Joseph Rawson, Jr., 1788–1870




Providence, Rhode Island


Joseph Rawson was born in 1788 in Providence to Joseph Rawson (1760–1835) and Elizabeth (Rhodes) Rawson (1760–1843). Joseph, Jr. was the second 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 August 1823, Joseph and his brother Samuel 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."(3)

In 1808, Samuel and Joseph Rawson, Sr. established a cabinetmaking firm under the name Samuel and Joseph Rawson, Jr.. Directly following the dissolution Joseph Rawson & Son in November, 1826, Joseph, Jr. established a partnership with his older brother the firm Samuel & 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.(4)

In 1833, Joseph, Jr. 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."(5)

Joseph died in 1870 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). 37-38, 84

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

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

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

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