Rev. Thomas Cheever

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Rev. Thomas Cheever

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: November 27, 1749 (91)
Revere, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Ezekiel Cheever, I and Ellen Cheever
Husband of Sarah Cheever; Elizabeth Cheever and Abigail Cheever
Father of Sarah Cheever; Thomas Cheever; Joshua Cheever; Ezekiel Cheever; Abigail Burt and 2 others
Brother of Abigail Cheever; Ezekiel Cheever; Nathaniel Cheever; Susannah Russell; William Cheever and 1 other
Half brother of Rev. Samuel Cheever; Mary Bull; Ezekiel Cheever; Elizabeth Goldthwaite; Sarah Keeney and 1 other

Occupation: Minister
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About Rev. Thomas Cheever

THOMAS CHEEVER.

He was the son of the celebrated school master Ezekiel Cheever, author of the Latin Accidence, and Mr. Wigglesworth's early teacher. Mr. Cheever began to preach at Malden, February 14, 1679. And at a meeting, December 27th, 1680," the year being neer upp," he was requested to continue. He was ordained July 27, 1681. Charges were brought against him before an Ecclesiastical Council in 1686. The Council sustained the charges, and he was dismissed May 20, 1686. After living in retirement for many years, he recovered the public confidence, and was ordained the first pastor of the First Church in Chelsea, October 19, 1715, nearly thirty years after his dismission from Malden. He continued in the ministry at Chelsea about thirty-five years more, and died at the advanced age of 91 years.

About the time of Mr. Cheever's dismission from Malden, the church seems to have been involved in dissensions and discouragements.

Bibliographic information:

From research by Kristin C. Hall:

"Thomas was a Clergyman. He graduated from Harvard College in 1677 and lived to be the oldest surviving graduate of Harvard College[27,29]. He began preaching at Malden on 14 February 1679/80 and was ordained there on 27 July 1681 as a colleague of Michael Wigglesworth (brother of Abigail Wigglesworth, the wife of Benjamin Sweetser). He was dismissed in 1686 from this church when he moved to Rumney Marsh. From 1686 until 1715, he was in comparative retirement there. In 1715, he was chosen as pastor of the newly gathered church at Rumney Marsh. Thomas also taught school in Rumney Marsh as early at 1709, "teaching reading, writing and cyphering at his home to an average of twenty pupils."[30]

"His early ministerial life was clouded by grave charges" but in 1722 and 1735 he was invited back to his old church in Malden to preach there. These sermons were published in 1726[31]. On 24 September 1747, due to his advanced age of 89, he was relieved at his own request and Nathaniel Oliver, Jr. was appointed scribe to keep the records and proceedings of the church. On 13 April 1748, The Reverend William McClenachan was appointed associate pastor to Rev. Cheever and he was formerly installed on 21 December 1748 as Cheever¹s colleague[31]. "

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Rev. Thomas Cheever's Timeline

1658
August 23, 1658
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
1675
1675
Age 16
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1685
1685
Age 26
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
1687
January 6, 1687
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
1691
March 7, 1691
Age 32
Boston, Middlesex, MA, USA
March 20, 1691
Age 32
Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1694
March 16, 1694
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts