Son of William and Julia (Kockenauer) Metzel. His father died in 1856 in Pennsylvania. His mother remarried June 3, 1860 to John Hammer. The family came to Peoria County Illinois in 1864. He married Laura Bain Dec. 30 1901 in East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois. Laura Bain had been raised in Peoria County. He worked as a Grocer in Peoria.