Person Sheet

Name Balthazar DE WOLF
Birth 1621, Sagan, Selesia (Germany - now in Poland)
Death 1696, Lyme, Connecticut
Occupation Scrivener, Attorney, Horsebreeder & Tavern Keeper
Private Note Came by 1656. Interesting and Colorful Ancestor
1 Alice PECK
Birth 26 Feb 1625, Liddington, Rutland, England
Death 1687, Lyme, Connecticut
Private Note Came by 1656
Father Deacon William PECK (~1601-1694)
Mother Elizabeth "Sarah" HOLT (1608-1683)
Marriage 1645, Guilford, Connecticut
Children Mary (1656-1724)
Notes for Balthazar DE WOLF
BIO:Balthazar De Wolf's origins are uncertain, but he was educated and industrious. He settled in Lyme, Conn., in 1660, coming from Hartford, and became well-established in the community. He had numerous offspring, some of which resettled Acadia after the French were expelled.
"Balthazar de Wolf of 1656 Connecticut is our first American de Wolf ancestor of whom we have a record. This much is indisputable.
Vice-Admiral Harry De Wolf, twelfth-generation descendant of
Balthazar De Wolf, the first De Wolf in America.
Whether or not he was that youngest son of Baron de Wolf of Livonia is still open to conjecture. In the interest of truth it must be said that he has also been made a French Huguenot fleeing persecution; a Russian; a Jew; a Protestant refugee from Holland. One source says that Balthazar was indubitably English, witness his handwriting and the names of his children. No one has suggested he was an American aborigine, even though he smoked a pipe. In 1668 Ba[l]thazar de Wolf's name appears again, this time in the Lyme, Connecticut, records, and in 1677 he was chosen 'Committee of the Town'. He is last mentioned in 1695. He an his wife Alice had six children, the eldest of whom was Edward." Kellogg, V. Louise: ~BDescendants of Mary Frances De Wolf~b ~Band Milo Giffo
Lyme city records spell his name variously as "Belthazer" and "Baltazzar." In 1681 he conveyed property by deed to his son Simon.
"About the middle of the seventeenth century a younger son of Baron de Wolf of Livonia emigrated, presumably to America, and was never heard from again by his family. The name 'Baltazer de Woolfe', however, shows up in the court records of Hartford, Connecticut, on March 5, 1656. The spelling of the name is similar to that which a court clerk might assume phonetically from a foreign accent, and Balthazar was very impatient with the puritanical restrictions of the town. Having been hauled into court with others 'presented for smoking in the streets contra to the law', it is said that he paid his fine, lit his pipe, and walked out.

Roberts, Gary B. ed.: Genealogies of Connecticut Families
NAME: BALTHAZAR De Wolf (#150)
Torrey, Clarence A.: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 p. 218
Also listed:
Simon & Alice Bolt; 1-19-1693; Boston. Likely grandson (Edward ~I2~i Balthazar ~I1~i).
HOBBIES: Pipe smoker
Kellogg, V. Louise: ~BDescendants of Mary Frances De Wolf~b ~Band Milo Giffo ~IKellogg~i also cites the following work:
~UCharles D'Wolf of Guadaloupe, His Ancestors & Descendants~u,
Perry, the Rev. Mr. Calbraith B., T. A. Wright, New York 1902. Roberts, Gary B. ed.: Genealogies of Connecticut Families p. 526
Cites Lyme, Connecticut, City Register Vol. XXX, p. 465 & ante

Arms: Or, Three Wolves heads, erased sable borne on the breast of an Imperial double-headed eagle, sable-beaked, or, a Coronet of Baron of the Empire.
Crest: Out of a Ducal Coronet, a Demi-Wolf, gules, holding in the dexter paw a fleur-de-lis, or.
Motto: Vincit qui Patitur (He conquers who endures)
The De Wolfs belong to the oldest aristocracy of Flanders, Saxony and Livonia (the Baltic Provinces of Russia). According to legend, the origin of the name de Wolf is practically the same in every country. According to family tradition in Belgium, Frederick de Wolf's first known ancestor, Louis de Saint-Etienne, of the French noble family of that name, was one of King Charles the Fifth's attendants on a hunting expedition. During the chase, a wolf cub crossed the King's path; Charles threw his lance at the cub, mortally wounding it, and breaking the weapon against a tree. An enormous she-wolf, seeing her offspring wounded, rushed from the forest upon the King, who had nothing but a hunting knife to defend himself with. Louis de Saint-Etienne rushed between the wolf and the King and dispatched it with his sword, thus saving the King's life. As a reward, the King Knighted Louis, who from this time was called de Loup, and was ancestor of the noble French family of that name. His grandson, Emile de Loup, accompanied the Princess Mathilda to Germany at the time of her marriage. Emilede Loup became a great favorite at the Saxon Court and had the title of Baron conferred on him in 1427. He then changed his name from French to German and was known afterwards as de Wolf. It was his direct descendant, Maximillian de Wolf who founded the Belgium branch of the family.
The original family name was DeWOLF. This name is undoubtedly of Continental origin. William DeWOLF is mentioned among the followers of William the Conqueror in 1066, and the DeWOLF family appears in English history from that time. Burke's complete armory gives the DeWOLF coat of arms, showing that the family is, and has been, for many years an English family.
The DeWOLF's have been prominent in Germany. Also, Frederick Baron DeWOLF was in 1517 chosen commissioner of the House of Saxe to settle boundaries of various principalities of the Imperial Diet. This branch was from the French nobility. Related to the French DeWOLF's were the Prussian nobles of the same name.
In Holland, Baron Joseph DeWOLF was an Admiral in the Dutch service, and afterward Captain General of the Dutch possessions in the East Indies.
In England, Joseph DeWOLF was a member of Parliament. His son, Sir Drummond DeWOLF, was a member of Parliament, and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Turkey, and High Commissioner to Egypt.
That Balthazar DeWOLF was English appears from his penmanship, which is clearly used by educated Englishmen, and from the family names which are all English. It is also seen in the fact that his children inter-married with those of the best families of the English settlers. A thing which would have been impossible had he not been of English origin.
The first record of Balthazar is at Wethersfield, CT in 1656-64. In 1668 he and his three sons, Edward, Simon and Stephen are recorded as members of the training band at Lyme. There is also a record that one Nicholas Jennings was indicted for witchcraft in "causing the death of the wife of Regnold Marvin and a child of Balthasar de Wolf."
He owned property in Lyme & Saybrook very early in the history of the colony. The first mention of his name is found in the Hartford court records in 1656. He was in Weathersfield, CT (probably on a temporary visit) and was arrested for smoking on the street. The court fined him... and as tradition has it ... he paid his fine, lit his pipe & went out ! He was also a member of the local militia.
He lived in Wethersfield, CT in 1664, & then moved to Lyme, CT in 1668. He became a member of the town train band in 1678 (along withsons Edward, Simon & Stephen).

Marriage 1 Alice PECK b: 1625 in England
* Married: 1645 in Guilford, CT
1. Edward Nathan DEWOLFE b: 1646 in Guilford, CT
2. Stephen Peter DEWOLF b: ABT 1648 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co, CT
3. Simon DEWOLF b: 1650 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT
4. Hannah DEWOLF b: 1652 in Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT
5. Marah (Mary) DEWOLF b: 10 JAN 1656 in Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT

Balthazar de Wolf married Alice, surname unknown. Balthazar and Alice had six known children.
"Effie Belle Randall of Bath, Ohio: Her Ancestors and Descendants" by Theodore N. Woods; p. 65; published by T. N. Woods; Phoenix, Arizona; 1991 (CS71.R19 1991 LofC) (Randall)
"Ascendents and Descendants of Joseph De Wolf of Granby, Connecticut" compiled by Oratia J. De Wolf; Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; 1902
"Family History and Genealogies" by Edward Elbridge Salisbury; Volume 2; Press of Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor; New Haven, Connecticut; 1892 (CS69 .S25 1892 SCL)
"Charles De Wolf of Guadeloupe, his ancestors and descendants. Being a complete genealogy of the "Rhode Island De Wolfs, the descendants of Simon De Wolf, with their common descent from Balthazar de Wolf, of Lyme, Connecticut" by Rev. Galbraith B. Perry, D. D; Press of T. A. Wright; New York City, New York; 1902
"A Genealogical Account of the Descendants in the Male Line of William Peck, one of the founders in 1638 of the Colony of New Haven, Connecticut" by Darius Peck; Bryan & Goeltz; Hudson, New York; 1877 (929.2 P3364P ACPL)
Notes for Alice (Spouse 1)
Church of England. Parish Church of Ketton
Bishop's transcripts,1561-1842
NAME: ALICE (De Wolf) (#185)
Torrey, Clarence A.: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 p. 218

Marriage 1 Balthazar DE WOLF b: 1621 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
* Married: 1645 in Connecticut
1. Edward Nathan DE WOLF b: 1646 in Guilford, Connecticut
2. Stephen DE WOLF b: 1650 in Guildford, Connecticut
3. Simon DE WOLF b: 1650 in Guilford, Connecticut
4. Hannah DE WOLF b: 1652 in Middletown, Connecticut
5. Marah DE WOLF b: 20 OCT 1656 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
6. Child DE WOLF b: 1661 in East Saybrook, New London, Connecticut
7. Susanna DE WOLF b: 22 DEC 1664 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
8. Alice DE WOLF b: ABT. 1666 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut
9. Joseph DE WOLF b: APR 1668 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut
10. Peter DE WOLF b: ABT. 1670 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut
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