Welcome! » Log In » Create A New Profile
US Biography Project

Metcalfe, V. M.

Posted by ceddleman 
Metcalfe, V. M.
March 16, 2007 03:28PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, pp. 386-387.

V. M. METCALFE was born November 5, 1832, in McMinn County, East Tenn. In
1855 he married Miss Ellen Kilebrew, of Montgomery Cunty, Tenn., and lived
for many years near the Christian County line, devoting his time to
agricultural pursuits. In 1863 he became largely interested with his
brother in a cotton manufactory in the South. At the close of the war he
moved to Nashville, Tenn., to look after his common interests, where he
lived until removing in 1869, to Hopkinsville, Ky., where his home has
since been, and where he has been engaged in mercantile business. Mr.
Metcalfe's grandfather, John Metcalfe, was the eldest of thirteen children.
His father was killed in the Revolutionary war, leaving him the care of
this large family, all of whom lived in Virginia. Wishing to better the
condition of the family, he, in company with Daniel Boone, Mike Stoner and
others, set out for the dark and bloody ground of Kentucky, fighting their
way, and often undergoing great hardships. They at last effected a treaty
of peace with the Indians, and John Metcalfe settled near Paris, Ky., in
1783. Here Charles, the father of V. M. Metcalfe was born in 1793. In
1814 Charles married Jane Baylor Chilton, daughter of the Rev. Thomas
Chilton, a Baptist minister of great prominence in his day. About 1832
Thomas Chilton, jr., eldest son of Rev. Thomas Chilton, removed to the town
of Hopkinsville, where for many years he practiced law, occasionally
preaching for the Baptist people. He was finally induced to devoted his
entire time to the ministry. While in Kentucky he twice represented his
District in Congress, and in his day was regarded as a successful preacher,
lawyer and politician. He was a very companionable man and hence very
popular wherever he went. One of his brothers, Dr. Minor Chilton, died in
1836, at Trenton. Another brother, Dr. Lucius Chilton, who died in
Pembroke, in 1860, was a man of more than ordinary ability, having served
one term in the Kentucky Legislature, and to him is largely due the
location of the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum, at Hopkinsville. His first
wife was a Miss Tribble, aunt of Mr. Samuel Fox of Hopkinsville, and his
second wife was Sarah Killebrew, a sister of Mrs. V. M. Metcalfe. While Dr.
Chilton was living near Garrettsburg, his aged parents from Hardin County
made him a visit. One morning the old gentleman and wife, both of whom
were quite feeble, started in a buggy to see a neighbor, and in crossing a
branch which they thought not deep, their horse sank in quicksand; the old
gentleman was thrown from the buggy, and was drowned. A little slab on the
hill nearby now marks the grave of Rev. Thomas Chilton, one of the purest
and ablest men of his time. The grandmother of our subject on his father's
side was a sister of Gov. Owsley, and his maternal grandmother was a sister
of Jesse Bladsaw. Thomas Metcalfe, who was his great-uncle, was regarded
as one of the best Governors the State of Kentucky has ever had on account
of his high sense of honor and unflinching devotion to principle. Being a
practical stone-mason, he was often called "old Stone-hammer" Metcalfe. V.
M. Metcalfe was educated at Alabama Military Instute and Burrett College.
Though his parents gave him a good education, desiring to make a
professional man of him, his taste ran in another direction. His father
owning a large cotton factory in east Tennessee, he was placed in charge of
the establishment, but after a few years, finding his health required more
out-door exercise, he turned his attention to farming, at which he engaged
until moving to Hopkinsville, since which time he has been actively engaged
in mercantile business. He has been preaching regularly as a minister of
the Christian Church. During the past five years he has traveled
extensively in the Northern and Southern States in the interest of a
fertilizer, delivering lectures on Agricultural Chemistry. He is blest with
five sons and one daughter, the youngest about grown. His sons are among
the most promising yhoung men of the country and are noted for their
sobriety and industry.
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login

(c) 1997 - 2011 US Biographies Project

Return to the US Biographies Project