Tuesday, April 26, 2016


My ancestor Michael Metcalf had been a weaver in England of a type of fabric called Dornick, a
heavy linen used as table cloths according to Google. After he and his family arrived in Dedham, Ma. he became one of the leading citizens in the town. Here's more from the article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register:

Michael Metcalf was admitted a townsman at Dedham, July 14,1637; joined the church in 1639; and was Selectman in 1641. His name stands first, on the Committee, chosen to "contrive the fabricke of a meetinghouse." His wife, Sarah, died Nov. 30,1644; m. 2d widow Mary Ridge, of Roxbury, Aug 13, 1645.

In 1661, Robert Ware, exchanged land, near the brick kiln; bricks being manufactured here at an early period. "One of the principal clay pits, was on land of Michael Metcalf, on Dedham Island."

-p171    the new england historical & genealogical register for the year 1852 Volume 6  Thomas Prince, Printer And Publisher, Boston, 1852

The article also included a list of his children:
Children of MICHAEL,1 and SARAH'1 Metcalf, all born in England, were,
(2.) I. Michael, 2 b. Nov. 13, 1617, died young, in England.
(3.) II. Mary, 2 b. Feb. 14, 1618, m. Henry Wilson, Nov. 24th 1642.
(4.) III. Michael, 2 (13.) b. Aug. 29, 1620, m. Mary, dau. of John Fairbanks, senr. April 21, 1644, d. in Dedham, Dec. 24, 1654.
(5.) IV. John, 2 (18.) b. Sep. 5, 1622, m. Mary, dau. of Francis Chickering, March 22, 1647, d. Nov. 27, 1675.
(6.) V. Sarah, 2 b. Sep. 10. 1624, m. Robert Onion, of Dedham.
(7.) VI. Elizabeth, 2 b. Oct. 4, 1626, m. Thomas Bancroft, of Reading, Sep. 15, 1648.
(8.) VII. Martha, 2 b. March 27, 1628, m. 1st. Wm. Brignall, 2nd Christopher Smith, Aug. 2, 1654, 3rd ____ Stow.
(9.) VIII. Thomas, 2 (22.) b. Dec. 27, 1629, m. 1st Sarah Paige, Sep. 12, 1655 or 6, 2nd Anne Paine, Dec. 2, 1679. He was Deac. at Dedham; d. Nov. 16, 1702.
(10.) IX. Ann, 2 b. March, 1, 1631, died young, in England.
(11.) X Jane, 2  b. March 24, 1632, m. Samuel Walker, of Rehoboth.
(12.) XI. Rebeka,2 b. April 5, 1635, m. John Mackintosh, of Dedham, April 5, 1659.

-p172 ibid

I'm descended from two of the daughters of Michael and Sarah (Elwyn) Metcalf: Elizabeth, who married 9x great grandfather Thomas Bancroft, and Martha, who married Nathaniel Stow.
The NEHGS Register article also contained an abstract of Michael Metcalf's will, which I'll discuss in the next post.

To be continued.

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