[Please see my previous message re: meta-information about this. dhw]
From Ned Wolfskill collection, box 6, folder 45: Wolfskill Family Tree
III. # William J. Wolfskill, born April 1st, 1795. married Susan Wheeler, October
1817. died July 31st, 1876. William J. Wolfskill's father having ben
accidentally killed by his own brother Joseph, Joseph took his son Wiliam
Wolfskill, to bring up- and he came to Missouri with his uncle Joseph Wolfsk
Wolfskill's family in 1807. and helped to build Coopers fort. In 1815, he
had moved his negroes from Kentucky, and married Miss Susannah Wheeler, they
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1. Wolfskill, William From Germany, arrived in America,
probably 1742. Married Margaret
Smith, in Pennsylvania, there were
born to them 7 children;- Mary,
Margaret, Peter, George, William,
Joseph, one child died in infancy.
Winters, July 5th. 1926.
Please pardon my delay in answering your questions
about the Wolfscales of Germany, & now I am not sure of all,
but I have written you what I got from word of mouth.
As soon as I can find the time I'll trace the life
of Aunt Margaret Wolfscale Hendricks She was born in Germany
& her mother was one of the ladies of the court during Frederick
the 1st. crowned King of Germany. I think they came to
America about 1740; I am not sure .
I'll look that up as soon as I can- Please pardon
my penmanship, I hurry so, Sincerely.
(signed), Sue King.
Frederick first crowned King of Prussia January 18th. 1701.
William and Joseph Wolfscale of Nurenburg, were officers in
the Court of King Frederick from about 1705.
Joseph Wolfscale - son of William Wolfscale Officer
of the Court. William Wolfskill was born in Berlin 1707- came
to New York, (America), 1747.
Joseph[crossed out]William Wolfscale & Margaret Schmidt were married in
To them were born Joseh Wolfscale, George Wolfscale
& Margaret Wolfscale, who married Hendricks 1775, Madison Co
Joseph Wolfskill married Sarah Reid daughter of
John Reid, to them was born William,Sarshel, John R..
Mathus & MiltonWolfscale Margaret, Mary Susan
Joshua Hendricks, together with Peter Wolfskill.
(his brother-in-law,)enlisted in the service of
the United States Revolutionary war, anddied
with dysentery which was the last heard of them.
This occurred in South Carolina.
When Joseph Wolfskill, with his family
moved from Kentuckey to Missouri,in 1809,Mrs.
Hendricks went with them. Joseph Wolfskill's
wife grew so stout that she was almost helpless
and Aunt Margaret Hendricks raised the family.
Mrs. Hendricks lived to be very old, cutting a
third set of teeth, and regaining her eyesight.
Of course in those days there were little or no
school advantages in the country, and it was not
uncommon to find those who could neither read or
write. Milton Wolfskill, (Mrs. Hendricks, nephew)
tried to persuade her to take up the study of
reading and writing,and he would coach her, but
she maintained she was too old. She died in
Howard County Missouri.
[Transcriber's note in his g-g-g-grandmother's defense: The comment about
Sarah (Reid) Wolfskill growing "so stout" was, I believe, referring to a transient
phenomenon: on 11 August, 1810, she was delivered of a set of twins, Smith
and Mathus. In subsequent years, she gave birth to 4 more children, 2 of
whom were part of the 5 Wolfskill brothers who came to California prior to
1853, and one of whom is my g-g-grandfather, and was the above-cited
[Transcriber's note about the names "Smith" and "Mathus" : I read, but did not
transcribe (for lack of time) an account that the twins' given names were the
maiden names of their parents' mothers: Smith, from Margaret Smith, Joseph's
mother; Mathus, from Bettie Mathus, Sarah's mother. Smith apparently "died
young" , according to various entries in Ned's "Wolfskill Family Tree" folder.
Mathus came to California and eventually settled in the Suisun Valley, near
Fairfield; some of his descendants still live in the area: I met one of his g-g-granddaughters (my 4th cousin) while doing some research at the Solano
County Archives in Fairfield; we had a nice chat.]