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GEORGE BARRELL CHEEv ER was born in Hallo
well, Me., April 17, 1807; second son of Charlotte Barrell, of York, and Nathaniel Cheever, of Salem, Mass. His father acquired the art of printing in the office of Isaiah Thomas, under the guardianship of his uncle, Rev. Dr. Aaron Bancroft of Worcester. In Hallowell, he became a leading man, of great integrity, energy, and force of char acter. . He was printer and publisher, founder of the American Advocate and Genera/ Adversiser of Kennebec County, Me. He early published an edition of the “Pilgrim's Progress,” for the people of his State, believed to have been the first book of the kind issued in the then District of Maine. The moulding influence of this work was marked upon the character and life of the son. Through his father's book store he became an early and eager devourer of books.
His grandfather was Nathaniel Cheever, of Salem, of whom it is recorded in the Maine Reports,” that his was the first blood shed in the Revolution, he being one of a party of Provincials who resisted a company of British Regulars sent from Boston by Gov. Thos. Gage to seize the Salem powder-mill, just before hostilities began between
* Vol. xxxiii. page 593.