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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 and Amy Metcalf
Brother of John Metcalf; Leonardus Metcalf; Nicholas Metcalf; Nynian Metcalf; Marie Pidge and 3 others

Occupation: Cloth factory owner in England
Managed by: Franklin Briggs Wright, III
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About Michael Metcalf (immigrant)

  • Michael Metcalf, Sr
  • Birth: 1591 Norfolk, England
  • Death: Dec. 24, 1664 Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Michael Metcalf, b. as he claimed at Tatterford parish, Norfolk, England. As the writer is a descendant of Michael, that he was the son of Rev. Leonard Metcalf of Tatterford is not proved. Notwithstanding, Michael has been linked to a memorial for Rev. Leonard Metcalf of Tatterford in the hope that clearer evidence will eventually be found that proves Michael's paternity. But, that 1586 has traditionally been Michael's assumed year of birth is also not supported by the extant record.
  • In a Feb. 2, 1635/6 deposition:
  • • Michael Metcalfe of Norwich, dornick weaver, aged 45, born at Tatterford, co. Norfolk, testified regarding the practices of clergyman of St. Edmund's, Norwich [NEHGR 86:253.]
  • In this era a person's age was stated by the word "aged," shorthand in English for the Latin term Ætatis suæ (literally, the time of one's age), in which a person's age begins on the day of birth versus on a chronological year basis (i.e., at birth a person is in the first year of their age.) In the foregoing deposition Michael indicated he was then 44 years old, born within the one year period that began Feb. 3, 1590/1 in the modern Gregorian calendar. In the original Tatterford church record the month of February 1590, in the old Julian calendar, would have been included in the record for the year 1590, with February the 12th and last month of the old Julian calendar (until 1752 the English year was based on the Julian calendar, in which March 25th was the first day of the new year.) Unfortunately, the year 1590 is stated as "not to be found." Although at the time the English civil year began on March 25th, English parish records considered the entire month of March the first month of the ecclesiastic calendar. While the ecclesiastic year of 1591 is found in the Tatterford parish register, Michael's baptism does not appear in 1591.
  • Fourteen months later on Apr. 8, 1637, Michael was examined for permission to emigrate to New England:
  • • The examinacion of Michill Metcalfe of Norwich, Dornix weauer, aged 45 yeares and Sarrah his wife, aged 39 yeares, with 8 Children, Michill: Thomas: Marey: Sarrah: Elizabeth: Martha: Joane: and Rebeca: and his Saruant Thomas Comberbach, aged 16 yeares, are desirous to passe to boston in New England to inhabit [ibid, 14:325.]
  • Fourteen year old son John, apparently omitted by the scribe, also sailed with the family.
  • In the latter examination by the King's port officials, Michael indicated he was then "aged" 45 (i.e., 44 years old), born within the one year period that began April 9, 1592. The ecclesiastic year 1592 is completely missing in the Tatterford register whereas the year 1593 is fully extant but does not contain Michael's baptism.
  • On an obelisk at Center Cemetery at Lebanon, Conn. is an inscription for Michael's 3rd gr. grandson Eliphalet Metcalf (William,5 Jonathan,4 Jonathan,3 Michael,2 Michael,1) and his wife Mary West. The inscription traces Eliphalet Metcalf's paternal ancestry, the first part stating:
  • • This branch of the Metcalf family, descended from Michael who was born at Tatterford, England in 1586 and immigrated to America and settled at Dedham, Mass. in 1637 where he died Dec. 27, 1664.
  • There is no Michael, son of Rev. Leonard Metcalf, who was baptised at Tattersford in the extant 1586 or 1587 parish record. The only children of Rev. Metcalf baptized in those years begins with son Leonard, written in Latin as Leonardus, Sept. 3, 1586, who was buried at Tatterford Aug. 10, 1590. This is followed by the baptism of son Nicholas, written as Nichus, July 20, 1587. Nicholas became Rev. Nicholas Metcalf and d. testate in England July 17, 1664.
  • Based on the above, the writer has adopted the year 1591 as the likely year of Michael's birth. He was not likely to misstate his age while testifying in God's house or lie about his age to the King's officials.
  • On Oct. 13, 1616 at St. Bartholomew church at Heigham, west and outside the ancient wall of the City of Norwich, England, Michael m. Sarah Ellwyn (q.v. Elwyn), bapt. June 13, 1593 at Heigham. She d. Nov. 30, 1644 at Dedham, Mass. They had eleven acknowledged children b. at the City of Norwich, England, of which nine survived to immigrate to New England.
  • At the time, ecclesiastic law of the Church of England required children to be baptized at the parish church where the parents resided. The first seven children were purportedly b. at the small parish of St. Benedict, inside the ancient west wall of the City of Norwich. However, only four of the seven have recorded baptisms in that parish register (1617, 1619, 1626 and 1628). The other three were purportedly born in years in which the parish record is missing (all of 1620, 1621, 1622, 1623, and most of 1624). It is possible that from 1620 to 1625 Michael resided in another parish at Norwich, but the children with missing baptisms cannot be found in other extant parish registers at or near Norwich.
  • The last four children of the family were b. at the small parish of St. Edmond in the northeast section of the city bordering the north side of the River Wensum. All four have baptism entries in that parish register.
  • Michael Metcalf had no known son named Joseph as claimed by the 1898 "Metcalf Genealogy." Whereas a Joseph Metcalf was made a freeman of the Mass. Bay on Mar. 4, 1634/5, who presumably was at least 24 years of age, he was born not later than five years prior to Michael Metcalf marrying his first known wife. In May 1645 at 24 years of age, Michael Metcalf's third child and eldest surviving son, Michael Metcalf, Jr. of Dedham, Mass., was made freeman of the Mass. Bay. This was followed by Michael's fourth child and second eldest surviving son John, who at 24 years of age was made freeman of the Mass. Bay on May 26, 1647.
  • Michael Metcalf, Sr. d. testate Dec. 24, 1664 at Dedham, Mass. He and wife Sarah had eleven known children, all b. at Norwich, England.
    • • i. Michael Metcalf, b. Nov. 13 (bapt. Nov. 30 at St. Benedict), 1617, bur. in infancy Jan. 20, 1617/8 at St. Benedict's Churchyard.
    • • ii. Mary Metcalf, b. Feb. 14 (bapt. Feb. 17 at St. Benedict), 1618/9, d. May 5, 1676 at Dedham, Mass.; m. Nov. 24, 1642 at Dedham, Mass., Henry Wilson, who d. at Dedham Feb. 8, 1688/9. Five children recorded at Dedham.
    • • iii. Michael Metcalf, Jr., purportedly b. Aug. 29, 1620 at St. Benedict parish at Norwich, England (no extant baptisms for the year 1620). He d. Mar. 25, 1654 at Dedham, Mass. He m. Apr. 2, 1644 at Dedham, Mass., Mary Fairbanks, dau. of Jonathan Fairbanks, Sr. and Grace Smith, b. or bapt. Feb. 3, 1621/2 at Halifax in Yorkshire, England. They had five children. The wid. Mary m. 2) Aug. 2, 1654 at Dedham as his 2nd wife, Christopher Smith, who d. Nov. 7, 1676 at Dedham. Mary (Fairbanks)(Metcalf) Smith d. June 4, 1684 at Dedham. She had one child by her second husband, son John Smith.
    • • iv. John Metcalf, b. Sept. 5 (no bapt. rec.), 1622, d. Oct. 8, 1690 at Medfield, Mass.; m. Mar. 23, 1646/7 at Dedham, Mass., Mary Chickering, who d. Mar. 15, 1697/8 at Medfield, Mass. Eight children recorded at Dedham and Medfield.
    • • v. Sarah Metcalf, b. Sept. 10 (no bapt. rec.), 1624, d. Feb. 25, 1671/2 at Dedham, Mass.; m. by late 1648, Robert Onion, who d. Nov. 21, 1673 at Dedham. Seven children recorded at Dedham.
    • • vi. Elizabeth Metcalf, b. Oct 4 (sic, bapt. 20 Sept. at St. Benedict), 1626, d. May 1, 1711 at Lynn, Mass.; m. Sept. 15, 1648 at Dedham, Mass. as his 2nd wife, Lieut. Thomas Bancroft, who d. Aug. 19, 1691 at Lynn, Mass. Nine children.
    • • vii. Martha Metcalf, b. Mar. 27 (bapt. same day at St. Benedict), 1628, d. Dec. 26, 1717 at Concord, Mass.; m. 1) William Bignall, m. 2) Aug. 20, 1662 at Concord, Mass. as his 2nd wife, Nathaniel Stow, who d. May 30, 1684 at Concord, Mass. Three children by her 1st and three children by her 2nd marriage.
    • • viii. Dea. Thomas Metcalf, b. Dec. 27, 1629 (bapt. Jan. 1, 1629/30 at St. Edmund), d. Nov. 16, 1702 at Dedham, Mass.; m. 1) Sept. 12, 1656 at Dedham, his step-sister Sarah Pidge, who d. Jan. 20, 1678/9 at Dedham; m. 2) Dec. 2, 1679 at Rehoboth, Mass., the widow Anna (Chickering) Paine, who d. Jan. 1, 1688/9 at Dedham; purportedly m. 3) Jan. 22, 1688/9, the widow Mehitable (Hand) Savel, who purportedly m. 3) June 22, 1713 Josiah Chapin and d. Dec. 2, 1724. Eight known children of the family, all by 1st wife Sarah.
    • • ix. Anne Metcalf, b. Mar. 1 (bapt. Mar. 26 at St. Edmund), 1630/1, bur. in infancy May 31, 1632 at St. Edmund's Churchyard.
    • • x. Jane Metcalf, b. Mar. 24 (bapt. Mar. 29 at St. Edmund), 1632/3, d. Oct. 24, 1701 at Roxbury (now Boston), Mass.; m. 1) bef. 1656, Dea. Philip Walker, who was bur. Aug. 21, 1679 at Rehoboth, Mass. Ten children of record at Rehoboth. She m. 2) June 2, 1684 at Roxbury, Mass. as his 3rd wife, John Polley, who d. Apr. 2, 1689 at Roxbury.
    • • xi. Rebecca Metcalf, b. Apr. 5 (bapt. Apr. 12 at St. Edmund), 1635, d. Dec. 8, 1667 at Dedham, Mass.; m. Apr. 5, 1659 at Dedham, John MacIntosh, who d. Aug. 22, 1691 at Dedham. Two known children of the marriage.
  • Michael Metcalf m. 2) Aug. 13, 1645 at Dedham, Mary Sothey (q.v. Sothy), widow of Thomas Pidge of Roxbury, Mass. There were no children of this marriage. She d. Feb. 12, 1672/3 at Dedham. Mary m. 1) Thomas Pidge in England by whom she had nine children, six who emigrated with their parents to Roxbury by June 1633 where Thomas Pidge d. Dec. 30, 1643. In 1656 Thomas Pidge's dau. Sarah became the first wife of her step-brother, Dea. Thomas Metcalf.
  • Edited 7/9/2015
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Leonard Metcalf (1542 - 1616)
  • Spouses:
  • Sarah Ellwyn Metcalf (1593 - 1644)
  • Mary Sothy Pidge Metcalf (1589 - 1673)
  • Children:
    • Mary Metcalf Wilson (1619 - 1676)*
    • Michael Metcalf (1620 - 1654)*
    • John Metcalf (1622 - 1690)*
    • Sarah Metcalf Onion (1624 - 1672)*
    • Elizabeth Metcalf Bancroft (1626 - 1711)*
    • Martha Metcalf Stow (1628 - 1717)*
    • Thomas Metcalf (1629 - 1702)*
  • Inscription:
  • No gravestone is known to exist, or if it once existed has crumbled away with the passage of time. See note at the main page of the Old Village Cemetery of Dedham.
  • Burial: Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 64230860
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64230860

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  • Michael Metcalf
  • M, #20240, b. 17 June 1587, d. 24 December 1664
  • Father Leonard Metcalf b. 1545, d. 31 Jan 1618
  • Mother Amy b. 1547, d. 1602
  • Michael Metcalf was born on 17 June 1587 at Tatterford, Norfolk, England. He married Sarah Elwyn, daughter of Thomas Elwyn and Elizabeth Benslye, on 13 October 1616 at St. Bartholomew's, Norfolk, England. Michael Metcalf died on 24 December 1664 at Dedham, Norfolk, MA, at age 77.
  • Family Sarah Elwyn b. 17 Jun 1593, d. 13 Nov 1644
  • Children
    • Mary Metcalf+ b. 14 Feb 1619, d. 12 Feb 1672
    • Michael Metcalf b. 29 Aug 1620, d. 25 Dec 1654
    • John Metcalf+ b. 5 Sep 1622, d. bt 27 Nov 1675 - 1690
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p674.htm#i20240

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  • The Wights: A Record of Thomas Wight of Dedham and Medfield and of His ... By William Ward Wight
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=t-QUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA54&lpg=PA54&dq=Leonard+Metcalf+1545&source=bl&ots=5_XLiMooR9&sig=_-KQyWLc2q_0fpl92syfoSNlfB4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=69xnVY3MMIXJogSR-ID4Bw&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBzgK#v=onepage&q=Leonard%20Metcalf%201545&f=false
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  • Note 2. The Metcalfs: For an account of the origin of this name see Jameson's Medway, 502. Rev. Leonard Metcalfe was born in 1545 and was rector of Tatterford. Norfolk, Eng. (Jameston's Medway, 502) His son Michael was born in Tatterford, 1586, and was a donrix weaver in Norwich, of which city he was made freeman June 21, 1618. His wife Sarah was born June 17, 1598, and was married October 13, 1616. Their seven eldest children were born in St. Benedict's, Norwich, and four later at St. Edmondsbury. He was a man of much prominence in Norwich and was the object of the persecutions of Bishop Wren and his chancelor Corbet. See the statement of his reasons for emigrating made by Michael Metcalf in a letter "to all the true professors of Christ's Gospel within the city of Norwich,: written from Plymouth, Eng., on the eve of his departure for America, Register, XVI, 279. He sailed in April, 1637, with his wife, eight children and his servant Thomas Comberbach (Hotten's Original Lists, 289.) He was admitted a townsman of Dedham, July 14, 1637. His wife died November 30, 1644; he died December 24, 1664. (Hill's Dedham Records, 1, 127, 9.) Three of his children are of present interest:
    • 1. MICHAEL METCALF (August 29, 1620-December 24 1654), of Dedham, married April 2, 1644, Mary Fairbanks(36, Note), of Dedham. Their daughter Mary, born August 15, 1646, married, December 10, 1668, John Ware (153, Note 1), of Dedham. Another daughter Sarah, born December 7, 1648, married June 4, 1677, Robert Ware (153, Note 1), of Wrentham. The youngest child of Michael and Mary Metcalf was Eleazar, born March 20, 1653, deacon of the Wrentham church. He married, April 9, 1684, Milletiah Fisher. The oldest surviving son of Deacon Eleazar was Michael, born May 21, 1687, elder of the Wrentham church. He married Abiel Colburn, of Dedham, and had twelve children. The seventh child was Col. James Metcalf, born 1728, died 1803, deacon of Dr. Emmons' church in Wrentham. He married, January 3, 1754, Abial Haven (Note 3) and had a daughter Jerusha, who married Nathan5 Wight above. Abiel, the eleventh child of Michael and Abiel Metcalf, married Michael5 Ware (58). Eleazar and Milletiah Metcalf had a younger son Eleazar, born November 21, 1710, who married Margaret5 Ware (58).
    • 2. JOHN METCALF (September 5, 1622-November 27, 1675, of Dedham, married March 22, 1647, Mary Chickering and had a son, Eleazar Metcalf, father of Michael, father of Peletiah, father of Benjamin Metclaf, who married Eunice6 Ware (59). (Register, XLI, 48.)
    • 3. Deacon THOMAS METCALF (December 27, 1629-November 16, 1702), of Dedham, married, September 12, 1656 Sarah Paige. Their son Thomas Metcalf, born May 7, 1671, married Sarah Avery (46).
    • Authority: Register, VI, 171.
    • Note 3. Haven: .... etc.

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  • American Ancestry, Volume 6
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=UVE8AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=Leonard+Metcalf+1545&source=bl&ots=Av8czs0-fL&sig=J8WSfPX3dmekssuirMqSocEH9NA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=w-5nVfKtE9DLogSe6ICYBg&ved=0CDYQ6AEwBzge#v=onepage&q=Leonard%20Metcalf%201545&f=false
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  • METCALF, JOHN TRUMBULL, of Brooklyn, N. Y., b. at New York city Oct. 17, 1818 (m. Nov. 11, 1844, Mary M. Myrick, gr.-dau. of Aaron Mitchell of Nantuckey, Mass., and had one son, William Henry Metcalf of New Haven, Ct., b. Oct. 4, 1846); son of Eliab of New York City, b. at Franklin, Mass., Feb. 5, 1785, d. at Havana, Cuba, Jan. 15, 1834, artist (m. Sept. 15, 1814, Nancy Benton); son of James of Franklin, Mass., b. there Aug. 31, 1757, d. there July 18, 1843 (m. Apr. 21, 1778, Abigail Harding); son of James of Franklin, Mass., b. at Wrentham, Mass., Aug. 1, 1729, d. at Franklin Aug. 16, 1803 (m. Jan. 3, 1754, Abiel Haven); son of Michael of Wrentham, Mass., b. there May 21, 1687, d. there Jan. 9, 1754 (m. Dec. 22, 1712, Abiel Colborn); son of Eleazer of Wrentham, Mass., b. at Dedham, Mass., Mar. 2, 1653, d. at Wrentham May 10, 1704 (m. Apr. 9, 1684, Meletiah Fisher): son of Michael of Dedham, Mass., b. at Norwich, Eng., Aug. 29, 1620, d. at Dedham Mar. 27, 1654 (m. Apr. 2, 1644, Mary Fairbanks); son of Michael of Dedham, Mass., b. at Tatterford, Eng., July 1587, d. Dec. 24, 1664 (m. Oct. 13, 1616, Sarah); son of Leonard of Tatterford, Eng., b. there 1545, d. there Sep. 22 1616, rector of the Parish of Tatterford, Norfolk co., Eng., 1611.
  • ORTON, EDWARD of Columbus, O., .... etc.

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  • Clarke's kindred genealogies. A genealogical history of certain descendants of Joseph Clarke, Dorchester, 1630; Denice Darling, Braintree, 1662; Edward Gray, Plymouth, 1643; and William Horne, Dover, 1659; and sketches of the Orne (Horne), Pynchon, and Downing families by Clarke, Augustus Peck
  • https://archive.org/details/clarkeskindredge00clar
  • https://archive.org/stream/clarkeskindredge00clar#page/20/mode/1up
  • Joseph4 (Joseph3, Joseph2, Joseph1), married in 1718 Experience Wheeler, daughter of Isaac Wheeler, and his wife Experience3 (John2 Michael1), Metcalf *, grand-daughter of Michael Metcalf of Dedham, Mass., and of Norwich, England, and great grand daughter of Rev. Leonard Metcalf of Tatterford, Eng., b. there 1545, died there Sept. 22, 1616, rector of the parish of Tatterford, Norfolk, Eng., 1611. Joseph4 Clarke died in 1731, and his widow married Daniel Wedge of Mendon. The children of Joseph4 and his wife Experience Clarke were : —
    • 1. "Joseph5, 1719-1719.
    • 2. Joseph5, 1720.
    • * Metcalf is a name derived from the following traditional exploit, which, it is said, occurred in 1312 in Chelmsford, County of Essex, England:—"On a certain day his Majesty, Edward II, with many lords and gentlemen, were in his Majesty's park, where was a wild bull that they feared to encounter, but when he encountered with Mr. John Armstrong he was killed with his fist, and when Mr. Armstrong came to his Majesty, says he to Mr. Armstrong, 'have you seen the mad bull?' 'And please your Majesty,' says he, 'I met a calf and knocked him down and killed him with my fist,' which when it was known to be the bull, Mr. Armstrong was honored with many and great honors. And in token of this notable exploit he was made a Knight, and his name was changed to Metcalf." (See the History of Medway, Mass.)
    • https://archive.org/stream/clarkeskindredge00clar#page/21/mode/1up
    • 3. Rowland5, 1722-1790; married, 1744, Hannah Lawrence, daughter of Ebenezer, of Wrentham. He settled in Sturbridge.
    • 4. Hephzibah5, 1725 ; married in 1747, Gideon Albee of Mendon, Mass.
    • 5. Jephthah5 1727-1736.
    • 6. Experience5 1730."
  • "Joseph5 (Joseph4, Joseph3, Joseph2, Joseph1) married, in 1739, Elizabeth Puffer.
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/clarkeskindredge00clar#page/133/mode/1up
  • .... etc.
  • Michael3 was son of Michael2 Metcalf, b. in Tatterford, England, June 17, 1586. "Dornix Weaver," in Norwich, England, came to
  • https://archive.org/stream/clarkeskindredge00clar#page/134/mode/1up
  • America to escape religious persecutions, after losing his property by a Star Chamber fine; m. Oct, 13, 1616, Sarah, b. in Waynham, Eng., June 17, 1593. (See American Ancestry, vol. 7.)
  • To show how Michael Metcalf came to America, the following record is taken from Mr. John Camden Hotten's work, which was gleaned by him from the State Paper department in England, and which has recently been published in London : —
  • "Register of persons about to pass into foreign parts, 1637. These people went to New England with William : * Andros : of Ipswich M'r of the : John : and Dorothy : of Ipswich and with William Andrewes his son M'r of the Rose : of Yarmouth.
  • April the 18th 1637. The examination of Michill : Metcalfe : of Norwich Dornix Weauear | aged, 45 years with | 8 children | Michill : Thomas : Mary : Sarah : Elizabeth : Martha : Jonii and Rebecca : and his saruant Thomas Comberbach : aged | 16 | years ar desirous to pass to boston in New England to inhabit. | | | "
  • Mr. Tilden in his Hist. of Medfield, 1887, p. 436 says, that Michael Metcalf was a "dornik weaver" and that he fled to this country from persecutions which he gives in Michael Metcalf's own words : "I was forced, for the sake of the liberty of my conscience, to flee from my wife and children, and go into New England; taking ship for the voyage, Sept. 17, 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 April 15, 1637, and arrived three days before midsummer following, with my wife and nine children, and a servant." In a postscript, says Mr. Tilden, Michael Metcalf alludes again to troubles he sustained at the hands of Bishop Wren and the chancellor, in consequence of which he was driven from his family : "Sometimes my wife did hide me in the roof of the house, covering me with straw." John Metcalf was a son of Mich-
    • * Mr. Hotten has fortunately preserved the very peculiar punctuation of the sailing list.
  • https://archive.org/stream/clarkeskindredge00clar#page/135/mode/1up
  • ael, and was born in Norwich, England, in 1622 ; his boyhood was spent among scenes like these. The family settled at Dedham, Mass. ; John, m. in 1647, Mary Chickering. John removed to Medfield about 1652, with his wife and three children. He served on the board of selectmen six years, and had the title of commissioner in 1682. He died in 1690 ; his wife in 1698.
  • children : —
    • John, b. 1648.
    • Michael, b. 1650.
    • Elizabeth ; m. Joseph Ellis.
    • Joseph, b. 1658.
    • Experience, 1661-1730 ; m. Isaac Wheeler, whose daughter, Experience Wheeler, m. Joseph4 Clarke, as above stated.
    • Hannah, 1664-1719; m.in 1683, Elisha Bullen.
    • Mary, 1668-1727 ; m. in 1687, Eleazar Ellis (See op. cit.).
  • Samuel6 Metcalf (Ebenezer5, Eleazar4, Michael3, Michael2, Leonard1), who m. Hannah Richardson and had by her the twelve children as above named, .... etc.

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  • The History of Medway, Mass., 1713-1885 edited by Ephriam Orcutt Jameson
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=1sUMAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA502&lpg=PA502&dq=Leonard+Metcalf+1545&source=bl&ots=Kzhv3cRyfm&sig=FK3Ua0IJWxVig9Z1xc8TPq1K8Z0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=69xnVY3MMIXJogSR-ID4Bw&ved=0CDoQ6AEwBjgK#v=onepage&q=Leonard%20Metcalf%201545&f=false
  • https://archive.org/details/historyofmedwaym00jame
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofmedwaym00jame#page/502/mode/1up
  • METCALF is a name derived from the following traditional exploit, which, it is said, occurred in 1312, in Chelmsford, County of Essex, England, "On a certain day his Majesty, Edward II., with many lords and gentlemen were in his Majesty's park, where was a wild bull that they feared to encounter, but when he encountered with Mr. John Armstrong he was killed with his fist, and when Armstrong came to his Majesty, says he to Mr. Armstrong, 'Have you seen the mad bull?' 'And please your Majesty,' (says he), 'I met a calfe and knocked him down and killed him with my fist,' which, when it was known to be the bull, Mr. Armstrong was honored with many and great honors. And in token of this notable exploit he was made a Knight, and his name was changed to Metcalfe." Vid. The History of Milford, Mass.
  • THE METCALFS OF MEDWAY descended from the Rev. Leonard Metcalf, born in 1545, and Rector of Tatterford, Norfolk County, England. Michael Metcalf, his son, came to this country and was admitted freeman July 14, 1637, in Dedham, Mass.
  • [1] LUTHER6 METCALF (JOSEPH5, MICHAEL4, ELEAZAR3, MICHAEL2, MICHAEL1), son of Dr. Joseph and Hannah (Havens) Metcalf, was born Sept. 7, 1756, in Wrentham, now Franklin. He married, April 5, 1781, Mercy Whiting, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia (Partridge) Whiting. She was born March 14, 1763, in Medway where they resided. Mrs. Mercy Metcalf died Oct. 31, 1825. Major Metcalf married, Sept. 28, 1826, 2Mrs Hannah Fisher, née Hill, daughter of James and Grace (Jones) Hill, and widow of John Fisher, She was born April 28, 1774, in Sherborn, Mass. Mr. Metcalf died Jan. 27, 1838. Mrs. Hannah Metcalf died Sept. 24, 1863.
  • The children were : .... etc.

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  • The biographical sketches of prominent persons, and the genealogical records of many early and other families in Medway, Mass. 1713-1886 by Jameson, Ephraim Orcutt
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=Q-YUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=Leonard+Metcalf+1545&source=bl&ots=8pybgkx6ZV&sig=r5Jpk28kD9CpmNHMup_mzuugPjA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=69xnVY3MMIXJogSR-ID4Bw&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBTgK#v=onepage&q=Leonard%20Metcalf%201545&f=false
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  • METCALF is a name derived from the following traditional exploit, which, it is said, occurred in 1312, in Chelmsford, County of Essex, England, "On a certain day his Majesty, Edward II., with many lords and gentlemen were in his Majesty's park, where was a wild bull that they feared to encounter, but when he encountered with Mr. John Armstrong he was killed with his fist, and when Armstrong came to his Majesty, says he to Mr. Armstrong, 'Have you seen the mad bull?' 'And please your Majesty,' (says he), 'I met a calfe and knocked him down and killed him with my fist,' which, when it was known to be the bull, Mr. Armstrong was honored with many and great honors. And in token of this notable exploit he was made a Knight, and his name was changed to Metcalfe." Vid. The History of Milford, Mass.
  • THE METCALFS OF MEDWAY descended from the Rev. Leonard Metcalf, born in 1545, and Rector of Tatterford, Norfolk County, England. Michael Metcalf, his son, came to this country and was admitted freeman July 14, 1637, in Dedham, Mass.
  • [1] LUTHER6 METCALF (JOSEPH5, MICHAEL4, ELEAZAR3, MICHAEL2, MICHAEL1), son of Dr. Joseph and Hannah (Havens) Metcalf, was born Sept. 7, 1756, in Wrentham, now Franklin. He married, April 5, 1781, Mercy Whiting, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia (Partridge) Whiting. She was born March 14, 1763, in Medway where they resided. Mrs. Mercy Metcalf died Oct. 31, 1825. Major Metcalf married, Sept. 28, 1826, 2Mrs Hannah Fisher, née Hill, daughter of James and Grace (Jones) Hill, and widow of John Fisher, She was born April 28, 1774, in Sherborn, Mass. Mr. Metcalf died Jan. 27, 1838. Mrs. Hannah Metcalf died Sept. 24, 1863.
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  • ROE, ALFRED SEELYE of Worcester, Mass., b. at Rose, N. Y., served on the 9th N. Y. heavy artillery 2 years, was captured at Monocacy, Md., July 9, 1864, paroled Feb. 22, 1865, grad. Wesleyan Univ. 1870, principal of high sch. at Worcester since 1880 (m. June 22, 1874, Nora Ardelia Metcalf, dau. of Alvah Metcalf of Ashland, Mass., desc. of Michael Metcalf early of Dedham, Mass., and of Capt. Robert Vose of Milton, Mass.); son of Austin Marinus Roe of Fulton, N. Y., b. at Brookhaven, N. Y., Sep. 27, 1823, Methodist minister since 1849, .... etc.
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  • FISHER, MILTON M. of Medway, Mass., b. at Franklin, Mass., Jan. 30, 1811, senator, county commr., notary public, justice, M. A., pres. of Medway Savings Bank, straw goods mfr., real estate and insurance agent (m. Aug. 22, 1836, Eleanor, dau. of Hon. Luther Metcalf of Medway, senator, justice, mfr., desc. of Rev. Leonard Metcalf of England 1545, thro' first Amer. emigrant Michael of Dedham, Mass.); son of Willis of Franklin, Mass., b. there July 20, 1783, d. there Jan. 1, 1866, farmer, justice, surveyor, teacher, State rep., selectman, railroad director, etc. (m. Feb. 8, 1810, .... etc.

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  • CAPT. JOHN METCALF was descended from Rev. Leonard Metcalf of Norwich, Norfolk county in England, who for many years, prior to 1616, was Rector of Norwich Cathedral. Michael his son, through whom the line of descent is traced, was educated in the doctrines of the established church of which he became an active and energetic member. In this connection he remained until 1635, when he became a dissenter in consequence of the arbitrary decrees of Bishop Wren and his Dean, Dr. Corbett. He was forthwith accused of heresy, but after escaping conviction by reason of the death of two of his persecutors who were witnesses against him, he gives the following narration of his experience. "I was forced" he says "to fly for the sake of the liberty of my conscience from my country, my wife and all my children and
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  • friends, in which I essayed to go to New England ; taking ship for the voyage at London, Sept. 17th, 1636 ; being by tempests tossed up and down the seas until the Christmas following; then veering about came to Plymouth in Old England, in which time I experienced many dangers, troubles and sore afflictions ; then leaving ship I went to Yarmouth in Norfolk County where I took ship to come to New England with my wife and family. We sailed Apr. 15th, 1637 and arrived in Boston, New England three days before mid-summer, (June 17th,) with my wife, nine children and a servant."
  • Michael Metcalf of whom the above account has been given, was born in Norwich, Norfolk County England, in 1585 and died in Dedham, Mass., 1664. His wife Sarah (other name unknown) to whom he was married, Oct. 16th, 1616, was born June 17th, 1593, and died Nov. 30th, 1644.
  • Michael and Sarah Metcalf had eleven children, nine b. in Norwich in England and two in Dedham after arriving in this country. Michael, jr., the 3d child, b. Aug. 20th, 1620; m. Jan. 14th, 1644, Mary Fairbanks and died in Dedham, March 27th, 1654. His wife who was the daughter of John Fairbanks of Stafford in England, died in Dedham, Feb. 12th, 1673. By this marriage there were five children through the youngest of whom, Eleazer, the line of decent is traced. Eleazer was born March 26th, 1652, and married Meletiah Fisher Apr. 9th, 1684, who was born. May 1st, 1667. He died Aug. 11th, 1742 ; she died Aug. 20th, 1742. They had ten children. Ebenezer, the 4th, b. Jan, 8th, 1691 ; m. 1731, Martha Rockwood, dau. of Benjamin Rockwood, b. 1700, in Rutland, Mass. He died in 1751, and she in 1787. They had five children. Samuel the 3d, b. Apr. 26th, 1739 ; married in 1762, Hannah Richardson, (dau. of Thomas Richardson, of Leicester, Ireland) where she was born Apr. 10th, 1743. He died June 13th, 1785; she died at Corinth, Orange County, Vt., in 1812. They lived in Oakham Mass. They had twelve children of whom John the 6th, and Betsy or Elizabeth the 9th, settled in Charlestown, (see Hubbard Glidden.)
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  • METCALF, frequently MEDCALF in early rec. ELEAZER, Wrentham, s. of the sec. Michael, m. 9 Apr. 1684, Meletiah Fisher, had Eleazer, b. 30 May 1685, d. young; Michael, 21 May 1687 ; Samuel, 15 Jan. 1689; Ebenezer, 8 Jan. 1691; Jonathan, 9 Apr. 1693; Meletiah, 21 Apr. 1695; Timothy, 2 July 1697; Martha and Mary, tw. 27 Aug. 1699; and Eleazer, again, 21 Nov. 1701; was deac. and d. 14 May 1704. JOHN, Medfield, s. of the first Michael, b. in Eng. m. 22 Mar. 1647, Mary, d. of Francis Chickering, had John, b. 21, bapt. 26 Mar. 1648; Michael, 20, bapt. 25 Aug. 1650; Mary, 9, bapt. 24 Oct 1652; these all at Dedham ; but at M. we kn. not that we name all, when enumer. Joseph, 22 Nov. 1658 ; and Hannah, 13 Oct 1664. He was freem. 1647, and d. 27 Nov. 1675, unless this date belong to his eldest s. JOHN, New Haven 1645, a brickmaker, may have been s. or br. of Stephen, as a. the yr. 1647, he rem. JONATHAN, Dedham, s. of the sec. Michael, m. 10 Apr. 1674, Hannah, d. of John Kenrick, had Jonathan, b. 16 Mar. 1675; John, 20 Mar. 1678; Ebenezer, 14 Feb. 1680; Joseph, 2 or 11 Apr. 1682, H. C. 1703, min. of Falmouth; Timothy, 18 Nov. 1684, d. at 11 yrs.; Eleazer, 14 Feb. 1687; Hannah, 10 Apr. 1689; Nathaniel, Apr. 1691 ; Mehitable; and Mary; was freem. 1683 or 4, his name being ins. ea. yr. and he d. 27 May 1727, and his wid. d. 23 Dec 1731. * JOSEPH, Ipswich, freem. 4 Mar. 1635, rep. in Sept of that yr. and oft. aft. d. 21 July 1665, aged 60. By his will, we learn
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  • that his w. was Eliz. his s. Thomas, b. in Eng. prob. and gr.ch. Joseph, Mary, and Eliz. but perhaps this had d. soon. His wid. m. 8 Nov. 1670, Edward Beacham. JOSEPH, Ipswich, s. of Thomas, prob. by w. Rebecca, had Jacob, b. 8 June 1685, prob. d. soon ; and Abigail, 29 Mar. 1686. MICHAEL, Dedham, b. 1586, at Tatterford, in Co. Norfolk, was a dornock weaver at Norwich, and free of the city, where all his ch. were b. m. 13 Oct. 1616, Sarah, had Michael, b. 13 Nov. 1617, d. soon; Mary, 14 Oct. 1618, but the geneal. of the fam. in Reg. VI. 173, says 14 Feb. 1619 ; Michael, again, 29 Aug. 1620 ; John, 5 or 15 Sept. 1622, bef. ment ; Sarah, 10 Sept. 1624; Eliz. 4 Oct 1626; Martha, 27 Mar. or Oct. 1628; Thomas, 27 Dec 1629 or 30; Ann, 1 Mar. 1631 or 34, d. soon; Jane, 24 Mar. 1632; and Rebecca, 5 Apr. 1635; his w. was b. at a village near Norwich, he says, 17 June 1593, but possib. the figures have been mistaken, as in the examin. one week bef. the sail, of the ship, call. I think, the Rose, of Yarmouth, from Yarmouth, Apr. 1637, he calls hims. 45 yrs. of age, and w. 39. "From the relig. tyranny" exercised by Wren, then Bp. of .Norwich, he felt forced to esc. even at the expense of separ. from his fam. for a time, and emb. at London, 17 Sept. 1636, for N. E. but was sadly tormented by equal tempests on the water, and the ship at Christmas put back to Plymouth ; and so far was this a happiness that in Apr. foll, he had license for the whole fam. to come ; only 8 ch. are ment. in the custom-ho. docum. but I can hardly doubt that the name of John was casually overlook. At Boston he arr. "three days bef. mid. sum. with w. nine ch. and a serv." wh. was Thomas Comberbach, aged 16, 1 presume in one of the three ships ment. by Winth. as coming in, from Ipswich, 20 June. He may have been br. of Joseph ; was freem. 13 May 1640, or 18 May 1642, and, perhaps, swore on both days, tho. more prob. it is a fault of the Secr, as in the list appears. His w. d. 21 Feb. 1645, and he m. 13 Aug. foll. Martha, wid. of Thomas Pigg, or Pidge ; and he d. 27 Dec. 1664. A very, curious docum. his engagem. aft. 70 yrs. of age to keep the town sch. in 1656, is giv. in Geneal. Reg. X. 282. His will, made six wks. bef. gives to eight ch. Michael being d. and ea. of the ds. m. Martha hav. then a sec. or third h. to gr.ch. Michael, s. of Michael, and gr.ch. William Brignall, s. of d. Martha, wh. was a mem. of Roxbury ch. by her first h. and to Martha Bullard, d. of his w. Mary m. 24 Nov. 1642, Henry Wilson ; Sarah m. Robert Onion, as his sec. w. the first hav. d. in Apr. 1643; Eliz. m. 15 Sept. 1648, Thomas Bancroft of Reading; Martha m. William Brignall, next, 2 Aug. 1654, Christopher Smith as the Geneal. Reg. VI. 173, says, tho. I doubt its correctness, for Christopher Smith in 668, is nam. in his will by Jonathan Fairbanks as h. of his d. Mary, and third h . . . . . Stow; Jane m. 1654, Samuel Walker,
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  • (tho. strong doubts of error in the name are felt) of Rehoboth ; and Rebecca m. 5 Apr. 1659, John Mackintosh. MICHAEL, Dedham, eldest s. of the preced. b. in Eng. m. 2 or 12 Apr. 1644, Mary, d. of John Fairbanks, says the Metcalf geneal. bef. rnent but perhaps by mistake, had Michael, b. 21 Jan. 1645; Mary, 15 Aug. 1646; Sarah, 7 Dec 1648 ; Jonathan, 21 Sept 1650; and Eleazer, 20 Mar. 1653, bef. ment. was freem. 1645, and d. (ten yrs. bef. his f.) 24 Dec. 1654. Mary m. 10 Dec. 1668, John Ware; and Sarah m. 4 June 1677, Robert Ware. MICHAEL, Dedham, s. of the preced. m. 17 Sept. 1672, Eliz. not, I think, as Goodwin has it, d. but wid. of the sec. John Kingsbury, d. of Thomas Fuller, both of the same, had Michael, b. 9 May 1674; Mary, 3 Oct 1676; Thomas, 3 Jan. 1679; Sarah, 26 Apr. 1682 ; Eleazer, 12 Feb. 1685; Hannah, 17 Apr. 1687 ; Daniel, 25 June 1691 ; and Eliz. ; was freem. 1690, and d. 2 Sept. 1693. His wid. d. 24 Oct 1732. STEPHEN, New Haven 1639, a brickmaker, aft. 1647 prob. rem. was in good repute. * THOMAS, Dedham, youngest s. of the first Michael, b. in Eng. m. 12 Sept 1656, Sarah Paige, had Sarah, b. 3 Mar. 1658 ; Mary, bapt. 25 Nov. 1660 ; Samuel, b. 17 Oct 1661, d. soon ; Thomas ; 22 Sept 1665, d. soon; Samuel, again, 17 Sept 1668; Thomas, again, 7 or 21 May 1671 ; John, 20 Sept 1675 ; and Judith, 25 Nov. 1677, d. at 5 yrs. The w. d. and he m. 2 Dec. 1679, Ann Paine of Rehoboth, was freem. 1653, deac. and rep. 1691, d. 16 Nov. 1702. Sarah m.23 Nov. 1676, Samuel Whiting, and d. 1702. THOMAS, Ipswich 1648, s. of Joseph the first, b. in Eng. I suppose, had Mary, b. 23 June 1658 ; Joseph, 27 Jan. 1661 ; Thomas, 4 Dec. 1667; beside prob. Eliz. nam. in the will of gr.f. He was freem. 1674. Of the mo. of these ch. we kn. nothing; but she may have d. and one Thomas of Ipswich, a widower, m. 1685, wid. Lydia Davis. Still more uncertainty is felt unless we give him ano. w. for the wid. of Thomas M. nam. Abigail, d. at I. 5 May 1727, aged 88 yrs. An earlier Thomas of Ipswich is found by Mr. Felt to be inhab. there 1638. THOMAS, Dedham, s. of the first Thomas, m. 24 Nov. 1696, Sarah, d. of William Avery, the sec of the name, had Sarah, b. 26 Apr. 1698, d. in few wks. ; Samuel, 9 Apr. 1699, d. at 14 yrs. ; Thomas, 30 Dec 1701 ; and Sarah, 1 Dec 1703; and he d. 12 Dec. 1704; and his wid. m. 6 Apr. 1709, Joseph Wight, and d. 1748. Two of this name had, in 1829, been gr. at Harv. and seven at the other N. E. coll. It is oft. in old rec writ as no doubt it was sound. Medcalf.

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  • Our emigrant ancestor, Michael Metcalf, the Dornix, or Embroidery Weaver, of Norwich, and the Metcalfs of Norwich, Tatterford and vicinity in co. Norfolk, were immediately descended from the Metcalfs of Beare Park and Nappa Hall in North Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Metcalfs, as far as known, were zealous Catholics; the Norfolk family were zealous Protestants, and Michael, at least, a staunch Puritan. When Leonard Metcalf was attainted for high treason, and lost his large estates in Yorkshire (which, it is hinted, may have been one reason for his condemnation, his lands being wanted for some new court favorite) his family left Yorkshire and settled in Norfolk. Religion was then largely a matter of politics. It is supposed that Leonard Metcalf himself, perhaps as a condition of his pardon, gave up his Catholicism, and after the loss of his property, eventually took up holy orders under the state church, and, twenty years after, was the first Leonard Metcalf, Rector of the parish of Tatterford near Norwich. But it is perhaps more probable that this first Rector Metcalf of Tatterford was a son of Leonard Metcalf, the quondam traitor.
  • The earliest records extant of the parish of Tatterford are copies in the registry of the archdeaconry of Norfolk, and commence about 1560. In 1580, et sequens, Leonard Metcalf was Rector of the Parish of Tatterford. Leonard Metcalf was succeeded by Richard Metcalf. In these records the name is spelled Metcalf, Metcalfe, Mettcalf and Mettcalfe. In 1585 is the entry of baptism of "Leonard Metcalf, filius Leonardi Metcalf et bapt. fuit 3d die Septembris." Adain "Michael Metcalf filius Leonardi Metcalf et bapt. fuit 17th die June 1587." Which confirms our records that Michael Metcalf, the Dornix Weaver, was born at Tatterford, Norfolk co., June 17, 1587. There is no clue to the name of Leonard Metcalf's wife, the mother of Michael.
  • Michael Metcalf's wife, Sarah Ellwyn, was born, our old records in this country say, "June 17, 1593, in the adjoining town of Waynham. The adjoining town is Rayn-
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  • ham, with parishes East, West and South Raynham. And there has been quite a controversy over the name. The registers of all have been searched for the record of Sarah Ellwyn' s birth and marriage. But further investigation has shown that Sarah Ellwyn was born at "Heigham," the daughter of Thomas and Elisabeth Ellwyn. Thomas Ellwyn was born in 1564 and died in 1648. Sarah Ellwyn was born in Heigham June 17, 1595 and was married to Michael Metcalf Oct. 15, 1616. Their seven oldest children were born and baptized in St. Benedict's, Norwich, Norfolk co., and the four younger children at St. Edmondsbury.
  • Michael Metcalf, son of Rev. Leonard Metcalf, Rector of Tatterford, was born at Tatterford, co. Norfolk, Eng., June 17, 1587.
  • Sarah Ellwyn, daughter of Thomas and Elisabeth Ellwyn, was born at Hingham, co. Norfolk, Eng., June 17, 1593.
  • They were married at Hingham Oct. 13, 1616. They sailed for New England April 15, 1637.
  • Their children were:
    • 1. Michael, born Nov. 13, 1617; died young.
    • 2. Mary (or Marcy), born Feb. 14, 1619; married Henry Wilson Nov. 24, 1642.
    • 3. Michael, born Aug. 29, 1620.
    • 4. John, born Sept. 5, 1622; married Mary, daughter of Francis Chickering, Mar. 22, 1647; died in Dedham, Mass., Nov. 27, 1675.
    • 5. Sarah, born Sept. 10, 1624; married Robert Onion, of Dedham.
    • 6. Elisabeth, born Oct. 4, 1626; married Sept. 15, 1648 Thomas Bancroft, of Reading.
    • 7. Martha, born May 27, 1628; married 1st William Bignall, 2nd Aug. 2, 1654, Christopher Smith, 3rd —— Stow.
    • 8. Thomas, born Dec. 27, 1629; married 1st, Sept. 12, 1655, Sarah Page, 2nd, Dec. 2, 1679, —— .
    • 9. Anne (called also Joane), born Mar. 1, 1631; died young.
    • 10. Jane, born Mar. 24, 1632; married Samuel (?) Walker, of Rehoboth.
    • 11. Rebeka, born Apr. 5, 1635; married Apr. 5, 1659, John Mackintosh, of Dedham.
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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


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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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.

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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
Tafferford,Norfolk,England
June 17, 1587
June 17, 1587
Parish Of, Tatterford, Norfolk, England
June 17, 1587
Parish Of, Tatterford, Norfolk, England
June 17, 1587
Tafferford, Norfolk, England