You are definitely related to Robert. I have a book on Cutting Stevens Calef. My grandfather was Hiram Calef of Norway Maine.
here's a post I did a while back - you may find it of interest.
Posted by: Ron Calef Date: February 10, 2001 at 13:05:05
In Reply to: Re: John G Calef of NH by Lois Osborn of
Here's some of what I know. Have John Calef in our line but it was long before 1850.
The Calf(e)family came to East Anglia in 1066 from Normandy-With good old William the Conqueror.
The original family name was Calfe,(earlier, Calf) the anglicized version of the French surname, which was Veal. Roger le Veal came with William and founded the English Branch, from which we are descended.
In Normandy they spoke French
and wrote in Latin. Latin for Veal (calf) is Calvus. Ricardo Calvus (Richard Calf) was buried in Bury St Edmonds in 1070,only 4 years after the Norman Invasion. Veal was a Norman Baronial name. The coat of arms for the Calf and Veal families show three calfs.
English, as we know it was not spoken for 200 years after the Battle of Hastings (1066)so there are no early references to Calf(e) until later on in English history.
Variants of the early name were: Veille, Val, Vel, Viel,Vail, Calvus, Calver, Calfo, Le Chauve.
In the historical rolls we find some interesting folks:
Lawrence Calf was a Knight in Ireland (1351); Richard Calf was the Bishop of Down, Ireland (1354);
Walter Calf was the Bailiff (jailkeeper) of Dunwich, Sufolk, in 1289;
Simon Le Cauf a Gentleman and Mariner, was killed in 1457;
Maurine Calf was a shipmaker (1474)
Lanfrance Calve was a Merchant in Genoa (1377)
St James Church, parish church to the early Calfe family still stands in Stanstead, Suffolk, East Anglia, Britain.
William Calfe was born circa 1545 and was a yeoman (farmer) of Stanstead. He was buried May 2, 1600.
His son Jerome Calfe was the 3rd of five children and was baptized in 1572, died in Jan of 1638.
His son was Joseph Calfe, sixth of eight children, baptized in 1609, died around 1650.
Joseph's son Robert Calfe was born in 1648 and baptized in Stanstead, England 1n 1648 (not 1674), Emigrated to New England,
and died in Roxbury (Boston), Mass April 13 1719.
Robert as you may know is buried in the Eustis Street Burying Ground in Boston.I am told the tombstone is in good repair.
It would appear that he changed the spelling of our name to Calef from Calfe. In the book, his name is printed Calef, but his signature reads Calfe
In addition to Robert, who opposed Cotton Mather during the Salem Witch trials, we are also related to Gen. Joseph Warren who was killed @ the Battle of Bunker Hill. His grandmother was Mary Calef, daughter of Robert.
Robert was a very brave man as he took on Colonial Governor John Winthrop, as well as Cotton Mather - and fought against the bigotry that 90% of the early Colonists held as the truth.
Robert defended a number of the poor souls accused of witchcraft, including John Alden Jr., son of the John Alden that Longfellow made famous in the poem, "The Courtship Of Myles Standish".
The Rev. Increase Mather, President of Harvard College, ordered Robert's book burned in Harvard Yard in 1700. Very few copies survived.Robert had to have the book printed in London as no New England printer would touch it. The book, as you probably know, is titled "More Wonders of the Invisible World".
The Lt. John Calef encountered the very first elements of the Confederate Army at the Railroad Cut, west of Gettysburg. John was an Artillery Officer,and he opened fire with his horse drawn cannons, firing the very first shots in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1864. There are records of his journal on the web. (Search for John Calef)
Interesting family we have Eh?
We are 9th generation - direct from Robert on the male side. I am from Maine, and our 'branch' is all from Maine, NH and Vermont, after coming up from Mass. Maine was a part of Mass. at that time.
I have more if anyone is interested, including some neat stuff from England, from the parish rector, wtitten in 1938. Also have a book on Cutting Stevens calef.
With kind regards,
(Keith Ronald Calef Jr.)
13760 Forest Park Circle
Penn Valley CA 95946
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