The Diary of Henry F. Metcalf

Diary #6 of my collection has been transcribed and posted! I have two diaries of Henry Metcalf. This is the first, from 1935 Pennsylvania. The second is from 1945 and will be posted laster this year. I have yet to add the list of other names mentioned in the diary… there were a LOT! His personal writings could be a comprehensive list of deaths in the area. I’ve added a PDF of the diary that can be downloaded and searched for names of people and places.

Henry F. Metcalf was born in the mid-1850’s in Pennsylvania. He was married to Pamelia Benedict Metcalf, “Granny” as she is referred to in his diary. They lived most, if not all, of their lives in Tunkhannock, Wyoming Co., Pennsylvania. I have not done extensive research on his family. But daughters, grandchildren, and other relatives are mentioned throughout his pages. He ran the Metcalf museum, filled with interesting items he purchased while traveling (almost daily). The museum was opened, based on my research, the year after this diary.

Here’s one article about the museum from the Wyoming County Press Examiner:

Here’s a sample page from the diary that illustrates a typical travel day and purchases:
Scan 60

5 thoughts on “The Diary of Henry F. Metcalf

  1. Mr. Henry F. Metcalf is my grandfather Henry Metcalf’s grandfather. I have wonderful pictures of him and the family.

    • Hello Rebecca. Henry F. Metcalfe is my 1st cousin 4x removed. I am our family historian and would be very interested in speaking with you (and seeing those photographs!).

      • I don’t know names of Henry f metcalf’s Brother/brothers or sister/sisters names only that his father died around 1860 or so and was a captain in the service and died in dushore? Pa

      • Hello Rebecca. I was so pleased to see your reply. Henry Freeman Metcalf’s father was Major Henry Harper Metcalf 24 Aug 1821- 23 Dec1864. He was born in Garsdale, Yorkshire, England (ancestral home of this line of Metcalfe’s) and died in Dushore, Sullivan, PA and is buried in Tunkhannock. His mother was Sara Ann Dana of the Wilkes-Barre Dana’s.
        His siblings were:
        Mary Genevieve Metcalf (Lewis) 1851-1933
        Emma Helen Metcalf 1854-1863
        Some list an Amy Metcalf but I haven’t found any corroborating info on that yet. There are Amy Metcalf’s that are children of relatives and I think these have been confused.
        I have more information on his ancestors (and yours) if you are interested.

        Would it be possible to see some of the photos that you have? We have no family photos of any of our Metcalf(e) ancestors.

        Again, thank you for responding.

  2. Hello Tina
    I have not checked this web page in a while (two years) I will dig up the pictures I have from when my grandfather Henry Metcalf Dunn was a baby. Has pics of Henry F. Metcalf and granny (Pameila Benedict Metcalf)in them also of Eleanor (Norky?) Metcalf and I believe her sister Marion Metcalf Tewksbury in the album. I also have a picture of a Henry Metcalf on a horse I believe in the 1860 or 65 time frame.

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