Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Eaton, Samuel, 1737-1822
Creator
McKeen, Joseph, 1757-1807
Title
Samuel Eaton and Joseph McKeen sermons
ID
M053
Date [inclusive]
1770-1801, undated
Extent
0.5 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The collection includes sermons, preached in Massachusetts and Maine, written both by Samuel Eaton and Joseph McKeen.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Samuel Eaton and Joseph McKeen Sermons, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Eaton was born April 3, 1737, in Randolph [Braintree, now Quincy], Massachusetts, a son of the Rev. Elisha Eaton (Harvard Class of 1729), who was minister of the Second Parish Church of North Yarmouth [Harpswell] Maine (1753-64). Eaton was fitted for college at York, Maine, by "Master Moody", a celebrated educator who later taught at Dummer Academy in Byfield. After graduating from Harvard in 1763, Eaton kept school for a few months in Scarborough, Maine. Among his pupils was

Eaton was described by a contemporary as somewhat eccentric and old-fashioned, "a rather stout and plump man of dignified bearing, who dressed in a spacious broad-skirted coat with deep cuffs, wide pocket flaps, and a large square collar; a waistcoat flaring in front and falling almost to the knees; breeches; high shoes secured by large silver buckles, a wig, and a cocked hat." Harriet Beecher Stowe used Eaton as a model for her Yankee character, Parson Sewall, in Pearl of Orr's Island (1862).

Joseph McKeen, the first president of Bowdoin College (1802-07), was born October 15, 1757, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. His father and grandfather, John and James, were among the first settlers of the town, having come from the north of Ireland in 1718 to escape religious and political oppression. McKeen graduated from Dartmouth College (1774) at age seventeen. He taught school for eight years in Londonderry, except for a short period during which he served under General Sullivan in the American Revolution. In 1785, the year he married Alice Anderson, McKeen moved to Beverly, Massachusetts, where he served as the Congregational minister until 1802. The couple had three sons and two daughters. Joseph McKeen died July 15, 1807, in Brunswick, Maine. For further information on the McKeen family see the Joseph McKeen Collection.


Scope and Content

The collection includes sermons, preached in Massachusetts and Maine, written both by Samuel Eaton and Joseph McKeen. Eaton's eleven sermons begin in 1770 and end in 1790 and McKeen's sixty-five sermons begin in 1783 and end in 1801. Eaton, a contemporary of McKeen, is known to have preached some of McKeen's sermons.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

 M53.1 M53.1: Samuel Eaton Sermons, 1770-1790, n.d.   11.0 folders

Series Description:

Included are eleven of Samuel Eaton's sermons, written and first preached 1770-1790, primarily in Harpswell, Maine.

Arrangement:

First chronologically and then by biblical verse.

Box Folder
1 1

February 4, 1770. Matthew 7:13 

1 2

September 17, 1775. Jeremiah 14:19 

1 3

August 1779 

1 4

May 4, 1783 

1 5

May 22, 1785. John 14:6 

1 6

June 1786. Revelations 12:1 

1 7

July 1786. Exodus 3:3 

1 8

February 1788. Ephesians 2:8-9 

1 9

June 1788. Luke 8:13 

1 10

September 1790. Acts 20:9 

1 11

[undated] 


 M53.2 M53.2: Joseph McKeen Sermons, 1783-1801, n.d.   65.0 folders

Series Description:

Included are sixty-five of Joseph McKeen's sermons, written and first preached 1783-1801 primarily in Massachusetts and Maine. Some of these sermons were also preached by Samuel Eaton.

Arrangement:

First chronologically and then by biblical verse.

Box Folder
1 12

June 8, 1783. John 3:3 [with note from the Pejepscot Historical Society about Rev. Samuel Eaton] 

1 13

November 23, 1783. Revelations 3:20 

1 14

August 8, 1784. Matthew 16:24 

1 15

November 25, 1784. Psalm 97:1 

1 16

January 23, 1785. Deuteronomy 6:5 

1 17

May 22, 1785. Philippians 3:11 

1 18

June 5, 1785. Philippians 3:8 

1 19

August 7, 1785. Ecclesiastes 7:9 

1 20

September 25, 1785. Proverbs 14:9 

1 21

September 25, 1785. II Peter 1:6 

1 22

October 23, 1785. Matthew 6:9 

1 23

November 13, 1785. Proverbs 3:6 

1 24

November 27, 1785. Matthew 11:28 

1 25

December 17, 1785. Exodus 20:8 

1 26

January 8, 1786. Matthew 26:35 

1 27

January 22, 1786. Matthew 4:1 [1]; and January 22, 1786. Matthew 4:1 [2] 

1 28

June 11, 1786. James 2:10 

1 29

July 9, 1786. Hebrews 2:3 

1 30

July 16, 1786. Proverbs 3:9 

1 31

March 11, 1787. I Timothy 4:8 

1 32

October 21, 1787. Titus 2:11-13 

1 33

January 20, 1788. Colossians 3:3 

1 34

February 10, 1788. Isaiah 55:7 

1 35

April 6, 1788. Ezekiel 33:11; and January 15, 1797. Proverbs 1:23 

1 36

June 15, 1788. I John 2:15 

1 37

June 22, 1788. Psalms 37:5, 62:8 

1 38

June 22, 1788. Psalm 62:8 

1 39

June 29, 1788. Psalm 144:15 

1 40

June 29, 1788. Ecclesiastes 5:1 

1 41

July 6, 1788. Genesis 18:19 

1 42

November 2, 1788. II Timothy 2:19 

1 43

March 8, 1789. Psalm 19:12 

1 44

March 29, 1789. I Thessalonians 5:6 

1 45

May 24, 1789. I Kings 18:21 

1 46

June 14, 1789. Hebrews 9:27; and October 25, 1795. Ecclesiates 12:14 

1 47

October 25, 1789. Hebrews 11:7 

1 48

November 8, 1789. Philippians 3:20 

1 49

June 13, 1790. Hebrews 12:5 

1 50

January 2, 1791. Acts 26:22 

1 51

May 22, 1791. Philippians 2:5 

1 52

June 5, 1791. Psalm 27:4 

1 53

September 18, 1791. Isaiah 57:15 

1 54

November 29, 1792. Psalm 103:2 

1 55

February 10, 1793. Psalm 19:13 

1 56

April 11, 1793. Psalm 51:18 

1 57

May 5, 1793. I Peter 1:13 

1 58

February 23, 1794. James 2:23 

1 59

November 20, 1794. Psalm 147:1 

1 60

September 6, 1795. Mark 1:15 

1 61

January 3, 1796. Psalm 89:48 

1 62

December 11, 1796. Acts 10:43 

1 63

May 4, 1797. Matthew 25:29 

1 64

June 4, 1797. Genesis 15:11 

1 65

May 6, 1798. Colossians 1:10 

1 66

May 9, 1798. Psalm 137:5-6 

1 67

August 12, 1798. Hebrews 12:1 

1 68

January 27, 1799. Romans 10:3 

1 69

April 4, 1799. Zechariah 7:5 

1 70

April 25, 1799. Isaiah 33:6 

1 71

September 22, 1799. Job 33:27-28 [1]; September 22, 1799. Job 33:27-28 [2]; and August 4, 1799. Romans 3:23 and I John 1:8 

1 72

March 16, 1800. Job 22:22 

1 73

April 3, 1800. Luke 19:26-27 

1 74

May 3, 1801. I Corinthians 11:31; and November 6, 1796. Galatians 6:4 

1 75

[undated] Psalm 51:1 

1 76

[undated] Zechariah 9:12