Samuel Rawson, 1786–1852




Providence, Rhode Island


Samuel Rawson was born in 1786 in Providence to Joseph Rawson (1760–1835) and Elizabeth (Rhodes) Rawson (1760–1843). Samuel was the first of ten children born to Joseph and Elizabeth. His paternal grandparents were Grindal Rawson (1719–1803) of Providence and Elizabeth (Boyd) Rawson (c. 1726–1761) of Newport. (1) His maternal grandfather was Samuel Rhodes.(2)

In 1808, he entered the cabinet business with his father, forming the copartnership of Joseph Rawson & Son, advertising that this business, "will be pursued in all its branches on the most reasonable terms, with all convenient dispatch, at the Old Stand on the west side of the bridge" in Providence.(3) The partnership survived until November 1826, when the pair again advertised the dissolution of the business "by mutual consent," and that "All unsettled accounts must be left with Samuel Rawson, for settlement."(4)

In 1811, Samuel married Rosalie Gramon (died 1825) in Providence. She is said to have been the daughter of Captain James Gramon of the French Navy. They would have seven children before her 1825 death.(5)

In August 1823, Samuel and his brother Joseph, Jr. advertised for sale, "the valuable Estate now occupied by them in Westminster-Street, consisting of a three-story House, and a lot 40 by 75 feet."(6)

Directly following the dissolution of the partnership of Joseph Rawson & Son in November, 1826, Samuel partnered with his younger brother Joseph Rawson to form the firm Samuel and Joseph Rawson, Jr. Occupying the same premises as the earlier business, they advertised for sale, extensive supply of CABINET WARE; such as Bureaus, various patterns and sizes, Grecian claw feet Tables, Grecian Sofas, Cherry Tables, various patterns and sizes Bedsteads-Mahogany, Curled Maple and Cherry, of all sizes.(7)

Samuel remarried in 1827 to Elizabeth Richmond (died 1847), daughter of Nathaniel Richmond of Newport. The couple would have seven children.(8)

In 1833, Samuel and his brother advertised a new selection of wares, this time under the name "Rawsons' Furniture Ware House. Their wares included new additions such as center tables with marble tops, wash stands, "pillar and claw dining and breakfast tables," as well as, "Ladies' Work Tables, Fire Screens, Music Stools &c. &c."(9)

Samuel died in 1852 in Providence.

Benjamin W. Colman

1. E. B. Crane,The Rawson Family: A Revised Memior of Edward Rawson, (Worcester, Mass.: Published by the family, 1875), 3738, 84.

2. William Richard Cutter, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial vol. 1 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), 407.

3. The Phenix, "Co-Partnership Formed," January 9, 1808,

4. Providence Patriot & Columbian Phenix, "Notice," November 29, 1826,

5. Crane, The Rawson Family, 149–150.

6. Providence Patriot, "Real Estate for Sale," August 13, 1823,

7. Providence Patriot & Columbian Phenix , "Fashionable Furniture," December 6, 1826,

8. Crane, The Rawson Family, 149–150.

9. Providence Patriot & Columbian Phenix , "Rawsons' Furniture Ware House," December 14, 1833,