William Frederick DEWOLF

Male 1811 - 1896  (85 years)


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  • Name William Frederick DEWOLF  [2
    • Chicago Tribune (IL) - July 28, 1896

      The funeral of William F. De Wolf, No. 108 Blue street, was held yesterday afternoon at St. James Church, Cass and Huron streets, the Rev. S. J. French officiating. Committal services were read at the grave by the pastor. Interment was at Graceland.
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      Occupation: Life insurance agent.
      Wife: Margaret. Son: Henry

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      Created by: cara [1]
    Born 21 Apr 1811  Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Living in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1860  Living in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1870  Living in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 25 Jul 1896  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Note: Annie, Charlotte, Mary and Maria all died a tragic death by an explosion on a Sound steamer "Bay State" from Fall river to New York on September 8, 1853. There's an article about it in the New York Times on September 9, 1853.

      (An excerpt from the article)

      The New York times (New York, New York) 09 Sep 1853

      TERRIBLE ACCIDENT !

      EXPLOSION OF HE STEAMER BAY STATE

      FOUR LIVES LOST

      Several Persons Badly Scalded.

      Another of the melancholy catastrophes, which we have been so Frequently called upon to chronicle of late, occurred yesterday morning on board the steamer BAY STATE, Capt. Brown of the New York River line, while on her passage from Fall River to this City.

      The BAY STATE left Fall River about 7 o'clock on Wednesday evening, with 200 passengers on board. This number was considerably less than usual, the customary complement of the boat being from four to five hundred persons. We learn that it was a remark of the conductor of the Fall River road that so light a train had set passed over the route in two months, as upon that day. It was fortunate that this was so. The loss of life would inevitably have been large, had the accident occurred at an earlier hour of the night, or had there been a larger number of passengers on board.

      The accident occurred, as nearly as can be ascertained, about 3 3/5 o'clock, when the BAY STATE had reached a point nearly opposite New Haven. The vessel at the time was about ten miles from the shore. The Sound was perfectly smooth, and there was little or no wind stirring.

      The passengers had all retired long before the accident took place. The first warning they received of the catastrophe was a tremendous concussion, and a rush of steam immediately afterward, which completely filled the forward saloon, and scalded those persons very severely who incautiously opened the doors of their staterooms. The cause of the deaths is undoubtedly to be attributed to this fact. The steam would scarcely have penetrated to the state rooms in sufficient quantities to produce fatal results, had the door been suffered to remain closed. Many, who escaped injury entirely, leaped from their state rooms through the window, and escaped upon the guard of the boat sustaining no inconvenience. the most lamentable cases of the injured were those of the children of WM. F. DE WOLFE, of Chicago; Mr. De Wolfe was on board with his wife and four daughters. The ages of the young ladies ranged from ten to sixteen years They were all very badly scalded, and three of them died at the City Hospital in this City, yesterday afternoon, after suffering excruciating agony. Miss Charlotte Snow, and the surviving Miss De Wolfe, are still at the Hospital, but their recovery is considered quite doubtful.

      The steamer CONNECTICUT, Capt. Williams, of the Norwich and Worcester line, was slightly in advance of the BAY STATE. Signals of distress being made from the BAY STATE by the discharge of rockets, the CONNECTICUT was at once put about, and went to the rescue of the passengers of the BAY STATE. Too much praise cannot be awarded to Capt. Williams for his humane efforts. The passengers of the BAY STATE also express the highest degree of gratitude to Capt. Brown and the officers of that vessel for their manly and courageous conduct....

      KILLED
      List of the sufferers who died at the New York Hospital last evening.

      Charlotte De Wolf, aged 13 years, daughter of Wm. De Wolf of Chicago, Ill.

      Mary De Wolf, (sister of Charlotte,) aged 10 years.

      Maria De Wolf (of the same family) aged years.

      Thomas Warren was scaled from the crown of his head to his feet, and expired at midnight.


      INJURED
      The following is a list of persons brought to this City on board the CONNECTICUT, who are badly scalded:

      Mrs. De Wolfe, mother of the above children, severely scalded.

      Annie Wolfe, (her daughter) aged 15 years, not dangerously.
      (Of this family, three lads and one little girl escaped uninjured.)

      Charlotte Snow, of Dartmouth, Mass., dangerously about her face, arms and breast.

      (These persons are still at the city Hospital, under the care of Surgeon Derby. The situation of Miss Snow is critical)

      Mr. Abbott of Boston, scalded on the hands; put up at the Astor, and returned home in the afternoon.

      Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, of Fall River - Mrs. Wheeler pretty badly injured; staying at a private house in this City, and will probably recover.

      Several other persons sustained slight injuries, but we believe the above list comprises all the serious cases.

      We are requested to state that Mr. Wilson, of Waterstreet in this City, who was reported in the evening papers of yesterday as among the scalded, sustained no injury. The lady accompanying him, Miss Doremus, of New York, was only slightly scalded......
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    Person ID I18942  Main Tree
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2019 

    Family Margaret Padelford ARNOLD,   b. 1810, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jan 1877, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1835  Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Annie Eliza DEWOLF,   b. Abt 1837, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Charlotte DEWOLF,   b. Abt 1839,   d. 9 Sep 1853  (Age ~ 14 years)  [Birth]
     3. William DEWOLF,   b. 1841,   d. 03 Jun 1862  (Age 21 years)  [Birth]
     4. Mary Arnold DEWOLF,   b. Abt 1843, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1853  (Age ~ 10 years)  [Birth]
     5. Henry DEWOLF,   b. Abt 1844, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1893  (Age ~ 49 years)  [Birth]
     6. Maria Rogers DEWOLF,   b. Abt 1846, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1853  (Age ~ 7 years)  [Birth]
     7. Edward Padelford DEWOLF,   b. 12 Jan 1848, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jun 1927, Buffalo, Erie Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Birth]
     8. Cecelia DEWOLF,   b. Abt 1849, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1938  (Age ~ 89 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F21435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Apr 1811 - Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Living in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1860 - Living in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Living in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Jul 1896 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S10324] Find A Grave: Obituary Notice for William F. DeWolf.

    2. [S03916] 1860 Census Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

    3. [S03915] 1850 Census Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

    4. [S00428] 1870 Census Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

    5. [S01813] Ancestry.com: One World Tree.

    6. [S10327] The New York Times (New York, New York) 09 Sep 1853.