Job Townsend, Jr., 1726–1778


Newport, Rhode Island

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Job Townsend, Junior was born in Newport in 1726, son of Job, Sr. (1699-1765) and Rebecca Casey. His paternal grandparents were Solomon Townsend of Oyster Bay, New York and Newport, and Catherine (Almy) Townsend.

In 1753 he married Deborah Taylor. They would have one son, Job E. Townsend (1758-1829) who became a cabinetmaker.

Job, Jr. was born into an extensive extended family of cabinetmakers, with uncle Christopher Townsend, brothers Edmund and Thomas, cousin John Townsend, and brothers-in-law John Goddard and James Goddard.

In contrast to his prosperous father, Job, Jr. seems to have struggled financially, taking on varied jobs as they arose. These ranged from turning furniture elements to making coffins.

Job, Jr. died in Newport in 1778.

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Morrison Hecksher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 39-40.