Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Henry KRATZ


         Henry KRATZ was born in Jesse-Darmstadt, Germany, April 1, 1820, and emigrated to this country while a young man. His parents were natives of Germany, in which country his father died (no names were given). He moved to Berkeley County in December 1856.

         In Baltimore County, Maryland, on December 10, 1842, Henry Kratz and Mary Fishpaw were married. She was born in that county and state, near Pikesville, on October 18, 1823, a daughter of Thomas and Anna (Rutter) Fishpaw, who were both deceased by 1884. Henry and Mary Kratz had the following children: Thomas Kratz, September 7, 1845-?, who served in the Confederate army during the Civil war and was wounded in the head at the battle of Kernstown; Henrietta Kratz, November 9, 1846-?; Laura V. Kratz, January 3, 1851-before 1884; Alexander Kratz, January 1, 1848-before 1884; Josephine Kratz, January 9, 1853-before 1884; George F. Kratz, April 13, 1856-?, lived in Ohio; Rebecca T. Kratz, March 1, 1858-?; Helen Marr Kratz, March 21, 1860-before 1884; William Henry H. Kratz, March 24, 1862-?, lived in Ohio; and Lelia A. Kratz, February 18, 1864-?.

         Henry Kratz was a clothier and merchant tailor at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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