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  • ID: I9347
  • _UID: 9FFDACDCA477481A9385BF2471204D79F37E
  • Name: Michael METCALF
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 JUN 1590 in Tatterford Parish, Norfolk Co, England
  • Death: DEC 1664 in Dedham, Mass (age 78)
  • Burial: 27 DEC 1664 Dedham, Norfolk, Mass
  • Note:

    Michael was my 10g-grandfather.
    For more on him see my web page at:

    Tatterford records:
    "Michael Metcalf filius Leonardi Metcalf et bapt fuit 17th die June 1587."
    However, ?the registers of Tatterford are a piece of patchwork, constructed prior to 1616 (when actual entries began) by the wardens of the parish from the then existing Bishop's transcripts.

    His parentage hasn?t been proven, but it is probably Rev. Leonard Metcalf for these reason:
    Michael says he was from Tatterford.
    Leonard had a large family, but only 5 births were found in the parish records.
    Leonard was the only Metcalf in the area.

    For more on Metcalf genealogy:

    Born in Tatterford, baptized June 1, 2587.
    He married in Hingham and worked in Norwich, all in Norfolk, England.

    Baptism: December 18, 1594, Tatterford, Norfolk, England
    Another sources lists his birth/death dates as: June 17, 1587 - Dec 24, 1664.
    Michael Metcalf, Sr. was born June 17, 1587 (his older brother was baptized in July 1585) in Tatterford, Norfolk County, England.

    A year and a half after he married he was made a Freeman of the city of Norwich, June 21, 1618.
    Michael was successful businessman, a dornix weaver who 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.
    His 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, but he was a non-conformist (Puritan) and lost his property by a Star Chamber fine under the persecution of Bishop Wren. He was 45 years old when 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.

    The Register of persons about to pass in forraigne part on the ships John & Dorothy, and The Rose.
    April the 8th, 1637.
    The examination of MICHILL METCALF, of Nor-
    wich, dornixweaver, aged 45 years, and SARRAH, his wife, aged
    39 years, with 8 children, MICHILL, THOMAS, MAREY, SARRAH,
    ELIZABETH, MARTHA, JOANE, and REBECCA, and his servant
    THOMAS CUMBERBACH, aged 16 years. Ar desirous to pass to
    Boston in New England, to inhabitt.
    April 11th, 1637.
    The examination of WILLIAM WILLIAMS, of Great
    Yarmouth, Co. Norfolk, aged 40 years, and ALLES, his wife,
    aged 38 years, with 2 children ................., are desirous
    to goe to New England, to inhabitt ..............
    See: http://www.mayflowerfamilies.com/ships/john__dorothy.htm

    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. He had a grant of land on Dedham Island, bordering on Motley's Pond (so named later)

    Nine months after Sarah died, Michael married widow Mary Pigge (Pidge) 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."

    1652 - the date of Michael?s chair (oldest dated chair in New England).

    In 1656 Michael was engaged to keep Dedham school, to be paid 20 pounds per month (2/3 in wheat and 1/3 in corn). In extreme weather he might keep the school in his home, instead of the school house. In hot weather he might use the meeting house, provided the house be left clean and any broken windows repaired.

    Michael owned a copy of John Foxe?s Book of Martyrs, as well as other religious titles.

    Will proved Feb. 1, 1664-5; inventory, oe364. 10s. 5d.; will disposes of his books. Michael Metcalf made a covenant in his own will benefitting his own children by his first wife, and also one of the children of Mary Pigge, his new wife, by her first husband. That stepchild is identified in Michael Metcalf's will as "Martha, the wife of Benjamin Bullard."
    Some bequests were more personal and testified to strong emotional ties between grandparents and grandchldren. Michael Metcalf, for instance, left his "Largest gray Horsmans Coate" to a grandson.

    Find A Grave Memorial# 64230860
  • Change Date: 28 SEP 2017

    Father: Leonard METCALF b: 1541-1545 in Apperside in the north riding of Yorkshire, England
    Mother: Amy ? b: ABT 1558 in Prob Tatterford

    Marriage 1 Sarah ELWYN b: 17 JUN 1593 in Heigham, Norfolk County, England
    • Married: 13 OCT 1616 in St. Bartholomew, Heigham, Norfolk, England
    1. Has No Children Michael(1) METCALF b: 13 NOV 1617 in England
    2. Has No Children Mary (or Marcy) METCALF b: 14 FEB 1618 in Norwich, Norfolk, England
    3. Has Children Michael METCALF b: 29 AUG 1620 in St. Benedicts, Norwich, Norfolk Co, Eng.
    4. Has Children John METCALF b: 5 SEP 1622
    5. Has No Children Sarah METCALF b: 10 SEP 1624
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth METCALF b: 4 OCT 1626
    7. Has No Children Martha METCALF b: 27 MAR 1628
    8. Has Children Thomas METCALF b: 27 DEC 1629
    9. Has No Children Ann (or Joanne) METCALF b: 1 MAR 1631
    10. Has No Children Jane (or Mary Jane) METCALF b: 24 MAR 1632
    11. Has No Children Rebekah METCALF b: 5 APR 1635

    Marriage 2 Mary SOTHY b: ABT 1599 in Saffron Walden, Essex, England
    • Married: 13 AUG 1645 in Dedham, Mass
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