Monday, February 28, 2011

John W.S Wolf: A Unique Obituary for our Ancestor & Civil War Soldier

Our ancestor, John W. S.  Wolf, son of John Franklin Wolf & Elisabeth Burkholder died in 1908. He was my 2nd great - grand uncle. His obituary appeared in the Medina County Gazette (Ohio) on 25 September 1908. It is a unique tribute.

John W. S. Wolf was born Sept. 24, 1841, in York county, Pa. When he was 12 years old he came to Ohio. Here he grew up to manhood, and at the call for volunteers in the Civil war he enlisted and served three years, belonging to the 120th O. V. I. In 1867 he married Elizabeth J. Anderson of Dalton, O. To them were born five girls and four boys. One son died in infancy. The rest survive him. For the last two years of his life, Mr. Wolf was a great sufferer, but bore it patiently to the end. He was blessed with an ambition for work which outlived his strength, desiring in his last years to do work which his strength would not allow. The family and neighbors did all in their power to relieve his suffering, but to no avail, and on Sept. 13 his spirit took flight to that better world. Funeral services took place at the family home near center Guilford on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Leith of the Presbyterian church of Seville. Our beautiful American flag showing trueness, bravery and purity, was draped over his casket. He was laid at rest in Woodlawn cemetery, aged 66 years, 11 months, 19 days. Relatives present from afar were: W. Wolf and wife, H. Shelley and wife, G. Thordyke and wife, all of Akron; John Anderson of Ottobein; Joe Wolf of Dundee; and J. Anderson and wife of Canton.

Here is a partial list of his descendants:

 ..... 1 John W. S. WOLF b: September 1841, d: 1908
..... + Elizabeth Jane ANDERSON
........... 2 Eliza J WOLF b: Abt. 1870, d: Unknown
........... + William SHIRLEY
........... 2 William E WOLF b: Abt. 1871, d: 23 August 1934
........... 2 John Franklin WOLF b: 07 September 1873, d: 04 April 1951
........... 2 Sarah Emma WOLF b: 08 August 1875, d: Unknown
........... 2 Anna May WOLF b: 03 June 1878, d: Unknown
........... 2 Samuel Harvey WOLF b: 13 January 1880, d: 30 March 1926
........... + GRACE b: 1878, d: 1968
................. 3 Bessie WOLF
................. 3 Orrin WOLF
................. 3 Ivan WOLF
................. 3 Thelma WOLF
........... 2 Mary B WOLF b: 23 April 1883, d: 01 May 1936
........... + Arthur DUNHAM
........... 2 George B. WOLF b: 07 July 1884, d: 03 August 1884
........... 2 Susan A. WOLF b: November 1885, d: Unknown
........... + Grant H THORNDYKE

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