Thomas Howard, Sr., 1743–1818

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The published record indicates confusion concerning the identity and occupation of Thomas Howard, Sr., the father of Pawtuxet cabinetmaker Thomas Howard, Jr. The elder was probably the Thomas Howard born in the Pawtuxet section of Warwick in 1743 to Solomon and Hannah Howard.(1) References to the Pawtuxet cabinetmaker Thomas Howard only begin to appear in the late 1790s when the younger Thomas would have been establishing his own business. Given this fact, it seems likely that all references to the cabinetmaker refer to Thomas, Jr., even when the name is not appended.

The profession of Thomas Howard, Sr., remains unknown.

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Vital Record of Rhode, Island, 1636-1850,