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CHAUNCEY METCALF - Coming on both sides of the house from noteworthy pioneer stock, being a descendant of John Metcalf and Peleg Sweet, Sr., very early settlers of Ashtabula, Chauncey Metcalf well merits especial mention in this brief history of the Western Reserve.  A native born citizen, his birth occurred Aug. 25, 1851, on the homestead where he now resides, being a son of the late Ezra Return Metcalf, and grandson of John Metcalf.  His great-grandfather, Ezra Metcalf, married a Miss Drake, a direct descendant of Sir Francis Drake, the noted English explorer, and emigrated from England to New York, locating in New Hampshire.
     John Metcalf, born in Keene, New Hampshire, in 1785, was there reared and educated.  On attaining man's estate, he migrated to Canandaigua, New York, and was soon busily employed in carrying the mail from there to Niagara, and, as soon as a road was opened up, his route was extended to Buffalo, where he had a distinction of carrying the first mail bag delivered in that city.  Pushing his way westward, still with a mail bag on his back, he blazed the path through the wilderness that afterwards became the beaten tract for the hundreds of emigrants that south homes in the western wilds.  About 1813 he settled in Ashtabula, Ohio, opening a small mercantile establishment on the east  side, in the meantime resigning his government commission as mail carrier.  On first coming here, he loaded a small vessel in Buffalo with a stock of general merchandise, intending to send the cargo across the lake to Ashtabula.  During a heavy storm the craft ran into Silver creek and was there pressed into the service of the United States.  The goods were stored on the beach, but were too badly damaged to be of use.
     Shortly after coming here, John Metcalf,  in company with Edwin Harmon, secured another contract for carrying mail, this time for the route west of Ashtabula, as far as Cleveland, Fort Meigs, Defiance, and other places of importance.  He visited Washington as many as fourteen times to renew his contract with the government, going always on horseback.  After coming to Ohio, he carried the mail in a wagon drawn by a pair of stout horses, and in 1815 put on a small stage coach, with accommodations for two passengers, using this until 1818, when he was succeeded by a line of mail coaches operated by William Whitman, of Ashtabula, and Calvin Cole, of Painesville, a line which was subsequently extended to Detroit.  After a continuous service of more than thirty years, John Metcalf surrendered his commission as mail carrier and spent his last years in Ashtabula, dying August 20, 1853.
     John Metcalf married, in 1815, Clarissa Sweet, who was born in1797, a daughter of Peleg Sweet, Sr., who emigrated to the Western Reserve from Winsted, Connecticut, in 1807, settling in Ashtabula.  In an early account of Jefferson, Ohio, it says that the first Court of Common Pleas met there June 20, 1811, and the next day granted to Benjamin Sweet, a license to keep a "house of public entertainment" in Richfield township, also one in Austinburg, and a similar license to Peleg Sweet for Ashtabula.  Two grandchildren of Peleg Sweet, Sr., are now living, namely: Herman C. Sweet, of Flint, Michigan, born April 22, 1827; and Rushbrook P. Sweet, of Cataract, Wisconsin, born Oct. 10, 1832.  Peleg Sweet, St., became one of the most extensive landholders in Ashtabula county, owning eight hundred or more acres.  He donated the park on the east side of training purposes, and gave to the town the original land for the cemetery.  He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, serving at Ticonderoga in 1775, under Captain Sedgwick, and in a New York regiment in 1778, under Captain John Hill  To him and his wife, Clarissa, six children were born, all of whom grew to years of maturity, living to good old ages, as follows: Birdsey S., born Aug. 20, 1816, succeeded to the ownership of the old homestead; Ezra Return, father of Chauncey; John Quincy, born in 1819, settled in Saybrook township; ; Clarissa, born Oct. 28, 1822, widow of Robert Johnson, who served in the Civil war, and died May 12, 1900, she being the only child now living; Lorin D., born in 1824, resided in East Ashtabula, and his widow and one son, John, are now living in Cleveland; and Mary Matilda, born in 1827, married Dennis Dean, and moved to Lake Superior, her death, at the age of sixty years, being the first among this family of children.
     Ezra Return Metcalf was born at East Ashtabula, Ohio, Mar. 17, 1818, and during his earlier life sailed for number of years on the lake.  Subsequently settling permanently in Ashtabula, he bought land and began the improvement of a homestead.  Laboring with persistency, and using excellent judgment, he accumulated money, and from time to time invested in more land, acquiring title to upwards of four hundred acres.  About 1888 he divided his real estate among his children, and moved to the east village, where he lived, retired from active business, until his death, Jan. 20, 1900.  He married Virginia Wilkinson Sweet, a daughter of Peleg, Sr., and Mary (Wilkinson) Sweet.  She survived him, dying Sept. 4, 1906.  She bore him four children, who grew to maturity: Marion, Friend, Chauncey and Dennis D.
     Chauncey Metcalf
has spent his entire life on the homestead where he was born, having never been away from it more than fourteen days at a time.  He labored industriously as a boy and youth, assisting his father in improving a homestead, and in accumulating property, all working together most harmoniously, until his father divided his estate as he wished.  Mr. Metcalf received as his share of the property 138 acres of the old homestead, and has since bought fourteen acres.  Here he is carrying on general farming with eminent success, making a specialty of dairying, keeping twenty-five cows.  He also devotes much time to stock raising, having in his herd from thirty to thirty-five head of thoroughbred Holstein cattle.
     Mr. Metcalf married, Nov. 16, 1881, Abbie Cornelia Foote, a daughter of Loren and Cornelia (Ballard) Foote, of Austinburg.  Her father was an extensive property owner, having interests in estates in other places, Footeville, in Ashtabula county, having been named for his father.  Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf have two children, namely: Elmer, with his father managing the home farm, married Lillian Large, and they have one child, William Chauncey; and Florence Marian, who was graduated with honors from Oberlin College with the class of 1909.
Source: History of the Western Reserve, Vol. 3 - 1910 - Page 893

FRIEND METCALF - The Metcalf Family is of noted stock, whether the genealogist considers its English or its American record.  Tracing the line no further than to Ezra Metcalf, great-grandfather of Friend, it is fund that he married a direct descendant of Sir Francis Drake, This original emigrant settled in New Hampshire and his son John, who was born in Keene, that state, became one of the pioneer mail carriers of western New York, delivering the first government bag ever received in Buffalo.  His official duties soon took him into the Western Reserve, but when he first settled at Ashtabula, in 1813, he opened a small store on the east side.  A heavy storm drove the ship containing his first load of goods from Buffalo into the waters of Silver creek, where it was at once pressed into the naval service of the United States.  Shortly after settling in Ashtabula, however, John Metcalf secured another mail contract with the government for a western route to Cleveland, extending his service both in territory and efficiency, one of his lines finally extending to Detroit.  As this phase of his career covers more than thirty years, it undoubtedly places him in the class of noteworthy western pioneers in the development of the government mail service.  John Metcalf died in Ashtabula Aug. 20, 1853, his wife, whom he married in 1845, being Clarissa Sweet, daughter of Peleg Sweet, Sr., who migrated to the Western Reserve from Winsted, Connecticut, in 1807.  Mr. Sweet became one of the largest land owners in Ashtabula county, donating many acres of his estate for public purposes.  He was a Revolutionary soldier at Ticonderoga, serving throughout the war in a New York regiment.  Mr. and Mrs. John Metcalf had six children, of whom Ezra Return, the second born, became the father of Friend Metcalf.
     Ezra Return Metcalf was born at East Ashtabula, Ohio, Mar. 17, 1818, and during his earlier life was a sailor on the lakes.  Later he settled in Ashtabula and became a large land owner, dividing some 400 acres among his four children.  He died in East Village, Jan. 20, 1900, having married Virginia Wilkinson Sweet, daughter of Peleg Sweet, Jr.  His wife, who survived him until Sept. 4, 1906, was the mother of four children who reached maturity, viz: Marion, Friend, Chauncey and Dennis D.
     Friend Metcalf
was born on the old homestead at East Village, July 28, 1849; was reared and educated in that locality and is still living on a portion of the family estate, neighbor to his younger brother, Chauncey.  He is a prosperous farmer and is highly honored for his useful and virtuous life.  His wife was formerly Miss Luella Hayward, who has borne him Bessie, Ruth C., Paul S. and Wallace E. Metcalf.
Source: History of the Western Reserve By Harriet Taylor Upton And a staff of Leading Citizens collaborated on the Counties and Biographies - ILLUSTRATED - VOL. III - Publ.  The Lewis Publishing Company - Chicago - New York - 1910 Page 893
 

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