Biography of Matthew S. Metcalfe
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

MATTHEW SLINGER METCLALFE, a well known real estate agent of Pittsburg, was born December 25, 1857, in Iowa, son of William Metcalfe and grandson of John Metcalfe, who was born in 1789, in Wensley Dale, Yorkshire, England. He received but little education, and. when a young man learned the trade of a stone mason, which he followed all his life. He was a man of independent character, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

John Metcalfe married Margaret Slinger, born in 1793, in Bishop Dale, Yorkshire, and they became the parents of the following children, all of whom were born in England: 1. Anthony, born August 22, 1820, died at the age of sixteen. 2. Elizabeth, born December 2, 1821, came in 1843 to the United States, and settled in Pittsburg, where her husband, Francis Robinson, of England, passed his life as a farmer. 3. John, born April 11, 1824, marble cutter, came in 1847 to the United States. He married Mary Hogue, of England, and they were the parents of six children. 4. William. 5. Edward, born December, 1827, farmer, came to this country in 1845, and settled in Pittsburg, now lives in Boone, Iowa. 6. Mary, born January 13, 1830, fatally burned at the age of ten years. 7. Thomas, born May 5, 1831, came in 1843 to the United States, and all his life followed the calling of a miner. He married Eleanor Jones, of Pittsburg, and died February 22, 1906, aged seventy five. 8. Alice, born May 6,. 1833, wife of James Hunter, of Pittsburg. 9. Mathew S., born April 6, 1835, came in 1845 to the United States and settled with his brothers in Pittsburg. He was for years a miner, and is now janitor of Hazelwood school. He served two terms of enlistment in the army. He married Catharine Seeman, a native of Germany. 10. Jane, born July 17, 1838, came to Pittsburg, and is now the wife of Edward Jones, a retired miner. John Metcalfe, the father of this large family, died at the age of seventy five.

William Metcalfe, son of John and Margaret (Slinger) Metcalfe, was born April 20, 1826, in Yorkshire, and enjoyed but few advantages of education. In 1843 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Minersville, now the Thirteenth ward of Pittsburg. For sixty years he followed the calling of a miner, but has now retired, and makes his home with his son. For two years he was a councilman of Pittsburg and for four years served as school director of the Thirty eighth ward. His first presidential vote was cast for Buchanan, but he has since been a strong Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Washington avenue.

Mr. Metcalfe married Sarah S., born November 19, 1824, on the shores of Long Island Sound, daughter of William and Catharine Murray, of New York, the former born September 6, 1800, and the latter June 4, 1803. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalfe had the following children, all of whom were born in Pittsburg: Catharine, born October 22, 1854, died in youth; John, born March 7, 1856, died May 18, 1876; Matthew Slinger; Elizabeth, born October 9, 1859, wife of John Patterson, children, John, Harry and Annie; Francis G., born May 5, 1863, carpenter, married twice, first wife Pearl Gregg, who died in 1891, second wife Hattie Duval, children, Myrtle and Francis; and Penolla S., born March 22, 1865, died March 6, i886.

Matthew Slinger Metcalfe, son of William and Sarah S. (Murray) Metcalfe, was two years old when his parents moved to Pittsburg, and he received a good education in the schools of that city. At twelve years old he began to work at the coal shaft, and was employed there until the age of twenty, when he entered the plate and sheet department of the mills, where he worked steadily for twenty two years. In 1900 he engaged in the real estate business, which he carries on at the present time, his office being situated in the Thirty eighth ward. For seven years he has served as a school director of his ward. He belongs to Elite Lodge, No. 842, I. O. O. F., of Pittsburg. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he has held for several years the office of steward, also serving as superintendent of the Sundayschool.

Mr. Metcalfe married Sarah A., born February 4, 1862, daughter of George and Nancy A. Fisher, of Pittsburg, and they are the parents of two sons, both of whom live at home with their father and mother: George, born March 23, 1883, clerk in the Pittsburg postoffice; and Matthew Slinger, born September 30, 1892, in school.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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