Mr. WOLFE father of:
1. Micahel WOLFE1
2. Lewis WOLFE1
Michael WOLFE died between 27 Nov. 1765 and 3 June 1766 when his will was
written and probated in Frederick Co., VA.1 He married ca. 1755 to
Maria Gertrud BRUMBACK, the widow of John Jacob NEUSCHWANGER.7 She died in
Shenandoah Co., VA about 1803.6 Michael is NOT, as claimed by some researchers,
the son of George Micahel WOLFE, Sr. of Lancaster Co., PA.2
1. Rebecca1,6 WOLFE b. ca. 1757;3 m. John Philip Jacob HELPHENSTINE3,6
16 June 1776;3 d. 4 Mar. 1845 Fleming Co., KY14
2. Elizabeth1,5,6 WOLFE; never married, having a disordered mind; living 1817;6
3. Sarah1,6 WOLFE b. 1761;8 m. Jacob LOTZ6 22 Dec. 1782;4 d. 1837, bur. Wilkinsville
Cem., Vinton Co., OH8
4. Rachel1,6 WOLFE b. 176018-176519; m. Peter WINDLE;5,6 living 1830 Fayette Co., OH18
5. Mary6 WOLFE b. ca. 1766; m. Peter HOFFMAN5,6 29 May 1787;4,22 living 1834;23
Mary Gertrud BRUMBACK married her first husband Jacob NEUSCHWANGER 5 June 1738
at Opequon.13 He died by 7 May 1754 when Mary NISEWANGER, his widow,
was granted administration of his estate.20
They had children:
1. John NISWANGER6,11 b. 20 Mar. 1742;14 m. Margaret11 d. 13 July 1821 Meigs Co., OH,
bur. Village Hill Cem. (Lower Cemetery), Middleport, Meigs County, OH14
2. Abraham NISWANGER12 b. say 1746;11 m. Margaret;16 d. before 3 Mar. 1785
Frederick Co., VA15
3. [David NISWANGER]?21 b. say 1745-1750; d. before 5 Feb. 1805 Frederick Co., VA17
4. Christian NISWANGER;7 b. say 1753; m. Barbara7 SUPINGER;9 living 1802;10
1. Michael Woolf will, Frederick Co., VA wills 3:338-339.
Michael Woolf will transcription.
Note: Mary was unborn at the time, but was referred to as the child with
which his wife was pregnant.
2. George Michael Wolfe, Sr. died about 1756 in Lancaster Co., PA. On
6 Feb. 1756 a petition of George Michael Wolf "eldest son and heir" of
George Michael Wolfe, deceased, of Earl Twp., stated he died with nine
children, many of which were underaged, and asked for a valuation of 200
acres of the estate. On 2 Mar. 1756 Conrad Wolf and Bernard Wolf, both
over 14 and minor sons of George Michael Wolf, deceased chose guardians,
and Henry Wolf, Anna Mary Wolf, Abraham Wolf, and Susannah Wolf had a
guardian appointed for them.
[Lancaster County, PA 1754-1759 Orphans Court Book, pp. 50-51.]
On 19 Feb. 1770, Michael Wolf, Conrad Wolf, Henry Wolf, Abram Wolf,
and George Geist in right of his late wife Mary and present wife
Susannah, children of George Michael Wolf, deceased, of Earl Twp.,
sold their shares in 100 acres that had not been appraised with the
other 200 acres to Joseph, Jacob, and Barnard Wolf.
[Lancaster Co., PA deed N, pp. 170-171.]
As this George Michael Wolf was living in 1770 when he signed the deed
in Lancaster Co., PA, he cannot be identical to Michael Wolfe of
Frederick Co., VA who was deceased by 1766.
3. Philip Helphinstine Revolutionary War Pension File W8930, Family Bible
Pages, National Archives.
Marriage to Rebecca Wolf 16 June 1776 [image 719 of 962]
Rebecca age 64 in 1821 [image 712 of 962]
age 80 in 1839 [image 716 of 962]
4. Shenandoah Co., VA 1781-1850 marriage register, FHL microfilm 0,033,929.
Jacob Lotz and Sarah Wolf, p. 10
Peter Huffman and Mary Wolf, p. 27
5. Gallia Co., OH Deed Book 3, pp. 82-83 (typed numbers), 260-264 (handwritten).
6. Gallia Co., OH Common Pleas Record F, pp. 123-141.
July Term 1819
Shown that on 2 June 1817 Jacob Lotz and Sarah his wife, late Sarah Wolf,
Peter Wendel and Rachel Wendel his wife, late Rachel Wolf, Peter Hoffman and
Mary Hoffman late Mary Wolf & Elizabeth Wolf filed suit in Court of Common Pleas
in Gallia Co., Ohio.
The orators stated they were children and heirs of Michael Wolf, late of Frederick
Co., Virginia that sometime in 1765 or 66 the said Michael Wolf died leaving a will
in which he bequeathed to the oratrixes, the said Mary being the ensuent child, 400
acres on Great Cape Capon that was to be sold and divided, and that his wife Mary
should keep the money until said children came of age. Said wife Mary and her son
John Nisewanger and Lewis Wolf were executors. Said John Nisewanger was a much older
son of their mother and took the control of said business and so secretly was it managed
for the purpose of defrauding your oratrixes that it was not until some years after they
came of age and married they ever knew or learned of the existence of said will. He had
control of other valuable plantations and personal estate to a large sum of $3000 and
never paid the oratrixes one cent except the eldest daughter Rebecca who he prevailed
on her to take the paltry sum of $20 for her whole share. Said John Nisewanger resides
in this county as do John Kerr who married Christina his daughter, also Hamilton Kerr who
married another and Charles Miller and one McCormick who also married daughters together
with one son Jacob Nisewanter all of whom your petitioners make defendants.
The answer of John Nisewanger was that the estate was left in the hands of his executrix
Mary Wolf, mother of the defendant who solely and entirely managed the whole affair.
According to his best recollection the personal estate did not exceed 125 pounds Virginia
money. She correctly administered by paying to the children of her first husband the amount
due to them for a part of their father's estate which the said Michael Wolf had received and
applied to his won in his lifetime in defraying the bills of physicians who attended the said
Michael Wolf in his illness the expenses of his burial and some small debt in the the
neighborhood made about 75 pounds.
The 400 acres be believes the said Michael Wolf had no interests or rights beyond his own life
and that the devisee must have originated in a mistaken understanding of the legal effect of
his marriage with the said Mary who purchased the said land from Thomas Lord Fairfax, Baron of
Cameron in that part of Virginia called the Northern Neck while the said Mary was the widow of
Jacob Nisewanger, the father of the defendant and before her marriage with the said Michael Wolf
who by that marriage became the tenant of the land during his life time and after his death, that
tract of land was sold by the said Mary as her own proper freehold of inheritance to John Collins
for 100 pounds Virginia money. As to other claims of land, the said Michael Wolf lived and died
on the dower land which the said Mary held part of the estate of the said Jacob Nisewanger, her
Said Mary raised and educated most of the children of the second husband and provided for them far
beyond their proportion of any estate which their father left at his death, and the whole sum received
for her land was consumed in supporting, raising, and educating the family, the most expensive of which
was the complainant Elizabeth who was much diseased and afflicted with fits so that she continued a heavy
charge on the said Mary for the balance of the life.
He believes that whatever the sums may have been between the amount of the personal estate and the
remnant of the debts chargeable thereon that the same together with the price for which the said Mary
sold her land was paid out and expended in maintaining and educating the family and in advances to them
as they respectively married and left their mothers which opinion is proceeded upon the information and
declarations of the said Mary in her life time.
Said Mary in her lifetime continued to reside in the same County of Frederick in Virginia together with
her securities and their representatives from the year when the letters testamentary were granted to her
and that this deft. until her death which took place about the year 1803 in a period of upwards of thirty
seven years without any claim or demand ever being made one her or her securities.
He resided in the same part of Virginia until about 1790 when he removed to the State of Ohio, and for
that period of about 24 years in Virginia during the whole time of which he was intimate with and had
considerable intercourse with the complainants but never hear from any of them the slightest suggestion
that anything was due or in arrear to them for the said estate.
7. Frederick Co., VA deeds 17, pp. 400-403.
Mary Nicewanger, relict of Jacob Nicewanger, now relict of Michael Wolfe
and son Christian Niscewanger and wife Barbara, sell tract granted to said
Mary and Christian in 1753.
8. Sarah Wolf Lotz headstone, Wilkesville Cem., Vinton Co., Ohio.
9. Daniel Bly, From The Rhine To The Shenandoah, (Baltimore, MD:
Gateway Press, Inc., 1993), 194, citing undated marriage return in the
notebooks of Rev. Peter Muhlenberg, at State Library, Richmond.
10. Shenandoah Co., VA deeds M, pp. 691-692.
11. Frederick Co., VA deeds 11, pp. 369-370.
John stated as son of Jacob, deceased, sold part of grant of Jacob's to
Abraham in 1767 (just coming of age?).
12. Abraham thought to be son of Jacob based on:
a. Purchased in #11 part of grant from John that had belonged to John's
b. Witness to will of Michael Wolfe in #1.
c. John Niswanger [probably his brother] appointed his adm. in #15.
13. J. Casper Stoever Ministerial Record 1729-1798, unpaginated marriage
register, entry #172, Joh. Jacob Neuschwanger and Maria Gertraudt Braumbach,
FHL microfilm 0,020,436, item 7.
14. Edythe T. Kahn, Jacob Niswanger, His Ancestry and Descendants, 1711 to 1992,
(LaSalle, MI: Kahn, 1992).
Cites John Kerr (a son-in-law of John Nisewanger) Bible records for
the b. & d. dates of John Nisewanger.
15. Frederick Co., VA court order book 19, p. 75.
John Niswanger obtained letters of administration on estate of Abraham Niswanger.
16. Frederick Co., VA personal property tax lists.
1785, p. 22
taxed as "Widow Nicewanger" with 1 horse, 2 cattle
1787B, John White Jur.'s Dist., p. 25
taxed as Margaret Nicewanger with 2 horses, 3 cattle.
17. Frederick Co., VA court order book 36, p. 123.
Abraham Nisewanger obtained letters of administration on estate of David Nisewanger
18. 1830 Jefferson Twp., Fayette Co., OH, Peter Windle household, p. 303.
Believed to be age 60-70 female in household of her single son Peter Windle.
19. 1810 Shenandoah Co., VA census, Peter Windell household, p. 28
Female age 45+.
20. Frederick Co., VA court order book 5, p. 423.
Adminisrtation on estate of Jacob Nisewanger granted to widow Mary Nisewanger
21. B. C. Holtzclaw, Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegen
Immigrants to Virginia 1714-1750, (1964, 3rd Ed., Orange, VA:
Green Publishers, Inc., 1978).
22. Shenandoah Co., VA, Marriage returns.
Peter Huffman and Mary Wolf
23. Peter Hoffman will, Shenandoah Co., VA, Will Book S, p. 309.
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