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Leonard Metcalf

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Barsham, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Cause of death: September 22, 1616 in Tatterford, Norfolk
Place of Burial: Tatterford, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Brian Metcalf, Sr. and Joanna Metcalf
Husband of Amy Metcalf
Father of John Metcalf; Leonardus Metcalf; Michael Metcalf (immigrant); Nicholas Metcalf; Nynian Metcalf and 4 others
Brother of Vincent Metcalf; Godfrey Metcalf and Ambrose Metcalf
Half brother of Richard Metcalf; Nicholas Metcalf and Roger Metcalf

Occupation: Reverend, Rector of Tatterford
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About Rev. Leonard Metcalf

Name Leonard Metcalf

Date of Birth 1545

Place of Birth Apperside, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, Eng

Date of Baptism

Place of Baptism

Date of Death 31 Jan 1618

Place of Death West Barsham, Norfolk Co, England

Date of Burial

Place of Burial


Military Service

Date Married 1582?

Place Married Tatterford, Norfolk Co, England

Father Brian Metcalf

Mother Joanna (?) Metcalf


Name Amy (?) Metcalf

Date of Birth 1547

Place of Birth Tallesford, Norfolk Co, England

Date of Baptism

Place of Baptism

Date of Death 1602

Place of Death Tallesford, Norfolk Co, England

Date of Burial 22 Dec 1602

Place of Burial Tallesford, Norfolk Co, England

Occupation homemaker




REVEREND LEONARD6 METCALF (LEONARD5, BRIAN4, JAMES3, JAMES2, JAMES1)160,161,162,163,164 was born 1545 in England165,166, Baptism: July 08, 1587, Tatterford, Norfolk, England214,215, and died September 22, 1616 in Tatterford, Norfolk167,168,169. He married AMY170,171,172 1582 in Tatterford, Norfolk, England173,174. She was born 1556 in Norfolk, England175,176,177, and died December 22, 1602 in Tatterford, Norfolk, England178,179,180,181,182.

From Depositions in the Diocesan Registry, Norwich

1614 Leonard Metcalf, clerk, rector of the parish of Tatterford, where he has been incumbent for forty years, born at Apperside, co. York [deposed] aged 73 years. (Deposition Book 1614)

Considerable research shows the impossiblility of establishing the ancestry of Micael Metcalf beyond his father, Rev. Leonard Metcalf, rector of Tatterford in Norfolk, who, according to his deposition (infra), was born in the hamlet of Apperside, in Wensleydale, Yorkshire. Examination of the records of this region shows that a large proportion of the inhabitants bore the name of Metcalf. In the extracts from the subsidy of 1542-1544 for Apperside (infra) a large number of Metcalfs appear; and, when one remembers that this subsidy represents but a portion of the inhabitants, it is easy to see that a large proportion of the inhabitants were named Metcalf. The names Michael and Leonard were very common in the Metcalf family of this region, where the Metcalfs formed almost a clan. There can be no doubt that the gentle family of the neighboring Nappa Hall were related more or less remotely to the innumerable Metcalfs of the vicinage, but just how it is impossible to say, owing to the lack of wills. It may be suggested, however, that perhaps Rev. Leonard Metcalf was the son of the Michael Metcalf who is found at Apperside in the subsidy of 1542-1544. (The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol. LXXX, 1926)

1569, almost hanged; involved in rising in the North, supporting Mary, Queen of Scots183,184.

1616; Estate administered as of West Barsham, Norfolk, England of which he was vicar along with Tatterford. (The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol. LXXX, 1926)

Children of LEONARD METCALF and AMY are:

i. JOSEPH7 METCALF188,189.
iii. JOHN METCALF192,193,194, b. August 15, 1583, Tatterford, Norfolk, England.

7. iv. LEONARD METCALF, b. Abt. 1585, Norwich, Norfolk, England; d. Bef. 1661.

v. NICHOLAS METCALF203,204,205, b. Abt. 1587, Tatterford, Norfolk, England; d. Abt. 1661, of Blakeney, Norfolk, England.

9/16/1664; "The Will of Nicholas Metcalfe of Blakeney [co. Norfolk], clerk, weak of body but of perfect memory, etc., dated 13 September 1661. I give my precious soul to God, [my] maker, hoping to be saved by the merits of Christ. My body I commit to the earth, not doubting but that it shall rise again a glorious body. As for my goods, I dispose of them as followeth:

To Leonard Metcalfe, the son of Leonard Metcalfd, my kinsman (dwelling in Norwich), when he shall attain fourteen years, the house wherein I now dwell, with yard and ground thereto, for him and his heirs for ever. My executors are to receive the rents of the same house and ground and to keep it in repair, until said Leonard Metcalfe is fourteen, and the surplus then in their hands is to be used to bind him out to some trade. To the said executors I give them all household stuff and implements of household, to be sold by them to satisfy my debts, vizt., to Mary Cherch, my servant, 32s, and I give to Edmund Day, rector of this parish 6s. 8d., to buy a pair of gloves. To each executor, for his pains 10s. The rest of the money from the sale of my goods is to be used to discharge my funeral charges and for proving my will; and the remainder is to be divided equally between John Metcalfe and Elizabeth Metcalfe, the children of Leonard Metcalfe, now deceased. I appoint Thomas Yougman and Henry Basset executors. [Signed] Nicholas Metcalfe. Witnesses: Sam: Bacon, John Cresey [?], Tho: Abraham.

Proved at Walsingham Parva [co. Norfolk], 16 September 1664, by the executors. (Archdeconry of Norwich, 1664-65, fo. 113)

8. vi. MICHAEL METCALF, b. 1587, Tatterford, Norfolk, England; Baptism: December 18, 1594, Tatterford, Norfolk, England229,230; d. December 27, 1664, Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

vii. MATTHEW METCALF218,219,220, b. Abt. 1594, Tatterford, Norfolk, England221,222,223,224,225. From the Books of the Mayor's Court - 1628/9, 3 January, 4 Charles I.  Matthew Metcalf punished for disorder at the post.
viii. NYNIAN METCALF231,232,233, b. June 10, 1596, Tatterford, Norfolk, England.
ix. MARIE METCALF240,241,242, b. Abt. 1601, Tatterford, Norfolk, England. Baptism: August 28, 1601, Tatterford, Norfolk, England.



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The Reverend Leonard Metcalf of Tatterford is the earliest Metcalf(e) in this lineage who is considered proven by the best genealogical standards. The eminent genealogist George Andrews Moriarty concluded that “Considerable research shows the impossibility of establishing [beyond doubt] the ancestry of Michael Metcalf [the immigrant] beyond his father, Rev. Leonard Metcalf, rector of Tatterford in Norfolk . . . .”

Leonard of Tatterford was born in 1540 or 1541 in the hamlet of Apperside in the vale of Wensleydale, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. He was early educated at Sedburgh School, matriculated in the College of St. John’s, Cambridge University, in 1563/4 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1568/9. He gave up Catholicism and took holy orders under the state church. Leonard became Rector of the Parish of Tatterford in Norfolk in 1574 and Vicar of West Barsham in Norfolk in 1603 where he remained until his death. Leonard married Amy –– about 1579, in all likelihood in Tatterford. She was born about 1558, probably in Tatterford. Amy was buried on 22 December 1602 in Tatter-ford. Leonard was buried on 22 September 1616 in Tatterford and was later succeeded as Rector by his probable son Richard Metcalf. Leonard and Amy had at least eight children.


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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Rev. Leonard Metcalf's Timeline

Age 35
Of Tatterford, Norfolk England
Age 37
Tatterford, Norfolk, United Kingdom
August 15, 1583
Age 38
Tatterford, Norfolk, England
September 3, 1586
Age 41
Tatterford, Norf, Eng
June 17, 1587
Age 42
Tatterford, Norfolk, England
July 8, 1587
Age 42
Tatterford, Norfolk, England
December 18, 1594
Age 49
Tatterford, Norfolk, England
June 10, 1596
Age 51
Tatterford, Norf, Eng
August 28, 1601
Age 56
Tatterford, Norf, Eng