JAMES P. WOLFE (1842–1922)

James Patrick "Paddy" Wolfe was born in 1842, probably in Cratloe, County Limerick, the son of Patrick M. Wolfe and his second wife, Johanna Walsh Wolfe. Wolfe's grandfather was Maurice J. Wolfe, also known as "Young Maurice," a farmer in the area. His siblings included Maurice, whose mother was Patrick Wolfe's first wife, Hannah McAuliffe Wolfe; Ellen; and Mary.

Virtually nothing is known of Wolfe's life except that on February 26, 1870, he married Honora "Nanno" Maher, herself the daughter of a Wolfe: Ellen Wolfe Maher, of Listowel, County Kerry. Nanno Maher's sister Ellen also married a Wolfe, Richard J. "Brown Dick" Wolfe.

Paddy Wolfe and Nanno Maher Wolfe had at least eight children: Johanna (b. 1871), Patrick (b. 1872), Richard (b. 1873), Ellen (b. 1876), Maurice James (b. 1877), John J. (b. 1880), James (b. 1882), and Timothy (b. 1885). Johanna became Sister Bonaventure, Patrick a respected priest, nationalist, and scholar of the Irish language, and Timothy a medical doctor.

Wolfe died on April 26, 1922, and his wife on April 22, 1927. They are buried together at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Abbeyfeale.