Maurice Woulfe's name in a tithe book for Drumadda, County Limerick in 1838 (  full document  )

Maurice Woulfe's name in a tithe book for Drumadda, County Limerick in 1838 (full document)

MAURICE J. WOLFE (CA. 1763–BEFORE 1838)

Maurice James Wolfe, also known as “Young Maurice” and "Maurice of Drumadda," was born about 1763, probably at Templeathea in western County Limerick. He was the son of Maurice James “Old Maurice” Wolfe, a Catholic farmer, and Kathleen Rearden (also Riordan) Wolfe. He had four siblings: Richard Maurice “Short Dick” (b. ca. 1730), James Maurice “The Barrister” (b. 1732), Edmond Maurice, and Patrick “Wiggie.”

Little is known of Wolfe’s life except that he married Hanora Harnett (sometimes Hartnett), of County Limerick. The couple had eight children: James Harnett (b. ca. 1780–1800), Richard (b. 1802), John Harnett (b. 1807), Edmond, Timothy, Mary, Patrick Maurice, and Catherine.

Wolfe’s son James immigrated to the United States in 1819 and died there in 1836, possibly the victim of murder. His brothers Richard and John took up his land claim in Missouri.

Maurice Wolfe and his wife both died sometime before 1838 and are buried at Templeathea.