Lineage: Sarah3, Charles2, George1
|CHAUNCEY, c.1589-aft.1853||Related Families: Eyre | Still | Bulkeley|
baptized November 5, 1692, in Yardley-Bury church, Hertfordshire, England,
of noble descent, son of George
and his second wife, Ann/Agnes
married 17 March 1630 Catherine
daughter of Robert
of Sarum, Wiltshire, and Agnes
his wife, daughter of John
Bishop of Bath and Wells. He served as second President of Harvard
University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1654 to 1671 and died while
in office. All six of their
sons were ministers and graduates of Harvard.
He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in 1617, and a Bachelor of Divinity in 1624. He was chosen a professor of Hebrew, but became a professor of Greek instead. In 1627, he became vicar of Ware. His puritan views brought him in opposition to those of the established church, so much so that he was imprisioned in 1635, and obliged to make a humiliating recantation.
Undoubtedly to escape persecution for his beliefs, he left England in late 1637, and arrived in Plymouth. There he preached along with Rev. Reynor. However, his belief in infant baptism prevented him from becoming the regular preacher there. In 1641 he was elected pastor of the church at Scituate. Besides his ministerial labors, he was a practicing physician. Problems in Scituate, however, led him to make preparations to return to England. He instead was offered the positon as the second president of Harvard University, in 1654.
Cotton Mather wrote: "How learnedly he now conveyed all the liberal arts unto those who sat at his feet; how wittily he moderated their disputations and other excesses; how constantly he expounded to them the scriptures in the college hall; how fluently he expressed himself unto them in the Latin of Terentian phrase, in all his discourses; and how carefully he inspected their manners, and above all things was concerned for them - will never be forgotten by many of our most worthy men, who were such men, by their education under him."
He died February 19, 1671. His wife died January 24, 1667. They are buried in the old burying ground in Cambridge.
War of 1812 Hero
Commodore Isaac Chauncey was born February 20, 1722 at Black Rock, Fairview
County, Connecticut. He was imbued with a great love of the sea, prevailing
on his parents to allow him to leave home at an early age of 12, when he
was taken hand by Captain Brewster, a family friend.
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