Name: Leonard METCALF
Birth: 1541-1545 in Apperside in the north riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: SEP 1616 in Tatterford, England
Burial: 22 SEP 1616 Tatterford Parish, Norfolk, England
Change Date: 29 SEP 2017
It?s been impossible to determine who his father was. Apperside (where he stated he was born) had a large number of Metcalf families, with Leonard and Michael being common names among the family clan. Leonard might be the son of Michael Metcalf.
However, the story of Leonard Sr. and his conversion to protestantism and moving to Tatterford seems the most likely possibility (see father link)
Leonard became Rector of the Parish of Tatterford, Norfolk County, in 1574. He was succeeded by Richard Metcalf. ?Only the baptisms of five sons are of record, namely, John, in 1583, Leonard and Nicholas in 1586, Matthew in 1592, and Nynian in 1596.?
In a deposition made in 1614, the Rev. Leonard Metcalf, clerk, rector of the parish of Tatterford, states that he was 73 years of age, that he had been the incumbent there for forty years, and that he was born at Apperside in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
In a court deposition made in 1614, the Rev. Leonard Metcalf, clerk, rector of the parish of Tatterford, states that he was 73 years of age, that he had been the incumbent there for forty years, and that he was born at Apperside in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Leonard was born in 1540-1541 in the hamlet of Apperside in the vale of Wensleydale, in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Henry VIII died in 1547 and his young son Edward VI reigned 1547-1553. Then Henry's Catholic daughter Mary I reigned 1553-1558. She was called "Bloody Mary" because she had over 300 Protestants burned at the stake during her reign while trying to convert the country back to Catholicism. Leonard was only 12 when Mary came to the throne, so he did not have to decide which side of the religious fence to choose. Mary finally died and her half-sister Elizabeth I ruled 1558-1603.
Leonard was early educated at Sedburgh School, matriculated in the College of St. John?s, Cambridge University, in 1563/4 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1568/9.
He gave up Catholicism (which leads us to believe his father was a Catholic) and took holy orders under the state church. Leonard became Rector of the Parish of Tatterford in Norfolk in 1574 . Tatterford is a small village in Norfolk, about 110 miles NE of London, about 5 miles west of Fakenham, and is still today surrounded by farmland. The church building was orginally a Norman building, that was replaced in 1863.
Important events during this time were the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1587, and in 1588 the Spanish Armada was defeated, insuring that England would remain Protestant.
He became Vicar of West Barsham in Norfolk in 1603 where he remained until his death in 1616.
In 1603 King James I came to the throne, and there was an outbreak of the plague in which 30,000 people died in London that year alone.
I don't know where Leonard stood on the Puritan-Church of England debate. However, his son, Michael, emigrated to New England in 1637 to avoid persecution as a Puritan. Between 1604 and 1606 King James had 80 Puritan preachers expelled from their churches.
Leonard lived to hear about the English colony at Jamestown in 1607 and the publishing of the King James Bible in 1611.
Leonard was 75 years old when he died.
Leonard was later succeeded as Rector by his probable son Richard Metcalf.
Leonard and Amy had at least eight children.
Rev. Leonard Metcalf was the father of Michael Metcalf, the immigrant.
The Metcalfs were a Yorkshire family, living there from the 15th to the 18th century.
John Metcalf, lord Mayor of York, 1498
Sir Gilbert Metcalf, 1695
Miles Metcalf, in parliament under Edward IV
At the home of the Metcalfs in Norhallerton, Charles I, stopped in 1647, a prisoner.
Nappa Hall was owned by a Metcalf family.
Father: Leonard METCALFE
Amy ? b: ABT 1558 in Prob Tatterford
in Tatterford Parish
- Richard METCALF b: 1580 in Tatterford Parish
- John METCALF b: 1583 in Tatterford, England
- Leonard METCALF b: 1586 in Tatterford, Norfolk Co, England
- Nicholas METCALF b: 1587 in Tatterford, Norfolk, England
- Michael METCALF b: 17 JUN 1590 in Tatterford Parish, Norfolk Co, England
- Matthew METCALF b: 1594 in Tatterford, Norfolk, England
- Nynian METCALF b: 10 JUN 1596 in Tatterford, Norfolk, England
- Mary MARIE Metcalf b: 1601 in Tatterford, Norfolk, England