site is to organize the branches of the Wolf family of Norfork, Arkansas.
This family has German roots which are yet
undocumented as to specific origin. Our oldest known ancestor is a Jacob Wolf, b. 1740,
and first found in Salisbury, NC, in 1788 when he was
appointed constable. From NC the family
moved on to Kentucky and then to Arkansas, from whence, following the Civil
War, they dispersed
to the four winds.
It has been widely circulated that the parents
of this Jacob Wolf of Norfork, AR were George Michael and
Elizabeth Rutter Wolfe. Some do cite a certain researcher's work
as documentation of fact. However, if you will examine that
you will find that it stated that George and Elizabeth's son,
Jacob, born in PA about 1730 and later relocating to VA remained
there until his death. Land and tax records show that he was not
in NC or KY or AR as the Jacob Wolf b. 1740 who was the
grandfather of the Major Jacob Wolf who built the Wolf House in Norfork,
AR, was. The only thing that documentation proves is that
George Michael and Elizabeth Wolfe had a son Jacob b. about 1730 d.
1719-21, which they did. It does not prove they were the
parents of the Jacob Wolf b. 1740 and d. after 1830 AR census in Izard
Research posted on line by descendants of the George
and Elizabeth Rutter Wolfe family can be found at:
It explains where the information came from and by whom it was
"Jacob Wolfe, Sr. was born about 1730.
He died prior to October 19, 1821, and may have died sometime between
the time of the 1819 Personal Property Tax enumeration of Washington
Co., VA and the 1820 Federal Census enumeration of Washington Co., VA as
he is listed on the former but not on the latter. Jacob was a resident
of Pennsylvania1 but moved to Virginia2 prior to 1788. Jacob left a
widow named Catherine. Jacob's children are proved by a deed dated
October 19, 1821 in Washington Co., VA." Verify for yourself.
To have been born in 1730, Jacob Wolf would have been 100 in 1830.
There is published documentation
(Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas by Josiah H. Shinn page 159-160
makes reference to the 1830 Arkansas Census
and the age of some of the residents as reflected on that census.
that states the Jacob Wolf of Norfork, AR was
the oldest person cited in the 1830 Arkansas census at age 90.
Also it should be notedc that the proven children of
the Jacob, son of George and Elizabeth Rutter Wolfe, are NOT the
same children as proven for the Jacob Wolf of Norfork, AR who only has
the one proven son, Michael Wolf b. 1764 who married Mary Madgalena Catharine
It must be noted that for many years our family
has stated in our published documents that we were of the Wolf family
found on the Ship Richard and Mary that docked in PA in 1754. However,
documentation ("Notes and Queries" by Egle) has surfaced
giving the history of that Wolf family.
For the Michael WOLF who arrived on the
"Richard and Mary" in 1754, it shows 8 children: (1) Anna
Maria who married Daniel
(2) George (3) Catharine who married ___ WAGNER/WAGONER; (4) Sebastian (this is my ancestor) (5) Paul (6)
Michael who married Catharine MILLER (7) Elisabeth who married Henry
NEISS (8) Sarah who married ___
There is NO Jacob
Wolf who could be the progenitor of our Arkansas family. Thus, I feel we no longer can
claim that we were part of that family. Of course many hundreds of
accounts of our early research were used and are still being used as
documentation by other researchers that show we descend from the Wolf
Family of the Ship Richard and Mary, but that may have been flawed
information because our early research did not include data from the
document listed above which seemingly proves otherwise. Verify for
people use this Pennsylvania Naturalizations, 1740-73 record
Name: Jacob Wolf , Location: Donegal, Date: 23 Mar 1769
as the Jacob
Wolf of Norfork, AR.
Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania Naturalizations, 1740-73
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
Original data: Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Persons Naturalized in the
Province of Pennsylvania [1740-1773]. Harrisburg, PA, USA: 1876.
you research this person you will find that this Jacob Wolf is
still living in Donegal in 1790 and the Jacob Wolf who is the head
of the clan found in Norfork, AR was definitely in KY when the 1790
census was taken, having moved there from Salisbury, NC where court
records show he was living on 8 Nov 1788; so once again,
researchers did not do the job of verification to see if it could
possibly match to our Jacob Wolf of Norfork, AR before attaching the
data to our person. Verify for yourself.
I wish I
could provide ancestors for the progenitor of our Wolf family, Jacob
Wolf b. 1740 d. after 1830 census in Izard Co., AR,
but so far I have not been able to establish who they might have been.
Our DNA test did not match us as related to any other established
Wolf blood line.
Many of the surnames listed in the menu are just allied families and more information is available than is posted,
but can be provided on request. Other of the surnames are related by
marriage to the Wolf family.
DNA results are also available for the
DUNN, OSBORNE, McCARTY lines that are connected to Major Jacob Wolf
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