About Ames Cheever, Sr.
Interesting facts: First minister of Manchester, Massachusetts and a slaveholder.
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Title Genealogies: The Hassam Family, the Hilton Family, the Cheever Family
Author John Tyler Hassam
Publisher Priv. print., 1896
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Jan 18, 2008
Length 89 pages
3. Ames3 Cheever (Samuel,' Ezekiel), Rev., born in Marblehead, Oct. 24, 1686, graduated at Harvard College 1707. His mother was a granddaughter of the famous and learned Rev. William Ames, D.D.,* in honor of whom he received his baptismal name. After his failure i"34. to be chosen the colleague of his father in Marblehead, he was invited by the town of Manchester, Mass., by a unanimous vote, at a town meeting" held March 12, 1715-6, to become the minister there. This offer he accepted in the following letter.
"I declare my acceptance of Manchester's offers in order to Settlement covenanting wh. ym to do so & accept ordination as soon as may be, whilst yy are labouring to accomplish w'. I proposed & yy accepted feb: 16 last past And now promise to live wth. ym. in ye labours of ye Gospel, while yy : continue in its faith & order, yeilding to me all ye. Honours yl. ye. Gosple Demands for ye. Ambassadors of ye. Glorious Lord Brethren Pray for Me: Amen
Oct: 4: 1716: Ames Cheever."
He was ordained Nov. 1716, as the first settled minister of Manchester. Differences, however, arose between him and his people, aggravated probably by the continual depreciation of the paper money in which his salary was paid. From 1736 to 1743, the town made him constantly increasing appropriations "to make up for the Sinking of our Province Bills."J To a committee appointed by the town, he presented March 16, 1743, a lists of grievances, eight in number, complaining that the town had not kept its agreement with him. These troubles culminated in his asking a dismisssion from his pastoral office, which was granted Feb. 21, 1743—4, it having received the assent of a council || called to advise in the matter.
He died in Manchester, Jan. 15, 1756, and letters of administration on his estate were issued Feb. 16, 1756, to Isaac Mansfield, Jr.,If Esq., of Marblehead, who had married his daughter Ruth.
His estate was appraised at £1583: 10: 3$, and among the articles in the inventory were the following:
1 negro woman Call'd Violet,* . . . . 26: 13: 4.
1 negro Child, 5:6:8.
J ounce Gold, 2: 10: 8.
Silver plate, 88|oz., 82: 7:2}.
4 gold rings, gold buttons, silver buckles, . . 8: 17: 0. 1 gown, 2: 10: 0.
5 old wigs & ye Box, 0:6:0.
A parcel Books,t 66: 13: 4.
Mansion house and land in Manchester and Marblehead, 508: 19: 0.
(The administrator in his account, allowed Oct. 10, 1757, charges himself with "Loss of Negro Titus (died)"; and in an additional account filed Nov. 6, 1759, charges himself with loss on sale of " Negro Violet," less than the appraised value, £13: 18: 4. Among the deaths in the church records is the following entry: "Feb. 2,1772, m. Cheevers Violet 44 or 6 yrs." Caesar Conaway. of Ipswich, "a Negro man and Dina Cheever of Manchester a Negro woman," were intending marriage in Manchester, Nov. 11, 1804.
t What the worthy appraisers concisely term "a parcel Books," was in fact a large and valuable library, the accumulation of several generations of scholars, Which upon the death of the Rev. Ames Cheever was broken up. The books, being distributed among his heirs at law, fell, unhappily, in many cases, into careless and indifferent hands. A few of these books much mutilated have come into the possession of the writer of this paper.)
He was buried in the old burial ground in Manchester. No gravestone marked the spot until 1895, the year of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town, when a stone was erected bearing this inscription, the epitaph being from Alden's Epitaphs:
Reverend Ames Cheever
B. Oct. 24, 1686 D. Jan. 15, 1756 Minister of Manchester 1716—1744 Erected by his Descendants 1895.
"Hoc decus exiguum sacrum memoriae reverendi Amesii Cheever, qui cursu peracto setatis sum 69, 15 Januarii, anno Domini, 1756, terrena pro ccelestibus reliquit."
He m. (1) (published in "Wenham, Sept. 9, 1716) Anna, dau. of the Rev. Joseph Gerrish} of Wenham. She d. in Manchester, Mass., Feb. 14, 1726-7. Their children were:
i. Samuel, b. in Manchester, Aug. 29; bapt. Sept. 1, and d. Sept. 16, 1717.
ii. Ruth, bapt. in Manchester, July 5,1719; m. (published Sept. 9, 1744) Isaac Mansfield, Jr., Esq., of Marblehead.
iii. Joseph, bapt. in Manchester, Dec. 11, 1720.
iv. Anna, bapt. in Manchester, April 8, 1722.
v. Ames,* b. in Manchester, June 24,1723; bapt. June 30, 1723; died there March 4, 1802.
vi. Anna, b. in Manchester, Jan. 26, 1726-7 ; bapt. Jan. 29, 1727; d. there Feb. 2, 1726-7.
He m. (2) in Boston, Nov. 6, 1733, Mary Saunders of Boston. She d. in Manchester, Mass., Feb. 3,1734-5. They had one child:
vii. Josiah, b. in Manchester, Jan. 24, 1734-5; bapt. Feb. 2, 1734-5; d. deranged in the alms-house in Gloucester, Jan. 31, 1806.
He m. (3) in Ipswich, April 5, 1736, Sarah Choate: of Ipswich. Their children were:
viii. Thomas, bapt. in Manchester, Jan. 16, 1737; was a private soldier in Capt. Andrew Marsters' company, which marched, on the alarm of April 19, 1775, from Manchester to Medford, and was afterward a private in Capt. Richard Dodge's company, Col. Samuel Gerrish's regiment, and in Capt. Robert Dodge's company, Col. Jonathan Titcomb's regiment. He d. in Manchester, Dec. 27, 1781, aged 45 years.
4. ix. John, b. in Manchester, Aug. 7, bapt. Aug. 12, 1739.
5. x. Ezekiel, bapt. in Manchester, March 29, 1741.
xi. Samuel, bapt. in Manchester, Nov. 4, 1744.
xii. Sarah. Her intentions of marriage with Joseph Knight, Jr., were published in Manchester, Nov. 27, 1773. They were never married, and she died in Manchester, July 22, 1774, aged 27 or 28 years.
He m. (4) (published April 28, 1753) Sarah Davis) of Gloucester, who survived him, and d. a widow, in Manchester, Oct. 27, 1807, aged 80 years. His children by his fourth wife, both born in Manchester, were:
xiii. Mary Saunders, b. March 1, 1754; bapt. Oct 3, 1756; d. unm. before 1785.
6. xiv. Samuel, b. March 12, 1756; bapt. Oct. 3, 1756.
Reverend Ames Cheever's Timeline
October 24, 1686
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
September 9, 1716
Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts
August 29, 1717
July 5, 1719
December 11, 1720
Manchester, MA, USA
April 8, 1722
Manchester, MA, USA
June 24, 1723
Manchester, MA, USA
January 26, 1726
Manchester, Essex, MA, USA
November 6, 1733
Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
January 24, 1735