Biography of Dr. William W. Wolfe
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM WESLEY WOLFE, M.D., No. 24 North Diamond St., Allegheny, was born in what was, at that time, Allegheny township, but now known as Bethel township, Armstrong Co., Pa., on Jan. 16, 1851. His parents were Noah C. and Mary (Patterson) Wolfe, the former being a native of Armstrong county, where he was born, Nov. 14, 1818, reared and engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, dying at Kittanning, Nov. 7, 1896, after a long and useful career. The mother of the doctor was born in Wilmington, Del., May 25, 1818, and came west of the mountains with her parents when she was two years old. They settled near Cannonsburg, Pa., but her parents subsequently removed to Armstrong county, where she met and married Noah C. Wolfe, the marriage taking place on March 9, 1843, attended with the usual festivities so popular in those days. She survived her husband until June 6, 1902, when she, too, passed to her reward in the great beyond. Their children are: Sarah Jane, born Sept. 29, 1844, married William R. Huston, Oct. 16, 1872, and resides in Homestead, Pa.; Findley Patterson, born Feb. 23, 1846, practicing law in Kittanning, married Maggie E. Mateer, Nov. 24, 1881; Perry Fleming, born Jan. 15, 1848, married Cornelia Beissinger, March 13, 1872, and died March 5, 1874; Joseph Alcortis, born June 22, 1849, died in February, 1850; William Wesley, the subject of this sketch, and Dorcas Catharine, born Dec. 1, 1853. The grandparents of Dr. Wolfe were Mathias G. and Sarah (Wagle) Wolfe. The former was born May 5, 1788; married Sarah Wagle, April 13, 1813, and died in September, 1867. Sarah Wagle was born Sept. 24, 1791, and died in September, 1838. Their children were as follows: Catharine, who died in 1895; Christina, born May 22, 1816, died Aug. 29, 1899; Noah Calhoun, father of our subject; Elizabeth, born June 21, 1821, died Aug. 19, 1889; Adnam Robert, born March 21, 1824, died in October, 1900; Obadiah L., born May 23, 1827, died in 1892; Sarah N.,born Sept. 8, 1831, and residing in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and the youngest child of this marriage is Permanda A., born April 27, 1834, now Mrs. Fry, who resides in Clinton, Pa. By a second marriage with Maria (Murphy) Keesey, there were the following children: Elmira M., born Feb. 24, 1844, now Mrs. Cornman, residing in Kittanning; Louis J., born May 13, 1845; Solomon P., born July 2, 1846; Squire D., born March 8, 1849; Nancy J., born Feb. 9, 1850, now Mrs. David Walters, residing at Ford City, Pa.; Anna M., born Dec. 20, 1851, now Mrs. John Beatty, residing in Pittsburg. W. W. Wolfe acquired his primary education in the common schools of Armstrong county, after which he taught school for ten years in Armstrong and Clarion counties. During his last years in the school room, he devoted a part of his time to the study of medicine, and, in 1878, entered the Cleveland homoeopathic hospital college, Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated in February, 1880, receiving the degrees of M. D. and F. H. S. He at once began the practice of his chosen profession at Freeport, Pa., where he soon acquired an extensive practice, but decided to locate in Allegheny, and, since 1884, he has been in continuous practice there. He is a member of both the State and county homoeopathic societies, and is a member of Ionic lodge. No. 525, F. and A. M., of Allegheny; of Allegheny chapter. No. 217, and of Pittsburg consistory and Allegheny council. He is a Shriner; a member of Darling council, No. 888, Royal Arcanum; Triumph circle. No. loi. Protected Home Circle; Guiding Star conclave. No. 273, Improved Order of Heptasophs; Guiosuta lodge, Order of Iroquois; Allegheny lodge, Order of Americus; Allegheny lodge, No. 339, B. P. O. Elks; Allegheny senate; Knights of Ancient Essenic Order; Order of the Golden Rod, and council of Jr. O. U. A. M. Dr. Wolfe is examining physician for all of the above named orders except the F. and A. M., the Elks and the Essenics. He is now serving as school director for the tenth ward. On June 14, 1899, he was united in marriage with Miss Ada Byron Swindell, of Allegheny, the daughter of the late William Swindell. The following children bless this union: William E., born May 22, 1900, and Harold S., born Sept. 8, 1903. Dr. Wolfe's great grandfather, Jacob Wolfe, was a native of Berks county. Pa., and a Revolutionary patriot, having served under Washington at Brandywine and Valley Forge, and fought in many of the principal battles of the Revolution. He married Christina Kepple, and their children were: George, Michael, Mathias G., Jacob, John, Christina, Elizabeth, Joseph, David and Solomon. Jacob Wolfe was a noted violinist, and had the honor of playing many times for General Washington. A reunion of the Wolfe family was held on Sept. 14, 1888, at which all the living members of the family were present, and an address was delivered by Findley P. Wolfe, a prominent attorney of Kitanning, Pa. This reunion was held at the old homestead in Allegheny township, amid the scenes so dear to the hearts of those who were reared there or in that vicinity, and recalled to the succeeding generations present many traditions of hardship and toil, and of perseverance and pleasures, which attended the lives there of those illustrious ancestors, who persistently braved the trials of pioneer life, that they and their posterity might enjoy the fruits of their toil.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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