Job Townsend, Sr., 1699–1765


shop joiner; house carpenter


Newport, Rhode Island

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Job Townsend was born in 1699 in Oyster Bay, New York, the son of Solomon Townsend of Oyster Bay, and Catherine Almy of Newport. The family would remove to Newport in 1707. Job and his brother Christopher would become house carpenters and shop joiners in Newport.

Job married Rebecca Casey, and they would have thirteen children, many involved in the cabinetmaking business. Three sons, Job, Jr., Edmund, and Thomas were cabinetmakers or joiners. Two of their daughters, Hannah and Susannah, would marry woodworkers. Hannah married her father's apprentice John Goddard while Susannah married James Goddard .

He held a number of public offices in Newport, including Town Treasurer and Viewer of Joiner's Lumber, and Clerk of the Markets.

Job died in Newport in 1765.(1)

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Morrison Hecksher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 35-39.