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Williamsburg, VA Metcalfes
Posted by: Tracy Hancock (ID *****9724) Date: April 07, 2007 at 22:01:01
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Susannah Allen, a spinster, sued Timothy Metcalfe in Williamsburg. His identity is unknown to us at this time:

14 Sept 1714. Susanna ALLEN sued Timothy METCALF for L 12. The court ordered METCALFE, a meat supplier, to pay her for beef at the set price of “3-19-4 ½ to be paid in beaf at 12/6 per cent.” (York Co., VA Orders and Wills, p. 357)

Susannah Allen owned lot #55 next to the Raleigh Tavern on the Duke of Gloucester St. She lived across the street from lots 20-27. Lot #25, was across the street was owned by Jean Merot whose widow Ann may have married Timothy Sullivant at lot #25. See this record of an earlier Metcalfe from Northumberland Co. with Daniel Sullivant, his possible uncle or other relative:

19 Dec 1701. Whereas Dan’ll SWILLIVANT was arrested at the suite of W’m MEDCALFE for two Gal’s of Rum and twenty shill’s Sterl. And hath failed to appeare to Answ’ the said suite Order is therefore granted the said MEDCALFE ag’t Mr. James CREAN Security for the said SWILLIVANTs appeareance for the s’d sum’e & twenty shill. Sterl. According to Law. (Northumberland County, Virginia, Court Order Book, Part 1, 1699-1713, Transcribed and edited by Charles & Virginia Hamrick, Iberian Publishing Co, Athens, GA, p. 187.)
<>Note also that Susannah Allen was across the street from lot #24. Many years later, Lot #24 was owned by Dr. Kenneth McKenzie. Matthew Metcalfe's estate owed money to this Dr. McKenzie's estate:

20 June 1757. York Co., VA records shows estate of Matthew METCALF owed debts to the estate of Dr. Kenneth MCKENZIE. (This information was provided by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library.)
<>Then in 1767, McKenzie's widow sold Lot #24 to Alexander Purdie, publisher of the Williamsburg Gazette. See Thomas Metcalfe with Purdie:

<>20 Sept 1776. Virginia Gazette. “At a Committee held for King & Queen county, June 14, 1776. Present a majority of members. Philip ROOTES, who was summoned by a former resolution of this committee as a person suspected to be inimical to the rights and liberties of America, this day appeared, and voluntarily agreed to deliver up his arms.
William GRAHAM, Benjamin ROBINSON, and Thomas CORBIN, who were summoned to attend this committee, as persons suspected to be inimical to the rights and liberties of America, this day appeared, and the oath perscribed by a resolution of the last Convention being tendered to them, they refused to take the same. It is therefore ordered, that they be disarmed.
Thomas METCALFE, who was summoned to attend this committee, as a person suspected to be inimical to the rights and liberties of America, which he failing to do, it is therefore ordered that he be disarmed.
Ordered, that the serjeant to the committee do wait on the afor-named persons to receive their arms and ammunition, which are to be applied as directed by the General Congress.
Resolved, that the clerk of this committee do transmit a copy of the above proceedings to mr. PURDIE, with a request to him to publish them in his Gazette. Richard TUNSTALL, clerk.” (Virginia Gazette, Publisher Purdie, Page 1, Column 1, 20 Sept 1776 also found at

Note that Thomas Metcalfe was probably related to an earlier Thomas Metcalfe of Williamsburg who was one of the executors of Samuel Wilkinson (Block 27 Lots 272-273 Historical Report, Block 27 Lot 272-273, Originally entitled: "Colonial House - No. 55", located on Nicholson St., just one street over from Duke of Gloucester St., possibly in the alley behind Raleigh Tavern)

18 June 1739. Inventory of Estate of Samuel WILKINSON of York Co., VA. “We the subscribers being first Sworn have appraised the Estate of Saml. WILKINSON decd. as above. Wil PRENTIS, Peter SCOTT, Jo DAVENPORT; John DUPREE, Thos. METCALFE, Extors. At a Court held for York County June the 18th 1739 This Inventory & appraisemtn of the Estate of Saml. WILKINSON decd was this day retd. To Court and order’d to be recorded. (York County, VA Wills & Inventories 18, 1732-1740, pp. 503-504)

Then going back to Ann Merot, widow of Jean Merot, who next married Timothy Sullivant who owned lot 25. Ann Merot, their daughter married James Shields, who operated Shields Tavern ON LOT 24, LATER TIED TO Dr. McKenzie, next door, thus MATTHEW METCALFE. Farther down Duke of Gloucester St.:

1751. Bruton Parish Register, Williamsburg. Matthew METCALF had slave baptised (The Record of Bruton Parish Church by Rev. Wm. Archer Rutherford Goodwin, D.D, LLD, The Dietz Press, 1941, p. 157.)

The land records for the following location in Williamsburg were burned.:

1 Nov 1739. Will of Gawin CORBIN of Stratton Major Parish in King & Queen Co., VA. Will/Codicil dated 1 Nov 1739, Proved 12 Feb 1744. Names son Richard CORBIN who m. Betty, daughter of Col. John TAYLOE; son Gawin CORBIN who he leaves all land in Westmoreland, Lancaster, King George, and Prince William counties; brother late Thomas CORBIN; gives Gawin negroes given to his mother by her father William BASSETT, Esq.; son John CORBIN; daughter Joanna TUCKER; daughter Alice NEEDLER my house and lots in Williamsburg which I bought of Francis TYLER and adjoining the Govrs pasture and Lady Randolph’s stable; daughter ALLERTON. “I also give unto my said son Gawin CORBIN my Lott and House in the City of Wmsbrug where METCAFF the shoemaker at present live.” Codicil.names sons and sons in law Richard CORBIN, Benjamin NEEDLER, Gawin CORBIN, Robert TUCKER and brother in law Wm. BASSETT, Esq. Second Codicil: “I give my four white men servants to my son Gawin; & Matthew CUE coachman I give to my son John, but as my son Richard CORBIN will yearly so long as their servitude continues tann the said Gawin’s leather and make shoes for all his people and himself if required & make all his negroes clothes, then I give the said 3 white servants to my son Richard CORBIN.”(Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. II, by Beverly Fleet, Gen. Pub. Co., 1988, pp. 157-158.) (William & Mary Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 285-286)

The lots may have been 178-181 are shown on this map, just two streets over from Dr. McKenzie's house:

There may also be a connection to Henry Weatherburn proprietor of Weatherburn's Tavern to Alexander Wedderburn. Henry Weatherburn married Mary Bowcock, widow of the keeper of Raleigh Tavern. After she died, he married Anne Marot Ingles Shields, widow of tavern keeper James Shields and daughter of tavern keeper John Marot. Alexander Wedderburn has been identified by some researchers as the brother-in-law of Thomas Metcalfe. Alexander may have married Lydia Strachey and Thomas Metcalfe may have married her sister Elizabeth Strachey. I have not yet found documented proof. However, their likely brother Henry Strachey was a member with Thomas Metcalfe at Stratton Major Parish, before the Rev. He may have left for England after hostilies broke out and may be the Henry Strachey who helped with the peace negotiations in 1782.

1785. Alterations of Land in King and Queen County for the year 1785. Original in the Department of Archives, Virginia State Library, Richmond, VA. Propietors Name: Thos. METCALF, 132 acres, of whom had Christopher STEADMAN. Proprietors Name: Alexander WEDDERBURN, 311 acres of whom had Thomas METCALF. (Virginia Colonial Abstracts by Beverly Fleet, Vol. II, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988, p. 149.)

Advertisements in the Virginia Gazette:

23 May 1766. Virginia Gazette. Elias BOOTH, who served his time to an eminent wool-comber in the city of Norwich, and afterwards went abroad, but returned about the year 1725 or 1726, and in a few months afterwards returned to Virginia, where, by letters to his friends in England, he gives an account of his being married to a daughter of one DEMISSY, and of his having a son by her named William (who, if he is ___ alive, must now be 35 or 36 years of age, and very possibly married or settled somewhere near Williamsburg, if the said Elias BOOTH, his son William, or any of his children, will apply to Samuel METCALF in King and Queen county, they may hear something greatly to their advantage. (Virginia Gazette, Publisher Purdie & Dixon, 23 May 1766, Page 3, Column 2 and also

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