John Metcalf

1804–
Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States

The Life of John

When John Metcalf was born on 11 July 1804, in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States, his father, Samuel Metcalf, was 33 and his mother, Eunice Brown, was 25.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Metcalf
1770–1854
Eunice Brown
1779–1825
Polly Metcalf
1799–
Eunice Metcalf
1800–
Esther Metcalf
1800–1844
Abigail M Metcalf
1803–1887
Samuel Metcalf
1804–
John Metcalf
1804–
Charlotte Metcalf
1807–
Charles G Metcalf
1808–1810
Joseph Metcalf
1810–
Lavina Metcalf
1813–

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World Events (3)

1808

Age 4

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1812

Age 8

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 30

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

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’.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • John Metcalf, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"
  • John Mitcalf, "Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908"
  • John Metcalf, "Vermont, Births and Christenings, 1765-1908"

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