Saturday, July 25, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ Joseph METCALF of Ipswich, Massachusetts


Joseph Metcalf (1598/9- 1665), my 11th great grandfather, is another ancestor who has a lengthy sketch in The Great Migration series, and an equally lengthy sketch in the compiled genealogy The Driver Family, so it seems very silly to repeat it all here.  I’ll just give you the abridged version since my lineage daughters out in four generations in early Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Joseph Metcalf’s origins are from Strood near Rochester in Kent, England, where he was baptized in 1598/9, and where he was married in 1626.  He was made a freeman in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634/5.  He served many offices such as Deputy to the Massachusetts Bay General Court, juror and several committees. He was granted land in January 1634/5 before he was even made freeman, and granted more land in 1639.   In 1650 he was excused from the militia “on account of his lameness in one arm and deafness on one side of his head”.  He died in 1665, and his will was signed (so he had some education). 

Apparently he had only one child, my 10th great grandfather Thomas Metcalf, born about 1629 probably in England.  I don't know his wife's maiden name.  Three of his children: Joseph, Mary and Elizabeth were mentioned in their grandfather’s1664  will.  Another child, Thomas, was born in 1667. I descend from Joseph (1660/1 – 1702), and I don't know his wife's maiden name either.  His daughter, Abigail Metcalf (1686 – 1720) my 8th great grandmother,  married James Davis in 1704. 

Two generations of great grandmother's are in this lineage, without any maiden name or identification.  If anyone has a clue as to their parentage please leave me a comment here or an email at  

Some METCALF resources:

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Robert Charles Anderson, 2007, Volume V, pages 114 – 117 for a sketch of Joseph Metcalf of Ipswich.

The Driver Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Robert and Phebe Driver, of Lynn, Massachusetts, by Harriet Ruth (Waters) Cooke, (New York, 1889), see pages 394 – 405 for the Metcalf information. This book is available to read online at Google Book Search.

The Hammatt Papers: Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1633 - 1700,  by Abraham Hammatt, 1854,  is available to read online at and

My METCALF genealogy:

Generation 1:  Joseph Metcalf, son of Thomas Metcalf “age about sixty”, baptized on 28 January 1598/9 at Strood near Rochester, Kent, England; died 21 July 1665 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 29 May 1626 at Strood near Rochester to Elizabeth Baker, mother of one child.  She married second on 8 November 1670 in Salem to Edward Beauchamp.

Generation 2: Thomas Metcalf, baptized 26? April 1629 at Strood near Rochester, died 1702 in Ipswich; married about 1658 to Abigail Unknown, mother of three children.   He remarried to the widow Lydia Davis.

Generation 3: Joseph Metcalf, born 27 January 1660 in Ipswich; married first to Rebecca Unknown, mother of one child; married second in 1670 to Ann Chickering, widow of Stephen Paine.

Generation 4:  Abigail Metcalf, born 29 March 1686; married on 5 January 1704 in Ipswich to James Davis, son of James Davis and Bethiah Leach.  He was born 7 May 1685 in Gloucester, died 5 March 1742 in Gloucester.  Two children.

Generation 5:  Abigail Davis m. John Poland
Generation 6:  Daniel Poland m. Sarah Bishop
Generation 7:  Martha Poland m. Alexander Mears
Generation 8:  Samuel Mears m. Lydia W. Burnham
Generation 9:  Samuel Mears m. Sarah Ann Burnham
Generation 10: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen
Generation 11:  Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~  Joseph METCALF of Ipswich, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 25, 2015 (  accessed [access date]).


  1. Volunteers at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich recently cleaned six gravestones, including two in the Metcalf family. Sarah (C3 — "Sarah Medcalf, the daughter of Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Sarah Medcalf, dyed Nov. the 17th, 1728, in the 6th year of her age.") and Ruth Metcalf, Joseph's wife. (C 4 — "Here lies Ruth Metcalf, wife of Joseph Metcalf, died April the 22, 1721, Aged 39 years.) View the before and after photos at

    1. Thanks so much for information about the photos! I hope everyone clicks on the link to see them!