Friday, December 30, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 157: #222 Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) of New Hampshire

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #157:

Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) is #222 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandfather, who married #223 Jerusha --?-- (1750-1817)  in 1770.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, 
#111 Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855) who married #110 Amos Underhill (1772-1865), in 1801.
*  their daughter #55 Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1883) who married #54 Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) in 1839.
*  their daughter, #27 Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931), who married #26 Devier J. Smith (1839-1894) in1861.
*  their daughter, #13 Abbie Ardell Smith (1862-1944), who married #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), who married  in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                       Burgess Metcalf[1–6]   
*  Alternate Name:       Burgess Medcalf[7,9,11]    
*  Alternate Name:       Burges Medcalf[8-9]
*  Alternate Name:       Burjis Medcalf[9]    
*  Alternate Name:       Burges Metcalf[10,12-13]   

*  Sex:                          Male   

*  Father:                     Michael Metcalf (1706-1771)   
*  Mother:                   Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751)   
  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Birth:                      28 August 1741, Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4–6]   
*  Deed:                      13 August 1773 (age 31), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[3]
*  Military:                 5 September 1775 (age 34), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[7]   
*  State Census:         1776 (about age 35), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[8]   
*  Town Records:       1789–1805 (about age 48–about 64), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[9]   
*  Census:                  1 August 1790 (age 48), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[10]
*  Deed:                     29 August 1798 (age 57), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[11]   
*  Census:                  1 June 1800 (age 58), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[12]   
*  Census:                  1 June 1810 (age 68), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[13]   
*  Death:                    20 September 1816 (age 75), Piermont, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[6]   
*  Burial:                   after 20 September 1816 (after age 75), River Road Cemetery, Bradford, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States[6]   
   
  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Spouse 1:              Jerusha  (1750-1817)   
*  Marriage 1:           before 1770 (before about age 29), probably Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States[6]   

*  Child 1:                 Ephraim Metcalf (1770-1858)   
*  Child 2:                 Samuel Metcalf (1771-    )   
*  Child 3:                 Burgess Metcalf (1772-1831)   
*  Child 4:                 Sally Metcalf (1774-    )   
*  Child 5:                 Cyrus Metcalf (1776-1843)   
*  Child 6:                 Meletiah Metcalf (1779-1838)   
*  Child 7:                 Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855)   
*  Child 8:                 Joseph Metcalf (1781-1796)   
*  Child 9:                 Jerusha Metcalf (1789-1864)   
*  Child 10:               Chandler Metcalf (1798-1842)   
  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

A sketch of the life of Burgess Metcalf was published in the book: William Cutter, New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Third Series, Volume IV (New York City : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), page 2196 (in "Metcalf" sketch)[1]. It reads:

"(VI) Burgess Metcalf, son of Michael Metcalf, was born at Medway, August 28, 1741.  He was a soldier in the revolution, and ensign in the fifth company. (See p. 924, vol. xvi, State Papers of New Hampshire).  In 1790 the federal census shows that he was living in Piermont, New Hampshire and had in his family four males over 16, three under that age, and seven females.  The names of all of his children are not given.  The history of Piedmont in the Grafton County history states that Burgess Metcalf came there early and died there in 1816; that he had a large family; that his son John, born in 1803, died in 1858. The Chandler family settled in Piermont also, and doubtless intermarried with the Metcalfs."

Another sketch of Burgess Metcalf is in the Piermont section of the book:  Hamilton Child, Part first: Gazetteer of Grafton County, N.H., 1709-1886 (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse Journal Company, Printers and Binders, June 1886), page 574[2].  It reads:

"Burgess Metcalf located at Piermont, at an early day.  He reared a large family of children, and lived here until his death, in 1816."

Another sketch of the life and family of Burgess Metcalf is in the book: Louise S. Horton, Elizabeth H. Underhill, and Eleanor D. Deal, Piermont, New Hampshire, 1764-1947 (Bradford, Vt. : The Green Mountain Press, n.d.), pages 150-151[3].  The "Metcalf" section reads, in part:

"From Grafton County Land Records we learn that Richard Jenness, Proprietor, of Rye, N.H., deeded to Burgess Medcalf, for 70 pounds Lot 9 in Range 1 on 13 August 1773; thus early did the Metcalf family begin their occupancy of the town, where for all the succeeding years some of them have resided.

"They early became identified with the work of the church.  In 1779 both Burgess, and his son Burgess Jr. signed, with others, a paper 'to pay the sum of $80. for the support of Publishing the Gospel this present year, according to the Poll, and valuable estate appraised on me by the selectmen of this town of Piermont.'  In 1803, when the present Congregational Church was organized, the name of Burgess Metcalf was one of its members, and his son John was later one of the deacons. Always the family has helped maintain the church."

Burgess Metcalf was born 28 August 1741 in Medway, Massachusetts, the 7th of 8 children, and the 4th son, to Michael and Melatish (Hamant) Metcalf]4-6].  The Medway town records record the birth of Burgess Metcalf as:

"Burgess Metcalf son of Michael Metcalf & Melatiah his wife was born Aug. 28th 1741"

The Michael Metcalf family moved to Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire in about 1750.  Burgess Metcalf  removed to Piermont, Grafton County, New Hampshire, in 1773[3].  The lot was on the present-day River Road.

He married Jerusha --?-- before 1770, probably in Keene, New Hampshire.  They had ten children between 1770 and 1798, the last 7 were born in Piermont.  There is a Piermont town record for only the tenth child, Chandler Metcalf.  

Burgess Metcalf served in the Revolutionary War as an Ensign in the 5th Company of the 12th New Hampshire Regiment.  He was commissioned on 5 September 1775[7].  He also served from 25 September to 26 October 1777, and was at the surrender of Burgoyne.

Burges Medcalf was enumerated in the New Hampshire 1776 State Census in Piermont, Grafton County[8].

In the 1790 United States census, the Burges Metcalf household was enumerated at Piermont, Grafton county, New Hampshire[10].  The household included:

*  4 free white males over age 16
*  3 free white males under age 16
*  7 free white women

The Piermont, N.H. Town Records (Piermont (N.H.) Town Clerk, Town Records, 1765-1825, Family History Library (Salt Lake City), accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,015,276) has many references to Burgess Metcalf and other Metcalfs in Piermont, including[9]:

In Volume 1:

*  page 220: 10 Mar 1789: Burgess Medcalf chosen surveyor of highways
*  page 255: 20 Oct 1794: Burges Medcalf named a petit juror.
*  page 269:  10 Aug 1797:  Burgis Medcalf named to committee to affix bounds of school lands
*  page 269: 20 Sep 1797: Burgis Medcalf named Moderator and Grand Juror
*  page 289: 1800: Burgess Medcalf was assessed $0.95 tax rate for middle school district.  
Burgis Medcalf Jr. was assessed $1.74.
*  page 295: 1799 County Tax List:  Burgis Medcalf was assessed $1.70 and Burgis Medcalf Jr. was assessed $3.10.
*  page 334, 1801 tax list:  Burges Medcalf had 1 cow, 2 3-year old calfs, 1 2-year-old calf, 6 acres of tillage, 12 acres of mowing, 10 acres of pasture, assessed 0 pounds, 14 shillings, 8 pence.
Burges Medcalf Jr. had 1 poll, 1 4-year old horse, 1 cow, 2 3-year old calfs, 0 acres of tillage, 2 acres of mowing, 1 acre of pasture,and was assessed 0 pounds, 17 shillings, 5 pence.
* page 350: 1802 tax list:  Burgess Medcalf had 2 polls, 1 horse,1 3-year old horse, 2 oxen, 1 cow, 3 3-year old cows, 3 2-year old cows, 11 acres of mowing, 9 acres of tillage, 12 acres of pasture, buildings worth $30.15, Whole amount of Inventory $10.09, Highway Tax $7.06, Town Tax $3.44, Highway Tax $0.41, Minister's Tax $2.53, and School Tax $3.91.

In Volume 2:

* page 8:  10 Feb 1795 tax list:  Burgas Medcalf 0 pounds 8 shillings, 10 pence.  
Burgas Medcalf Jr. 0 pounds, 3 shillings,7 pence.
* page 180:  1809 tax list:  Burgess Medcalf assessed $5.05 town and $0.96 county.

Burgess Medcalf Jr. leased several lots of land in Piermont, New Hampshire to his father, Burgess Medcalf Sr. on 29 August 1798 for 500 dollars[11].  The parcels included two houselots (numbers 9 and 10), two meadow lots (nnumbers 57 and 58), but excluded 4 acres of houselot number 9.  The document was registered on 30 April 1812 in the Grafton County Deed records.  The lease transcription is:

"Lease: B. Medcalf Jr to B. Medcalf

"This indenture made this twenty ninth day of August one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight by & between Burgess Medcalf Jnr of Piermont County of  Grafton & State of New Hampshire yeoman on the one part & Burgess Medcalf senior all of Piermont County and State aforesaid on the other part Witnesseth that the said Burgess Medcalf Jr for and under all covenants onto hereafter in these presents expressed hath & doth hereby demise to grant and to farm Let unto the said Burgess Medcalf senior the whole of the following tracts of land lying and being situate in Piermont aforesaid together with all buildings standing on said premises viz two houselots one numbered nine drawn to the original right of Howard Henderson the othered numbered ten drawn to the original right of the first settled Minister in said Piermont and also two meadow lots one numbered fifty seven drawn to the original right of Howard Henderson the other numbered fifty eight drawn to the original right of Zebulon Giddings excepting about four acres from the houselots numbered nine drawn to the original right of Howard together with all the priveleges whereunto belonging for the term of time or so long as he himself shall live & Jerusha his wife to his use or his wife use benefit and behoof during their natural lives to improve said lands as he or she shall chuse without any Let hindrance or Molestation- In consideration therefor the said Burgess Medcalf Jr do aknowledge by these presents to have received the full and just sum of five hundred dollars for the above described premises and whenever in any way or manner he the said Burgess Medcalf Senior or his wife Jerusha Medcalf shall be removed from the premises by his or her consent or agreeable to what is above written he the said Burgess Medcalf Jr his heirs and assigns shall have full power and liberty to reenter and take possesion of the above described premises agreeable to what is above written in the premises In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this day & year before written- Signed, sealed and delivered
In presence of
John Russell
Thomas Russell Jr
                                             Burgess Medcalf Jr
                                             Burgess Medcalf
Grafton County April 30th 1812"

In the 1800 United States census, the Burges Metcalf household was enumerated in Piermont, Grafton County, New Hampshire[12].  The household included:

*  1 free white male under age 10 (probably Chandler)
*  1 free white male between 10 and 16 years old (perhaps son Joseph)
*  1 free white male between 16 and 26 years old (perhaps son Cyrus)
*  1 free white male between 26 and 45 years old (probably son Burgess)
*  1 free white male over age 45 (certainly husband Burgess)
*  1 free white female between 10 and 16 years old (probably daughter Jerusha)
*  1 free white female between 16 and 26 years old (probably Mary)
*  1 free white female over age 45 (certainly wife Jerusha)

In the 1810 United States census, the Burjes Metcalf household was enumerated in Piermont, Grafton County, New Hampshire[13].  The household included:

*  2 free white males between 16 and 26 years old (perhaps sons Joseph and Chandler)
*  1 free white male over age 45 (certainly husband Burgess)
*  1 free white female over age 45 (certainly wife Jerusha) 

Other Piermont Metcalf households in the 1810 census were headed by Burjes Metcalf Jr. and Cyrus Metcalf.  A Samuel Metcalf headed a household in Grafton.

Burgess Metcalf died 26 September 1816, according to the Find A Grave memorial[6].  He is buried in River Road Cemetery in Bradford, New Hampshire with his wife, Jerusha.  The inscription on his gravestone says:

In Memory of
Ensign
Burgess Medcalf
who died Sept
20, 1816
aged 74
years

There are no probate records for Burgess or Jerusha Metcalf in the Grafton county, New Hampshire probate court records.

5)  SOURCES
 
1. William Richard Cutter (compiler), New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume IV (New York City : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), page 2196, "Metcalf" sketch.

2. Hamilton Child, Part first: Gazetteer of Grafton County, N.H., 1709-1886 (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse Journal Company, Printers and Binders, June 1886, page 574, Burgess Metcalf sketch.

3. Louise S. Horton, Elizabeth H. Underhill, and Eleanor D. Deal, Piermont, New Hampshire, 1764-1947 (Bradford, Vt. : The Green Mountain Press, n.d.), pages 150-151, Burgess Metcalf sketch.

4. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Medway, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Births, page 26 (image 44 of 1171), Burgess Metcalf birth record.

5. Vital records of Medway, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 1905), Births, page 90, Burgess Metcalf entry.

6. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), River Road Cemetery, Bradford, N.H.,  Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) memorial #57644861.

7. "New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records, 1675-1835," database with images, FamilySearch  (https://familysearch.org :, accessed 29 December 2016), Rolls > Muster Rolls and Petitions, 1747-1779 > image 168 of 364, Burgess Medcalf entry; citing Archives and Records Management, Concord, New Hampshire.

8. "New Hampshire Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890," indexed database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), 1776, Grafton County, Piermont, 1776, Burges Medcalf entry.

9. Piermont (N.H.) Town Clerk, Town Records, 1765-1825, Family History Library (Salt Lake City), accessed on FHL US/CAN microfilm 0,015,276, Volume 1, pages 220, 255, 269,289, 295, 334, 350, and Volume, pages 8 and 180, Burgess Metcalf entries.

10. 1790 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Piermont, page 67, Burges Metcalf household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M637, Roll 5.

11. Grafton County (N.H) Register of Deeds, "Land Records, 1773-1902; Indexes to Land Records, 1773-1900," Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 55, Page 327, Burgess Medcalf Jr. to Burgess Medcalf Sr., dated 1798, recorded 1812, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,015,822.

12. 1800 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Piermont, page 706, Burges Metcalf household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M32, Roll 20.

13. 1810 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Piermont, page 364, Burges Metcalf household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M292, Roll 23.

NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2016 to 156 Ancestors in 156 Weeks.

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