Foochow in South China.
Born 1832. John Richard Wolfe from the townland of Mallavonea, Skibbereen, West Cork. He was the second son of farmer Richard Wolfe and Susan Croston, He became a Scripture Reader for the Irish Church Mission. He then trained as a missionary with the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S) in England from 1857 and after being ordained Deacon in St. Paul’s Cathedral in May 1861 he was assigned to Foochow in South China.
Thanks to Heather Croston.
The Crostons in the Schull/Durrus area were weavers and may have originated in Croston, Lancashire.
Story of Mission:
Christian Brother’s Mission To China 1920s
John Richard Wolfe was born in 1832 in the townland of Mallavonea, near Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland. He was the second son of farmer Richard Wolfe and Susan Croston, a Church of Ireland family. John followed a religious path early in his life being a Scripture Reader for the Irish Church Mission. He then trained as a missionary with the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S) in England from 1857 and after being ordained deacon in St. Paul’s cathedral in May 1861 he was assigned to Foochow in South China. He landed there in 1862 and successfully pursued his missionary work until he died in 1915. John married and had six children. He was made Archdeacon in 1887 and Vice-President of the C.M.S in 1910. We have produced a number of books that give an insight into aspects of his working environment, his achievements and his family. This book contains “The Story of The Fuh-kien Mission of the Church Missionary Society”, third edition, published in 1890 and the… More >