Rev Samuel Treat

Rev Samuel Treat

Birth
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Mar 1717 (aged 68)
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
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Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 18504402 · View Source
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Aged 69 years
1699 graduate of Harvard

"Rev. Samuel Treat (1716/17) was minister in Eastham for 45 years from 1672 until his death. He is remembered as preaching hellfire and damnation." His voice was so loud that when speaking it could be heard at a great distance from the meetinghouse, even in the midst of the winds that howled over the plains of Nauset." Rev. Treat learned the language of the Indians and preached to them with missionary zeal over a wide area of Cape Cod.

The large original slate headstone of Rev. Treat was stolen in the 1800's. It was replaced in the late 1800's with a marble headstone which was in style at the time. This marble stone is paired with the original slate footstone of Rev. Treat. A cedar tree grows over his grave. The original headstone later was found in a barn in Orleans. It was placed in Snow Library in Orleans for safe keeping where it was destroyed by fire in 1952."

Written by the Eastham Cemetery Commission, and found at capecodgravestones website.

Eastham Cemetery Commission
Eastham Town Hall
2500 State Highway
Eastham, MA. 02642From Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, the Rev. Samuel Treat Stone (d. 1716/17):

HERE LYES INTERRED YE BODY OF YE

LATE LEARNED AND REVD. MR. SAMUEL TREAT,

YE PIOUS AND FAITHFUL PASTOR OF THIS CHURCH,

WHO AFTER A VERY ZEALOUS DISCHARGE OF HIS

MINISTRY FOR YE SPACE OF 45 YEARS, & A

LABORIOUS TRAVEL FOR YE SOULS OF YE

INDIAN NATIVS, FELL ASLEEP IN CHRIST,

MARCH YE 18, 1716/17, IN YE 69 YEAR

OF HIS AGE. [the line breaks are my own]

An eighteenth century marble replacement marker stands in the cemetery today commemorating Rev. Samuel Treat, along with the original slate footstone, inscribed "Mr. Samuel Treat." According to Kenelm Collins of the Eastham Historical Society, the original slate stone was "removed from Cove Burying Ground prior to 1905 and kept at Snow Library in Orleans until its destruction by fire in 1952."32 Mr. Collins has reconstructed the fire-damaged gravestone from many broken parts, but I have not yet had opportunity to view this marker. John Warner Barber (1841) records the inscription on the original Treat headstone33. It is perhaps the most remarkable biographical statement written on any Cape stone of this early period. Rev. Mr. Treat, originally of Milford, Connecticut, apparently was held in the highest esteem at the time of his death. Barber writes that he was,

"The first minister in this town, [. . .] distinguished for his evangelical zeal and labors, not only among his own people, but also among the Indians in this vicinity; and he was the instrument of converting many of them to the Christian faith."33
I suspect that the original headstone was carved by a Lamson and resembled the Shearjashub Bourn Esqr. stone of Sandwich (d. 1718/9) in size and quality of carving.


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  • Maintained by: Elwin C. Nickerson
  • Originally Created by: EOB
  • Added: 18 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18504402
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Samuel Treat (3 Sep 1648–18 Mar 1717), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18504402, citing Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Elwin C. Nickerson (contributor 47456951) .