30 January 2017

Other People's Ancestors: George Wickham Metcalfe

Is this your great-grandad?


George Wickham Metcalfe, b. abt 1782, student of Columbia College, NY, civil engineer, married Edith Brownlow in TN 1896. Photo taken July 1893, Carr Studio, Athens, TN. Held by E. Ackermann, 2017.
G. W. Metcalfe, July 1893.
Carr photography studio, Athens, TN.
Held by E. Ackemann, 2017.
(click to enlarge)
I purchased this photo (1) in an antique shop in Virginia. I was drawn to it for several reasons. First, I like the looks of this fellow. Second, it not only had the photographers info, but a name and dates written on the back. I thought it would be easy to track this man down and maybe find his descendants so I could return the photo to them. If you are descendant of George Wickham Metcalfe, please get in touch!

The Photograph


The photograph was taken at the Carr studio in Athens, Tennessee. The following is inscribed on the back in pencil:
G. W. Metcalfe / July, 1893.  Feby 13/15-1894
The man appears to be in his early 20's, and is dressed in clothes that suggest an outdoor activity. The gaiters that he wears over his trousers are what make me think that, as well as the broad-brimmed hat.

I could find very little information on Carr photographers on the internet. City directories for Athens at that time period are not on-line, or are perhaps non-existent. The 1890 U.S. Census records for Tennessee were destroyed by fire in 1921.

The 1894 Knoxville Tennessee directory does have a listing for a G.W. Metcalfe, Civil Engineer/Surveyor. This was my starting point, and based on the evidence I have collected I do believe that this is "my" G. W. Metcalfe.

Timeline


Since I've found quite a bit of information for G.W. It seemed easier and more concise to put it in a timeline, rather than recreate my research process. I've created a tree for G.W. Metcalfe on Ancestry.com (G. W. Metcalfe Family Tree) to help collect information and to hopefully find some living family connections. You can view it there. If you want to see it, but can't access it, drop me a note and I'll send you an invite.

1872 or 1873 :  George Wickham Metcalfe born in New York, United States. (2,3,4)

1888 - 1891 : Student at Columbia College, New York, New York, Class of 1891. Member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. George was active in athletics, participating in rowing and football. He was also a member of the Barnard Library Club and the Columbia College Shakespeare Club. (2,5,11)

1891 - 1899 : "George Washington Wickham Metcalfe. Knoxville, Tenn. Civil engineer; Resident Engineer of Wetmore, Polk Co., and of Embreville Iron Furnace, Washington Co., since 1891." (5)
The family of George and Adele Brownlow of Knoxville, TN. Daughters Edith, Mabel and Mary Louise. Photo from Ancestry.com, shared by S. Kear.
The Brownlow family:
George, Edith, Mabel, Mary Louise
and Adele (seated). c. 1894.
Photo Ancestry.com, S. Kear.
Permission pending.
(click to enlarge)

July 1893 : Photograph taken at Carr Studio in Athens, Tennessee. (1)

1894 - 1901 : G. W. Metcalfe, Civil Engineer, has a business address at 610 Gay S, 2d floor, Knoxville, Tennessee. (5,6)

1894 : Residence in Wetmore, Polk County, Tennessee (office in Knoxville) (6)

1895 : Boards at Hotel Imperial, Knoxville, Tennessee (6)

1896 : Marries Edith Brownlow in Knox County, Tennesee (7)

abt 1897 : George B. Metcalfe, son of G.W. and Edith, born in Tennesee. (8)

George B. Metcalfe
in his Junior year.
Member of Zeta Psi Fraternity
from the Blue and Gold 1919
Yearbook of the
University of California, Berkeley
(13)
abt 1901 : Stephen B. Metcalfe, son of G.W. and Edith, born in Tennessee. (8)

1900 - 1901 :  "Boards" at 608 Asylum Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee. (6) Residence is occupied by  Mrs. Adele Brownlow and her daughters, Mabel and Mary. (9)  I have not yet located G.W. in the 1900 census.

 1902 : No longer listed in Knoxville city directory.

4 May 1905 : John Brownlow Metcalfe, son of G.W. and Edith, born in Salt Lake County, Utah. (8, 10). G.W. is supervisor of a smelting operation.

1909 :  Living in West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah.

1910 : George W. and Edith Brownlow, and their three sons are living in Delta Township, Shasta County, California. George is now manager of a smelting operation. (8)
Stephen B. Metcalfe
in his Sophomore year.
Member of Zeta Psi Fraternity
from the Blue and Gold 1919
Yearbook of the
University of California, Berkeley
(13)

1918 : George W. Metcalfe registers for the WWI Draft, 12 September 1918. The family is living in Tennett, Shasta County, California. George is "Manager, U.S.S. & M. Co." (14)

1920 : The Metcalfe family is living in Oakland Township, Alameda County, California. His two oldest sons are "university students."  The U.S. census from that year records George W. Metcalfe's occupation as mining engineer. His two oldest sons, George B. and Stephen B., ages 23 and 19 respectively, are university students.  John B., the youngest, is a high school student. (12)

If I happen upon any more information to add to this page I will. But for now I think I've devoted enough time and effort to Other People's Ancestors.

If you are descended from or related to George W. Metcalfe or his sons, please, please get in touch! I'd love to get that photo back to his family. If you are researching this family, feel free to use my research. I would be happy to send you a gedcom file or anything else that I have that might be of use to you.

And now, back to my own family tree!


Sources

(1) Photograph of G.W. Metcalfe

(2) The Columbiad '90, Twenty-sixth volume (The Junior Class of Columbia College, 1890), p. 57, img.73; p. 59, img. 75; p. 74, img 90; p. 75, img. 91; p. 76, img. 92; digital images, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017; clubs & sports participation, physical description, age given as 16. Calculated birth year 1873.

 (3) Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXX9-JXF : 5 December 2014), George Wickham Metcalf in entry for John Brownlow Metcalf, 04 May 1905; citing Salt Lake, Utah, line 3347, Records Manager and Archive, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 4,121,066., p. 84, no. 3347. G.W. Metcalfe's age is listed as 33, calculated birth year 1872.

(4) 1910 U.S. Census, Shasta County, California, population schedule, , enumeration district (ED) 98, sheet 9B, dwelling 191, family 207, George W. Metcalfe; digital images, Ancestry.com (: downloaded 28 January 2017). G. W. Metcalfe age is 37, calculated birth year is 1873.

(5) Catalogue of the Alph Delta Phi (New York: The Executive Council of the Alph Delta Phi Fraternity, 1899), p. 875, img. 856; p. 75, img. 91; digital images, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017; locality index, chapter listing, shows G.W. Metcalfe as class of 1891. "George Washington Wickham Metcalfe. Knoxville, Tenn. Civil engineer; Resident Engineer of Wetmore, Polk Co., and of Embreville Iron Furnace, Washington Co., since 1891."

(6)  Knoxville, Tennesee, City Directory, 1894 (N.p.:n.p., 1894), p. 460, img. 243; p. 344, img. 181, Metcalfe, George W. civil eng; digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 27 January 2017), Cites two pages, both listing Metcalfe as a civil engineer with an office on Gay St.

Knoxville City Directory. 1895. (Knoxville, TN: E.W. Crozier, 1895), p. 336, img. 180, Metclafe, George W.; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), office and residence.

Knoxville city Directory. Volume XV. 1898. (N.p.: E. W. Crozier, 1898), p. 586, img. 290; p. 404, img. 206, Metcalfe, G. W.; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017).

Knoxville city Directory, Volume XVI. 1900 (Knoxville: E.W. Crozier, 1900), p. 391, img. 201; p. 554, img 284, Metcalfe George W; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), residential and business listings.

The Directory Knoxville Tennessee 1901 (Knoxville, TN: E.W. Crozier, 1901), p. 428, img 222; p. 608, img. 313, Metcalfe George W; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), residential and business listing.

Metcalfe does not appear in the 1902 Knoxville Directory.

(7) "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZ47-RLC : 22 December 2016), George Wickham Metcalfe and Edith Brownlow, 08 Jun 1896; citing Knox, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 144, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,020,963.

"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZ4F-BY9 : 22 December 2016), George Wickham Metcalfe and Edith Brownlow, 11 Jun 1896; citing Knox, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 288, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,205,097.

(8) 1910 U.S. Census, Shasta County, California, population schedule, , enumeration district (ED) 98, sheet 9B, dwelling 191, family 207, George W. Metcalfe; digital images, Ancestry.com (: downloaded 28 January 2017).

(9) Knoxville city Directory, Volume XVI. 1900 (Knoxville: E.W. Crozier, 1900), p. 177-178, img. 91-92; Brownlow, Mrs. Adele, Miss Mabel, and Miss Mary; digital image, Ancestry.com (: accessed 27 January 2017), residential listing.

(10) "Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXX9-JXF : 5 December 2014), George Wickham Metcalf in entry for John Brownlow Metcalf, 04 May 1905; citing Salt Lake, Utah, line 3347, Records Manager and Archive, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 4,121,066., p. 84, no. 3347.

(11)  Catalogue of the Alpha Delta Phi 1832-1909 (New York: The Executive Council of the Fraternity, 1909), pages 28, 439, 405; digital images, Google, Google Books (: accessed 28 January 2017; location listing p. 405. Note name appears as G. W. W. Metcalfe, or George Washington Wickham Metcalfe.

(12) 1920 U.S. Census, Alameda County, California, population schedule, Oakland Township, enumeration district (ED) 85, p. 138, dwelling 64, household 342, Metcalfe George; digital images, Ancestry.com (: downloaded 27 January 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.. Roll: T625_89; Image: 601.

 (13) 1920 Blue and Gold. A Record of the College Year Nineteen-Eighteen Nineteen-Nineteen, University of California. Published by the Junior Class: Berkeley, California; 1919. Hathi Trust; https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b2961889?urlappend=%3Bseq=379. page 347, members of Zeta Psi fraternity. Listing by class year on p. 346.

1921 Blue and Gold. Being a record of the College Year published by the Junior Class of the University of California in the year 1920. University of California, Berkeley. Copyright 1920 by John W. Cline, Jr. and Charles Cost. Hathi Trust; https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b2961890?urlappend=%3Bseq=331. p. 295. Skull and Keys membership.

(14) "U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 27 January 2017), George Wickham Metcalfe; Tennett, Shasta, California; serial No. 315, Order No. 1613; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

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