Richard Maurice Wolfe, also known as “Short Dick,” was born around 1752, at Templeathea in western County Limerick. He was the son of Maurice James “Old Maurice” Wolfe, a Catholic farmer, and Kathleen Rearden (also Riordan) Wolfe. He had four siblings: James Maurice “The Barrister” (b. 1732), Edmond, Patrick “Wiggie,” and Maurice James “Young Maurice.”
Wolfe’s father was a wealthy farmer who, in March 1760, purchased 2,000 acres of land, which constituted the entire townland of Cratloe, in County Clare, about 65 kilometers from Templeathea. Wolfe inherited that property after his father’s death in 1792. At some point he married a woman whose surname was either Sullivan or O’Sullivan. They had at least two sons, Maurice Richard (1778–1841) and Edmond Maurice (b. 1788).
Wolfe died on October 11, 1824, and is buried at Templeathea.
image: detail from the gravestone of Anne Marie Woulfe at Temple Athea graveyard in western Limerick