About Joseph de Wolfe
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. Emile de 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.