Name: Samuel METCALF
Birth: 14 AUG 1739 in Wrentham, Norfolk Co, Mass
Death: 2 APR 1817 in Croydon, NH
Burial: Pinnacle Cemetery in Croydon township
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Samuel was my 6great-grandfather.
He was probably named for his grandfather Samuel Colburn.
He lived in Franklin, Mass. He was in the Rev. War in the Lexington Alarm under Captain Boyd & Colonel Grayton. He was promoted to Sergeant and in 1780 to Lieutenant. He served 7 years in the Revolutionary armies.
In 1787 he and his family left Franklin, Mass., moving northwest into New Hampshire and settled SW of Croydon (or Brighton) NH. He was the progenitor of the Metcalf family in that town. [In 1773 Croydon had 91 inhabitants.]
There is a Brighton Rd about 5 miles S of Pinnacle Cem, which is SW of Croydon.
from " History of Croydon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire" at:
"The Stowes and Metcalfs settled in the southwest part of the town, in a district called Brighton. . . "
Son - Abel settled in Newport, NH
Son - Capt. Obed married in Mass. in Feb 1790, but they also settled in Croydon, NH. His son, Moses later moved to Minnesota.
Son - Samuel Jr's son Alexander was later a justice in Northfield, Minn.
From the Croydon Centennial book (pub 1867, p 123-24):
"Samuel Metcalf, after serving in the French and Revolutionary armies for seven years, came to this town from Franklin, MA., and settled at Brighton (a section of Corbin Park-Blue Mountain Forest Assn. in Croydon), and was the progenitor of the Metcalf family in town."
"Dea. Abel Metcalf, his oldest son, settled in Newport (NH) and was the father of Rev. Kendrick Metcalf, Episcopal clergyman at Geneva, NY., and Professor in the Geneva College, - of Silas, a successful farmer and man of political note at Newport, and of Theron, a popular merchant in Boston."
"Capt. Obed Metcalf, his second son, was active in town and church affairs, was father of Stephen, a prominent farmer at Haverhill, NH, and grandfather of Henry H., a lawyer, and Carlos G., physician, sons of Joseph."
"Samuel Metcalf, his third son, was father to Alexander, a wealthy farmer and justice at Northfield, MN, who married Anna, eldest daughter of Col. Nathaniel Wheeler, and grandfather of Samuel Metcalf Wheeler, a distinguished lawyer at Dover, NH."
Samuel & Lois moved to Croydon about 1787. The last 25 miles of their journey was made on horseback, and their only guide through the forest was by blazed trees. They settled in the southwest part of the town.
They were in Croydon township of Cheshire County, NH in 1790, 1800 & 1810. He died in 1817 (78 years old), and Lois died in 1825 (83 years old). They were both buried in the Pinnacle Cemetery in Croydon township with their son Obed and his wife Abigail.
1800 NH census - Cheshire Co, Croydon twp, p 109:
Sam'l Medcalf - 10010 - 21010
Sam'l Medcalf - 00001 - 00101
Obediah Medcalf - 20110 - 30010
Just a few years after Samuel and Lois arrived in Croydon there appears to have been an outbreak of a spiritual revival, as the following book describes.
From "A General History of the Baptist Denomination in America" (by By David Benedict, 1813)
The church, which is now called Newport, according to Mr. Backus, was first established in Croydon, a neighboring town, in 1778. But in 1790, the brethren here united with those in Newport, and settled among them Mr. Biel Ledoyt, from Woodstock, Connecticut, whose name has not long since, been mentioned.
From that period the church has been known by the name of Newport, which name suggests, that some of its first settlers removed from one of the principal towns in Rhode Island. Mr. Ledoyt resided here about fourteen years, and then returned again to Woodstock. While resident in Newport, he prosecuted his ministry with that evangelical ardor, for which he has, from the commencement of it, been peculiarly distinguished, and he had the happiness of seeing that his labors were not in vain in the Lord.
In 1793, he thus wrote to a friend: "It hath been a long, dark, and cloudy night with me and the people here; but glory to our God, the cloud is dispersing fast. His work is begun among us. Newport and CROYDON are greatly blest. There have been forty souls hopefully converted in a few weeks among us. I have baptized twenty-nine in four weeks. The work appears still going on. I cannot be idle, it is out of my power to answer all the calls I have at this time; but I endeavor to do all I can. Being favored with health, and the spirit of preaching, I ascend the mountains easy. There is a prospect of a glorious reformation in these parts. O may it spread far and wide!" . . .
Vital Records of Croydon, NH:
17. Mr. Samuel Metcalf, died April 2d 1817 in the 78th year of his age.
18. Mrs. Lois, relic of Samuel Metcalf, died Dec 21, 1828, ae 83 yr
1817 - Apr 2 - [died] Samuel Metcalf, age 77 yrs, 7 mos, 8 days.
In 1850 Sullivan Co, NH (Washington Twp) there was a John Metcalf (80 b Mass). Since Samuel moved there, maybe this is a son or relative.
#774 - John Metcalf - 80, Mass
Kesia - 61 NH
John O. - 34 NH
Lucy - 38 NH
Lois - 19
Edwin C - 8/12
Solomon G - 16
*Find A Grave Memorial# 58277150
Father: Elder Michael METCALF b: 25 JAN 1687 in Wrentham, Norfolk Co, Mass
Mother: Abiel COLBURN b: 27 SEP 1694 in Dedham, Norfolk Co, Mass.
Lois KINGSBURY b: 4 SEP 1745 in Wrentham (Franklin), Norfolk Co, Mass.
5 JAN 1763
in Wrentham, Norfolk Co, Mass
- Obed METCALF b: 11 DEC 1763 in prob Franklin, Mass.
- Abel METCALF b: 22 FEB 1765 in Lebanon, New London Co, CT
- Abner METCALF b: 27 APR 1769 in Mass
- Sabrina METCALF b: 17 FEB 1767 in Wrentham (Franklin), Norfolk Co, Mass.
- Alexander METCALF b: 19 MAY 1771 in Mass
- Samuel METCALF b: 13 NOV 1773 in Mass
- Lois METCALF b: 28 AUG 1779 in Franklin, Norfolk Co, Mass.