Lee County Biography

Mary (Pomeroy) DeWolf
Lee Center Township

This lady, who resides on section 5, Lee center Township, has spent the last forty years in this Township and is well known and highly esteemed for her many excellent traits of character. She is a public-spirited woman, interested in all that tends to the welfare of the community and is noted for her great liberality in behalf of education and other worthy objects. It is with pleasure that we present to her many friends in the county her portrait and the folowing sketch of her life.

Isaac Pomeroy, the father of Mrs. DeWolf, was a native of New Ashford, Berkshire Co. Mass. Her mother, whose maiden name was Ruth Crane, was the first white child born in Erie County PA. After their marriage the young couple settled in Conneaut Township, Erie County, where the father carried on farming, their death taking place ont he same farm on which theyf irst settled. Their family consisted of nine children - Alden, Mary, Laura, Clarinda, Hannah, Eliza, Sarah, Luch E. and Isaac J.

Mary, the eldest daughter wa sborn in Conneaut Township, Erie PA July 7, 1821, where she grew to womanhood. She was there married June 14, 1840 to Alvah B. DeWolf. He was a son of Dorastus and Eliza (Coe) DeWolf who were natives of New England and were married in Cortland County NY, settling in Conneaut Twp. Erie PA. In 1851 they removed to Lee County and located in Inlet Grove where they died.

They reared a family of twele children, of whom Alvah was the yongest son. He was born in Virgil, Cortland NY, Sept. 15, 1815. He remained with his parents in Conneaut Twp. until after his marriage and in 1851 removed to this county, settling in Lee Center where he continued to reside until his death, April 16, 1887. He was an energetic, enterprising business man, who took an active part in all local affairs and held the office of Supervisor of his Township for several terms. He followed the occupation of farmer throughout his life and accumulated a good property, being at the time of his death the owner of about 500 acres. This he had highly improved and had erected a line of comfortable buildings. He was a member of the Free-will Baptist Church and was highly esteemed as an upright, honorable man.

Mrs. DeWolf is a lady of intelligence and refinement and has manifested her great interest in the cause of education by her liberal gifts to various institutions of learning. To Hillsdale College Michigan, she has given $16,000 endowing a Professoship in Theology; to Storer College at Harpers' Ferry VA, $3,000; to Parker College at Winnebago Minn. $2000; and to Rochester Seminary, at Rochester Wisconsin, $200. She has made other valuable bequests to relatives and friends and in all has given away $62,000. Mrs. DeWolf is an active member and supporter of the Free Will Baptist Church. She has a delightful home in which she hospitably entertains her many friends and her memory will be cherished many years after she has passed from earth, for those who have been the recipients of her bounty.

Portrait and Biographical Record - Lee County Pg 589


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