John Carlile, Jr., American, 1762–1832, active 1781–1830


cabinetmaker; chairmaker; lumber merchant


Providence, Rhode Island

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John Carlile, Jr. was born in Providence in 1762, son of John Carlile (1727-1796) and Elizabeth Franklin Compton Carlile. His father was born in Boston, but was working in Providence by 1756. His mother, born Elizabeth Franklin, was the niece of Benjamin Franklin.(1)

In 1784, Ann Tyler leased land in her garden to three Carliles; John, Sr., John, Jr., and Thomas, all then identified as ship joiners. Starting in 1789, John, Jr. sometimes worked with the firm John Carlile and Sons with his father John, Sr., and brother Samuel. In 1797, John, Jr. moved from that shop to a large workshop on Benefit Street in Providence. Records from this period indicate that Carlile made chairs, desks, coffins, and parts for ships. As time went on, however, Carlile shifted his focus away from furniture making and towards his activities as a lumber merchant.(2)

In December of 1788, John Carlile, Jr. married Nancy Dana, daughter of Nathaniel Dana (c. 1749-1822).(3)

Benjamin W. Colman

Ott, Joseph K. "Lesser-known Rhode Island Cabinetmakers: The Carliles, Holmes Weaver, Judson Blake, the Rawsons, and Thomas Davenport," Antiques 121 (May 1982): 1156-1157.

Ott, "Lesser-known Rhode Island Cabinetmakers," 1157.

Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850,