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Title Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University: In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Volume 2 Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University: In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Clifford Kenyon Shipton Volume 2 of Biographical sketches of graduates of Harvard university, in Cambridge, Massachusetts: With an appendix, containing an abstract of the steward's accounts, and notices of non-graduates, from 1649-50 to 1659 Volume 2 of Sibley's Harvard Graduates: Biographical Sketches of Those who Attended Harvard College ... with Bibliographical and Other Notes, Massachusetts Historical Society Contributors John Langdon Sibley, Clifford Kenyon Shipton, Massachusetts Historical Society Publisher Charles William Sever, University Bookstore, 1881 Original from the University of California Digitized Sep 23, 2008
Born 1639, died 1724, aged 84.
Rev. Samuel Cheever, B. A., of Marblehead, Massachusetts, oldest child of the famous schoolmaster, Ezekiel Cheever, was born at New Haven, Connecticut, 22 September, and baptized 15 November, 1639.
He went to Marblehead to preach in November, 1668, a few weeks after the death of Ezekiel Walton, who had officiated there, "though without ordination, about twenty years." From this time he became "a common Father to the whole Town."
May 24, 1684, after he had been preaching fifteen years and a half, "the brethren at Marblehead, finding a great inconveniency in going to Salem," where they were churchmembers, "with the unanimous concurrence of the congregation, applied themselves to Mr. Samuel Cheever," to have a church gathered, of which he should be the pastor. He "expressed his willingness" 9 July. A fast having been held, a church of fifty-four persons, whose names, together with the confession of faith and church-covenant, are printed by Dana, was organized by elders and messengers from the churches in Salem, Ipswich, Lynn, and Beverly, 13 August, 1684, and he was ordained, in the "presence of the Deputy Governor [Thomas Danforth], with five of the assistants and twenty elders, with other ministers, and young students, and many others."
In 1714, he "being aged, though not otherwise infirm, the church invited candidates to preach"; and 18 July, 1716, John Barnard, H. U. 1700, was ordained his colleague. After this, "though he preached, one part of the day, for three or four years," all the other duties were performed by his colleague.
"Above fifty years, he preached without being taken off from labors one sabbath," and always memoriter. "He took leave of his publick stated Exercises in October, 1719," says Barnard, though "about a Year after this, upon a special Occasion, he entertained" his people "with a short, but plain and fervent Excitement, to be zealous of good Works."
He "had no small Abilities, both natural and acquired, being owner of a solid Judgment, a copious Invention, and a tenacious Memory, which were improved in him, by a due application of himself to Reading, Meditation and Prayer." He had "an uncommon Knowledge in the holy Scripture, being an excellent Text-man, and carrying a Body of Divinity in his Head, which he would often say" to his colleague "it was good for a Divine to be well fornished withal."
In the sketches of eminent ministers of New England by Barnard, he is said to have been a man "of great classick learning, a good preacher, a thorough Christian, and a prudent man."
Upham says he "was a clergyman of the highest standing, and held in universal esteem through a long life."
"At upwards of fourscore, he could read without the help of Spectacles, and had his Hearing quick as Youth, to the last week of his Life; but the Powers of his Mind, some few Years before he died, failed, especially his Memory, whereby he was greatly unfitted even for common Conversation; and yet his constant Family Prayers were orderly and regular; so did Grace shine in the decays of Nature." He lived to be the oldest graduate, and died 29 May, 1724, "his Lamp of Life fairly burning out, without being put out; for he felt no Sickness nor Pain to the last." His wife, to whom he had been married about fifty-four years, survived him.
June 28, 1671, he married Ruth, born 28 September, 1647, daughter of Edmund Angier, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose wife was Ruth, daughter of the famous Professor William Ames, D. D. They had several children, among whom was Ames Cheever, H. U. 1707, born 24 October, 1686, died 15 January, 1756.
Gods I Sovereign Government | Among the | Nations | Asserted in a Sermon | Preached before His Excellency the | Governour, the Honourable | Council, and Representatives | of the Province of the Massachusetts- | Bay in New-England, on May 28, 1712. | being the day for Election of Her | Majesties Council for that Province. || Boston: Printed by B. Green: Sold at the Booksellers Shops. 1712. 16mo. pp. 53. 5, i/, P.
AUTHORITIES. —American Quar- viii. 65; x. 168; xxv. 188,712; xxxi. terly Register, vii. 251, 258; viii. 14; 13. New England Hist, and Gen. xiv. 378, 410. J. Barnard, Elijah's Register, ix. 358. J. Savage, GeneMantle, 33-40. S. Dana, Discourse alogical Dictionary, i. 58, 371. W. on the History of the First Christian B. Sprague, Annals of the American Church in Marblehead, 9-17. Es- Pulpit, i. 253. W. B. Trask, Cheever sex Institute, Historical Collections, Pedigree. C. W. Upham, Saiem xii. 49. J. Farmer, Gen. Register, 58. Witchcraft, i. 113; ii. 193, 195, 478, Massachusetts Hist. Soc.,Collections, 550.
Source: The Essex Genealogist, Vol 19 (1999). "Reverend Ezekiel Cheever and his descendants" by Alexander Dunn Accessed by Kris Stewart at americanancestors.org, Jul 1, 2012
"Reverend Samuel was born on 22 September 1639 in New Haven, New Haven co., CT. Samuel died in Marblehead, Essex co., MA on 29 May 1724 "in the 85th year of his age, and of his ministry the 50th." Samuel graduated from Harvard College in 1659 and was ordained on 13 August 1684. He preached at Marblehead for 16 years before his death. "
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Rev. Samuel Cheever's Timeline
September 22, 1639
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
February 27, 1683
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
October 24, 1686
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts