Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Wolf Family in York County, Pennsylvania

Johann Jonas Wolf 1739 - 1787
In driving home from my daughter's house in Virginia, I made two stops in York County, Pennsylvania. It was as if I spent the afternoon with my 5th great - grandfather,  Johann Jonas Wolf, b. 1739 - d. 1787, son of Johan Jacob Wolf, b. 1694 - d. 1757 and Anna Barbara Orth.


First I stopped in Abbottstown, PA at the cemetery where Johann Jonas Wolf is buried. A small American flag and a metal marker engraved, 'Revolutionary War', proclaim him as a patriot. Next I visited the York County Archives at 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York. The first item I found was the Last Will & testament of Johann Jonas Wolf.

“In the name of God, Amen. J. Jonas Wolf of Berwick Township, in the County of York, and the State of Pennsylvania, yeoman, being very weak in Body, but of sound and disposing mind and Memory, (Thanks be to God for the same) do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form following (that is to say) Imprimis I give and recommend my Immortal Spirit into the Hands of Almighty God, that gave it, and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial, at the Discretion of my Executers hereafter nominated and appointed and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to help me in this Life. I give and Bequeaath the same in the following Manner and Form, Viz: First, it is my Will and Order that all my just Debts and Funeral Expenses may be paid and adjusted as soon as conveniency will permit, - Secondly, I give and Bequeath unto my beloved Wife, Appollona first and foremost the Bed and Bedstead I now lie on with all the Furniture thereto belonging, two Cows, one Iron Wash Kettle, one Pewter Dish, one Ditto Basin, Six ditto Plates, eight ditto Spoons, one Iron Pot (of all said Articles she to have her choice out of the rest) also the Walnut Chest, the Cradle with the Bedding there unto Belonging, and Twenty Pounds in Cash, - Thirdly, for the Use of the Family I Give unto my Wife all the Woven Cloth of every kind, and as much of the Grain as they shall have need for till the first of August next, my said Wife and Family are likewise to have Liberty to live on the Plantation until the same sold as hereafter is to be mentioned, Fourthly, It is my Will and I do Order, that all the remainder of my Estate both Real and Personal whatsoever shall and may be Sold by my Executors at such Times, and in such Manner and Form as they shall judge but for my Surviving Family, and the moneys arising thereof after all my Debts, Funeral and other Expenses are paid, to be divided as follows, viz: the Sum of thirty Pounds to be laid out by my Executor for some place of living for my Wife as long as she remains my Widow, and afterwards to be disposed of and divided among my Children hereafter named, and the Sum of Ten Pounds I give to my daughter, Apollona over and above her equal Share, and all Such Sum or Sums as then shall be remaining to be equally divided among my said beloved Wife and Children, namely (Apollona, my Wife to get first Share) and Jacob my eldest Son next, then Apollona next, then John next, then Catherine, then Adam, then Christina, then Frederick, then Elizabeth, then Andrew, all to have even Share and Share alike, they to receive the same according to their Several Ages from the Eldest to the youngest, and in such Manner and form as the Executor most conveniently can make up the same, and in Case any of my Children should die without lawful Heirs to Survive them. I Will that the Share of such be equally divided among the Survivors even Share, and Share Alike. It is likewise my Will that my Daughter Apolona may live with her mother as long as Circumstances will permit, and that the Ten Pounds Cash first to her Will, Together with her other equal share may be put into the Hands of my Eldest Son Jacob (whom I appoint to be her Guardian) in order that she may be maintained out of the Interest of the Same, but said if the Interest at the times prove inefficient then in such Case some of the Capital to be made use of thereto. The said Guardian to give Security (sufficient) to the Executor on delivery of the Money to him in Case they see Cause to demand the same. And in Case thi Apollona should die before my other Children, and any thing then be left behind by her, I will that the same may be divided among the rest even Share and Share Alike, as said before. It is likewise my Will that such of my Children as yet stand in need of Schooling, that they may be Schooled out of my Estate and the Boys to be put to -?- at such Times as they are fit. And Lastly, I Nominate and Appoint my trusty Friends Henry Hull and Garrett Dorland to be the Executors of this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Seventh Day of September in the Year of the Lord one thousand Seven hundred and eighty seven (1787).”

Note: The plaque at his tombstone that details his Revolutionary War service gives his death date as 9 July 1787. This, however, cannot be accurate because he signed his Will on 7 September 1787, two months after the date on the plaque. I had been given 21 September 1787 as his date of death. At the end of the Will it says

Sept 21st, 1787 Last Will & Testament of Jonas Wolff died Proved September 21st, 1787.


With the Will was a list of everything Johann Jonas Wolf owned at the time of his death. Most of those items are listed here. They give a wonderful look into life in the year 1787. This is: "An Inventory of the Estate, Goods, Chattles, Rights and Credits which were of Jonas Wolf, late of Berwick Township, dec. made and appraised by the Subscribers, September the 13th; A. D. 1787 - "


A Sermon Book; Two Hymn Books; 2 Old Spelling Books, and Primer; Great – Coat; Four Coasts ,Jacket, Breeches and Hat; 4 pair of Trouzers, & 1 pair of Leggins; 2 Shirts, and one pair of stockings; 1 pair of old boots, 1 pair of Shoes and Buckles; A watch and 3 old Shirts; The Dwelling Plantation, Consisting of 83 Acres and Allowances of Land; Another Plantation and tract of land Consisting of 120 acres, more or less; A wagon; A Plough and Irons; 2 black horses; A Sorrel; A Black Mare; A Colt; A brindled Cow; A Spotted Heiffer; A brown Steer; A red Steer; A black Heiffer; 3 Heiffer Calves; 2 other Calves; 17 head of Sheep; A; Wind Mill; A Waggon Cloath; A Cutting Box and Knife; The Geers and Stones of an Oil Mill; A Quantity of Wheat at 4/6 Bushels; A Quantity of Rye at 2/9 Bushels; A Quantity of Oats at 1/6 Bushels; Hay; 2 Dung forks, and hook; A hay – fork, 2 Rakes and 2 flails; 2 old casks and trough; A Quantity of Flax, unthreashed; A Quantity of Hemp, unwatered; 5 Cow Chains; A Pair of Hay – Ladders; 8 Planks; An Old Wheel – barrow; A Log – Chain; One Still – Door; A Harrow; Stretch Chains; A Sleigh; A sled; 4 Hogs; 2 Shovels; A grindstone; A pair of Hobbles; A Man Saddle, and Saddlebags; An old Saddle, and Saddlebags; A stallion chain; 2 Augers; A pair of Pincers, Chizzel, Gouge, and Spike; A half – Bushel; A hand saw, and draw knife; Two pieces of Iron & a door hinge; A whip; A Cake – Iron; An old Sythe & piece of Gin Barrel; A Pot Trammel; A quilling – Wheel and Swifts; A Sythe and Craddle; 2 Spinning Wheels; A warping Bar, Wouk, and 22 spools; A weavers Loom; Reeds and Geers; 2 Gums with some Salts; A covered Straw Basket and dried apples; An old cask with some Sope and Fat; Riddles & Straw; An Old cask with some Lime;  2 Baskets and old Iron; A Bag with feathers; A pruning saw and Whip Stalk; Some Onions and old Sive; An empty Hogshead with straw cover; 2 straw baskets and some beans; A flour Barrel; An Axe and three rakes; A big Wheel, Reel and Swifts; A hair – sifter and Rope; A Dough Trough; A Side – saddle and Bridle; A pair of Steel yards; 9 Bags; A Chest and Box; A bed and Bedstead; 2 Razors 7 Strap; Table Clothes; An old Half Bushel and 7 Bread Baskets; A table; A Looking Glass; A Cupboard; Wool; Woolen Yarn; A Stone Jug; 2 little Tubs; 3 Pails; An Iron Pot; 2 pewter Basins,  4 Plates, 7 spoons & 8 Tea spoons; Tea tin, Coffee pot, Funnel, 1 Quart, 2 Pint & half pint cups; 5 Delf Plates; 10 pairs of cups & saucers, 2 tea pots, and a Sugar Pot; A glass and earthen bowl & salt Box; 1 lamp and Candlestick; A Coffee – Mill & Spice Box; 2 Bottles; 6 Knives and 10 Forks; A Kitchen Dresser; A Shelf

In the Archives I located this book: Gibson, John. History of York County, Pennsylvania. Chicago: F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886. It records the Revolutionary service for 2nd Lt. Jonas Wolf in the Fifth Company, Sixth Battalion under Captain Peter Iekes. Find more on his service in my post, 'Revolutionary War Soldiers'.

I also found information on Appollonia (Dick) Wolf, wife of Johann Jonas Wolf.  “An Inventory of the Estate, Goods, Chattle, Rights which were of Appollona Wolf, Deceased made and appraised by the Subscribers August the 19th – 1790 – “ Many items listed were the same as those listed for her husband. The following is a partial list of her estate items:


A Bed Case; 3 Callico Gowns; 3 lintsey Gowns and a long Gown; a Woman’s Cloke; 8 lintsey petticoats; one silk hankercheif; a pair stocking and a pair of Mitten; 2 knifes, 2 forks, 3 cups and one apron; one bowl and a candlestick; blue and white woolen yarn; 3 yards of flax linen; 14 yards of ton linen; hand sope; a feather bed and two blankets; a looking glass, a pair of spectacles; a pine Chest; a wallet and a little bag



Jacob Wolf 1762 - 1810
In Abbottstown I also discovered the tombstone for Jacob Wolf, (1762 - 1810)  my 4th great granduncle, son of Johann Jonas Wolf.  Jacob married Cornelia Knight and they had a daughter named Margaret Wolf.

Descendants  Johann Jonas Wolf
..... 1 Johann Jonas Wolf b: 27 December 1739, d: 21 September 1787
..... + Appollonia Dick b: 14 August 1738, d: Abt. 1791
........... 2 Jacob Wolf b: 05 June 1762, d: 31 March 1810
........... + Cornelia Knight b: 27 October 1765, d: 06 October 1806
................. 3 Margaret Wolf b: 1803
................. + John Straw
........... 2 Appollonia Wolf b: 31 December 1763, d: Unknown
........... 2 John Wolf b: 18 September 1767, d: 28 August 1851
........... 2 Catherine Wolf b: 21 November 1770, d: Unknown
........... + Henry Becker
........... 2 Adam Wolf b: 12 February 1773, d: 13 March 1865
........... + Eva b: 1771, d: 1839
................. 3 Jonas Wolf b: 23 April 1794, d: Unknown
................. 3 Maria Wolf b: 26 September 1796
................. 3 Jacob Wolf b: 19 April 1798, d: Unknown
................. 3 John Wolf b: 24 January 1802
................. 3 Elizabeth Wolf b: 19 March 1804
................. 3 Adam Wolf b: 05 December 1810
........... 2 Johan Jonas Wolf b: 08 February 1775, d: Unknown
........... 2 Christianna Wolf b: 16 November 1776, d: Unknown
........... 2 John Frederick Wolf b: 30 June 1779, d: 25 April 1872
........... + Esther Barbara Shaffer b: 29 December 1777, d: 16 October 1866
................. 3 John Adam Wolf b: 28 August 1800, d: 14 August 1825
................. 3 Louisa Wolf b: 14 August 1802, d: Unknown
................. + Hanes
................. 3 Frederick Wolf b: 09 September 1804, d: 19 October 1891
................. + Louisa C Goetz
................. 3 Jacob Wolf b: 21 December 1806, d: 11 June 1891
................. + Matilda Kinert
................. 3 John Franklin Wolf b: 11 April 1809, d: 10 March 1883
................. + Elisabeth Burkholder b: 24 May 1814, d: 22 June 1856
................. + Caroline Orwig b: Abt. 1820, d: 1888
................. 3 John Jonas Wolf b: 29 June 1811, d: 16 February 1895
................. + Sarah Ann Chronister b: 14 April 1824, d: 1891
................. 3 Esther Barbara Wolf b: 27 January 1814, d: 12 December 1903
................. + Isaac Meyers
................. 3 Ninetta Wolf b: 18 May 1817, d: 18 July 1890
................. + George H Spangler
................. 3 Henry H Wolf b: 20 November 1820, d: 1860
................. + Maria Magdalena
................. 3 William Wolf b: 20 April 1824, d: 02 April 1888
................. + Sarah Jane Wilson
........... 2 Maria Elizabeth Wolf b: 27 June 1782, d: Unknown
........... 2 Andrew Wolf b: 18 March 1787, d: 28 April 1867
........... + Catherine Dick b: 1795
................. 3 Christian Wolf b: 07 April 1819, d: 12 January 1880
................. 3 Andrew Alexander Wolf b: 31 January 1821, d: 24 October 1885
................. 3 George Wolf b: 14 August 1823
................. 3 Josiah Wolf b: 1828, d: 01 September 1874
................. 3 Jeremiah Wolf b: 22 August 1829, d: 28 February 1877
................. + Eliza Ann Reigle
................. 3 Richard Wolf b: 07 July 1831
................. 3 Benjamin Franklin Wolf b: 16 February 1833
................. 3 Jonas Wolf b: 06 August 1836
................. 3 Anna Maria Catherine Wolf b: 09 March 1839
................. 3 Adam Wolf b: 09 March 1839, d: 29 November 1924
................. + Elenora
................. 3 Catherine Wolf b: 1846


1 comment:

  1. And in the end, our possessions are the sum of who we are and the wisdom passed on is the sum of who we were.

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