Joseph Metcalf

22 August 1754–21 May 1782 (Age 27)
Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Metcalf was born on 22 August 1754, in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Joseph Metcalf, was 40 and his mother, Deborah Adams, was 37. He married Sarah Cunningham on 1 June 1780, in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 21 May 1782, in his hometown, at the age of 27, and was buried in Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

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Joseph Metcalf
Sarah Cunningham
Marriage: 1 June 1780

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1 June 1780
Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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Age 22

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 22

New Hampshire is 9th state.

Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): of uncertain origin, probably from Middle English metecalf ‘food calf’, i.e. a calf being fattened up for eating at the end of the summer. It is thus either an occupational name for a herdsman or slaughterer, or a nickname for a sleek and plump individual, from the same word in a transferred sense. The variants in med- appear early, and suggest that the first element was associated by folk etymology with Middle English mead ‘meadow’, ‘pasture’.

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  • Joseph Metcalf, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Joseph Metcalf, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Joseph Metcalf, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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