James DeWolf

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James was born on 18 MAR 1764 in Bristol, Rhode Island, the son of Mark Antony DeWolf and Abigail Potter.

He died on 21 DEC 1837 in New York, NY.

His wife was Nancy Bradford, who he married in Bristol, Rhode Island. The date has not been found. Their eleven known children were James Jr (1790-1845), Francis Le Baron (1793-1794), Marianne (1795-1834), Francis LeBaron (1797-c1824), Mark Anthony (1799-1851), William Henry (1802-1853), Harriett (1804-?), Catherine (1806-?), Nancy (1808-1856), William Bradford (1810-1862) and Josephine Maria (1812-1901).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

James DeWolf
(1764-1837)

 

Mark Antony DeWolf
(1726-1793)

 

Charles DeWolf
(1695-?)

 

Charles DeWolf
(1673-1731)

 
   

Prudence White
(c1673-?)

 
   

Margaret Potter
(c1700-?)

   
 
 
     
 
 
   

Abigail Potter
(1726-1809)

   
 
   
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
   
 
 
     
 
 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth18 MAR 1764
Place: Bristol, Rhode Island
Address: #25 on the family tree
Mount Hope, A new England Chronicle Bio of De Wolf Family of Rhode Island
Source: Mount Hope, A new England Chronicle Bio of De Wolf Family of Rhode Island
Authors: George Howe
Publisher: The Viking Press, New York 1959

Death21 DEC 1837
Place: New York, NY
Address: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=d000295
BurialDEC 1837
Place: Juniper Hill Cemetery
Address: Woodlawn Avenue, Bristol, R.I Bristol, Rhode Island http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=d000295
Agency: www.findagrave.com,
Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, RI
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OccupationFROM 4 MAR 1821 TO 31 OCT 1825US Senator from Rhode Island
Address: Democratic Republican; Crawford Republican http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=d000295

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James De Wolf

Birth: Mar. 18, 1764

Death: Dec. 21, 1837

 US Senator. A veteran of the Revolutionary War, he was elected as a Republican Senator from Rhode Island to the United States Senate, serving from March 4, 1821 until his resignation on October 31, 1825. (bio by: Russ Dodge)

Burial:: Juniper Hill Cemetery

Bristol Bristol County

Rhode Island, USA

 

Maintained by: Find A Grave

Record added: Feb 15 2003

Find A Grave Memorial# 7187923

http://www.findagrave.com

Also:

http://awtc.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2842366&id=I07489

http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=d000295

DE WOLF, James, (1764 - 1837)

Senate Years of Service: 1821-1825

Party: Democratic Republican; Crawford Republican

DE WOLF, James, a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Bristol, R.I., March 18, 1764; during the Revolutionary War shipped as a sailor on a private armed vessel; participated in several naval encounters and was twice captured by the enemy; before he was twenty years old became captain of a ship; engaged in extensive commercial ventures, principally trading in slaves, with Cuba and other West Indian islands; member, State house of representatives 1797-1801, 1803-1812; fitted out a privateer in the War of 1812; one of the pioneers in cotton manufacturing; built the Arkwright Mills in Coventry, R.I., in 1812; member, State house of representatives 1817-1821, and served as speaker 1819-1821; elected as a Democratic Republican (later Crawford Republican) to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1821, to October 31, 1825, when he resigned; member, State house of representatives 1829-1837;

died in New York City December 21, 1837; interment in the De Wolf private cemetery, Woodlawn Avenue, Bristol, R.I.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_De_Wolf

James DeWolf (March 18, 1764 – December 21, 1837), nicknamed "Captain Jim", was a United States Senator from Rhode Island, a long-time state legislator[1] and a leading figure in the slave trade.

Born in Bristol, Rhode Island, DeWolf shipped as a sailor on a private armed vessel during the American Revolutionary War. He participated in several naval encounters and was captured twice by the British. He became captain of a ship before he was 20 and engaged in commercial ventures, including trading in slaves, with Cuba and other West Indian islands. In 1791 DeWolf was indicted for murder by a Newport, Rhode Island grand jury. He was alleged to have had a sick female slave thrown overboard while gagged and tied to a chair, this after almost his entire crew refused to participate in the murder. DeWolf heard the indictment and immediately left for the Gold Coast of Africa. Two members of the crew, one of whom had participated in the killing, stated in a 1794 deposition taken in St. Eustatius, Leeward Islands that the action was necessary in order to save those on board from the disease. DeWolf testified in St. Thomas, West Indies in 1795 with no one present to oppose his testimony, and the judge ruled in his favor. The case was dismissed, upon petition from the district attorney, as being without merit. DeWolf went on to finance another 25 slaving voyages, usually with other members of his family. His business empire included three sugar plantations in Cuba.

During the War of 1812, DeWolf fitted out privateers under the authority of the President of the United States. One of his ships, the Yankee, became the most successful privateer of the war. DeWolf was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1797-1801, again from 1803-1812, 1817-1821, and 1829-1837. He served as speaker of the House from 1819 to 1821. He was a pioneer in cotton manufacturing and built the Arkwright Mills in Coventry, Rhode Island in 1812. DeWolf became the wealthiest man in the state, if not the region, and by the end of his life was said to be the second richest person in the United States.

DeWolf was elected as a Democratic-Republican (later Crawford Republican) to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1821, to October 31, 1825, when he resigned.

He died in New York City in 1837 at the age of 76, and was buried in the DeWolf private cemetery (Juniper Hill Cemetery), Woodlawn Avenue, Bristol.

DeWolf was featured prominently in a 2008 documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, which described the DeWolf family's role in the slave trade.

http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/guides-and-materials/historical/the-dewolf-family/

http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/dewine-dewson.html#R9M0IUODT

De Wolf, James (1764-1837) — of Bristol, Bristol County, R.I. Born in Bristol, Bristol County, R.I., March 18, 1764. Son of Mark A. De Wolf and Abigail (Porter) De Wolf; married to Nancy Bradford (daughter of William Bradford); grandfather of James DeWolf Perry; great-granduncle of LeBaron Bradford Colt. Democrat. Slave trader; built early cotton mill; manufacturer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1819-21; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1821-27. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 21, 1837. Interment at De Wolf Family Cemetery, Bristol, R.I.

Sources

  1. Mount Hope, A new England Chronicle Bio of De Wolf Family of Rhode Island
    Source: Mount Hope, A new England Chronicle Bio of De Wolf Family of Rhode Island
    Authors: George Howe
    Publisher: The Viking Press, New York 1959
  2. Mount Hope, A new England Chronicle Bio of De Wolf Family of Rhode Island
    Source: Mount Hope, A new England Chronicle Bio of De Wolf Family of Rhode Island
    Authors: George Howe
    Publisher: The Viking Press, New York 1959