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Maurice James WOULFE was born about 1630 in Inchereagh, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died about 1700 in Athea, Co. Limerick. Maurice married 'UNKNOWN'.

It appears I am one of Maurice's descendants as I have been DNA-matched by Ancestry to several other descendants of his. My great-great-grandmother was Mary Woulfe who was born in the late 1810s in Athea and was married to John Shanahan. The exact nature of the connection between Mary and Maurice is not certain but it appears she was a great-great-great-granddaughter of his.  

Much of the information below comes from research carried out by Brendan Wolfe, a descendant of Maurice above. Brendan has written a book on his Wolfe/Woulfe ancestry, 'Wolfe's History' [publ. 2019], in which much additional information is available.

'UNKNOWN' died. 'UNKNOWN' married Maurice James WOULFE.

They had the following children.

  M i James Maurice WOULFE was born about 1651. He died in 1704.
  M ii
Maurice WOULFE died.

Maurice (Young Maurice) WOULFE [Parents] was born about 1752 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died before 1838 in Cratloe, Co. Limerick. He was buried in Templeathea Cemetery, Co. Limerick. Maurice married Hanora (Norrie) HARNETT about 1780.

Information available online and elsewhere tells us Maurice was born around 1763. However his probable eldest brother, James, was born in 1832 and his mother appears to have died around 1860. Could Maurice have been a child of a second marriage of his father, 'Old Maurice'?

Hanora (Norrie) HARNETT died on 18 Apr 1870. She was buried in Templeathea Cemetery, Co. Limerick. Hanora married Maurice (Young Maurice) WOULFE about 1780.

They had the following children.

  M i
James WOULFE was born about 1780 in probably Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in 1800.
  F ii Catherine WOULFE was born about 1800. She died before 1865.
  M iii Richard WOULFE was born in 1802. He died.
  M iv John WOULFE was born in 1807.
  M v
Edmond WOULFE was born in probably Cratloe, Co. Limerick. He died.
  M vi
Timothy WOULFE was born in probably Cratloe, Co. Limerick. He died.
  F vii
Mary WOULFE was born in probably Cratloe, Co. Limerick. She died.
  M viii Patrick Maurice WOULFE died in 1849.
  M ix
Maurice WOULFE died.

John WOULFE [Parents] was born in 1807 in Cratloe, Co. Limerick. He died in U.S.. John married Lucy DERBYN/DERBIN.

Lucy DERBYN/DERBIN was born in possibly Germany. She died. Lucy married John WOULFE.


Richard WOULFE [Parents] was born in 1802 in Cratloe, Co. Limerick. He died in U.S.. Richard married 'unknown' HARNETT.

Richard lived in Monticello, Missouri.

'unknown' HARNETT was born in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. She died in U.S.. 'unknown' married Richard WOULFE.


Maurice James WOULFE died after 1873. Maurice married Johanna? FRAWLEY?.

I am unable to figure out how Maurice and his family are connected to the other major Woulfe family of Cratloe, i.e. 'Old Maurice' and his descendants.

Much of the information below comes from research carried out by Brendan Wolfe who has written a book on his Wolfe/Woulfe ancestry, 'Wolfe's History' (publ. 2019).

Johanna? FRAWLEY? died. Johanna? married Maurice James WOULFE.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary WOULFE died.
  F ii Ellen WOULFE died.
  M iii
James WOULFE was born in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died.
  M iv Richard Maurice WOULFE was born about 1843. He died on 13 Nov 1913.

'unknown' FITZGERALD died. 'unknown' married Mary WOULFE.

Mary WOULFE [Parents] was born in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. She died. Mary married 'unknown' FITZGERALD.


James CORRIDAN died. James married Ellen WOULFE.

Ellen WOULFE [Parents] was born in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. She died. Ellen married James CORRIDAN.


Michael Denis MURPHY was born about 1872. He died in 1941. Michael married Mary WOULFE on 24 Feb 1903.

Michael was a poor rate collector.

Mary WOULFE [Parents] was born about 1872 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. She died on 23 Mar 1948. Mary married Michael Denis MURPHY on 24 Feb 1903.

They had the following children.

  M i
Denis MURPHY was born on 5 Jan 1904 in Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.
  M ii
Richard MURPHY was born in 1905 in probably Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.
  M iii
Michael MURPHY was born in 1906 in probably Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.

Michael was a missionary priest in West Africa.
  M iv
Edmund MURPHY was born in 1908 in probably Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.

Edmund was a pharmacist. He lived in Kilkee, Co. Clare.
  M v
Patrick MURPHY was born in 1910 in probably Ballybehy, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.
  M vi Living.

Patrick WHITE died. Patrick married Catherine WOULFE on 25 Feb 1911.

Catherine WOULFE [Parents] was born in 1876 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. Catherine married Patrick WHITE on 25 Feb 1911.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  F ii Living.
  M iii
Robert WHITE died.
  M iv
Joseph WHITE died.

James Patrick (James Paddy) WOULFE [Parents] was born in 1842 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 26 Apr 1927 in probably Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. James married Honora (Nano) MAHER on 26 Feb 1870.

Honora (Nano) MAHER [Parents] was born in 1844 in Co. Kerry. She died on 22 Apr 1927. She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Honora married James Patrick (James Paddy) WOULFE on 26 Feb 1870.

Nano and James were second cousins once removed, their common ancestors being Maurice James (Old Maurice) Woulfe and Catherine (Kathleen) Riordan.

They had the following children.

  F i
Johanna (Sr. Mary Bonaventure) WOULFE was born in 1871 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. She died in 1929 in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.
  M ii
Patrick WOULFE was born in 1872 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in 1933.

Patrick was a priest.
  M iii
Richard WOULFE was born in 1873 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died in 1893.

Richard was a medical student when he died of pneumonia at the age of 19.
  F iv
Ellen WOULFE was born in 1876 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  M v Maurice James WOULFE was born in 1877. He died in 1970.
  M vi
'unknown' WOULFE (male) was born on 10 Jul 1879 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 10 Jul 1879 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  M vii John J. WOULFE was born in 1880. He died on 6 May 1976.
  M viii
James (Jim) WOULFE was born in 1882 in Cratloe, Athea, Co. Limerick. He died on 13 Oct 1956. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick.

James lived in Cratloe.
  M ix Timothy (Tim) WOULFE was born in 1885. He died on 15 Feb 1969.

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