Name: John "Jack" Metcalfe
Given Name: John "Jack"
Birth: 20 Aug 1791 in Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky
Death: 6 Nov 1870 in Brenham, Washington Co., Texas
Reference Number: DJ0 110099
! (1) "A Study of Metcalfs, Andrews & Smith," by Clayton G. Metcalfe (Enterprise, AL: 1979) p.33.
Change Date: 20 Apr 2011 at 01:00:00
(2) Wayne Co., KY Deeds. (a) Bk F, p.86. FHL film 590,705. (b) Bk C, p.420. FHL film 590,704. (c) Bk C, p.434. FHL film 590,704. (d) Bk D, p.11. FHL film 590,704. (e) Bk D, p.163. FHL film 590,704. (f) Bk D, p.356. FHL film 590,704. (g) Bk E, p.18. FHL film 590,705. (h) Bk E, p.60. FHL film 590,705. (i) Bk E, p.130. FHL film 590,705. (j) Bk E, p.278, 279. FHL film 590,705. (k) Bk F, p.309. FHL film 590,705. (l) Bk F, p.310. FHL film 590,705. (m) Bk J, p.25. FHL film 590,707. (n) Bk J, p.130. FHL film 590,707. (o) Bk M, p.373. FHL film 590,709. (p) Bk M, p.431. FHL film 590,709. (q) Bk N, p.377. FHL film 590,709.
(3) Bourbon Co., KY Deeds. (a) Bk L p.436, 437. FHL film 183,110. (b) Bk M p.307. FHL film 183,111. (c) Bk M p.331. FHL film 183,111. (d) Bk M, p.490. FHL film 183,111. (e) Bk M, p.491. FHL film 183,111; Bk N, p.483. FHL film 183,111. (f) Bk N, p.354. FHL film 183,111. (g) Bk P, p.303. FHL film 183,112. (h) Bk P, p.302. FHL film 183,112.
(4) Adams Co., MS deeds. (a) Vol. H, p.127. FHL film 892,053. (b) Vol. H, p.359. FHL film 892,053.
(5) "A Century of Wayne County, Kentucky," by Augusta Phillips Johnson (1939) p.132, 250-251. FHL book 976.964 H2j.
(6) "Metcalfe Lineages," by Howard H. Metcalfe (2nd ed., 1994) p.377, 379, 449. FHL book 929.273 M565mhh. Cites: (a) "Direct Index to Land Conveyances, Adams County, Miss., from 1798, Grantors." (b) "Indirect Index to Land Conveyances, Adams County, Miss., from 1798, Grantees." (c) Transcription of a tablet written by Helen Catherine Gillespie, wife of Dr. Orrick Metcalfe, 1888.
(7) Richard C. Metcalfe. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (2007). Cites: (a) Biographies of Charles Metcalfe and Jane Baylor Chilton, "Sunshine or Uncle Minor's Stories," by their son Volney Minor Metcalfe (1895; rpt. 1916), p.241. (b) Pension Application file and Letter from the Department of the Interior to V.M. Metcalfe, 1884, in reply to an inquiry about his father's military service, War of 1812. National Archives. (c) Wayne Co., KY tax records, KY State Archives. (d) Autobiography of son 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. (e) Metcalfe genealogy compiled and signed by Kate Metcalfe Lacy (1924). Charles B. Metcalfe collection. (f) John Metcalfe letter to the Secretary of War, 4 Jul 1843. (g) "The Eagle," Maysville, KY newspaper, 3 Oct 1817. Letter from Andrew Jackson to General Adair, 23 Jul 1817, last installment. (h) Letter, James Keith Metcalfe to his mother, 20 Apr 1854, dated San Francisco, CA, addressed to John W. Metcalfe, 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) Wayne Co., KY Deed Bk E, p.60-61. (k) Marriage index, Bourbon Co., KY.
(8) "Genealogy for Fiske, Metcalfe, Shackleford, et al," researched for Pebble May (Fisk) Flood by unidentified genealogist (ca. 1925), copy in possession of David Wilma, Seattle, WA (2000). Cites: (a) Collins, "History of Bourbon Co., KY," Vol. 2, p.76.
(9) "History of Kentucky," by Lewis Collins, Vol. 2, p.76. FHL book 976.H2c. Cites: (a) Muster roll of Captain William Garrard's Troop of volunteer state dragoons, Bourbon County. 31 Oct 1812 to 31 Dec 1812.
(10) "Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly Bulletin," Vol. II, No. 3 (Jul 1964) p.48. Cites: (a) "Baylor's Quarterly," Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr 1930) p.24.
(11) Genealogical chart prepared by Catherine Jane "Kate" (Metcalfe) Lacy (ca. 1905-1931). In possession of Steve Spence (2010).
(12) "Line of Governor Thomas Metcalfe and Others," compiled by Mrs. George Whitfield Metcalfe of Hopkinsville, KY (Bourbon Co., KY Genealogical Soc., http://www.rootsweb.com/~kybcgs/family/ff-metcalfe.htm, contributed by Kellie Scott). [NOTE: Mrs. Lalla Courtney Tuttle Metcalfe d. 1955.]
! Birth: (1) s/o John METCALFE/Amelia ALLEN. (6,7e,10) s/o John METCALFE/Milly SHACKELFORD. (11,12) s/o John METCALFE/Amelia SHACKFORD. (7,10) 20 Aug 1791. (7) Paris, Bourbon Co., KY. (10) Bourbon Co., KY.
Marriage to Frances "Fannie" BAYLOR: (5,11) (12) Frances Norton. (1,6,7k,10) 21 Sep 1815. (1,6) Probably Wayne Co., KY. She of Bourbon Co., KY. (7k) Paris, Bourbon Co., KY.
Death: (7) 6 Nov 1870. (10) 1870. (7) Washington Co., TX. (10) Brenham, TX.
(4a) 1811, 25 May: Charles DeFRANCE of the town of Washington, Adams Co., Mississippi Territory deeds to John MEDCALF of the same place, for $100, land in the town, county and territory aforesaid where Charles DeFRANCE now resides on Main Street. Wits. T.W. POWELL, A.C. DeFRANCE.
(8a) 1812, 31 Oct: Enlisted under Capt. William GARRARD in Major James V. BALL's squadron in the service of the U.S., War of 1812. [NOTE: Souce 8 attributes this record to the father, but the father was age 52.] (7b) Charles and his brother John METCALFE IV (not his father as some have suggested) served together in the Army of the Northwest, War of 1812, as 12-month volunteers in Captain William GARRARD Jr.'s Troop of U.S. Volunteer Light Dragoons commanded by Major James V. BALL. They were known as the "Bourbon Blues". (10) Served in the Great Lake Campaigns.
(8a,9a) 1812, 31 Dec: Private John METCALFE was listed on the muster roll of Capt. William GARRARD's troop of volunteer state dragoons as frostbitten.
(7b) 1813, 20 Aug: John and Charles METCALFE were honorably discharged and mustered out of the Army of the Northwest at Paris, KY.
(7) John and his brothers apparently shared the responsibility of transporting merchandise from their father's mills for export down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. On their return trip they would purchase the raw cotton needed to operate the factory. During this period most of the cotton was grown on the numerous plantations located on the Natchez Trace in MS or across the river in LA. Because of its location on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, the town of Natchez soon became the center for the distribution of raw cotton. The raw cotton was either transported downriver from Natchez to New Orleans for export or upriver to the factories in the interior.
(7) 1814: Enlisted in the Natchez Volunteer Rifle Corps.
(7) 1815, 8 Jan: (7f) John served under General Andrew JACKSON during the Battle of New Orleans. (7g) Served with the Natchez Volunteer Rifle Corps under the command of Capt. James C. WILKINS. (7) The Natchez Volunteer Rifle Corps was attached to Gen. MORGAN's West Bank Command. They arrived at New Orleans on the day of the battle and took position on the field. (10) Served with JACKSON at New Orleans. JACKSON drew up his men and called for volunteers to lead a "Forlorn Hope". After a moment of intense silece, John METCALFE stepped forward, only asking that Captain MATTHEWS of Natchez, MS accompany him. His mission was to locate PAKENHAM at the mouth of the Mississippi River. For many miles their journey lay through the swamps; slush up to their necks in places; they were lost and the only food for several days was crow meat. They were fortunate enough to get through and make their report and JACKSON never forgot the service.
(4b) 1815, 2 May: Ilai METCALFE of Davidson Co. [NOTE: TN.] appoints Richard BOON of Davidson Co. his agent to defend a suit depending against me in the Superior Court of Adams Co., MS Territory by Catsby G. MINNIS, to employ council at my expense for that purpose and to do any matter relative thereto on my behalf and also to transact all manner of business which I have in the Mississippi Territory. Signed Ilai METCALF, 21 Mar 1815. Wits. James (?)UBLE, M.C. DUNN. On 2 May 1815 John METCALFE appeared before John HENDERSON Notary Public for the Mississippi Territory residing in the City of Natchez and made oath that the signature to the foregoing letter or power of attorney Elai METCALFE is the proper handwriting of Ilai METCALF with whose handwriting he is perfectly acquainted. Signed Jno METCALF.
(3a) 1816, 24 Jan: John CURRY and his wife of Paris, Bourbon Co., KY deed to John METCALFE Jr. of the same place, for $500, 3 lots in Paris, no. 69, 70 and 71, bounded by corner of in lot 68, parallel with Cedar Street, to Pleasant Street, Cherry Street. John METCALFE Jr. and Fanny N. METCALFE his wife reconvey to John CURRY to secure mortgage.
(3b) 1816, 22 Apr: James W. JONES and Elizabeth his wife of Princeton, Indiana Territory, deed to John METCALFE Jr. of the town of Paris, Bourbon Co., KY, for $80, Lot 12 in Paris, bounded by lot 11 on High Strret, Laurel Street.
(7c) 1817-1823: John and Charles METCALFE were taxed together, Wayne Co., KY. (7a) John and his younger brother Charles lived at Mill Springs, Wayne Co., KY for many years. They operated their father's factory until it was destroyed by fire in 1823. They were among the first manufactures of cotton in the South. A small quantity of cotton was then raised in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, but they had to haul in wagons most that was used from Alabama and Georgia--a distance of from three to four hundred miles. They would sell the spun thread through the country as they went for cotton. (10) With his brothers he owned "Mill Springs", a valuable manufacturing center near Monticello, KY, consisting of ten different plants.
(3c) 1817, 22 Jan: John METCALFE of Paris, KY deeds to Walker BUCKNER of Bourbon Co., KY, to secure debt of $1,904 to be paid by John METCALFE and his son John METCALFE, a lot in the town of Paris adjoining Main Street, Cedar Street and Pleasant Street, including the hemp factory, also a lot with the cotton factory, also other lots and slaves.
(7g) 1817, 23 Jul: Gen. Andrew JACKSON wrote to Gen. ADAIR concerning an inquiry into the Battle of New Orleans and the troop actions "on the morning of the 8th." "To present a correct idea of this rout, and the confusion which accompanied it, I hereby annex, marked X,Y and Z, the account given by Capt. WILKINS, commanding the Natchez volunteer rifle company, also the note of Nicholas C. HALL, and the statement of Washington JACKSON, and refer you to Mr. John METCALF, living at Paris, Kentucky. These are all gentlemen of as high standing for probity and honor as any in Society: all members of that corps. Mr. METCALF, perhaps knows many of the deserters, and can speak positively on that subject."
(3d) 1817, 1 Aug: John METCALFE Jr. and Fanny his wife of Paris, Bourbon Co., KY deed to William COCHRAN of the same place, for $500, lot 71 in Paris. Wits. John G. MARTIN.
(3e) 1817, 22 Aug: John METCALFE Jr. of Paris, Bourbon Co., KY deeds to John C. GROOJIAN of the same place, for $270, lot 70 in the town of Paris. Wits. Geo. M. WILLIAMS. Sign. John METCALFE Jr. & Francis N. METCALFE.
(3f) 1818, 26 Jan: John METCALFE Jr. and Fanny his wife deed to William DAYTON, for $100, Lot 12, Paris, KY.
(3h) 1818, 10 Oct: John METCALFE Jr. and Fanny N. his wife of Wayne Co., KY deed to Lewellen PORTER of Bourbon Co., KY, for $3,000, in lots 68 and 69 in the town of Paris. Signed John METCALFE Jr., Frances N. METCALFE.
(3g) 1819, 10 Oct: John METCALFE Senr. and Amelia his wife of Wayne Co., KY, deed to John METCALFE Jr. of the same place, for $500, an in lot of land situate on the waters of Huston in Bourbon Co., town of Paris, lot 68, being the lot on which the cotton factory of said METCALFE formerly stood the title to which was made to him by OWINGS and MILLS.
(7) 1823: The cotton factory was destroyed by fire. John remained at Mill Springs where he constructed yet another cotton factory which he maintained until about 1835. His brother Charles moved to McMinn Co., TN.
(2b) 1823, 5 Feb: Elijah BLEDSOE and Judith his wife of Wayne Co., KY deed to John MEADCALFE of the same place, for $305, 112 acres of land in Wayne Co., bounded by Isaac WEST's line, being the same tract of land patented in the name of R__ SHREWSBURY.
(2c) 1823, 26 May: William CARTER and Unity his wife of Wayne Co., KY deed to John DEADCALF junior of the same place, for $1,800, 200 acres in Wayne Co. on the Cumberland River at the mouth of Meadow Creek.
(2d) 1823, 31 Oct: William SCOTT of the town of Monticello, Wayne Co., KY deeds to John METCALFE of the same place, land in Wayne Co. on the Waters of Elk Spring adjoining the town of Monticello, described in deed of Meslick GREGORY and wife to said SCOTT 7 Apr 1818.
(7a) 1824: Desirous of getting near the raw material, John and Charles moved their factory to East Tennessee, near Athens, where Charles moved.
(2e) 1825, 7 Apr: John METCALFE Jr. and Francis his wife of Wayne Co., KY deed to James METCALFE of Adams Co., MS, for $5,000, half of the following tract of land in Wayne Co., on the south side of Cumberland River at the mouth of Meadow Creek, containing 200 acres, on which there is now a cotton factory, wool factory, 2 grist mills and a saw mill.
(2g) 1828, 1 Oct: Solomon WEST Jr. deeds to John METCALFE Jr., both of Wayne Co., KY, for $10, 41 acres of land on the east side of Meadow Creek, being part of a survey in the same of Solomon WEST Dr., bounded by John KERR, SIMPSON, DODSON's line. Wits. Robert MAY, John LAUGHLIN.
(2h,7j) 1829, 1 Jun: Thomas J. CHILTON and Margaret his wife of Hardin Co., KY deed to James and John METCALFE, for $500, 200 acres in Wayne Co., KY on Cumberland River, bounded by Thomas COWAN's survey, a post oak in the Barrens. Wits. James F. BLEDSOE, James A. BAYLOR. (7j) Thomas J. CHILTON and Margaret his wife of Hardin Co., KY, deeded to Dr. James METCALFE and John METCALFE, land on Cumberland River at Mill Springs, Wayne Co., KY. Wits. John F. BLEDSOE, J.A. BAYLOR.
(2i) 1829, 1 Dec: John METCALFE & Fanny his wife deed to James JONES, all of Wayne Co., KY, for $250, 112 acres in Wayne Co. near the Cumberland River, bounded by two post oaks near a small spring, Isaac WEST's line, it being part of a tract of land patented in the name of Rule SHREWSBURY. Signed John METCALFE Jr.
(2j) 1830, 25 Oct: John METCALFE Jr. of Wayne Co., KY deeds to James METCALFE of Adams Co., MS, for $1,000, 200 acres in Wayne Co. on the south side of Cumberland River, bounded by Thomas COWAN's Head Right Survey.
(2j) 1830, 26 Oct: John METCALFE Jr. of Wayne Co., KY deeds to James METCALFE of Adams Co., MS, for $6050, 200 acres in Wayne Co., KY, bounded by Thoasm COWAN Survey. [NOTE: Rerecording of same deed as day before? Price is different. Mortgage?]
(2a) 1832, 24 Jul: P.H. BAYLOR deeded to John METCALFE Jr. of Wayne Co., KY land in Wayne Co. on the Cumberland River containing 200 acres, bounded by Thomas COWAN's southwest corner, being the same tract of land that was conveyed to the said John METCALFE Jr. by John LAUGHLIN & wife, which was sold at Sheriff's sale as the estate of said METCALFE and purchased by me. On the same date, John METCALFE Jr. of Wayne Co., KY conveys to William B. AMENT of Nashville, TN, land in Wayne Co., on the waters of Cumberland River, the first tract containing 41 acres lying on the east side of Meadow Creek, bounded by John KERNs corner, DODSON's line, being part of the same tract of land that was conveyed to the said John METCALFE Jr. by Solomon WEST; the second tract containing 150 acres adjoining the first tract entered, surveyed and patented in the name of said John METCALFE Jr.; the third tract containing 200 acres lying in Wayne Co. on Cumberland River, bounded on Thomas COWEN's southwest corner, being the same tract of land that was conveyed to the said John METCALFE by John LAUGHLIN & wife and which was later sold at Sheriff sale and purchased by P.H. BAYLOR and by him on this day conveyed back to the said John METCALFE.
(2k) 1833, 10 Oct: Elijah COX, Courtney W. METCALFE and John METCALFE Jr. witness a deed from Patrick H. BAYLOR of Wayne Co., KY to James METCALFE of Adams Co., MS.
(2l) 1834, 1 Mar: John METCALFE Jr. of Wayne Co., KY deeds to James METCALFE of Adams Co., MS, for $100, one equal undivided half of 200 acres in Wayne Co., KY, on the Cumberland River, bounded by Thomas COWAN's southwest corner.
(7d) 1835, winter: Son Robert Baylor METCALFE later wrote, "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."
(2m) 1841, 11 Sep: The Sheriff of Wayne Co., KY deeds to Allen R. & J. H. WEST, by a writ against the estate of John METCALFE Jr., for $175.32, land situated in Wayne Co. on the waters of Meadow Creek, bounded by John KERNS corner, SIMPSON's corner, DODSON's line.
(2n) [NOTE: Date not noted.] James METCALFE of Adams Co., MS deeds to Allen R. WEST of Wayne Co., KY, for $10 per acre, 70 acres 2 rods 11 poles in Wayne Co., bounded by the Rock Corner in WEST's field, survey this day made by John ROUSEAN, part of the tract purchased by John METCALFE Jr. of John LONGSTIN; also one other tract adjoining the same, bounded by WEST's corner, corner of METCALFE's 200 acre survey, containing 43 acres 3 rods 6 1/2 poles, at $5 per acre. Wits. H.W. TUTTLE, W.W. CARTER, J.H. WEST.
(7,10) Moved to MO.
(7f) 1843, 4 Jul: John METCALFE wrote a letter to the Secretary of War, dated from Plattsburg, MO, seeking an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for his son Robert Baylor METCALFE. "If Genl. JACKSON or Genl. HARRISON were either in office I would not hesistate to make applications directly to either of them having served as a volunteer 12 months with HARRISON in the North Western Army and also under Genl. JACKSON at the seize of New Orleans and being personally acquainted with both."
(10) 1849: Moved to TX. (6c) Lived in TX. (7) Moved to Washington Co., TX.
(7i) 1849: John METCALFE and his sons James and Robert traveled overland to CA to participate in the Gold Rush.
(7i) 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 has recently written a letter from Empire City, Stanislaus Co. His wife Frances was in Washington Co., TX, and was then residing with her brother Judge R.E.B. BAYLOR. His son James had already returned from CA, and he was then in KY working on board the steamboat Natchez.
(2p) 1853, 24 Oct: W.R.E.B. BAYLOR, John METCALFE and Francis N. METCALFE wife of the said John METCALFE of Texas, a portion of the heirs and legal distributors of P.H. BAYLOR deceased late of Wayne Co., KY, appoint our trusty friends John ALLEN and Branton CARTER our attorneys to transact business concerning the estate of P.H. BAYLOR, now in the hands of James H. WEST.
(7h) 1854, 20 Apr: James Keith METCALFE wrote to his mother from San Francisco, CA. The letter discloses that his father is now in Texas, and has returned home after his adventures in California. James also has informed his father that Racy BIVENS [a member of their company who had traveled overland to CA with them in 1849] was residing in Stockton and was an editor of a newspaper. James also mentioned that his letter would be given to a miner, and that he would leave it in New York or New Orleans. The letter was addressed to John W. METCALFE, Washington Co., Texas. The letter apparently was delayed en route, and there is some evidence that it was finally received at the Alamo sometime in 1855.
(2q) 1854, 25 Sep: John R. BAYLOR of Fayette Co., TX, one of the legal heirs and distributors of the estate of P.H. N. BAYLOR, deceased, late of Wayne Co., KY, appoints trusty friend John METCALF his attorney in fact.
(2o) 1855, 12 Mar: John METCALFE of Washington Co., TX deeds to James METCALFE of Adams Co., MS, for $1,000, 2 tracts of land in Wayne Co., KY on the south side of Cumberland River and near the mouth of Meadow Creek, the first contains by survey 132 3/4 acres, bounded by Isaac WEST's line, the line of Thomas J. SHELTON's survey, Thomas COWAN's line, Elijah BLEDSOE's corner; the other tract of 41 acres bounded by John KERR's corner, SIMPSON's corner, DODSON's line, elm in Meadow Creek.
(6a) Had children Robert, James, John, Orrick and 6 daughters.
Father: John Metcalfe b: ABT 1757/1760 in , Fauquier Co., Virginia
Mother: Amelia "Milly" Shackelford b: ABT 1764 in , Fauquier Co., Virginia
Frances Norton "Fannie" Baylor b: 30 Sep 1795 in Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky
21 Sep 1815
in Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky
- Courtnay Walker Metcalfe b: 2 Dec 1816 in , Bourbon Co., Kentucky
- Elizabeth Amelia Metcalfe b: 1817 in ,, Kentucky
- Mary Sophia Metcalfe b: 1820 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- Sarah Jane Metcalfe b: ABT 1822 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- James Keith Metcalfe b: 23 Mar 1824 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- Robert Baylor Metcalfe b: 12 Jul 1825 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- Margaret Burrell Metcalfe b: Nov 1826 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- Henry Norton Metcalfe b: ABT 1828 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- Laura Johnson Metcalfe b: ABT 1830 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- John Walker Metcalfe b: ABT 1832/1834 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky
- Orrick Volney Metcalfe b: 2 Jun 1835 in , Wayne Co., Kentucky