Job Danforth, 1745–1838


Occupation

shop joiner; house joiner

Location

Providence, Rhode Island

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Biography

Job Danforth was born April 11, 1745 in Taunton, Massachusetts, into a respected Massachusetts family. His parents were Samuel Danforth (1697-1755) and Bethiah (Crossman) Danforth (1700-1787). His paternal grandparents were the Reverend Samuel Danforth (1666–1727; Harvard College 1683) and Hannah (Allen) Danforth. Samuel was the minister at Taunton for many years, and Hannah's father was pastor at the First Church of Boston. His maternal grandparents were Nathaniel and Sarah Crossman.(1)

On November 5, 1769, he married Sarah Coy (1753–1812), daughter of Peter and Sarah Coy of Bristol, Rhode Island. Together they would have eight children; Samuel (1770-1795), Ozias (born 1772), Job (born 1774), Oliver (born 1776), William (born 1777), Horatio (1780–1807), Catherine (1785-–1833), and Walter Raleigh (born 1787).(2)

In June, 1769, Danforth was identified as a shop joiner of Taunton when he sued Stephen Hopkins of Providence to recover twenty four pounds.(3) By April, 1770, he was identified as a shop joiner of Providence when he purchased land of Samuel Coy, Providence painter.(4) Danforth was called a cabinetmaker in June, 1772 when he purchased land of Joseph Martin of Providence.(5)

He was identified as a shop joiner in May, 1774, when he purchased land in Providence from Cranston yeoman Benjamin Sprague, (6) and as a house joiner in June, 1774, when he sued Providence stone mason Jacob Williams for damages of twenty six pounds.(7)

In August, 1778, he served for twenty five days as a boatman in Captain Esek Eddy's company of artificers. This service would earn him a veteran's pension later in life.(8)

In 1804, Danforth was once again identified as a Providence shop joiner when he sold land in Providence to merchant Elisha Dyer.(9)

He died November 23, 1838.

A tea table and several side chairs are attributed to Job Danforth based on descent in his family.

Benjamin W. Colman and Patricia E. Kane

John Joseph May, Danforth Genealogy (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1902), 34, 41, 54.

May, Danforth Genealogy, 54.

Job Danforth v Stephen Hopkins, June, 1769, Inferior Court of Common Pleas, Providence County, Record Book, vol. 6, p. 34, Judicial Archives, Supreme Court Judicial Records Center, Pawtucket, R.I.

Samuel Coy to Job Danforth, deed, March 21, 1770, Bristol Deeds, vol. 3, pp. 254-255. Bristol Town Hall, R.I.

Joseph Martin to Job Danforth, deed, June 18, 1772, Providence Deeds, vol. 20, p. 49. Providence City Hall, R.I.

Benjamin Sprague to Job Danforth, deed, June 10, 1774, Providence Deeds, vol. 20, p. 243. Providence City Hall, R.I.

Job Danforth v Jacob Williams, Inferior Court of Common Pleas, Providence County, Record Book, vol. 6, p. 645, June 1774 term, Judicial Archives, Supreme Court Judicial Records Center, Pawtucket, R.I.

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (Boston: Wright and Potter Printing Co. 1898), 397.

Providence Land Book 29, vol. 1., p. 129, Sara Steiner Research Notes, Rhode Island Furniture Archive, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.