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    Ezekiel Cheever

    Male 1614 - 1708  (94 years)

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    • Name Ezekiel Cheever 
      Born 25 Jan 1614  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Gender Male 
      Died 21 Aug 1708  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
      • (from Goldthwaite Genealogy"; thanks to Kim Clements)

        "Ezekiel Cheever, the famous master of the Boston Latin School, was born in London Jan. 25, 1614, the son of William and Margaret Cheever. He was admitted a pupil of Christ's Hospital Apr. 3, 1626, and went thence to the University of Cambridge, where his name has been found enrolled in the Register of Emanuel College, Jan. 12, 1632-3. He came to Boston, in New England, in 1637, and removed probably the next year, to New Haven, where he was chosen one of the twelve foundation members of the church, June, 1639; was deputy to the Court in 1645 and 1646, occasionally preached, and, throughout his residence there of about twelve years, taught school, first in his own house, and later in a free school established by the town.

        "In New Haven he married, in the autumn of 1638, his wife, Mary, her maiden name unknown, who died there Jan. 20, 1649, having been the mother of six children. From New Haven he removed, about 1650, to Ipswich, Mass., where he became the first master of its grammar school, established about that time. While living there he married Nov. 18, 1652, his second wife, Ellen Lathrop, sister of Capt. Thomas Lathrop of Beverly.

        "After about eleven years, spent in Ipswich, he removed to Charlestown, entering upon his duties as schoolmaster there Nov. 26, 1661, and nine years later, going over to Boston, he began, Nov. 6, 1670, his last and longest period as a teacher, continuing there the remaining thirty-eight years of his life, as master of the Boston Latin School, which had been established in 1635. He had thus, at his death, which took place in Boston Aug. 21, 1708, at the age of 94, completed seventy years continuous service as a teacher, having been the Schoolmaster of most of the principal men of Boston then upon the stage."

        Ezekiel Cheever wrote two books: "Scripture Prophecies Explained," and his famous "Accidence" or Latin Grammar, written, it is supposed, in New Haven, and for more than a century in use in the schools of New England, passing through at least twenty editions, the last published in Boston in 1838.
      • By his second wife, Ellen Lathrop, he had a son, also named Ezekiel Cheever, who became the famous clerk in the Salem Witch Trials and a character in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible."
      Person ID I788  Our Family Tree
      Last Modified 26 Feb 2008 

      Father William Cheever 
      Mother Margaret 
      Family ID F2115  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Mary,   d. 20 Jan 1649 
      +1. Elizabeth Cheever,   b. 02 Apr 1645, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1726, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
      Last Modified 26 Feb 2008 
      Family ID F2070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Jan 1614 - London, England Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Aug 1708 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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