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  • ID: I36078
  • Name: Robert Baylor Metcalfe
  • Surname: Metcalfe
  • Given Name: Robert Baylor
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 Jul 1825 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
  • Death: 3 Dec 1905 in Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky
  • Burial: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky
  • _UID: CB42EAE6B409454C821443DF21B367294756
  • Note:
    ! (1) Richard C. Metcalfe. E-mail goodscents@earthlink.net (2010). Cites: (a) Autobiography of Robert Baylor Metcalfe, as presented to his daughter Maude (Metcalfe) James shortly before his death in 1905, and later published in 42 weekly installments in "The Copper Era Morenci Leader and Duncan Valley News," newspaper of Clifton, Greenlee Co., AZ, 25 May 1951 through 14 Mar 1952. (b) Letter from Orrick Metcalfe (ggs/o Dr. James Metcalfe), Natchez, MS, to Mrs. Joseph Lynn Metcalfe (gggs/o Charles Metcalfe and gs/o George Chilton Metcalfe Jr.), 25 Sep 1958. Cites Mrs. Courtney Metcalfe of Hopkinsville, KY, 1950. (c) "Sunshine, or Uncle Minor's Stories," by Volney Minor Metcalfe, p.136-138. (d) 1880 census, Silver City, Grant Co., NM. (e) 1900 census, Fayette Co., KY. (f) 1870 census, Silver City, Grant Co., NM Territory. (g) Letter, James Keith Metcalfe to his mother, 20 Apr 1854, dated San Francisco, CA, addressed to John W. Metcalfe, Washington Co., TX. (h) Letter from Dr. Volney Metcalfe, Natchez, MS, to his nephew, John Walker Metcalfe, 17 Dec 1850. Star of the Republic Museum, Blinn College, Washington Co., TX. (i) Letter from Dr. Volney Metcalfe, 30 Sep 1850, Ingleside Plantation, to his nephew, John Walker Metcalfe. Robert Emmett Bledoe Baylor Collection, Star of the Republic Museum, Blinn College, Washington Co., TX. (j) Wesley Engelman. (k) "Identity of Heirs of Late Col. R.B. Metcalfe Revealed in Suit Here," "The Lexington Leader," 4 May 1906. (l) Metcalfe vs. Heidtmann, Fayette Co., KY Circuit Court 1906.
    (2) "Sunshine or Uncle Minor's Stories," by Volney Minor Metcalfe (1895; rpt. 1916).
    (3) Letter from James Keith Metcalfe to his mother, 20 Apr 1854, dated San Francisco, CA, addressed to John W. Metcalfe, Washington Co., TX.
    (4) Genealogical chart prepared by Catherine Jane "Kate" (Metcalfe) Lacy (ca. 1905-1931). In possession of Steve Spence (2010).
    (5) Henry F. C. Heidtmann letter dated 14 Jan 1910, Fossil, OR, to James K. Metcalfe, Silver City, NM, posing a series of questions in the form of an affadavit, with handwritten answers and attached letter from Mollie Metcalfe to Henry F. C. Heidtman. Original in possession of Richard C. Metcalfe (2008).
    (6) Find A Grave Memorial #60408723 (http://www/findagrave.com, 21 Oct 2010).

    ! Birth: (1) s/o John METCALFE/Frances Norton BAYLOR. (4) s/o John METCALFE/Fannie BAYLOR. (1,6) 12 Jul 1825. (1a) Age 10 in 1835 [b. 1825]. (1d) Age 55 in 1880 [b. 1825]. (1e) Jul 1825. (1f) Age 45 in 1870 [b. 1825]. (1d,e,f) KY.
    Marriage to Kitty APPLEGATE?: (1) Abt. 1853. Robert never considered himself married to Kitty, but admitted to his brother James that he was father of her 3 daughters. (5) Lived with and had children by Kitty APPLEGATE.
    Marriage to Anne E. MONTGOMERY: (1) 7 Aug 1863. Washington Co., TX.
    Marriage to Vienna Phillips BERRY: (1) His 3rd wife. 28 Jan 1877. Monticello, Wayne Co., KY.
    Death: (1,6) 3 Dec 1905. (1) Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.
    Burial: (6) Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette Co., KY.

    (1a) 1835, winter: "In the winter of 1835 my father and I went South with a drove of 1600 fat hogs. We sold them in Alabama and Georgia; and although but 10 years old, I walked the entire distance through Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and back to Tennessee where I stopped with my uncle Charles METCALFE who sent me to school there for 12 months. My long tramp through Tennessee and Georgia prepared me for what followed as I had to walk three miles to and from school every day."
    (1a) "After I reached Missouri, I worked for one year on the farm and then left for Texas to join the army for the invasion of Mexico. I went by the way of Natchez, Miss., where I stopped to see my older brother James. There I met my uncle, Dr. James METCALFE, who insisted on my remaining with him and going to school for two or three years, offering to lend me money to pay all expenses. I had my heart so set on my original plan that I very reluctantly consented to accept his generous offer. I soon found myself installed at Jefferson College, Washington, Miss., with the determination to make up for lost time, and I improved rapidly. I spent nearly two years in college and made good use of my time. My mind was trained and prepared to receive a thorough education, when I was told that my school days would end with that session and that I could have employment as an overseer on one of my uncle James' plantations. This I refused, from a false pride, owing to the low estimation in which overseers were held in the community. I had another uncle, Dr. Volney METCALFE, nearby who came to my assistance and offered to advance the money and give me aid in reading medicine. This was not to my liking but there was nothing else in sight, so I accepted his offer. I took up Latin which I liked very much and made rapid progress studying Latin, medicine and history for one year."
    (1i) 1849: John METCALFE and his sons James and Robert traveled overland to CA to participate in the Gold Rush.
    (1i) 1850, 30 Sep: Dr. Volney METCALFE, Ingleside Plantation, MS, wrote to his nephew John Walker METCALFE. John METCALFE was still in CA with his son Robert Baylor METCALFE, and he had recently written a letter from Empire City, Stanislaus Co.
    (1h) 1850, 17 Dec: Dr. Volney METCALFE, Natchez, MS, wrote to his nephew, John Walker METCALFE. According to the letter, Robert Baylor METCALFE, who is still in CA, had had some success in his search for gold.
    (1g,3) 1854, 20 Apr: James Keith METCALFE wrote to his mother from San Francisco, CA. James has just returned to CA, and informed his mother that he has written to younger brother, Robert Baylor METCALFE, and hopes that he will receive an answer sometime soon. He will find Robert sometime soon, and they will travel together to Oregon. (3) "I have written to brother Robert and will remain here until I hear from him. ... I will finish this letter a few days before the mail goes out. I hope to hear from brother Robert in the mean time. ... Sunday morning. Dear Mother; as the mail goes out tomorrow, I will be oblige to finish this letter without (... page torn) brother Robert (... page torn). I will certainly hear from him before next mail, and then I will write you again."
    (5) Lived at Jackson Creek, OR. Had a place at Table Rock which the Government took for a reserve after appraising the improvements at $350.00. He moved the Shasta Tribe from Rogue River to the Siletz Reserve.
    (1) Robert decided to return to TX and made arrangements to place his daughters, separately, with 3 families in OR. Each family received $1000 in gold to care for his daughters. His brother James said he believed that the daughters were taken without Kitty's consent, and she had died shortly thereafter. (5) Moved to TX, leaving his family behind.
    (1f) 1870, 17 Aug: Robert METCALF, age 45, b. KY, miner, was living in Silver City, Grant Co., New Mexico Territory with his brother John METCALF (age 28, b. KY, attorney at law). (1d) 1880: Robert METCALFE, age 55, b. KY, was living in Silver City, Grant Co., NM. Parents b. KY. In household was wife Vienna (age 35, b. KY) and daughter Mary Maude (age 3, b. TX).
    (4) Of Lexington, KY.
    (2) 1892: Of Lexington, KY. Took his wife and children Maud, Sue, and Bela to visit his uncle Volney Minor METCALFE in Ocala, FL. "After spending a week or more in Ocala, in company with several others we boarded a train and went about thirty miles southwest, to Homasassa, on the Gulf of Mexico. After having procured a comfortable boarding house, we hired little rowboats, and our entire party went fishing down the little river, about three miles, to the gulf.... After resting and eating for two or three hours, we returned to our boarding house, with enough fish and oysters to last us until we caught more. And thus we spent one week."
    (1e) 1900: Robert B. METCALFE, age 74, b. Jul 1825, KY, farmer, was living in Fayette Co., KY. Parents b. KY. In household were wife Vienna P. (age 54, b. Dec 1845, KY), daughter Mary M. (age 28, b. Dec 1878, TX), daughter Susan (age 18, b. Sep 1881, b. NM), and son Robert B. Jr. (age 16, b. Nov 1883, KY).
    (1b) After his death two Indians, a brother and sister arrived in New York. The woman claimed that she had been the wife of Robert METCALFE. A substantial settlement was given to the woman. (1) There were two women, and neither of them claimed to be the wife of Robert B. METCALFE. They were, in fact, his daughters. The men who accompanied them from OR were not their brothers, but their husbands. Futhermore, they came to Lexington, KY, not New York, to claim their share of their father's estate. The widow of Robert Baylor METCALFE and her children later became residents of NY.
    (1l) 1906, Apr: Vienna B. METCALFE, Maude M. JAMES, and John G. JAMES, her husband, Sue M. RAILEY and E. B. RAILEY, her husband, and Robert B. METCALFE, vs. Winnie HEIDTMAN and H. F. C. HEIDTMAN, her husband and Ellen GILLIAM and R. A. GILLIAM, her husband, suit in Fayette Co., KY Circuit Court, stating that R. B. METCALFE died intestate and a resident of Fayette Co., KY, Dec 1905; the said decedent left surviving him his widow, Vienna B. METCALFE, and Maude M. JAMES, Sue M. RAILEY and Robert M. METCALFE, his only children and heirs at law; that John G. JAMES is the husband of Maude M. JAMES, and that E. B. RAILEY is the husband of Sue M. RAILEY, and Robert B. METCALFE is unmarried. Said plaintiffs state that R. B. METCALFE owned at the time of his death a tract of land in Fayette Co., KY, containing about 300 acres, described as all that tract of land on the West side of the Harrodsburg Turnpike Road about 2 miles from the City of Lexington, KY, and bounded on the east by said road, which separates the said property from the property of C. E. RAILEY, on the north by the (?) of Sam MOORE and the FRAZIER heirs, on the west by the lands of Harry ENGMAN and H.P. HEADLEY and on the south by the lands of H.P. HEADLEY, and being the same property conveyed to R. B. METCALFE by D.D. BELL and wife by deed 16 Apr 1883 and recorded Fayette Co., Deed Bk 66, p.366. The plaintiffs state that upon the death of said R.B. METCALFE said property passed to and vested in his widow, Vienna B. METCALFE and in his children, Maud M. JAMES, Sue M. RAILEY and Robert B. METCALFE; that said Vienna B. METCALFE owned a life estate in an undivided one-third of said property and that siad Maude M. JAMES, Sue M. RAILEY and Robert B. METCALFE owne in fee simple (??) two-thirds interest in said property and own the remaining one-third interest in fee simple, subject, however, to the life estate of said Vienna B.METCALFE therein. Said plaintiffs state they have both the legal title to and full possession of said property, that the defendants, Winnie HEIDTMAN and H. F. C. HEIDTMAN, her husband of Wheeler Co., OR, and Ellen GILLIAM and R. A. GILLIAM, her husband of Wheeler Co., OR, are claiming an interest in said land as heirs at law of said R. B. METCALFE, deceased, that said Winnie HEIDTMAN and Ellen GILLIAM claim to be the only children of said decedent by their mother, long since deceased, an alleged wife of said METCALFE. Said plaintiffs state that said defendants are not children of or heirs at law of said R. B.METCALFE, nor have the defendants nor has any one of them any interest whatever in said property. Said plaintiffs state that said defendants by reason of said alleged claims have cast a cloud upon the title of these plaintiffs to said land, wherefore the plaintiffs pray that their title to said propety be quieted, the said defendants be required to assert any interest in said property that they may have; that if it be adjudged by this court6 that said defendants have no interest whatever in said property, that they be perpetually enjoined from asserting any interest in said property, and they pray for their costs herein and for all proper relief. Winnie HEIDTMAN and Henry F. C. HEIDTMAN her husband, Ellen GILLIAM and R. A. GILLIAM her husband of Fossil, Wheeler Co., OR, gave power of attorney to the firm of Thornton and Kerr, attorneys at law of Lexington, KY, notarized at Wheeler Co., OR, 16 Apr 1906.
    (1k) 1906, 4 May: "The Lexington Leader" stated, "In a petition filed Friday in the Circuit Court here the identity of the Western heirs, who are claiming a share of the estate left by the late Colonel R.B. METCALFE, proprietor of Woodlawn Stock Farm, valued at nearly $100,000, is for the first time made public. These alleged heirs are Mrs. Winnie HEIDTMAN and H.F.C. HEIDTMAN, her husband; Mrs. Ellen GILLIAM and R.A. GILLIAM, her husband, residents of Wheeler, Oregon. Mrs. HEIDTMAN and Mrs. GILLIAM claim to be the children of a former wife of Colonel METCALFE, long since deceased, and as such have set up a claim to part of the estate left by Colonel METCALFE. The petition, which was filed Friday by Attorneys J.D. and George R. HUNT of this city, representing the Fayette county heirs, Mrs. Vienna METCALFE, widow of the deceased; Maude M. JAMES and her husband, John G. JAMES; Sue M. RAILEY and her husband E.B. RAILEY, and Robert B. METCALFE Jr., asks for a perpetual injunction against these Western heirs. The petition recites that the said Winnie HEIDTMAN and Ellen GILLIAN claim to be children of Col. METCALFE, by a former wife, now deceased, and together with their husbands, are claiming an interest in the property left by the deceased, consisting of a 300 acre farm in Fayette county, Ky, near Lexington, and that the defendants by reason of these alleged claims have cast a cloud upon the title of the plaintiff to said property. The petitioners deny the claim of the defendant heirs and pray that their title to said property be quieted; that said defendants be required to assert any interest in said property that they may have, if any; that it be adjudged by the court that said defendants have no interest whatsoever in said property; and that they be perpetually enjoined from asserting any interest in the said property. It is known that these Western heirs have employed legal counsel and will make a stubborn for a share of the property."
    (1l) 1906: The Fayette Co., KY Circuit Court ordered that the defendants Winnie HEIDTMAN, H. F. C. HEIDTMAN, Ellen GILLIAM and R. A. GILLIAM her husband have no interest whatever in the property and perpetually enjoined all persons claiming through them from asserting any interest whatever in said property or part thereof.
    (5) 1910, 14 Jan: Henry D. C. HEIDTMANN, Fossil, OR, wrote to James K. METCALFE, Silver City, NM, "Dear Uncle. Kindly answer following questions, if memory will permit you, and you feel disposed to do so, for your nieces Ellen, Winnie and Mary, daughter of R.B. METCALFE deceased." "Q: Was the Rogue River country the native country of the Shasta Indian Tribe? A: Lived on both Rogue and Klamath Rivers. Q: Were the Shasta Indians living on a Reservation at Rogue River, when you met your brother and family at Jackson Creek: A: No. Q: Was Jackson Creek included in the Reserve? A: No. Q: What was the name of the Reserve? A: Table Rock, I think. Q: In one of your letters you speak of a place your brother had at Table Rock and which the Government took for a reserve after appraising the improvements at $350.00. Did the Government take this place when the Reservation was first established? A: I do not know. Q: In the same letter you state your brother received in lieu of this place a right to take up land of the same amount 320 acres at any place in Oregon - was this right given in Scrip or Certificate from the Government, or did this right simply consist in a right to make another filing? A: My brother told me they gave him the right to take up land anywhere else in Oregon and paid him for [unreadable]. Q: Can you remember the year this land was taken by the Government? A: No. Q: Was your brother living on the place with his family at the time the place was taken? A: He always called it his home, but lived there only part of the time - part of the time he was mining. Q: What was your brothers occupation at that time? A: Miner, prospector, and farmer. Q: What was your brothers occupation when you met him living with his family on Jackson Creek, when the children Ellen and Winnie were 4 and 2 years old? A: Mining on Jackson Creek. Q: Was Chief APPLEGATE alive at that time? A: Yes, I knew him well. Q: Were the children's mother Kitty and a sister, the only children the Chief had? A: I think they were his grandchildren. Q: Was Chief APPLEGATE's wife alive at that time? A: [He?] had three wives alive. Q: Was you with your brother and family when the Shasta Tribe was moved to the Siletz Reserve? A: Yes, he was in command of the soldier. Q: What was your occupation during this time? A: Miner, commissary. Q: Did your brother move the Tribe from Rogue River to the Siletz Reserve under a contract from the Government? A: I suppose so, but do not know. Q: How long did you stay with your brother after you arrived at the Siletz Reserve? A: I think three years. Q: After arriving at the Siletz Reserve, did your brother live with his family on the Reserve until he left for Kentucky? A: Yes, but he went to Texas. Q: While with your brother, did he mention to you how long he had lived with Kitty APPLEGATE, that he considered her his wife, and that the children were his children? A: He spoke of the children as his, but he did not consider Kitty his wife, and I do not know how long he had been living with her. Q: Did the mother of the children die at the Siletz Reserve while you were there, or did she die after you and brother had left there? A: Afterwards. Q: Do you remember anything about the Indians receiving allotments of land when you were there at the Siletz Reserve? A: I am sure they did not. Q: Do you remember a young man by the name of Dave HAMILTON, he was one of the teamsters that helped move the Tribe and stayed at the Sile a year, and was employed at the Agency? A: No, he may have been a soldier. Q: Do you remember any other incidents, the happenings of which would refer to the family live of your brother Robert B. METCALFE? A: My mother gave the families who took the girls to bring up $1000 in gold. I think the children were taken without Kitty's consent." Signed Jas. J. METCALFE. Mollie METCALFE signed that she had written the questions as dictated by her father James K. METCALFE. Wits. Peter MUNGALL, C.S. METCALFE.
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    Father: John "Jack" Metcalfe b: 20 Aug 1791 in Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky
    Mother: Frances Norton "Fannie" Baylor b: 30 Sep 1795 in Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky

    Marriage 1 Kitty Applegate b: in ,, Oregon
      Children
      1. Has No Children Ellen Metcalfe b: 8 Jan 1854 in , Jackson Co., Oregon
      2. Has No Children Mary "Mollie" Metcalfe b: 18 Aug 1855 in , Polk Co., Oregon
      3. Has No Children Winifred "Winnie" Metcalfe b: 8 Feb 1857 in , Jackson Co., Oregon

      Marriage 2 Anne E. Montgomery
      • Married: 7 Aug 1863 in , Washington Co., Texas

      Marriage 3 Vienna Phillips Berry b: 9 Dec 1844 in ,, Kentucky
      • Married: 28 Jan 1877 in Monticello, Wayne Co., Kentucky
      Children
      1. Has No Children Mary Maude Metcalfe b: 21 Dec 1877 in Brenham, Washington Co., Texas
      2. Has No Children Susan "Sue" Metcalfe b: 25 Sep 1880 in Silver City, Grant Co., New Mexico
      3. Has Children Robert Bela Metcalfe b: 28 Nov 1883 in ,, Kentucky