Bavaria & Baltimore
George W. Wolfe (1854-1912)
George W Wolfe was born on April 16, 1854 in Baltimore County, Maryland.
George Wolfe was listed on his mother’s Census record in 1860. I assume
that before 1870, his mother had died and the family had dispersed. The
following record is the likely the 1870 Census record for George W and William H
Wolfe. Several entries on this record were scratched through, erased, and
rewritten. Some of both entries can be read.
1870 Census - Baltimore City, 3rd Ward
Henry Beste, age 34, Rt Bakery, born in Hanover
(name originally appears as
Lizzie, & female changed to male)
Martha Beste, age 33, Keeping House, born in Wuertemburg
Lena Beste, age 9, born in Maryland
Lizzie Beste, age 7, born in Maryland
August Beste age 6?, born in Maryland
(the above line
originally read George Wolfe, age 21?, Baker)
Annie Beste or Wolfe, age 4 or 45, born in Maryland
(last name Bavier was
erased, can't read erased first name, erased occupation - Sailor)
Willi--? ??, age 1 or 13, Keeping House, born in Maryland
(with erasures, last name
could be Wolf, Beste, or Bavier)
George Wolfe, age 21, Baker, born in Maryland
(the age of 15 for George
Wolf was erased)
If William Wolf age 13 and George Wolf age 15 are correct, then this is
probably our Wolfe family. I can not find another likely record for
William, George, or their mother Mary in 1870. The 1880 Census record for
the Beste household gives us further clues about the 1870 Census record.
1880 Census - Baltimore City, Maryland
Herman Beste, age 45, Baker, born in Hanover
Margaret Beste, age 44, Keeps House, born in Wuertemburg
Carrie Beste, age 19, born in Maryland
Lizzie Beste, age 17, born in Maryland
August Beste, age 16, born in Maryland
Anna Beste, age 12, born in Maryland
(plus 3 sons under the age of 10 that were not in the 1870
The only two peopled listed with the Beste family in 1870 that were not
members of the Beste family were George Wolfe and William. George Wolfe
never married. He remained close to his sister Caroline and the rest of
the Brown family throughout his life. George W Wolfe lived in the
household of William Brown and his sister Caroline Brown in 1880 and 1900.
He also appears in a tin type photo with the family.
An entry in the Annie V Wolfe bible records that George W Wolfe died on June
2, 1912. He died in Baltimore County at age 58. The following
obituary was cut from a newspaper giving more insight into his life:
George W Wolfe - George W Wolfe for many years general foreman of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Locust Point, died suddenly yesterday
afternoon at his home, 1536 North Fulton avenue, of appendicitis. Mr.
Wolfe was stricken on Friday night and became gradually worse up to the time
of his death. He was a bachelor and had spent his entire life in
Baltimore. He is survived by two sisters (Mrs. William Brown and Miss
Annie Wolfe, both of Baltimore) and two brothers (John W Wolfe, and William
H Wolfe, also of this city.) Mr. Wolfe was a member of Corinthia
Lodge, No. 93 AF, and AM Orienta Lodge, No. 18, Knights of Pythias, and
Poromac Tribe, No. 51, Improved Order of Red Men. His funeral will be
conducted by the Corinthian Lodge, and will take place from the home of his
sister, Mrs. Brown, 1222 North Caroline street, tomorrow afternoon at 3
After George Wolfe’s death, his nephew Charles S Brown provided information
for his death certificate:
Death Certificate - George W Wolfe, male, white, single 1536 N. Fulton
born April 16, 1854, in Baltimore, MD, age at death 55 years, 1 month, 18
occupation - foreman
name of father - John M Wolfe, born in Germany
name of mother - Mary McEldsuggs?, born in Germany
informant - Charles Brown
died of obstruction of the bowels & exhaustion, sick 1 1/2 days
buried June 3 at Loudon Park
So far three sources give different maiden names for Mary Wolfe.
McEldsuggs only appears on this death certificate. I have only seen the
microfilm of the death certificate once and that was 16 years ago. The
record needs further examination. The unusual name sounds more Irish than
German. German names usually do not begin with ‘Mc’. During a sad
and stressful time, perhaps Charles Brown was trying to remember his
grandmothers maiden name and remembered his other grandmothers maiden name.
His father’s mother was born in Ireland.
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