The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


WOLF, Conrad - Oneonta

The subject of this sketch was born in the town of Oneonta, 
Otsego County, June 11, 1802. He was youngest child,, in a family 
of thirteen children, of Jacob WOLF and Margaret LEPARD, the 
former a native of Germany, and came to this country when only 
two years old with his father. His father was a Revolutionary 
soldier; was taken prisoner by the Indians and carried to Canada, 
and kept for six months, when with great difficulty he made his 
escape, and came back to Fort Plain, where he joined his wife and 
children, and during the latter part of the 18th century came to 
Otsego County, and settled in what is now the town of Oneonta. 
Of his large family of children, only one besides the subject of this 
memoir, survives.
His father died March 4, 1819, aged sixty-eight years. His 
mother died April 16, 1832, aged sixty-nine years.
Conrad spent his early life at home, and subsequently went to 
Oneida, where he remained a short time, and at the age of twenty 
years he went to learn the carpenter's and joiner's trade, which he 
followed for some three years; and has since, down to three years 
ago, worked at it, more or less, in connection with his farming, 
and at the age of seventy-three years built a house, performing a 
large part of the labor himself.
At the age of twenty-six he married Miss Catherine VAN WOERT, 
of Oneonta, who was born August 20, 1809. Her father was an 
early settler in this part of the county, and was among the pioneers, 
and died in 1870. 
Mr. Wolf's principal business through life has been farming. He 
is known as a man of strict integrity and honesty of purpose; has 
been consistent in his ways; has led a quiet life, and gained his 
"bread by the sweat of his brow." It is this class of men that 
makes an honest neighborhood, a thriving and industrious race of 
people, and a representative nation.
Mr. Wolf was long identified with the Democratic party, but 
latterly has been an ardent Republican, looking to principles and 
not to party. He was radically opposed to human bondage, and, 
therefore, was a warm supporter of the Union cause during the 
nation's peril in the rebellion.
He is warmly attached to church interests, and has been 
identified as a member for over forty years. First identified as a 
member of the Lutheran church, but for the last five years a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church. His wife is a member 
of the same church.
Mr. and Mrs. Wolf never had children to bestow their affections 
upon and labor to support; but have, by adoption, a daughter, 
Hannah, wife of Delos WHITNEY, now residing in Oneonta; 
and as the eve of life approaches to her parents she is ever ready 
to lend a watchful eye and a helping hand.
Mr. and Mrs. Wolf are now among the few who can look back, 
through threescore years and ten, and see the various changes, 
from the rude cabin to the present mansions of wealth and grandeur; 
and who have built our schools and churches, and laid the 
foundation for coming generations by examples of industry and 

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, opposite page 228


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