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Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe

c  2 October 1778 Warblington

m Maria Harfield Wolfe 13 May 1811 Westbourne

m Sarah Pink 1 August 1838 Chichester

m Sarah Harfield 16 April 1845 Westbourne

d 18 January 1847 Prinsted



Maria Ann Harfield  1812-?

Mary Ellen  1815-1878

Elizabeth Wilson 1817-?

Thomas William 1819-?

Henry Edwin 1820-?

Charles Thomas 1822-?

Marha Jane 1824-?

William Harfield 1826-?

John Wilson 1828-?

George Augustus 1830-?



Baptism record

Marriage certificates

Baptism records of children

Royal Navy records




From the Aramaic meaning twin.  After Thomas the Apostle’s doubt it was not a popular name until Thomas s Beckett redeemed it - and since then it has been a very popular name - it still is.  He may have been named for an uncle


Tomas, Tomlin


Tom, Tommy, Tam, Macey

I’m not sure whether William Harfield Wolfe is a direct ancestor or not.  Theoretically he is the father of Annie Tier, my maternal great-grandmother, but this is by no means a sure thing.  We have yet to find her birth certificate, and besides, as we know from other lives, what you read on a birth certificate as to parentage is not necessarily true.  She does not name a father on her marriage certificate.  Whether he was her father or not, she was illegitimate, but he did marry her mother - though how he did this is still a mystery to me, as his wife was his niece!  So in any case he is part of the family, so I present his story.


William, like most of the men in Emsworth and Warblington - small seaside villages near Portsmouth in Hampshire, was a sailor.  He was not in the Royal Navy like his father, which is interesting in itself, but a merchant sailor - mate of a coasting vessel.  We have found a few details about his sailing life, but basically we have no idea what happened to him after his marriage.  He disappears.  I am still trying to find out what happened to him. A very tantalising figure on the Ellis side of the family.


The portrait I have chosen is by Matisse and is of an anonymous, rather bored, and sulky looking young sailor.  Not really how I think of William Harfield Wolfe, though what would I know?  But it is, of course - being Matisse - a striking portrait, so I’ll keep it as the stand-in for this enigmatic ancestor  And, because of his profession and where he spent his childhood, there are lots of beautiful paintings with which to illustrate his story.  For example, just feed Monet and boats into Google’s image search and be amazed by the quantity of glorious paintings that appear on your screen.

I have not given links to a Children page.  I am really unsure that the two girls involved are actually his.  If you wish to know more about them, go to the page on their mother's Children page.


Before marriage

After marriage


Thomas Wolfe

William Woolfe

Mary Hedger

Maria Harfield

Mary Ellen Wolfe

Emsworth and Warblington

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