger, we used to go over to Roscoe to visit my grandparents (Pop's mother and father). Grandpa had a shoe shop in one end of the kitchen and then later he did have a little shop just down on the hill about one half block from their house."

William Henry Amore's House

Cobbler Shop

The couple spent their whole life in Coshocton County, Ohio and lived in Roscoe which has been marked as a historic village. He joined the Mt. Zion Methodist church when he was sixteen years old and joined the Salvation Army in 1906. Annie was very involved in the Salvation Army and her story can be found here. William Henry suffered a slight stroke in October 1933 which resulted in failing health. He passed away at the age of 82 years on July 14, 1934 from heart trouble and hardening of the arteries. Funeral services were held at home, and he was buried in the Roscoe cemetery.

Roscoe Man Dies Today Nine Months' Illness Fatal to W. H. Amore, Salvation Army Worker William Henry Amore, 82, died at his home in Roscoe at 3 a.m. today from heart trouble and hardening of the arteries. He had been in failing health since last October, when he suffered a light stroke. Funeral services will be conducted at the home at 2 p.m. Monday by Major Hinkle of the Salvation Army and Rev. M. R. Fitch. Burial will be in the Roscoe cemetery. Mr. Amore was born March 10, 1852, in West Lafayette, the son of William and Charlotte Amore. He was united in marriage Dec. 24, 1872, to Mary Angeline Werts. To this union were born seven children, all of whom survive. In his early life Mr. Amore was a carpenter, later becoming a farmer. With the exception of a little more than seven years, when he assisted his son in Salvation Army work in Zanesville and Portsmouth. Mr. Amore spent his whole life in Coshocton County. In 1900 he moved his family to Coshocton, where he engaged in shoe cobbling, a trade that he followed until about four years ago. In 1903 the family moved to Roscoe. At the age of 16 he joined the Mr. Zion Methodist church, and 28 years ago joined the local Salvation Army corps, of which he has been a valued member. Those who survive are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Benjamin F. Baker of Columbus; six sons, Rev. I. H. Amore of Elyria, Adj. Rollo Amore of Newark, Clarence of Delaware, Roy of Bacon Run, Lloyd of Coshocton and Herbert of the home. He also leaves 33 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

William Henry Amore's Death Certificate

Mrs. William Amore Dies Late Friday At Home in Roscoe Mrs. William H. Amore, 86-year-old Roscoe woman, died at her home at 10 p.m. Friday following eight years illness with arthritis, which resulted from injuries suffered in a fall in 1929. She was born in Linton township, Coshocton County, Feb. 16, 1855, a daughter of William and Louise Werts. She was married to William H. Amore Dec. 14, 1872, and he preceded her in death seven years ago. Except for five years spent in Muskingum County, Mrs. Amore had spent her entire life in Coshocton County. She was a member of the local Salvation Army for 25 years. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. B.F. Baker of Columbus; six sons, Rev. I. H. Amore of Columbus, Maj. Rollo W. Amore of Cambridge, Clarence W. Amore of Cleveland, W. Lloyd Amore of Coshocton, Roy Amore of near Plainfield and Herbert I. Amore of the home; 33 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren. Brief funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the home in Roscoe, followed by rites at 2 o'clock at the Salvation Army citadel. Capt. Douglas Bethune of the citadel will officiate, assisted by Rev. J. I. Moore of the Nazarene church. Burial will be in Roscoe cemetery.

Children of William Henry Amore and Mary Angeline Werts:
  1. Louisa Clementine Amore b. 12 Mar 1874 d. Apr 1956 Springfield, Ohio m. 7 Dec 1893 to Benjamin Franklin Baker b. 25 May 1874 Plainfield, Ohio d. 19 May 1936 Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio

  2. Isaiah Henderson (Zade) Amore b. 21 Sep 1876 Coshocton County, Ohio d. 18 Feb 1977 Coshocton County, Ohio m. (1) 4 June 1900 Lula Mae St. Clair b. Apr 1873 Madison Township, Muskingum County, Ohio d. 31 July 1963 Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio (div.) m. (2) 1904 Lula Mae St. clair Dunmead (div.) m. (3) 1949 Rose Myrtle Vensil Wohlheter Kime b. 14 Sep 1885 Adams Township, Muskingum County, Ohio d. 29 Nov 1979 Coshocton County, Ohio.

  3. Leroy Thurman Amore (Roy) b. 21 Jul 1879 Linton Township, Coshocton County, Ohio d. 28 Jan 1974 Coshocton County, Ohio m. 15 Sep 1906 to Harriet Mamie (Mamie) Modest Rivers b. 9 June 1889 Washington, Coshocton County, Ohio d. 23 Oct. 1957 Coshocton County, Ohio

  4. Lloyd William Amore b. 5 Mar 1882 Coshocton County, Ohio d. 25 Feb 1955 Coshocton County, Ohio m. 11 Apr 1903 to Ella Maria House b. 22 Jun 1882 Coshocton County, Ohio d. 3 Jul 1946 Coshocton County, Ohio

  5. Rollo Werts Amore b. 1 Nov 1885 d. 3 Mar 1972 Mansfield, Ohio m. 28 Jan 1908 to Alice Belle McCall b. 2 Nov 1886 near Adams Mills, Ohio d. 17 Feb 1965 Coshocton County, Ohio

  6. Herbert (Bert) Irwin Amore b. 12 Mar 1889 d. 4 Mar 1982 m. 15 Apr 1911 to Fannie Coder b. 3 Mar 1895 d. 26 Apr 1991.

  7. Clarence Wesley Amore b. 16 Nov 1893 Coshocton County, Ohio d. 3 June 1973 Cleveland, Ohio m. (1) Bef. 1917 Nellie Frances Buchanan b. 12 Dec 1894 Gallia County, Ohio d. 16 Sep 1956 Columbus, Ohio (div) m. (2) Aft. 1930 Mary A.R. Traxler b. about 1894 d. 24 Oct 1977 Cleveland, Ohio

William Henry Amore family
Standing L-R: Herbert, Rollo, Zade, Clarence, Lloyd
Sitting L-R: Roy, William Henry, Mary Angeline, Clemmie

Coshocton Tribune
May 27, 1924; Page 5
Four generations were present at the first reunion of the Amore-Wertz families, held Sunday, May 25, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Amore, in Roscoe.
Music was provided by a brass band and quartet, during the afternoon. Officers were also elected, committees appointed and plans laid for holding similar gatherings annually.
About 100 persons were there including Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Baker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Baker and family, Clarence W. Amore and family, Mr. and Mrs. Foster and H. Emmerson, of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Cephas Amore and family and Mr. and Mrs. John Reese and children, from Alexandria, Mrs. Dennis Brannon, of Adamsville, Mrs. William Seater and children, of Sonora, Captain R. Amore and family, from Dover, the Rev. I.H. Amore and family and Miss Marie Buschagen, of Youngstown, Mr. and Mrs. Therman Vensil and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Barcroft, Mrs. William Simmons, Alex Jennings and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Jennings and family, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Jennings and family, Belford McClain and family, Delbert Stone and family, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Werts, Lloyd Amore and family, Roy Amore and children, Mrs. John Shuck, Mrs. Samuel Powelson and daughter, of Coshocton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shackelford of Zanesville, Charles Fisher and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Amore, the host and hostess.

First Amore-Wertz Reunion 1924



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