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Michael Metcalf

Also Known As: "Michael Metcalfe"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Tatterford, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Dedham, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Leonard Metcalf; Leonard Metcalf; Amy Metcalf and Amy Metcalf
Husband of Sarah Metcalf; Sarah Metcalf and Mary "Martha" Metcalf
Father of Rebekah Elizabeth Mackintosh; Michael Metcalf; Mary Wilson, of Dedham; Michael Metcalf, II; John Metcalf, I and 6 others
Brother of John Metcalf; Leonardus Metcalf; Nicholas Metcalf; Nynian Metcalf; Marie Pidge and 3 others

Occupation: Cloth factory owner in England
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About Michael Metcalf (immigrant)

Michael emigrated through Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1637.

Name Michael Metcalf Sr

Date of Birth 17 Jun 1587

Place of Birth Tatterford, Norfolk Co, England

Date of Baptism 17 Jun 1587

Place of Baptism Tatterford, Norfolk Co, England

Date of Death 24 Dec 1664

Place of Death Dedham, Norfolk Co, MA

Date of Burial 27 Dec 1664

Place of Burial Dedham, Norfolk Co, MA

Occupation

Military Service

Date Married 13 Oct 1616

Place Married Higham, Norfolk Co, England

Father Leonard Metcalf

Mother Amy (?) Metcalf

Source: http://home.att.net/~lvhayes/Genealog/Famances/Northern/Metcalf/metcapg4.htm

MICHAEL METCALF (LEONARD6, LEONARD5, BRIAN4, JAMES3, JAMES2, JAMES1) was born 1587 in Tatterford, Norfolk, England, Christened: June 17, 1587, Norwich, Norfolk, England; and died December 27, 1664 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He married (1) SARAH ELWYN October 13, 1616 in Hingham, England, daughter of THOMAS ELWYN and ELIZABETH BENSLYE. She was born June 17, 1593 in Hingham, England (born at a village near Norwich), and died November 13, 1644 in Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts or 2/21/1645?. He married (2) MARY August 13, 1645 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. She was born 1620. Descended from the Metcalfs of Beare Park and Nappa Hall in northern Yorkshire.

Children of MICHAEL METCALF and SARAH ELWYN are:

i. MICHAEL8 METCALF b. November 13, 1617, St. Benedict's, Norwich, Norfolk, England; d. January 20, 1617/18, St. Benedict's, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

9. ii. MARY METCALF, b. October 14, 1618, Tatterford, Norfolk, England (or 1619?); d. Aft. 1656.

10. iii. MICHAEL METCALF, b. August 29, 1620, St. Benedict's, Norwich, England; d. December 25, 1654, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

11. iv. JOHN METCALF, b. September 05, 1622, St. Benedict's, Norwich, England; d. November 27, 1675, Medfield, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

v. SARAH METCALF379,380,381,382,383, b. September 10, 1624, St. Benedict's, Norwich, England384,385,386; d. February 20, 1688/89, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; m. ROBERT ONION, 1644, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; b. 1620.

12. vi. ELIZABETH METCALF, b. October 04, 1626, Heigham, England - or St. Benedict, Norfolk, England; d. May 01, 1711, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

13. vii. MARTHA METCALF, b. March 27, 1628, St. Benedict's, Norwich, England.

viii. THOMAS METCALF, b. December 27, 1629, St. Edmondsbury, Norwich, England408,409,410; d. November 16, 1702, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts411,412,413; m. (1) SARAH PAGE, September 12, 1656, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts417,418; b. 1630; d. 1677, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; m. (2) ANNE PAGE, December 02, 1679, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; b. 1635.

ix. ANN METCALF, b. March 01, 1630/31, St. Edmondsbury, Norwich, England; d. 1632, Norfolk, England.

14. x. JANE METCALF, b. March 24, 1631/32, St. Edmondsbury, Norwich, England; d. 1702.

xi. REBECCA METCALF b. April 05, 1635, St. Edmondsbury, Norwich, England; m. JOHN MACKINTOSH, April 05, 1659, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; b. 1633.

Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walkersj/Metcalf.htm

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Michael2 Metcalf (Leonard1) , son of Rev. Leonard Metcalf and Amy ––. Born in 1590 in Tatterford Parish, Norfolk, England. Died on 24 December 1664 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, about 74 years old. Buried on 27 December 1664 in Dedham. Married twice.

Exposition on Michael Metcalf:

Michael 1 was born in 1590 in the Parish of Tatterford in Norfolk, England. While the earlier Yorkshire Metcalfes were, as far as is known, zealous Catholics, the Norfolk family was forced into becoming zealous Protestants, and Michael, at least, became a staunch Puritan.

Michael married Sarah Ellwyn on 13 October 1616 in Hingham (Heigham), near Norwich, in Norfolk. She was born and baptized on 17 June 1593 in Hingham, the daughter of Thomas Elwyn and Elizabeth Benslye of Hingham, the Elwyns being a distinguished family in Norfolk.

In 1619–1634 Michael was Warden of St. Benedict’s in Norwich. He also owned a cloth factory in Norwich and there he employed more than a hundred men making material known as Damask, or Dornix—material used for making curtains, carpets and other hangings. Hence he has been referred to by his descendants as “The Dornix Weaver.”

However, like most Puritans, Michael and his family felt persecuted for their religious beliefs. So, with his family and probably other local Metcalfs, Michael emigrated through Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1637.

They left Ipswich in Suffolk, their last port in England, aboard the Rose on 15 April and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 June 1637. There they founded the very extensive branch of the family in New England and other Northern States which commonly does not use the terminal e.

“Many of these Metcalfs, along with others in England, were severely harassed by Bishop Wren, a vigorous opponent of Puritanism, who was eventually tried by Parliament during the reign of Oliver Cromwell” for acts committed by him during his term of two years and four months as the Holy See of Norwich. Howell’s State Trials, Volume IV, page 33, cites Article XVI of the impeachment:

That by suppressing means of knowledge and salvation, and introducing ignorance, superstition and profaneness, many [some 3,000] of his majesty’s subjects which used trades, spinning, weaving, and making of cloth, stuffs, and other manufactures of wool—and making of cloth . . . that is to say Daniel Sonning, Michael Metcalf, John Besant, Nicholas Metcalf, and many others, some of whom setting a hundred poor people to work, have removed themselves into Holland and other parts beyond the seas, and there set up and taught the natives the said manufactures, to the great hindrance of trade in this kingdom, and to the impoverished, and bringing to extreme want of very many who were by these parties set to work, to the great prejudice of his Majesty and his people.

The defense of Bishop Wren alleged that Michael and Nicholas Metcalf (possibly Michael’s brother) were “call’d in question for some Words against the King, and so slipt away” to New England. Michael tells us of his journey to America below:

To all the true professors of Christ’s Gospel within the city of Norwich:

. . . I was persecuted in the land of my father’s sepulchres, for not bowing at the name of Jesus, and observing other ceremonies in religion, forced upon me, at the instance of Bishop Wren, of Norwich, and his chancellor Dr. Corbet, whose violent measures troubled me in the Bishop’s Court, and returned me into the High Commissioner’s Court. Suffering many times for the cause of religion, I was forced, for the sake of the liberty of my conscience, to flee from my wife and children, to go into New England; taking ship for the voyage at London, the 17th of Sepr 1636; being by tempests tossed up and down the seas till the Christmas following, then veering about to Plymouth in Old England, in which time I met with many sore afflictions.

Leaving the ship, I went down to Yarmouth, in Norfolk county, whence I shipped myself and family, to come to New England; sailed 15th April, 1637, and arrived three days before midsummer, with my wife, nine children and a servant.

[In a postscript Michael wrote] . . . my enemies conspired against me to take my life, and, sometimes, to avoid their hands, my wife did hide me in the roof of the house, covering me over with straw.

In the new world, Michael was admitted as a Townsman at Dedham on 14 July 1637 and joined the local church on 16 January 1639. He was made a freeman of the town on 13 May 1640 (and/or on 18 May 1642), was chosen a Selectman of Dedham in 1641 and headed a committee to design a new meeting house. By 1641 Michael owned one of the principal clay pits on Dedham Island, the clay being used for the new industry of brickmaking.

Sarah died on 30 November 1644 at Dedham,11 and Michael married second Mrs. Mary (Sothby) Pidge, a widow of Roxbury, Massachusetts, on 13 August 1645 in Dedham. Michael and Mary had no children, although Mary had children from her previous marriage.

In 1657 Michael was the schoolmaster of Dedham. Michael died on 24 December 1664 and was buried three days later. Mary survived him. His will dated 15 September 1664, three months before his death, follows:

LAST WILL AND TESTMENT OF MICHAEL METCALF

Michael Metcalfe, Senior, of Dedham, being aged, Doe make this my Last Will. Whereas, there is a Covenant Between my selfe and Mary my wife, made before our marriage, bearing Date the 13 of August 1645, wherein it may appear that she reserved to herselfe, and to her dispose, her Lands, and Estate, so that I received no Estate with her; Yet, neverthelesse, I give unto her ffor the terme of her widowhood, in household stuffe, and other goods, as shee thinkes meete to Chuse, for her use, not exceeding the value of sixteene pounds, and not being such as I shall particuarly Dispose of, in this my Last will, which household stuffe, so chosen by her, shall Bee to ffurnishe the Roome, which my Executor shall prepare for her, at his house, to Receive her into, after my Decease. All which household stuffe and goods, I give to my Executor, to have, after the Decease of my wife. Unto my wife, six punds, to be paid to her within one month after my Decease in Current pay. Unto Sonne John Metcalfe of Medfield, one ffeather and Bolster, my second book of Martyrs, Mr. Perkin’s second book, Luther on the gala, one silver spoon, one pair of sheets, on Long Chest, in the Upper Chamber, one Diaper Boardcloth. Unto my Executor & his Heires, all that my Land in Neponset plaine, and three Acres Laying in ye Lowplaine next to Peter Woodward’s, Also halfe my Divident in ye Cedar swampe, neer the Saw Mill, & 3 Commons & ye odde. Unto my Grandchild Michael Metcalfe, the Elder, all that my Land and Improvments within the Lotte I dwell in, my three acres in ye wigwaom plaine, my swompe next to my house, provided he give my Executor that Little parcel of his swampe west end of his house, otherwise my gift to be void. Also I give him my Natick Dividend of twenty-three acres, more or lesse; four Cow Commons; halfe my Cedar swampe, at the Saw Mill; my wood Land, at the West of Toune; all the particulars I have belonging to husbandry, in one kind or another; all the Remainer of my Household stuffe not Disposed of in this my Will. Also my first Book of Martyrs, Mr. Perkin’s first Booke, one silver spoon. To my Daughter Wilson, ffortye shillings. To my Daughter Elisabeth Bancrafte, ffive pounds. To my Daughter Martha Stowe, twenty shillings. To my Daughter, Jane Walker, forty shillings. To my Daughter Rebecca Mackintosh—ffive punds. To my wife’s Daughter, Martha Bullard, twenty shillings. To my Daughter, Sarah Onion, three pounds. All which six Legacyes, Last namedl, shall be paid at, in, or Before, the second March next after my Decease, in Current Payment.

To my Daughter Stowe’s eldest sonne, which she had by her first husband, Wm. Brignall, ffour pounds, to be paid him when he shall attayne to Lawful age. To my Grandchild, Jno. Mackintosh, and Robert Onion, all my wearing apparel to be equally divided by my Executor in order as their names been here set down; my Grandchild to choose first: To my Grandchild, above said, all the Lumber in my house. Moreover, if any of ye persons that are Legattes in my present will, shall by themselves, or by any others, make or cause to make any Disturbances, or Contortion, in word or Deed in Reference to any thing given in this my Will; then all that Legacye to that person, shall be utterly voide. Thomas Metcalfe of Dedham, my sonne, to be my executor, to whom I give all the Rest of my Lands and Goods, not formerly Disposed of.

Michael Metcalfe

Before the witnessing hereof, I give to my Grandchild, abovesaid, my single acre of Meddow; also my Largest gray Horsemans Coate, also two oxen, one Cow, to be delivered to him at Lawful age. All the Books, aforesaid, given to my soone John, after his death I give them his sonne Michael my Grandchilde.

Signed and sealed in the presence of us

Peter Woodard, his mark X, Jonathan ffairbanke

Edward Ranson, Recorder

Jonathan Fairebanke

Michael and Sarah had eleven children, the first seven baptized at St. Benedict in Norwich and the last four at St. Edmondsbury.

Walter G. Ashworth 8th Great Grand Son

This surname METCALF is a locational name 'of Metcalfe' a spot in the West Riding of Yorkshire. A great Yorkshire surname. In 1086 the compilation of the Domesday Book was ordered by William the Conqueror (1027-87), king of England from 1066. He was born in Failaise, the bastard son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, by Arlette, a tanner's daughter. On his father's death in 1035, the nobles accepted him as a duke. When Edward the Confessor, king of England died in 1066, William invaded England that Autumn, on 14th October, 1066 killing Harold (who had assumed the title of King). English government under William assumed a more feudal aspect, the king's tenants-in-chief and all title to land was derived from his grants, and the Domesday Book contains details of the land settlements, and the names of the owners of such. Edward Medcalfe was such a land owner in County Lancashire. Other records of the name mention Adam Medecalfe who was recorded in the year 1301 in County Yorkshire. Willelmus Midcroft, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. James Metcalfe, registered at Oxford University in the year of 1570. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France.

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NEED HELP breaking this profile from the wrong parents. Michael Metcalf Jr should be the son of Michael Metcalf (6000000005621632021), not Leonard Metcalf.

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Name Michael Metcalf Jr

Date of Birth 29 Aug 1620

Place of Birth Norwich, Norfolk Co, England

Date of Baptism 29 Aug 1620

Place of Baptism Norwich, Norfolk Co, England

Date of Death 25 Dec 1654

Place of Death Dedham, Norfolk Co, MA

Date Married 2 Apr 1644

Place Married Dedham, Norfolk Co, MA

Father Michael Metcalf Sr

Mother Sarah Elwyn

Source: http://home.att.net/~lvhayes/Genealog/Famances/Northern/Metcalf/metcapg3.htm

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MICHAEL8 METCALF (MICHAEL7, LEONARD6, LEONARD5, BRIAN4, JAMES3, JAMES2, JAMES1) was born August 29, 1620 in St. Benedict's, Norwich, England, Baptism: April 18, 1622; and died December 25, 1654 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He married MARY FAIRBANKS7 April 02, 1644 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, daughter of JONATHAN FAIRBANKS and GRACE SMITH. She was born April 18, 1622 in Yorkshire, England and died March 10, 1675/76 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts - 3/10/1684?.

Children of MICHAEL METCALF and MARY FAIRBANKS are:

16. i. MICHAEL9 METCALF, b. January 21, 1644/45, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. September 01, 1693, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

17. ii. MARY METCALF, b. August 15, 1646, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. March 22, 1676/77, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

iii. SARAH METCALF, b. December 07, 1648, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts577,578,579; d. April 13, 1718, Wrentham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; m. ROBERT WARE, June 04, 1677, Wrentham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; b. August 01, 1653, Wrentham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. 1724.

18. iv. DEACON JONATHAN METCALF, b. September 21, 1650, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. May 27, 1727, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

19. v. DEACON ELEAZER METCALF, b. March 20, 1652/53, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; d. May 14, 1704, Wrentham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~walkersj/Metcalf.htm

 

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He came to America in 1637.

Michael Metcalf, Sr.

Our immigrant ancestor

(son of Rev. Leonard Metcalf)

MICHAEL METCALF, Sr. was born in 1586 or June 17, 1587 (his older brother was baptized in July 1587) in Tatterford, Norfolk County, England.

He married Oct 13, 1616 to Sarah Elwyn (born June 17, 1593 in Hingham, Norfolk County; the daughter of Thomas Elwyn & Elizabeth Benslye. Elwyn family:

Thomas Elwyn, son of William Elwyn Jr (1537-1616) & Alice, was born 1564 in Heigham, Norfolk, England. Elizabeth Benslye born abt 1565 in Heigham, Norfolk, England. William Elwyn Sr. , b 1510; m unknown; was son of Peter Elwyn (b abt1480, England) & Lucy

Michael was a dornix weaver and owned a cloth factory in Norwich, Norfolk County, England, that employed 100 men making damask or dornix (a material that was used for making carpets, curtains or wall hangings. Here he was made a freeman, June 21, 1618. Their first 7 children were born in St. Benedict's, Norwich; the other 4 at St. Edmondsbury.

He was a man of prominence in his city and church. He lost his property by a Star Chamber fine under the persecution of Bishop Wren. He felt he must emigrate to America to escape further religious persecution and gives the following reasons for leaving:

“I was persecuted in the land of my father’s sepulchres, for not bowing at the name of Jesus, and observing other ceremonies in religion, forced upon me, at the instance of Bishop Wren of Norwich and his chancellor Dr. Corbet, whose violent measures troubled me in the Bishop’s Court, and returned me into the High Commissioners’ Court. Suffering many times for the cause of religion, I was forced, for the sake of the liberty of my conscience, to flee from my wife and children, to go into New-England; taking ship for the voyage at London the 17th of Sept 1636; being by tempest tossed up and down the seas till the Christmas following; then veering about to Plymouth in Old England; in which time I met with many sore affliction....

“Leaving the ship, I went down to Yarmouth, in Norfolk County, whence I shipped myself and family, to come to New England; sailed 15th April, 1637, and arrived three days before midsummer, with my wife, nine children, and a servant.” (Thomas Comberbach, aged 16)

“...My enemies conspired against me to take away my life, and sometimes, to avoid their hands, my wife did hide me in the roof of the house, covering me over with straw.”

These excerpts came from a letter of Jan 13, 1636 written in Plymouth, England and directed “To all the true professors of Christ’s Gospel within the city of Norwich.”

Evidently he tried to sail alone in Sept. 1636, but the ship was driven back to London, so he gathered his family and sailed again in April, 1637. Bishop Wren held the See of Norwich for 2 years & 4 months. A Committee of Parliament later charged him with the departure of 3000 people, who fled his persecution to Holland and America. His Star Chamber Court was abolished in 1640. Michael sailed from Ipswich in the “John and Dorothy” or the “Rose” (both ships passenger lists were recorded together). He was 45 and Sarah was 39 years old when they came to America with their 9 children.

Boston was first settled in 1630 with 1000 people, beginning the Great Migration: 1630-1640 when 16,000 people fled to Massachusetts to escape religious persecution in England. After arriving at Boston in Midsummer, 1637, Michael settled at Dedham (SW of Boston), where he was admitted a townsman July 14, 1637; joined the church in 1639; and was Selectman in 1641. He was a school master, and was on the committee to build the meetinghouse. He had a clay pit on Dedham Island where bricks were manufactured.

Sarah died Nov 30, 1644. Michael married Aug 13, 1645 at Dedham to Mary Pigge(Pidge), widow of Thomas of Roxbury, Mass. "Thomas Pig died of Dec 30, 1643 in Roxbury of dropsy, a godly Christian man. He had a fall & a bruise on his back, which hurt his kidneys & not carefully cured they utterly wasted away & many other of his entrails. Mary Pigge the wife of Thomas Pigge was admitted to Roxbury church as member #85. She married 2nd in Dedham 13 August 1645 to Michael Metcalf, as his second wife.”

Sarah’s Pigge children were:

1. Mary, born 1622; m Nicholas Wood

2. Ann, buried 1626/7

3. Sarah, bapt 1626, buried 1629

4. Hannah, bapt 1629

5. Thomas, bapt 1631, buried 1632 (7 mos)

6. Thomas, born abt 1635; d abt 1660

7. Sarah, b 1637; m Thomas Metcalfe (her stepbrother)

8. John, b abt 1640; m Mary Farrington

9. Martha, b Roxbury 1642/3; m Benjamin Bullard

Michael died Dec 27, 1664 at Dedham, Mass. (age 78).

Children of Michael & Sarah, all born in England:

4a) MICHAEL METCALF, born Nov 13, 1617; died young in England

4b) MARY METCALF (or Marcy), born Feb 14, 1618; married Nov 24, 1642 at Dedham to Henry Wilson

4c* MICHAEL METCALF Jr, born Aug 29, 1620; married Feb 2, 1644 at Dedham to Mary Fairbanks; died 1654; children: (Mary's brother was an ancestor of President George Bush)

...... 4c1) MICHAEL METCALF, b 1645; m Elizabeth Kingsbury

...... 4c2) MARY METCALF, b 1646; m John Ware

...... 4c3) SARAH METCALF, b 1648; m Robert Ware

...... 4c4) JONATHAN METCALF, b 1650; m Hannah Kendric

...... 4c5* ELEAZER METCALF, b 1653; m Meletia Fisher

4d) JOHN METCALF, born Sept 5, 1622; married Mar 22, 1647 to Mary Chickering (daug of Francis); died Nov 27, 1675 at Dedham, Mass. Children:

...... 4d1) JOHN METCALF, b Mar 21, 1648

...... 4d2) MICHAEL METCALF, b Aug 20, 1650

...... 4d3) MARY METCALF, b Oct 2, 1652

...... 4d4) JOSEPH METCALF, b 1658 in Medfield

4e) SARAH METCALF, born Sept 10, 1624; married Robert Onion of Dedham

4f) ELIZABETH METCALF, born Oct 4, 1626; married Sept 15, 1648 at Dedham to Thomas Bancroft of Reading

4g) MARTHA METCALF, born Mar 27, 1628; married 1st William Brignall; married 2nd Aug. 2, 1654 at Dedham to Christopher Smith; married 3rd ? Stow

4h) THOMAS METCALF, born Dec 27, 1629 (one record makes Thomas the 4th child, b Jan 7, 1622); married 1st July 12, 1656 (MR) at Dedham to Sarah Pigge(Paige), his step-sister; married 2nd Dec 2, 1679 to Anne Paine; he was a deacon at Dedham; died Nov 16, 1702

...... 4h1) SARAH METCALF, b Mar 3, 1658; m Samuel Whiting, 1676

...... 4h2) SAMUEL METCALF, b Oct 17, 1661; d 1713

...... 4h3) Thomas Metcalf, b Sept 22, 1665; d as an infant

...... 4h4) THOMAS METCALF, b May 7, 1671; m Sarah Avery, Nov 24, 1696; d 1704

...... 4h5) JOHN METCALF, b Sept 20, 1675

...... 4h6) Judith Metcalf, b Oct/Dec 25, 1677; d 1682

4i) ANN METCALF (may have been Joanne), born Mar 1, 1631; died young in England

4j) JANE METCALF, born Mar 24, 1632; married Samuel Walker of Rehoboth (her name may have been Joan Waker). Another marriage record shows a Jane Metcalf married Phillip Walker, 1654, Rehoboth, Mass.

4k) REBEKAH METCALF, born Apr 5, 1635; married Feb 5, 1659 (marr. rec.) to John Mackintosh of Dedham

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Michael2 Metcalf (Leonard1) , son of Rev. Leonard Metcalf and Amy ––. Born in 1590 in Tatterford Parish, Norfolk, England. Died on 24 December 1664 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, about 74 years old. Buried on 27 December 1664 in Dedham. Married twice.

Exposition on Michael Metcalf:

Michael 1 was born in 1590 in the Parish of Tatterford in Norfolk, England. While the earlier Yorkshire Metcalfes were, as far as is known, zealous Catholics, the Norfolk family was forced into becoming zealous Protestants, and Michael, at least, became a staunch Puritan.

Michael married Sarah Ellwyn on 13 October 1616 in Hingham (Heigham), near Norwich, in Norfolk. She was born and baptized on 17 June 1593 in Hingham, the daughter of Thomas Elwyn and Elizabeth Benslye of Hingham, the Elwyns being a distinguished family in Norfolk.

In 1619–1634 Michael was Warden of St. Benedict’s in Norwich. He also owned a cloth factory in Norwich and there he employed more than a hundred men making material known as Damask, or Dornix—material used for making curtains, carpets and other hangings. Hence he has been referred to by his descendants as “The Dornix Weaver.”

However, like most Puritans, Michael and his family felt persecuted for their religious beliefs. So, with his family and probably other local Metcalfs, Michael emigrated through Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1637.

They left Ipswich in Suffolk, their last port in England, aboard the Rose on 15 April and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 June 1637. There they founded the very extensive branch of the family in New England and other Northern States which commonly does not use the terminal e.

“Many of these Metcalfs, along with others in England, were severely harassed by Bishop Wren, a vigorous opponent of Puritanism, who was eventually tried by Parliament during the reign of Oliver Cromwell” for acts committed by him during his term of two years and four months as the Holy See of Norwich. Howell’s State Trials, Volume IV, page 33, cites Article XVI of the impeachment:

That by suppressing means of knowledge and salvation, and introducing ignorance, superstition and profaneness, many [some 3,000] of his majesty’s subjects which used trades, spinning, weaving, and making of cloth, stuffs, and other manufactures of wool—and making of cloth . . . that is to say Daniel Sonning, Michael Metcalf, John Besant, Nicholas Metcalf, and many others, some of whom setting a hundred poor people to work, have removed themselves into Holland and other parts beyond the seas, and there set up and taught the natives the said manufactures, to the great hindrance of trade in this kingdom, and to the impoverished, and bringing to extreme want of very many who were by these parties set to work, to the great prejudice of his Majesty and his people.

The defense of Bishop Wren alleged that Michael and Nicholas Metcalf (possibly Michael’s brother) were “call’d in question for some Words against the King, and so slipt away” to New England. Michael tells us of his journey to America below:

To all the true professors of Christ’s Gospel within the city of Norwich:

. . . I was persecuted in the land of my father’s sepulchres, for not bowing at the name of Jesus, and observing other ceremonies in religion, forced upon me, at the instance of Bishop Wren, of Norwich, and his chancellor Dr. Corbet, whose violent measures troubled me in the Bishop’s Court, and returned me into the High Commissioner’s Court. Suffering many times for the cause of religion, I was forced, for the sake of the liberty of my conscience, to flee from my wife and children, to go into New England; taking ship for the voyage at London, the 17th of Sepr 1636; being by tempests tossed up and down the seas till the Christmas following, then veering about to Plymouth in Old England, in which time I met with many sore afflictions.

Leaving the ship, I went down to Yarmouth, in Norfolk county, whence I shipped myself and family, to come to New England; sailed 15th April, 1637, and arrived three days before midsummer, with my wife, nine children and a servant.

[In a postscript Michael wrote] . . . my enemies conspired against me to take my life, and, sometimes, to avoid their hands, my wife did hide me in the roof of the house, covering me over with straw.

In the new world, Michael was admitted as a Townsman at Dedham on 14 July 1637 and joined the local church on 16 January 1639. He was made a freeman of the town on 13 May 1640 (and/or on 18 May 1642), was chosen a Selectman of Dedham in 1641 and headed a committee to design a new meeting house. By 1641 Michael owned one of the principal clay pits on Dedham Island, the clay being used for the new industry of brickmaking.

Sarah died on 30 November 1644 at Dedham,11 and Michael married second Mrs. Mary (Sothby) Pidge, a widow of Roxbury, Massachusetts, on 13 August 1645 in Dedham. Michael and Mary had no children, although Mary had children from her previous marriage.

In 1657 Michael was the schoolmaster of Dedham. Michael died on 24 December 1664 and was buried three days later. Mary survived him. His will dated 15 September 1664, three months before his death, follows:

LAST WILL AND TESTMENT OF MICHAEL METCALF

Michael Metcalfe, Senior, of Dedham, being aged, Doe make this my Last Will. Whereas, there is a Covenant Between my selfe and Mary my wife, made before our marriage, bearing Date the 13 of August 1645, wherein it may appear that she reserved to herselfe, and to her dispose, her Lands, and Estate, so that I received no Estate with her; Yet, neverthelesse, I give unto her ffor the terme of her widowhood, in household stuffe, and other goods, as shee thinkes meete to Chuse, for her use, not exceeding the value of sixteene pounds, and not being such as I shall particuarly Dispose of, in this my Last will, which household stuffe, so chosen by her, shall Bee to ffurnishe the Roome, which my Executor shall prepare for her, at his house, to Receive her into, after my Decease. All which household stuffe and goods, I give to my Executor, to have, after the Decease of my wife. Unto my wife, six punds, to be paid to her within one month after my Decease in Current pay. Unto Sonne John Metcalfe of Medfield, one ffeather and Bolster, my second book of Martyrs, Mr. Perkin’s second book, Luther on the gala, one silver spoon, one pair of sheets, on Long Chest, in the Upper Chamber, one Diaper Boardcloth. Unto my Executor & his Heires, all that my Land in Neponset plaine, and three Acres Laying in ye Lowplaine next to Peter Woodward’s, Also halfe my Divident in ye Cedar swampe, neer the Saw Mill, & 3 Commons & ye odde. Unto my Grandchild Michael Metcalfe, the Elder, all that my Land and Improvments within the Lotte I dwell in, my three acres in ye wigwaom plaine, my swompe next to my house, provided he give my Executor that Little parcel of his swampe west end of his house, otherwise my gift to be void. Also I give him my Natick Dividend of twenty-three acres, more or lesse; four Cow Commons; halfe my Cedar swampe, at the Saw Mill; my wood Land, at the West of Toune; all the particulars I have belonging to husbandry, in one kind or another; all the Remainer of my Household stuffe not Disposed of in this my Will. Also my first Book of Martyrs, Mr. Perkin’s first Booke, one silver spoon. To my Daughter Wilson, ffortye shillings. To my Daughter Elisabeth Bancrafte, ffive pounds. To my Daughter Martha Stowe, twenty shillings. To my Daughter, Jane Walker, forty shillings. To my Daughter Rebecca Mackintosh—ffive punds. To my wife’s Daughter, Martha Bullard, twenty shillings. To my Daughter, Sarah Onion, three pounds. All which six Legacyes, Last namedl, shall be paid at, in, or Before, the second March next after my Decease, in Current Payment.

To my Daughter Stowe’s eldest sonne, which she had by her first husband, Wm. Brignall, ffour pounds, to be paid him when he shall attayne to Lawful age. To my Grandchild, Jno. Mackintosh, and Robert Onion, all my wearing apparel to be equally divided by my Executor in order as their names been here set down; my Grandchild to choose first: To my Grandchild, above said, all the Lumber in my house. Moreover, if any of ye persons that are Legattes in my present will, shall by themselves, or by any others, make or cause to make any Disturbances, or Contortion, in word or Deed in Reference to any thing given in this my Will; then all that Legacye to that person, shall be utterly voide. Thomas Metcalfe of Dedham, my sonne, to be my executor, to whom I give all the Rest of my Lands and Goods, not formerly Disposed of.

Michael Metcalfe

Before the witnessing hereof, I give to my Grandchild, abovesaid, my single acre of Meddow; also my Largest gray Horsemans Coate, also two oxen, one Cow, to be delivered to him at Lawful age. All the Books, aforesaid, given to my soone John, after his death I give them his sonne Michael my Grandchilde.

Signed and sealed in the presence of us

Peter Woodard, his mark X, Jonathan ffairbanke

Edward Ranson, Recorder

Jonathan Fairebanke

Michael and Sarah had eleven children, the first seven baptized at St. Benedict in Norwich and the last four at St. Edmondsbury.

1st Wife of Michael Metcalf: Sarah Elwyn , dau. of Thomas Elwyn (son of William Elwyn and Alice ––) and Elizabeth Benslye. Born and baptized on 17 June 1593 in Heigham, Norfolk, England. Died on 30 November 1644 in Dedham, 51 years old. Buried in December 1644 in Dedham. Married Michael on 13 October 1616 in St. Bartholomew, Heigham when 23 years old (Michael was about 26 years old).

Exposition on Sarah Elwyn : Sarah Metcalf “wife of our brother Michael Metcalf Senr died comfortably Novr 30, 1644, aged 51 yrs 5 mo. 13 days. She was born at Wagnham near Norwich June 17, 1593—married October 13, 1616” The quotation is from the records of the First Parish Church of Dedham.

“His [Michael’s] wife, Sarah, was born in the adjoining [to Norwich] town of Waynham, (?) June 17, 1593, where they were married Oct. 13, 1616. . . . His wife, Sarah, died Nov. 30, 1644 . . . ”

Issue of Michael Metcalf and Sarah Elwyn:

son Michael Metcalf . Born on 13 November 1617 in Norwich, Norfolk, England. Baptized on 30 November 1617 in St. Benedict Parish, Norwich when two weeks old. Died on 19 January 1617/8 in Norwich, two months old. Buried on 20 January 1617/8 in St. Benedict Church, Norwich.

dau. Mary Metcalf . Born on 14 February 1618/9 in Norwich. Baptized on 17 February 1618/9 in St. Benedict Parish when three days old. Died on 5 May 1676 in Dedham, 57 years old. Buried in Dedham.

son Michael Metcalf . Born on 29 August 1620 in Norwich. Baptized in St. Benedict Parish. Died on 25 March 1654 in Dedham, 33 years old.

son John Metcalf . Born on 5 September 1622 in Norwich. Baptized in St. Benedict Parish. Died on 27 November 1675 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 53 years old.

dau. Sarah Metcalf . Born on 10 September 1624 in Norwich. Baptized on 10 March 1624/5 in St. Benedict Parish when six months old. Died on 25 February 1671/2 in Dedham, 47 years old.

dau. Elizabeth Metcalf . Born on 20 September 1626 in Norwich. Baptized on 4 October 1626 in St. Benedict Parish when two weeks old. Died on 11 May 1711 in Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 84 years old.

dau. Martha Metcalf . Born in 1627/8 in St. Benedict Parish. Baptized on 27 March 1628 in St. Benedict Parish when a few months old. Died on 26 December 1717 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 89 years old.

son Dea. Thomas Metcalf . Born on 27 December 1629 in Norwich. Baptized on 11 January 1629/30 in St. Edmund Parish, Norwich when two weeks old. Died on 16 November 1702 in Dedham, 72 years old.

dau. Anne Metcalf . Born on 1 March 1631/2 in Norwich. Baptized on 4 March 1631/2 in St. Edmund Parish when three days old. Died in May 1632 in St. Edmund Parish, about two months old. Buried on 13 May 1632 in St. Edmund Parish.

dau. Jane Metcalf . Born on 24 March 1632/3 in Norwich. Baptized on 29 March 1633 in St. Edmund Parish when five days old. Died on 24 October 1701 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 68 years old.

dau. Rebecca Metcalf . Born on 5 April 1635 in Norwich. Baptized on 12 April 1635 in St. Edmund Parish when seven days old. Died on 8 December 1667 in Dedham, 32 years old. -------------------- Nappa Hall was built 1450-1459 and is one of the few castellated houses left in Yorkshire. Being fortified, it had some protection from raiders from further north and Scotland. The Nappa Estate was given to James Metcalfe by Sir Richard Scrope of Bolton Castle, under whom he had fought at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

MADE THAT UPON SAINT MATTHEW DAY BEING THE XXIIIJTH DAY OF FEBRUARY ANO DNI 1570 SR ANDREW STEWARD CURATE OF ASYGARTH MADE REHEARSE OF HIS LAST WILL AND TESTEMANT BY WORD OF MOUTH AS FOLLOWITH VIZ THAT THE SAID ANDREW STEWARD DID GIVE AND BEQUEATH ALL HIS GOODS TO CUSTANCE { Constance ? ] METCALFE THE WIFE OF OSWALD METCALFE. BOND DATED 13TH - 1571 BY WHICH OSWALD METCALFE OF WOODHALL CO YORK, CHIRURGEON [ Surgeon ? ] , IS BOUND TO ADMINISTER THE GOODS OF SR ANDREW STEWARD DECEASED. WITNESS THOMAS TALOR , WILLIAM DANBYE ,RICHARD LANGDAELL. SIGNED OSWALD METCALFE SEAL OM.

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Michael Metcalf (immigrant)'s Timeline

1585
September 3, 1585
September 3, 1585
Tatterford, Norfolk, England
1587
June 17, 1587
Tatterford, Norfolk, England
June 17, 1587
Norwich, Norfolk, England
June 17, 1587
Parish Of, Tatterford, Norfolk, England
June 17, 1587
June 17, 1587
Tafferford, Norfolk, England
June 17, 1587
Parish Of, Tatterford, Norfolk, England
June 17, 1587
Tafferford,Norfolk,England
1616
October 13, 1616
Age 29
Higham on the Hill, Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)