Christopher Townsend, 1701–1787


shop joiner; house carpenter, shop keeper


Newport, Rhode Island

View objects associated with Christopher Townsend >


Christopher Townsend was born in 1701 in Oyster Bay, New York, the son of Solomon Townsend of Oyster Bay, and Catherine Almy of Newport. The family removed to Newport in 1707, where Christopher and his brother Job became house carpenters and shop joiners.

Christopher married Patience Easton (1703-1789) of Newport. Their children would include cabinetmakers John (1733-1809) and Jonathan (1745-1773).

In 1739, Christopher was engaged along with many Newport carpenters on the construction and paneling of the Richard Munday designed Colony House.

Christopher is known to have made desks-and-bookcases for both leading citizens of Newport such as a Abraham Redwood and for export to other Atlantic colonies.

When he died in Newport in 1787, Christopher left a large estate including significant holdings of real estate and silver.(1)


1. Morrison Hecksher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005.), 35-36, 48-49.