Junior: Here is the letter. You're welcome! "Extracts from a Genealogy of the Metcalf Family",by Dr. Luther Metcalf Harris of Jamaica Plain,Mass. Transcribed by Thomas Metcalf of Normal,Illinois,1866. "Michael Metcalf,the emigrant ancestor of this family,was born in Tatterford,co. of Norfolk,England,in 1586.He followed the occupation of a Dormix weaver(or Dormick,a kind of stuff used for curtains,carpets,and hangings,so called from Doornick,or Tournay,a city in Flanders,where it was first made) in the city of Norwich in the same co.,where he was made freeman June 21,1618. His wife,Sarah,was born in the adjoining town of Waynham,June 17,1593,where they were married Oct. 13,1616.Their seven oldest children were born in St. Benedict's Norwich,and four afterwards,in St. Edmondsbury. "I was persecuted",he writes,"in the land of my fathers' sepulchers,for not bowing at the name of Jesus ,and observing other ceremonies in religion ,forced upon me at the instance of Bishop of Wren of Norwich,and his chancellor,Dr. Corbet,whose violent measures troubled me in Bishop's Court,and returned me in the High Commissioner's Court. Suffering many things for the cause of religion,I was forced for the sake of the liberty of my conscience,to flee from my wife and children and go to New England;taking ship for the voyage at London the 17 of Sept. 1636;being by tempests tossed,up and down the seas till the Christmas following :then veering about to Plymouth in Old England;in which time I met with many sore afflictions. Leaving the ship,I went down to Yarmouth in Norfolk Co. whence I shipped myself and family to come to New England;sailed April 15,1637,and arrived three days before midsummer,with my wife,nine children,and a servant." In a postscript he remarks,"My enemies conspired against me to take away my life;and sometimes,to avoid their hands,my wife did hide me in the roof of the house,covering me over with straw." Michael Metcalf was admitted a townsman at Dedham(Mass.),July 14,1637,joined the church in 1639;and was selectman in 1641. His name stands first on the committee chosen to continue the fabricke of a meeting house. His wife died Nov. 30,1644; he married secondly,Mary Pidge of Roxbury,Aug. 13,1645. Michael died Dec. 27,1664. Will proved and an inventory of his estate taken Feb. 1,1664-5. Children of Michael and Sarah(all born in England): 1. Michael-died young; 2. Mary 3. Michael,and C.-eleven in all. Michael married Mary Chickering in 1644(d. 1675) had five children,the last of whom was Eleazer,b. 1653-was a Deacon at Wrentham. married Melatia Fisher,1684. They had 10 children,the second of whom was Michael,b. 1687,Elder at Wrentham, married Abiel Colborn of Dedham. They had 12 children. 1. Pelatiah,married Lois Kingsbury.Their daughter,Mercy,married Thomas Fuller,whose son,Bartholomew,married Silence Smith(his mothers' cousin). 8. Samuel 10. Mercy(dates wanting)married George Smith. Their daughter,Silence,married Bartholomew Fuller. "Pelatiah,the eldest son of the 4th Michael was in my line. He married Hepsabeth Mann,granddaughter of the Rev. Samuel mann,first minister of Wrentham(my native town)who was born in 1647,m. Esther Ware,of Dedham,1673,preached his own ordination sermon,1692. Pelatiah died 1770. He had nine children. The 5th was Elias whom you saw at W. Montpelier,Vt. 8. Thomas,b. Aug. 13,1749,m. Jemima ray. They had eleven children,all born in Wrentham. 1. caleb,b. 1777,and still living in Boston;five others are living. 9. Reuben,b. June 6,1794,m. 1st Hannah Belcher(by whom he had a son,George,now living in S. Dedham),m. 2nd Sarah Ann Cushman(my mother)by whom he had Albert,Thomas,Lucy, and Hannah. I was born June 19,1826. my father has never been three months away from his father's home nor has he except in a single instance been a hundred miles from the spot of his birth. I married Alina Stone in Sheiborn,Mass.(dau. of Rev. Richard C. Stone),Nov. 27,1851. Very truly yours,Thomas Metcalf,Normal,Ill.,April 2,1866.