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Aaron Cleveland

Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Aaron Cleveland and Abigail Cleveland
Husband of Susannah S. Cleveland
Father of Susanna Cleveland; Dorcas Cleveland; William Cleveland; Stephen Cleveland; Rev. Aaron Cleveland and 5 others
Brother of Aaron Cleveland; Samuel Cleveland; Abigail Usher; Dorcas Cleveland; Josiah Cleveland and 3 others

Occupation: Minister, Graduate of Harvard
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About Rev. Aaron Cleveland

Stephen Grover Cleveland

By Deshler Welch,M1

In 1747 Rev. Cleveland moved to Massachusetts, where he was pastor of South Church in Malden until 1750,[1] when he took an active part in the emigration from New England for the settlement of Nova Scotia. At Halifax in 1750, he established the first Presbyterian church in Canada. The Scottish Calvinists became its directors, overriding the New Englanders, and in 1755 Cleveland went to London, where he received holy orders.

Cleveland returned to America as a missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. During the return voyage the vessel ran aground at Nantucket Shoals, and he lent his muscular aid to the sailors with good results, but a wave inflicted an injury upon his strong frame,[1] from the effects of which he never recovered. He was rector of the church in Newcastle, Delaware, but visiting Philadelphia for medical treatment, when he died under the hospitable roof of his friend, Benjamin Franklin. A tribute to his character appeared in Franklin's newspaper.


Rev. Aaron Cleveland, great grandson of Moses and Ann and son of Aaron and Abigail Cleveland, successively inhabitants of Woburn, Medford, Cambridge, Medford again, and Charlestown and finally in East Haddam, CT was born October 29, 1715. As this record of his birth is from the Cambridge Town Records, and as the record of his baptism the next day, October 30, 1715, is from the Records of the Church of Cambridge, it may be confidently presumed that Cambridge was the place of his birth; though it has been said by some that he was born in Medford. He entered Harvard College at sixteen years of age; was graduated in 1735; was over the church and people of Haddam, CT in July 1739; married Aug 4, 1739, Susannah, dau of Rev. Aaron Porter of Medford, born Mar 1, 1716 and the sister of Joanna Porter b. Mar 22, 1719 whom his brother, Josiah Cleveland had married Jan 1, 1735 (1735/6?). Rev. Mr. Cleveland was dismissed from Haddam 1746; installed over the South Church in Malden about June 1747, and dismissed about October, 1750. We next hear of him at Halifax, Nova Scotia, whence he sailed for England; received orders to the Church of England in London, 1755 and was commissioned July 1, 1757 by the Society for the Propagating the Gospel in Foreign parts to take charge of the Episcopal Chruch in Newcastle, Delaware in compliance with the request of that people.

On his way to Boston, to make arrangements for conveying his family to Newcastle, he stopped at the house of Dr. Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia; was there taken sick and died Aug 11, 1757. His remains were interred in Christ Church, Philadelphia. His widow died at Salem 1788. The Pennsylvania Gazette of August 18, 1757 contained an obituary notice in which was a warm eulogium upon him written by the Editor, Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

From History of Woburn


~ Rev. AARON CLEVELAND ~ Father: Aaron Cleveland Mother: Abigail Cleveland Married (04 Aug 1739, Medford, Middlesex, MA): Susannah Porter Cleveland

(B: 26 Apr 1716, Medford, MA - 01 Mar 1788, Salem, Essex, MA)

Daughter: 1. Stephen Cleveland (Born: 1738, Norwich, New London, CT -08

Oct 1801; Burial: Charter St. Cemetery, Salem, Essex, MA); 2. Susannah Cleveland (Born: 1741, Norwich, New London, CT - 1788, MA); 3. William Cleveland (Born: 1742/1744, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT - 30

Dec 1815, Salem, Essex, MA; Burial: Charter St. Cemetery, Salem, Essex,

MA) first married (23 Nov 1783, Salem, Essex, MA): Elizabeth Barton (B: 28

Sep 1765 -12 Jul 1805) married: Elizabeth Bartow; 4. Rev. Aaron Cleveland; 5. Dorcas Cleveland (Born: 1746, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT - Deceased,

Salem, Essex, MA); 6. George Cleveland (Born: Jul 1747, Malden /Medford, Middlesex, MA or

East Haddam, Middlesex, CT - Aug 1924, MA); 7. Margaret (Cleveland) Hiller (B: 24 Jun 1748, Medford, MA - 30 Apr 1804,

Boston, Suffolk, MA) -married (31 Oct 1770, Salem, Essex, MA): Major

Joseph Hiller (B: 24 Mar 1747/48, Boston, Suffolk, MA - 09 Feb 1814,

Lancaster, MA or Salem, Essex, MA) Major, Revolutionary War; First

Collector of Taxes, Salem Custom House, Salem, MA (App. by President

Washington); Converted to the New Church, 1784, by James Glen's visit to

Boston, Suffolk, MA; One of the earliest readers of Swedenborg 8. Lucy Cleveland (B: Aug 1749, Medford, Middlesex, CT - 20 Aug 1787)

married (11 Oct 1767, Salem, Essex, MA): Samuel Blyth; 9. Abigail Cleveland (B: Abt 1756, Medford, Middlesex, CT -20 Aug 1787)

married (07 Oct 1805, Salem, Essex, MA): Thomas Hartshorn; 10. Elizabeth Cleveland (B: Abt 1758, Medford, Middlesex, CT - Deceased)

married (07 Oct 1805, Salem, Essex, MA): Nathaniel Roper;

Burial: Aug 1757, Christ Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Spouse: Susannah Porter Cleveland (1716 - 1788) Children: Stephen Cleveland (1738 - 1801)* Aaron Cleveland (1744 - 1815)* Margaret Cleveland Hiller (1748 - 1804)* Burial: Christ Church Burial Ground Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: Glenn Ellis Record added: Mar 17, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 67049191[1]


Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Find A Grave Memorial# 67049191

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Rev. Aaron Cleveland's Timeline

October 29, 1715
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Age 20
Age 24
October 8, 1741
Age 25
E. Haddam, Connecticut
Age 27
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
February 3, 1744
Age 28
East Haddam, New London County, Connecticut Colony
July 1747
Age 31
East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
June 24, 1748
Age 32
East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
August 1749
Age 33
East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut