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Ezekiel Cheever, I

Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 21, 1708 (94)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Cheever and Margaret Cheever Newman
Husband of Mary Cheever and Ellen Cheever
Father of Rev. Samuel Cheever; Mary Bull; Ezekiel Cheever; Elizabeth Goldthwaite; Sarah Keeney and 8 others
Brother of Sarah Kinne; Richard Cheever; Thomas Cheever and Anne Cheever
Half brother of Daniel Cheever

Occupation: Schoolmaster, Headmaster, Boston Latin School, Schoolmaster & Author
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About Ezekiel Cheever, I

The portrait that was attached to this profile has been deleted because it was actually a portrait of Judge Sewell. A plaque associated with Cheever has been substituted.

Source: The Essex Genealogist, Vol 19. "Reverend Ezekiel Cheever and his descendants" by Alexander Dunn Accessed by Kris Stewart at americanancestors.org, Jul 1, 2012. ---

From The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).

VOLUME XVII. Later National Literature, Part II.

XXIII. Education.

§ 10. Ezekiel Cheever.

The outstanding figure in the conduct of the Latin school, as well as the chief representative of the colonial schoolmaster, is Ezekiel Cheever, who taught for seventy years, the last thirty-eight of them as master of the Boston Grammar School. Cheever himself contributed little to literature except a Latin Accidence, probably the earliest American school book, entitled A Short Introduction to the Latin Tongue (before 1650). This in itself was no more voluminous than the poetic tribute paid after his death by one of his pupils, Cotton Mather. With better motive perhaps than metre he thus records his esteem:


A mighty tribe of well instructed youth

Tell what they owe to him and tell with truth,

All the eight parts of speech he taught to them

They now employ to trumpet his esteem.

   .  .  .  .  .  .  .

Ink is too vile a liquor; liquid gold

Should fill the pen by which such things are told.

Another of Cheever’s pupils was Judge Sewall, who has left us in his diary some details of the schooling of his children. After hearing Mather’s funeral oration upon Cheever, Sewall made in this diary but one brief entry about their departed master: “He abominated periwigs.”

Lived in Boston, MA & New Haven, CT where he had a parcel shown on the 1641 map of New Haven.
Schoolmaster & Author

Immigration: Vessel / Ship "HECTOR" From London, England to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA

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Ezekiel Cheever, I's Timeline

Kings Lynn, Norfolk, , England
January 25, 1614
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
September 22, 1639
Age 25
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
November 29, 1640
Age 26
New Haven, New Haven Colony
Age 27
New Haven, CT
February 6, 1645
Age 31
New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
September 20, 1646
Age 32
New Haven, New Haven, CT
June 25, 1648
Age 34
New Haven, CT