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Michael Wolfe

Michael Wolfe, son of Jacob Wolfe, Sr., was born September 20, 1776 in Pennsylvania and died July 17, 1857 in Chilhowie, Smyth Co., VA. His death record includes the following information: "Age: 80 years 9 months and 27 days; Place of death: Chilhowie; Cause of death: Ulcer of leg; Place of birth: Pennsylvania; Occupation: farmer; Parents: Jacob & Catherine; Spouse: Nancy, informant." Michael's first wife was named Peggy, as documented in a deed dated April 15, 1811 in Washington Co., VA. Peggy died sometime between 1840 and 1848. Michael Wolfe married second Nancy Romans on May 12, 1848 in Smyth Co., VA. (Nancy Romans was a widow when she married Michael Wolfe. Her maiden name is unknown.)

In a deed in Washington Co., VA, Michael sold land to his brother, Martin Wolfe, on August 20, 1816. In a deed dated November 19, 1811, Michael purchased land from Samuel and Mary Brittain. In yet another deed, dated December 17, 1805, Michael purchased land from Moses and Barbara Allen. Washington Co., VA marriage records indicate that Moses Allen married Barbara Wolf(e) on January 16, 1800. It is unclear if this Barbara (Wolfe) Allen was related to the Jacob Wolfe, Sr. family.

The 1850 census of Smyth Co., VA includes:

House 234

Family 238

Last Name

First Name

Age

Sex

Occupation

Value*

Birthplace

Wolfe

Michael

73

M

Farmer

$1104

Pennsylvania

Nancy

36

F

Virginia

George W.

1

M

Romines

John

11

M

James H.

8

M

*Value of Real Estate

Census records indicate that Michael and Peggy Wolfe had four sons and eight daughters. Three of the sons have been proven: Israel Wolfe, Josiah Wolfe, and Wayman Wolfe. Two daughters have been proven: Elizabeth Wolfe and Rosannah Wolfe. Two daughters have been tentatively identified: Apelina Wolfe and Amanda Wolfe. (A special "Thank you" to Barbara Hokada for telling me about the marriage bonds in Smyth Co., VA.)

The children of Michael and Peggy Wolfe are:

1)

A daughter who has not yet been identified was born about 1802.

2)

A daughter who has not yet been identified was born about 1804.

3)

Elizabeth Wolfe was born about 1807 in Virginia. She married Christian Falkie on September 7, 1836 in Smyth Co., VA. The marriage bond lists her father as Michael Wolfe. Christian was born on December 12, 1805 in Germany. He died on July 7, 1852. He is buried at Ebenezer Church Cemetery. The children of Elizabeth Wolfe and Christian Falkie, proven by a deed dated December 27, 1854 in Smyth Co., VA, are:

A)

Charles G. Falkie was born on November 20, 1837 in Virginia. He died on December 19, 1916. He is buried at Ebenezer Church Cemetery. Charles married Mary J. Copenhaver on March 5, 1856 in Smyth Co., VA.

B)

Lucinda A. Falkie was born on November 4, 1841 in Virginia and died on January 3, 1903. She is buried at Greenwood Methodist Church Cemetery. Lucinda married James F. Wolfe, son of Solomon Wolfe and Mary "Polly" Cowden, on August 17, 1858 in Smyth Co., VA.

C)

Edward Falkie was born about 1844 in Virginia.

D)

Harmon Falkie was born about 1846 in Virginia.

E)

Mary Elizabeth Falkie was born in August 1849 in Virginia.

4)

Rosannah Wolfe was born about 1809. She married Abram Kinder on July 12, 1838 in Smyth Co., VA. The marriage bond lists her father as Michael Wolfe.

5)

Israel Wolfe was born about 1810. His parentage has been proven through tax lists. On the 1832 tax list for Smyth Co., VA, Michael Wolfe has two males age 16 or over (himself and a son). In 1833, Israel Wolfe appears on the tax list for the first time. He is taxed the same day as Michael, who has one male age 16 or over (himself). Israel married Sarah Copenhaver, daughter of Henry Copenhaver, on May 28, 1832 in Smyth Co., VA. The children of Israel Wolfe and Sarah Copenhaver are:

A)

Ephraim Wolfe was born about 1835. Ephraim married Nancy Rebecca Russ on August 12, 1854 in Smyth Co., VA. They had the following children: a) Nancy V. Wolfe, born 1855 in Lee Co., VA, married John Martin; b) Sarah A. Wolfe, born April 22, 1857, married (1) Abbott Godford Cole, (2) John Wagnor; c) Archillus B. Wolfe, born July 28, 1859 in Lee Co., VA; d) William F. Wolfe, born September 23, 1861 in Lee Co., VA.

B)

Robert Wolfe was born about 1837.

C)

Rachel Wolfe was born about 1838. Rachel married Henry C. Allen, son of James Allen and Catherine, on April 15, 1858 in Smyth Co., VA. They had the following children: a) David Pearson Allen; b) Charles E. Allen; c) Viola M. Allen.

D)

Alfred Henry Wolfe was born about 1840 and died before 1910. Alfred married Caroline V. Wolfe, daughter of Josiah Wolfe and Elizabeth Johnson, on January 23, 1866 in Smyth Co., VA. They had the following children: a) Alpha Smith Wolfe, born August 12, 1866, died July 7, 1926, married William Riley Hopkins; b) Jennie Bell Wolfe, born November 13, 1868, married G.H. Jefferson Hale; c) Charles Henry Wolfe, born 1871, died July 27, 1916, married Barbara Caroline Folden; d) William Patton Wolfe, born August 30, 1875, died January 15, 1960, married Oma Friel Nelson Carper; e) Joseph M. Wolfe, born about 1879, died young, f) Mary C. "Maggie" Wolfe, born April 4, 1881, married Madison Toliver; g) Sarah Ellen Wolfe, born October 13, 1883, married Jim Jones; h) Georgia Wolfe, born June 4, 1886, married Frederick Tolliver.

E)

Angelina A. Wolfe was born on March 19, 1841 and died on October 12, 1893. Angelina married John L. Heninger on December 17, 1863. They had the following children: a) Florence Eugenia Heninger; b) Unnamed Heninger.

F)

Charles Wolfe was born about 1844.

G)

Israel Clay Wolfe was born on September 23, 1844 in Smyth Co., VA and died on October 8, 1898. Israel married Eliza Frances Snider, daughter of Abraham Snider and Margaret Musser, on December 17, 1868 in Smyth Co., VA. Eliza was born on November 25, 1846. She died on August 6, 1906. Both Israel and Eliza are buried at Greenwood Methodist Church Cemetery. Israel and Eliza had the following children: a) Dora V. Wolfe, born 1870, died 1939, married Alexander Moody; b) Eunice L. Wolfe, born October 21, 1871, died September 1, 1950, married Henry Pearson Falkie; c) Vastine Edward Wolfe, born February 17, 1874, died March 31, 1925, married Anna M. Moody; d) Sarah Margaret Wolfe, born March 1877, died November 7, 1968, married Henry Clay Farris; e) Unnamed Wolfe, born September 19, 1880, died September 19, 1880; f) Unnamed Wolfe, born December 30, 1882, died December 30, 1882; g) Arthur T. Wolfe, born about 1883, married Sallie Eliza Moody.

H)

Lydia Wolfe was born about 1848 and died on May 4, 1890. Lydia married Henry Leedy, son of Abraham Leedy and Catherine, on June 20, 1867 in Smyth Co., VA. Henry was born on November 21, 1824. He died on July 28, 1888. They had the following child: a) James E. Leedy, born February 8, 1874, died October 14, 1881.

I)

Wayman Wolfe was born in 1850.

J)

Laura F. Wolfe was born about 1852.

K)

Louisa Wolfe was born on October 17, 1854.

6)

Apelina Wolfe was born about 1814 in Virginia. She married David Wolfe on May 5, 1840 in Smyth Co., VA. Michael Wolfe was one of the bondsmen and, since it was the custom for the father of the bride to sign the bond, this indicates Apelina was the daughter of Michael. David was the son of Lawrence Wolfe and Elizabeth Snider. Apelina and David Wolfe moved to Lee Co., VA prior to 1850. Click here for the children of Apelina and David Wolfe.

7)

Josiah Wolfe was born about 1816 and died on October 2, 1864 at the Battle of Saltville in Smyth Co., VA. His parentage has been proven through tax lists. On the 1839 tax list for Smyth Co., VA, Michael Wolfe has three males age 16 or over (himself and two sons). In 1840, Josiah and Wayman Wolfe appear on the tax list for the first time. They are taxed on the same day as Michael, who has one male age 16 or over (himself). Josiah married Elizabeth Johnson on September 22, 1840 in Smyth Co., VA. The children of Josiah Wolfe and Elizabeth Johnson are:

A)

Thomas A. Wolfe was born about 1841.

B)

Caroline V. Wolfe was born about 1843. Caroline married Alfred Henry Wolfe, son of Israel Wolfe and Sarah Copenhaver, on January 23, 1866 in Smyth Co., VA.

C)

Henry C. Wolfe was born about 1845. Henry married Elizabeth Young, daughter of Caleb and Mariah Young, on February 17, 1866 in Smyth Co., VA.

D)

Watkins Floyd Wolfe was born about 1847. Watkins married Darthula Porter on March 7, 1867 in Smyth Co., VA.

E)

Elizabeth Catherine Wolfe was born in 1848 and died in 1934. Elizabeth married William M. Tilson, son of Hellon D. Tilson and Julia A. Romans, on October 17, 1866 in Smyth Co., VA. William was born in 1844. He died in 1909. Both Elizabeth and William are buried at Ebenezer Church Cemetery. They had the following children: a) John Thomas Tilson, born 1867, married Minnie Jenkins; b) Henry L. Tilson, born 1869, died 1941, married Lula Blanche Adams; c) Ellen Missouri Tilson, born Nov 1871, died December 1871; d) Charlotte Virginia Tilson, born 1873, died 1966, married Charles Humphrey; e) Infant Son Tilson, born 1875, died 1875; f) Marion Tilson, born 1877; g) William Tilson, born 1879; h) Alice D. Tilson, born 1882, died 1959, married Edgar Lee Mustain; i) Arthur Lee Tilson, born 1885, died 1948, married Margaret K. Cullop; j) Infant Son Tilson, born 1888, died 1888.

F)

Marion Wolfe was born in 1850. He died in 1929. Marion married (1) Catherine Golliher; (2) Sarah Delp; (3) Virginia Lee Rice.

F)

Ellen Wolfe was born in 1853. Ellen married Manuel Rumley.

G)

Charlotte Wolfe was born in 1854. She died in 1884. Charlotte married Charles Wheeler.

H)

Margaret Wolfe was born in 1857. She died in 1937. Margaret married Charles Wheeler.

I)

Ann Wolfe was born in 1859. She died in 1934. Ann married George W. Blankenbeckler.

J)

Lillie Wolfe was born in 1864. She died in 1928. Lillie married James William Delp.

9)

Amanda Wolfe was born about 1822. Amanda married James Johnson on November 11, 1844 in Smyth Co., VA. James was born about 1790. Michael Wolfe was one of the bondsmen and, since it was the custom for the father of the bride to sign the bond, this indicates Amanda was the daughter of Michael. The children of Amanda Wolfe and James Johnson are:

A)

James Watson Johnson was born in 1846. He died in 1905. James married Mary Cormany, daughter of Joe and Betsy Cormany, on April 26, 1877. Mary was born in 1853. She died in 1925.

B)

William Ezra Sheffey Johnson was born on June 3, 1848 and died on January 2, 1933. William married Manzaneta Tarter, daughter of James Tarter and Eliza, on September 13, 1877. Manzaneta was born in 1858. She died in 1934. They had the following children: a) Robert Ira Johnson, born 1878, died 1960, married Maggie Harrison; b) Kate Johnson, born 1883, died 1953, married John Rhymer; c) Annie Johnson, born 1886, died 1969, married Alex Hutchins; d) William E.S. Johnson, born 1888, died 1890; e) Gracie Lee Johnson, born 1891, died in 1953, married William Curtis Osborne; f) Ellenora Belle Ryan Johnson, born 1897, died 1982, married John Mason; g) Gordia Johnson, married Glenn Eads; h) America Johnson, married G.E. Fisher.

C)

America V. Johnson was born about 1853. America married (1) William Groseclose; (2) Charles Scott.

D)

Charles Thomas Johnson was born about 1855 and died in 1909. Charles married Corena Augusta Tarter, daughter of James Tarter and Eliza, on November 21, 1878. Corena was born in 1861. She died in 1939. They had the following children: a) Amanda Ina Johnson, born September 13, 1879, died March 17, 1976, married (1) George Thomas Crow, (2) Henry Wise Wheeler; b) William Sheffey Johnson, born 1880, died 1963, married Elizabeth K. Tilson; c) Elbert Jackson Johnson, born 1884, died 1976, married Maude Snider; d) Early Blair Johnson, born 1886, died 1975, married Maggie Trent; e) Steven Norman Johnson, born 1889, died 1951; f) Roy Grainger Johnson, born 1890, died 1965, married Mattie Wheeler; g) Ethel Tarter Johnson, born 1893, died 1979, married Frank Ford; h) Ora Mae Johnson, born 1896, died 1979, married William Copenhaver; i) Charles McKinley Johnson, born 1899, died 1974, married Edna Handy; j) Marvin Randolph Johnson, born 1901, died 1924.

10)

A daughter who was born about 1825.

11)

A daughter who was born about 1829.

12)

A son who was born about 1832. This son may have been Michael Wolfe, who was living four houses from Michael and Nancy Wolfe at the time of the 1850 census of Smyth Co., VA. Michael Wolfe, age 18, was listed in the household of James and Nancy Harris.

Michael Wolfe and Nancy Romans had the following child:

13)

George White Sheffey Wolfe was born in February 1849 and died in March 1906. George married Sarah C. “Sallie” Tilson, daughter of Hellon D. Tilson and Julia A. Romans, on January 4, 1871 in Smyth Co., VA. Sallie was born on March 29, 1853 in Smyth Co., VA. Both George and Sallie are buried at Greenwood Methodist Church cemetery. George and Sallie had the following children:

A)

John Michael Wolfe was born in February 1872. He died on July 10, 1894.

B)

Nancy Missouri Wolfe was born on July 15, 1873 in Chilhowie, Smyth Co., VA and died on September 7, 1955. Nancy married John R. Reeves, son of John Reeves and Nancy, on October 24, 1897. They had the following children: a) Henry C. Reeves; b) Sara K. Reeves; c) Nancy Mae Reeves; d) Laura Reeves; e) Carrie Lee Reeves.

C)

Julia A.E. Wolfe was born in 1875. She died on September 8, 1892.

D)

James Henry Harrison Wolfe was born on February 24, 1877 and died on October 25, 1949. James married Anna July Atwell, daughter of Putnam David Atwell and Mahala Victoria Catron, on December 24, 1901 in Bland Co., VA. Anna was born on September 12, 1885. She died on April 17, 1912 in Smyth Co., VA. They had the following children: a) Woolwine Wolfe; b) Willard Byron Wolfe; c) Elsie Jane Wolfe; d) Bessie Wolfe.

E)

William L. Thomas Wolfe was born on July 1, 1879. He died on February 15, 1884.

F)

Sarah Alice Virginia Wolfe was born on August 28, 1881 and died on June 3, 1958. Sarah married (1) John A. Gross, son of W.D. Gross and M.A., on September 1, 1902 in Smyth Co., VA. Sarah also married (2) John F. McIntyre on January 20, 1909 in Smyth Co., VA. Sarah also married (3) John Earnest. Sarah Wolfe and John McIntyre had the following children: a) John Emory McIntyre; b) Ellis Ray McIntyre.

G)

Amanda Eliza Jane Wolfe was born on October 4, 1883 and died on June 15, 1956. Amanda married Isom Wade Petty on July 25, 1905 in Smyth Co., VA. They had the following children: a) Minnie Petty; b) William Howard Petty; c) Zebulin Petty; d) Vance Petty; e) Georgia Mamie Petty.

H)

George White Sheffey Wolfe Jr. was born on March 25, 1886. George married Rena Pickle on May 23, 1908 in Smyth Co., VA.

I)

James Arthur G. Wolfe was born in May 1888.

J)

Unnamed Wolfe was born on May 27, 1890 and died on May 28, 1890.

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