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Than we in our Sententiæ had before.
Syrs, Do you not Remember well the Times,
Such Tutors to the Little Ones would be
We'd Agathangelus not think too much.
Come from the Mount, he shone with ancient Grace,
Mean time America a Wonder saw ;
You that in t'other Hemisphere do dwell,
Nay, Syrs, our CHEEVER shall confute you all,
Who at New-Haven first began to Teach,
The Luminous Robe, the Loss whereof with Shame
But in his Paradisian Rest above,
• TUTORS, Be Strict; But yet be Gentle too:
Who keeps the Golden Fleece, Oh, let him not
Why can you not to Learning find the way,
But, Oh! First Teach them their Great God to fear; “That you like me, with Joy may meet them here.?
H’has said !
The Stones (at least upon the Tombs) will speak.
Doctrinam ac Virtutem
Quis queat numerare,
Exuvijs debetur Honos. Ezekiel Cheever was twice married. The surname of his first wife whom he married in New Haven, shortly after his arrival there, in the autumn of 1638, is not known. The New Haven Records* thus note her death: “Mary Cheever ye wife of Ezekiel Cheever dyed The 20th of January 1649." "His second wife, whom he married Nov. 18, 1652, was Ellen Lathrop, sister of Capt. Thomas Lathrop of Beverly. She died in Boston, Sept. 10, 1706. His children by his first wife were:
2. i. Samuel, b. in New Haven, Sept. 22, 1639; bapt. there, 17:9: 1639.
William Lewist of Farmington, Conn., as his second wife. She m.
(2) Thomas Bull of Farmington, Jan. 3, 1692, and d. Jan. 10, 1728. ii. Ezekiel, bapt. in New Haven, 12 : 4 : 1642; d. young. iv. Elizabeth,
6:2: 1645 ; m.f in Charlestown, Sept. 6, 1666, Samuel Goldthwaite.
Sarah, bapt. in New Haven, 21:7: 1646. vi. Hannah,
25:4:1648. His children|| by his second wife were: vii. Abigail, b. Oct. 20, 1653 ; d. in Boston, Jan. 24, 1705, unm
married, aged 52 years.
* Vol. i. 5.
+ REGISTER, viii. 47; x. 97; xvii. 4. Middlesex Births, Deaths and Marriages, L. 3, f. 128, in office of Clerk of Courts, East Cambridge. The Salem Records erroneously give the date of this marriage as Sept. 8, 1666.
$ John Wakeman of New Haven, in his will dated 18:4mo. : 1660, probated 24: 8mo. : 1661, on file in the Probate Office in Hartford, and printed in the New Haven Colonial Records, ii. 447, says, “It. I giue vnto Hanna Cheeuers fiue pounds, to be set apart and improued for her at the end of one yeere after my decease as my ouerseers shall see meete vntill shee come to eighteene yeers of age (which is the tyme agreed vpon for her continuance wth me or mine) or till the tyme of her marriage, prouided shee marry wth the consent of my executors and ouerseers, or wth the consent of any two of them.”
|| The dates of the birth and death of Nathaniel and birth of Thomas are from the County Records in the Office of the Clerk of the Courts at Salem, and the birth and death of William from the Charlestown Records. I tind no record of any other. For them we must rely on the authority of Mr. Savage. He obtained them, Mr. Parn urd says, from a manuscript memorandum belonging to Rev. Ezekiel Cheever Wilkams. Is not this the Rev. Ezekiel Cheever Whitman before mentioned ? I found at New Haven no record of the births of any of the children by the first wife. For that of Samuel we must also rely on Mr. Savage. The dates of the baptisms were copied by me from the Baptismal Records of the First Church of New Haven.
viii. Ezekiel, b. July 1, 1655 ; m. in Salem, June 17, 1680, Abigail Lip
pingwell. is. Nathaniel, b. in Ipswich, June 23, 1657; d. there July 12, 1657. Thomas,* b.
Aug, 23, 1658 ; Harvard College 1677. xi. William, b. in Charlestown, Jan. 23, bapt. Jan. 29, d. there Feb. 5,
1664. (The record erroneously gives the name of the mother as
Abigail.) xii. Susanna, m. in Boston, June 5, 1693, Joseph Russell. 2. SAMUEL" (Ezekiel'), Rev., born in New Haven, Sept. 22, 1639, 'bapt. there 17:9: 1639, graduated at Harvard College in 1659. He went to Marblehead in November, 1668,
1668. where he preached for sixteen years before being regularly ordained. His is the second name on the petitiont of the inhabitants of Marblehead against imposts, 1668. He took the oath of freeman May 19, 1669. In a depositions taken at Marblehead Feb. 18, 1705-6, he testified to his “ being minister of yt sa place thirty Seven years and living next door to m' Maverick" and " keeping in his almanack a register of ye Anual Occurences in the Towne.” June 28, 1671, he married Ruth Angier, daughter of Edmund Angier of Cambridge. || “ Mr John Hubberd” and “m" Samuell cheeuers were admitted to full communion with the church in Ipswich Jan. 25, 1673. He was ordained Aug. 13, 1684, as the first settled minister of Marblehead. In the same year, 1684, he preached the Artillery Election sermon** from Heb. ii. 10. He was one of the ministers who were consulted in relation to the witchcraft troubles in Salem Village in 1694,17 and one of those who petitioned the General Courtff in 1703 in relation to
* Some of the descendants of the Rev. Thomas Cheever are shown on a tabular pedigree, herein-before referred to, prepared by William B. Trask, Esq., for Prof. David W. Cheever, M.D., of Harvard College, of which a copy may be found in the Library of the New Eng. land Historic, Genealogical Society. See REGISTER, xxxii. 443. Besides the pedigree, the chart contains a photo-electrotype of the fac-simile of the Carmen Genethliacon, several autographs, the will of Ezekiel Cheever, and other interesting memoranda.
† Mass. Archives, lx. 39. This petition was printed in the REGISTER, ix. 81.
| Church Records on last leaf but one of an old volume of records of the Feoffees of the Grammar School in Ipswich.
** Transcript of the Records of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company deposited in the Boston Athenæum.
tt Coll. of Mass. Hist. Soc., 3d series, iii. 180. REGISTER, X. 363; xi. 317.
II Mass. Archives, cxxxv. 124. “ Tó his Excellency the Governour, Council and Representatives of the Province of the Massachusets Bay, in Generall Court Assembled June 1703. The Address of severall Ministers of the County of Essex.
“Whereas in the year 1692 some of our neighbours of a good conversation, were apprehended and imprisoned upon Suspition of Witchcraft, upon the complaint of some young persons under Diabolicall molestations; and vpon their Tryall at the Court at Salem were condemned; great weight being layd vpon the Evidence of the Afflicted persons, their Accusers. Sentence of Death was Executed on severall of them, but others were Reprieved.
“But since it is apparent and hath been Acknowledged, that there were Errors and mistakes in the aforesaid Tryalls; and notwithstanding the care and conscientious endeavour of the Honorable Judges to do the thing that is right: yet there is great reason to fear that Innocent persons then sufferred, and that God may have a controversy with the Land vpon that account.
“We would therefore humbly propose to the consideration of this Honored Court, whether something may not, and ought not, to be publickly done to clear the good name and repu. tation of some who have sufferred as aforesaid, against whom there was not as is supposed Sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of such a Crime, and for whom there are good grounds of Charity. Some of the condemned persons aforesaid, and others in behalf of their Relations who have suffered, have lately Petitioned this Honoured Court upon this Account. We pray that their case may be duely considered. Thomas Barnard, Samuel Cheever, Joseph Green, Zech. Symmes, William Hubbard, Joseph Gerrişh, Benjamin Rolfe, John Rogers, Jabez ffitch, Jn Wise, Joseph Capen, Thomas Symmes.”