Rev. Samuel MATHER

Male 1651 - 1728  (76 years)


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  • Name Samuel MATHER  [1, 2, 3
    • Samuel graduated at Harvard in 1671, married Hannah, daughter of Governor Treat of Connecticut, and died in 1727 at the age of seventy-seven years. In 1682, when thirty-two years old, he settled inWindsor, Conn., where he remained as the pastor of its church until his death. He was a clergyman of considerable celebrity, able and faithful; and when Yale College was founded in 1700, he was one of the principal ministers chosen to be founders by the general consent of the Connecticut clergy. He is the head of the Windsor branch of the Mather family. [1]
    • Rev. Samuel Mather graduated at H.C. in 1671, and prepared himself for the ministry. He then preached in Deerfield, Mass., until the destruction of that town by the Indians, in 1675; from there he went to Hatfield, and later to Milford and Branford, Conn., and from the latter place he was called to settle in Windsor, Conn., in 1682, where he remained until his death. It was said of him, "that in every respect e was a fit successor to the venerable John Warham." Descended from a highly respectable and gifted ancestry, he was one, and by no means the least, of a circle of noble men, whose varied talents and pious lives have rendered the name of Mather distinguished among the families of New England, even to the present day. His father, Timothy Mather of Dorchester, was a son of Rev. Richard, third minister of that town, and his mother a daughter of the excellent Maj. Gen. Humphrey Atherton. Thus highly connected, his earlier years were spent in the enjoyment of all the advantages which the best society of tat day could afford. The powers of his mind, the amiability of his character, and his piety, speedily won the esteem and love of his people, and composed the difficulties which existed among them. he was then in the prime of his life, grave and dignified in person, faithful and consistent in his daily life, and benignant and winning in manner. His connection b marriage with the daughter of the Hon. Robert treat, afterwards governor of the Colony of Connecticut, was in itself happy, and served to increase the influence which his gifts of mind and heart had already secured for him in the public estimation. Thus, happy in his public and domestic relations, his life was quietly passed in the faithful discharge of his pastoral duties to his now happy flock. And it is pleasant to record that during the whole period of his ministry, not one shadow of complaint seems to have darkened his or their pathway. On the contrary there is abundant evidence that he was the constant recipient of many marks of public and private respect and care.... [2]
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 5 Jul 1650/1  Dorchester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Mar 1727/8  Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I101656  Main Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2021 

    Father Timothy MATHER,   b. 1628, Liverpool, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1684, (from a fall in his barn) Dorchester, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Catharine ATHERTON 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F365  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah TREAT,   b. 1 Jan 1660/1, Milford, New Haven Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1707/8, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Children 
     1. Dr. Samuel MATHER,   b. 1677, Branford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1745/6  (Age 69 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Rev. Nathaniel MATHER,   b. 30 May 1695,   d. 20 May 1748  (Age 52 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F373  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S12076] HALL Ancestry A Series of Sketches of the Lineal Ancestors of the children of Samuel Holden Parsons Hall and his wife Emeline Bulkeley, Charles S. Hall.

    2. [S12200] Lineage of Rev. Richard Mather, Horace E. Mather.

    3. [S12222] "The Treat Family" A Genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat for Fifteen Generations, and Four Hundred and Fifty Years in England and America, John Harvey Treat, A.M.