The Wolfes of Forenaghts, &c., Co. Kildare
Lieut.-Col. R.T. Wolfe
Blackhall, Baronrath, Co. Kildare, Tipperary, Cape of Good Hope &c.
Also the Wolfes of Co Kildare and the Wolfes of Dublin
2nd edition ND but c1885-90
Preface to Second Edition v Introduction vii Members of the Family Living The Wolfes of Forenaghts, &c., Co. Kildare 1 The Old Wolfes of Kilcolman, &c., Co. Kildare 16 The Wolfes of Dublin 17 APPENDICES: 1. . Major-General James Wolfe, d. 1759 23 2. Richard Wolfe, d. 1678 32 3. John Wolfe, d. 1715 34 4. Jane Wolfe, wife of Hugh Banner 35 5. Dorothy Wolfe, wife of William Brunton 36 6. Eleanor Wolfe, wife of William Burgoyne 36 7. Mary Cooper, or Colelough, widow Of John Wolle 36 8. Richard Wolfe, d. 1732 37 9. John Wolfe, d. 1748 37 10. Elizabeth Wolfe, wife of Thomas Blood 38 11. Ann Wolle, wife of Richard Fletcher 38 12. Mary Wolfe, wife of - King 38 13. Alice Wolfe, wife of Samuel Page 38 14. Lydia Page, wile of Richard Wolfe 38 15. Thomas Wolfe of Blackhall, d. 1787 39 16. Margaret Lombard, wife of Thomas Wolfe 39 17. Theobald Wolfe of Blackball, d. 1799 40 18. William Clarges Wolfe, Colonel, d. 1868 41 19. Peter Wolfe, Captain, d. about 1858 41 20. John Charles Wolfe, Archdeacon, d. 1871 41 21. Mary Emilie Wolfe, wife of A. A. E. Coote 42 22. Augusta Wolfe, wife of the Rev. L. A. H, T. Porter 42 23. Frances Isabella Wolfe, widow of Rev. Jno. Murray 42 24. Charles Wolfe, the Poet, d. 1823 42 26. Mary Wolfe, HENDRICK and WETHERALL Pedigree 43 26. Theobald Wolfe, the eminent Counsellor, d. 1784 47 27. Mary Wolfe, FETHERSTON Pedigree 49 28. Lydia Wolfe, JONES Pedigree 50 29. Anne Wolle, WALSH Pedigree 50 30. Richard Wolfe of Baronrath, &c., d. 1779 52 31. Alicia Standish Wolfe, his wife, STANDISH Pedigree 53 32. William Standish Wolfe of Baronrath, d. 1810 56 33. Elizabeth Toler, his wife, TOLER Pedigree 57 34. Theobald Wolfe, d. 1805 67 35. William Standish Wolfe of Baronrath, d. 1869 68 36. Robert Wolfe, Ensign 59th Regiment, killed 1811 68 37. Frances Elizabeth Wolfe, wile of L. Sparrow 69 38. Letitia Wolfe wife of H. A. Harvey 69 39. Caroline Rolleston, wife of T. R. Wolfe, Esq., .J.P. 69 40. Lucy Wolfe. widow of Benjamin Towers of Castleton, d. 1893 70 41. George Burleigh, M.D., BURLEIGH Pedigree 70 42. Rebecca Kingsley, his wife 73 43. Antoinette Elizabeth Kuys, widow of Charles Henry Wolfe 74 44. Charles Henry Wolfe, d. 1893 75 45. Alicia Frances Burleigh Wolfe, widow of Alphonzo Taylor and Thomas Hutchison 76 46. Fanny Mildmay Wolfe, wife of George Piers 76 47. Major-General George D. D. Wolfe 76 48. Louisa Alicia Burleigh Wolfe, wife of H. T. Perkins 80 49. Kathleen Wolfe, wife of J. P. Hopkins 80 50. Edith Wolfe, wife of Henry Davis 80 51. Alicia Mary Wolfe, relict of Lt-Colonel T. P. Touzel 80 52. Major Richard Wolfe, d. 1855 80 53. Anna Maria de Lorentz Wolfe, wife of W. M. M. Farmer 81 54. Elizabeth Lydia Wolfe, METGE Pedigree 81 55. Elizabeth Wolfe, d. 1816 83 56. Anne Wolfe, wife of Robert French 83 57. William Wolfe, d. 1742 84 58. Mary Wolfe, wife of Wm. Sherlock 84 59. Alice Wolfe, wife of Fleetwood Cahill 84 60. Elizabeth. Wolfe, d. 1790 85 61. Anne Wolfe, wife of Rev. Thomas Bullen 85 62. Richard Straubenzie Wolfe [Rev.], killed 1803 85 63. Charles Bucknall Wolfe, his father, d. 1790. 86 64. Richard Wolfe of Athy, d.. 1786 85 65. John Wolfe of Bishopsland, d, 1786 86 66. Theobald Wolfe of Castle Warden, d. 1771 87 67. Arthur Wolfe, Lord Kilwarden, killed 1803 87 68. Colonel the Hon. Arthur Wolfe, d. 1805 89 69. Katharine Hussey, wife of Williams Wolfe 90 70. Williams Wolfe, d. 1770. 90 71. John Wolfe of Forenaghts, d. 1760 90 72. Margaret Hamilton, HAMILTON Pedigree 91 73. Major Arthur Wolfe, her husband, d. 1814 92 74. Colonel John Wolfe, d. 1816 92 75. John Wolfe, his son, d. 1816 93 76. Richard Wolfe [Rev.], d. 1841 93 77. Henrietta Elizabeth Ball, widow of T. Geo. Wolfe, BALL Pedigree 94 78. Theobald George Samuel Wolfe, d. 1872 102 79. Richard Wolfe of Forenaghts, killed 1885 103 80. Elizabeth Wolfe, wife of Surgeon-Major W. J. R. Rainsford 105 81. Oughterard 106 ERRATA 107 Pedigree Chart of the Wolfes of Forenaghts, &c., at end.
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION
In the preparation of a Second Edition of the Wolfes of Forenaghts, &c., I have been chiefly influenced by the desire to give the pedigrees, as far as obtainable, of such families as, by marriage, became allied to the Wolfes, where not already given in Burke's Landed Gentry, with the descendants, the issue of these marriages; to make such corrections as have occurred since through births, marriages, and deaths, and to add other information since acquired.
The pedigrees referred to, which will be found in the appendices. have been procured from various sources, chiefly from relatives. I am indebted to my cousins, the late Miss Alicia Metge, of Sandy Mount, Dublin, for the Toler pedigree Appendix No. 331, to the Rev. W. Ball Wright, of Christchurch, Port Henry, New York, U.S.A., for the Standish and Ball pedigrees [Appendices -Nos. 3 1 and 771, to the Rev. E. A. Cooke, Vicar of Reddal Hill, StalFord, for that of the Hendrick family [Appendix No. 25], to, Captain T. Lomax Walsh, 4th Batt. Somersetshire Light Infantry, of Bishopshull House, Stoke Court, Somerset, for the Walsh pedigree [Appendix NO. 29], and to the Rev. J. C. Hamilton, of Exmouth, for the Hamilton pedigree [Appendix No. 72]. It is possible some of the pedigrees in this work may not be in all respects strictly accurate, especially where given from memory, and must therefore be taken as needing verification before being accepted as authentic. I have no reason, however, to doubt their accuracy, and. simply suggest this remark as a precaution against too full reliance being placed upon them, until t t hey have been submitted to a closer examination that it has been in my power to bestow upon them.
I take this opportunity of correcting a statement contained in the Introduction to the first edition, as to the marriage of Lieutenant Charles Bucknall Wolfe to Miss Brabrow. This marriage would appear [on the authority of Anne Jane Wolfe-Mrs. Croker--a near relative of Charles Bucknall's] to have been one of those not recognised at the time by the laws of this country, having, no doubt, like that of Mr. John Wolfe, of Bishopsland [see Appendix No. 65], been celebrated by a Romish priest. Being, however,. a legitimate marriage according to American law, the children were enabled to claim successfully the property of their half-brother, the Rev. Richard Straubenzie Wolfe, who was killed 3rd July, 1803, and which descended to him from his maternal grandfather, who was Port Captain of New York, U.S.A.
The Richard Wolfe referred to also in the "Introduction" to the first edition as having died abroad appears to have been gazetted an Ensign in the 68th Regiment [from the Kildare Militia] 30th March, 1800, and to have died in the Leeward Islands on the 2nd July, 1801,
Two pedigrees of Irish families of the same name, though it is believed in no way related to the Wolfes of Forenaghts, are given in this edition, a brief one of the old Wolfes of Kildare, which family appears to have been broken up and scattered in 1641, and the Wolfes of Dublin, which has still many representatives.
In any further search for the English ancestry of the Wolfes of Forenaghts, the Co. of Durham records, legal and others, now existing in the Record Office, Fetter Lane London, might yield results.
The Laurels, Exmouth,
May 24, 1893.
The collection of information relating to the Wolfes of Forenaghts, &c., Co. Kildare, here given, consisting of a pedigree extending back to the advent in Ireland of the founder of the Irish branch of the family, and of biographical notices of such of its members respecting whom it was possible so far to obtain information is a work which has extended over years. The idea of gathering information respecting the family occurred to the writer some time between the years 1844 and 1851, but being then abroad at the Cape of Good Hope] he was unable to do more than make a beginning. Having been removed to England in 1859, and to Ireland [Inniskillen] in 1866 , he found himself in a position to increase his stock of knowledge, more especially after his removal to Ireland, where he was enabled to make the acquaintance of his kinsmen, the late Mr. George Wolfe, of Forenaghts, and his brother, the Venerable Archdeacon Wolfe, through whom he had access to papers which had then only recently been discovered, bricked up in a recess off the morning room at Forenaghts, and especially to an account of the family written by the first Lord Kilwarden, which was found contained in a book [now in the possession of Mrs. Wolfe, widow of Archdeacon Wolfe] enclosed in an envelope, addressed to Colonel John Wolfe, then of Forenaghts, and wafered-never having apparently been opened before. From this book and the other papers, much that will be found contained in the pages annexed, was obtained. His removal to Bermuda in 1870, and the sad deaths of both the Archdeacon and Mr. George Wolfe between that date and his return in 1873, prevented any further progress being made. In 1873, being ordered to Dublin, the opportunity offered of obtaining access to the papers in the Public Record Office there, during periods of leave. This led to the discovery of further information. Being removed to Woolwich in 1876, advantage was taken of proximity to London to search old wills in Somerset House, and public records in the Record Office, Fetter Lane, but with little or no results, though continued from 1876 to 1878. In the latter year, being removed to Singapore, further progress was checked. In 1882 the writer returned to England, and in 1883 a visit to York, Chester and Dublin was made to examine wills of persons of the same name, and other papers, with no results in the two former cities, but in Dublin much valuable information was obtained from a Chancery Suit, the index to which had not, on his previous visits, been in the possession of the officials of the Irish Record Office. Access to the family papers about the same time was also most kindly afforded, even urged, by the late ever-to-be-lamented Richard Wolfe of Forenaghts, who was killed at the battle of 'Abu Klea', and whose interest in the object of the writer's researches was scarcely less keen than his own. From this was obtained also important information, although the number of papers it was possible to examine in the short time that could be afforded to devote to the purpose, was but a minute portion of the whole. In 1884, at the urgent invitation and request of Richard Wolfe, he again visited Ireland, and spent several weeks at Bishopsland in the perusal of a further portion of the papers, with satisfactory results. He was,. however, called away to join his young kinsman in Edinburgh, afterwards accompanying him to London, the latter having been placed under orders for the Soudan ; and, more or less, he remained with him, until he sailed in the P&0. s.s. Australia, on September 26, 1884, never, alas! to return. To the assistance afforded by. this, one of the brightest ornaments of the family, to his zeal and encouragement, much of the information given in the following pages is due. His sad and untimely death is to the writer a lasting sorrow.
There remains still to be gleaned from the mass of family papers now in the possession of the present head of the family much that will increase and add interest to its history. The task, however, from the care necessary in their scrutiny and examination, many difficult to decipher, is one of no slight nature, and it will need both zeal in the cause, determination and consistent application in any future searcher, to perform the duty satisfactorily. The information, however, now given will much facilitate future operations. It is not, however, everyone who is qualified to undertake such a task, or whose special tastes lie in that direction, or whose motive power, as has been that of the writer, is devoted to the promotion of the dignity, the unity, and, in fact, the best interests of the family, whether collectively or individually, free altogether from any personal considerations whatever.
The history of the family prior to the advent in Ireland of the first of the name in 1658 is as yet a sealed book. Burke, in his Landed Gentry, describes it as one of great antiquity. Of its origin various accounts are given. One aged member of the family, now dead, ascribed to it a German origin. Another, also dead, spoke of it as having come over with William III., and as having been granted large Possessions in co. Kildare. This, 1 need not say, has been since disproved. A connection skilled in genealogical researches, also since dead, asserted that in some work it was shown to have been descended from a younger branch of a family named De Rode. A Hugo de Rode, the original ancestor, existed in Cheshire in the time of William the Conqueror [vide Domesday Book], one of whose descendants took the name of Le Wolfe, and was of Church Lawton [vide Harleian Manuscripts, 2119, f. 83]. The only slight piece of evidence in confirmation of this is the fact that the arms of a Hugo Le Wolfe of Cheshire, copied in Queen Elizabeth's time from a previous existing record, and officially recorded in the Herald's College, London, corresponds exactly with the, arms of the Wolfes of Forenaghts in use for the last century and a half. Another writes, in 1870, "I shall be anxious for your assurance that you intend to pursue your researches until you arrive, if possible, at that traditional sporting gentleman who found his way over from the Continent in the time of King Edgar, and earned for himself the name, the crest, and the coat of arms which is still yours."
Lord Kilwarden, in the account left by him, previously referred to, says: "The family of Wolfe is of "English origin, and not of the same stock with any family of the same name in Ireland. The first of the name that settled in Ireland was John Wolfe;" that, " he had conversed with several persons who were personally acquainted with him. He came from Yorkshire some time before the restoration of Charles the Second, driven from his own country for the part he had taken on the side of the King in the Civil War."
From a will, discovered in the Record Office, Dublin, of a Richard Wolfe, who died 1678, it was evident that he was the founder of the family, and that he, not his son John, was the first migrant. From a Chancery Suit, discovered in 1883 in the same office, this is confirmed, inasmuch as John at the date of the migration would appear to have been only thirteen years of age. He, probably, with his mother and four sisters, accompanied his father; but there can be little doubt that Richard, his father, must be credited with having been the founder of the family in Ireland. The date of the migration given in the Chancery Suit corresponds with the information obtained by Lord Kilwarden, but the domicile prior to the advent would appear more doubtful. From the persons therein mentioned who appear to have had business connections with Richard Wolfe, the County Durham, rather than Yorkshire, would seem to have been the cradle of the family. Wills in Durham and York, and Parish Registers in portions of Co. Durham, have been examined, but no distinct clue is afforded of the actual locality Richard Wolfe resided in prior to his removal to Ireland.
The name Wolfe, no doubt, was first adopted as a family patronymic when surnames first became fashionable. Speed, in an edition of 1610; says: "Some took the name of animals, such as 'Ulf,' for wolf. 'Ulf', however, seems to have been the Danish form of the word, while W.O.L.F. was the Saxon mode of spelling it. I am inclined to think the Wolfes of Kildare are of Saxon descent, though we find in ancient records Ulf, Vulf, Wulf, Wolf, and Wolfe variously used.
Prior to the advent of Richard Wolfe in Ireland in 1658 there existed a family of the same name, spelt in the same manner, in co Kildare, the head of whom, Nicolas, [and banished to Co. Clare] was attainted with three others of the family in 1641.
The Wolfes of Forenaghts divided into three branches-the descendants of three of the sons of Richard Wolfe (grandson of the first Richard) and Lydia Page, his wife. They were the Forenaghts, Blackball, and Baronrath. The first of these is apparently now extinct, but of the Blackhall branch there are five male representatives, and of the Baronrath--nineteen. The names of the male and female members living at this date are given below.
It is possible there may be descendants still existing of Lieutenant Charles Bucknall Wolfe by his second wife, Miss Brabrow. Several of his sons by her, on the death of their half-brother, the Rev. Richard Straubenzie Wolfe, in 1803, who inherited property from his mother, Miss Griffith, are said to have gone to America with their mother, claimed the same, obtained it, and have never since been heard of. There was also a Richard Wolfe, sixth son of Theobald Wolfe, Esq. of Blackball, born in 1782, who, it was said, died abroad. Nothing of him or of his history is now known to the family.
Guildford, June 10, 1885.
MEMBERS of THE FAMILY LIVING AT THIS DATE
FORENAGHTS LINE Now Extinct
1 George Wolfe, Esq., of Forenaghts Bishopsland, Ballymore-Eustace, &c., Co. Kildare and Aoomb Priory, York 2 James Charles Wolfe, Esq. 19, Eksteen Road, Clapham 3 James Charles, his son
4 The Rev. Edward Wolfe Brixton Hill, Brixton, London 5 Arthur Thoobald Wolfe Ireland
6 John Standish Wolfe, Esq. Southhill, Nenagh, co. Tipperary 7 George Wolfe Chicago, America 8 Toler Kingsley Wolfe
9 Richard Herbert WoIfe Skibbereen, co. Cork. 10 William Butler Wolfe Rapla, Nenagh, co. Tipperary 11 Robert French Wolfe
12 Theobald Richard Wolfe, Esq., J.P. Rockford, Nenagh, co. Tipperary. 13 John Rolleston, his son
14 James Ffranck Rolleston, his son
15 Richard Burleigh Wolfe Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope 16 Charles Henry Wolfe Queenstown, Cape of Good Hope 17 Arthur Kilwarden Wolfe Buffelstown, District of Jansenville, South Africa 18 Major-General George Wolfe The Laurels, Exmouth, Devonshire 19 Captain George Cecil Burleigh, his son Royal Marines, Chatham, Kent 20 Lieut-Colonel Robert T. Wolfe Southsea, Hants 21 Robert Tennant Stow, his son Perth, Western Australia 22 Charles Henry Wolfe Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope 23 Arthur Kilwarden Wolfe
24 Richard Standish Wolfe, his son
FORENAGHTS Line Extinct
1 Helena of Blackhall,
widow of Christopher Rynd, Esq.
Blackhall, co. Kildare 2 Margaret Wolfe
3 Frances Isabella
widow of Rev. John Murray
Ireland 4 Flizabeth Wolfe
5 Elizabeth, wife of
W. J. B. Rainsford, A.M.D.
Egypt. 6 Mary Emilie, wife of
Capt. A. A. B. Coote
Ireland 7 Augusta, wife of the
Rev. L. A. M. T. Porler
8 Eileen Wolfe 19, Eksteen Road, Clapham 9 Mona Wolfe Brixton Hill, Brixton, London 10 Vera Dorothy Wolfe
11 Isabella Wolfe Upper Lesson Street, Dublin 12 Charlotte Wolfe
13 Frances Elizabeth, wife of L Sparrow Ivy Bridge, Plymouth, Devonshire 14 Letitia, wife of H A Harvey, Esq. London 15 Mary Toler, wife of Hy Prince, Esq. Devonshire 16 Louisa Wolfe Rapla, co Tipperary 17 Marie Wolfe Southhill, Nenagh, co Tipperary 18 Elizabeth Toler Wolfe London 19 Georgiana Lucy,
wife of Jas H. Deacon, Esq.
Devonshire 20 Frances Elizabeth Wolfe
21 Ricarda Alice Wolfe Rockford, Nenagh, oo Tipperary 22 Carolina Blanche Wolfe
23 Anna Maria de Lorentz wife of
Wm M. M. Farmer, Esq.
18 Bina Gardens, Kensington 24 Fanny Richmond Wolfe
25 Georgina WoIfe 57, Elsham Road, Kensington 26 Maria Henrica Smith Wolfe
27 Cecilia Burleigh Wolfe Port Elizabeth 28 28 Fanny Mildmay wife of Geo Piers, Esq. Bedford, Cape Colony 29 Ellen Frances, wife of C.E. Shelly, Esq. Fore Street, Hertford 30 Louisa Alicia Burleigh, wife of T. Perkins, Esq. Blew House, Great Barling, Chelmsford, Essex 31 Alicia Mary Stow Wolfe Southsea, Hants 32 Anna Maria Wolfe Wynberg, Cape Colony 33 Kathleen Mary wife of J P Hopkins, Esq. Claremont, Cape Colony 34 Edith Emily, wife of Henry Davis, Esq. Seven Fountains, Transvaal 35 Lillie Margaret Wolfe Wynberg, Cape Colony
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