Cyrus Cleaveland, 1780–1837


cabinetmaker; chairmaker


Providence, Rhode Island


Cyrus Cleveland was born February 28, 1780 in Dover, Massachusetts, to David Cleaveland (1744–1820) and Rachel (Allen) Cleaveland (1749–1799). His father was born in Walpole,

Massachusetts, but lived in Natick by 1773 when he married Rachel Allen of Dedham.(1)

cabinetmaker; chairmaker

Place of birth: Dover, Massachusetts Place of death: Providence, Rhode Island Place of work: Providence, Rhode Island

By 1801, Cleveland established a cabinetmaking shop in Providence with Luther Metcalf, advertising that, The subscribers hereby inform their Customers and other, that they have commenced the Cabinet and Chairmaking Business in Providence, at their Shop near the Foot of Constitution-Hill; where and Kinds of Cabinet Furniture of Chairs may be had at the shortest Notice; and as the Business is carried on upon a large Scale by one of the Proprietors in the Country, where Furniture can be afforded much cheaper than in Town (the Work being chiefly done there, and transported here to be finished) it will be sold at such reduced Prices as cannot fail of giving Satisfaction to Purchasers. Liberal Credit will be given to those who may want large Quantities of Windsor Chairs or other furniture for Exportation. LUTHER METCALF, CYRUS CLEAVELAND.(2)

Cleveland purchased land on Constitution Hill in Providence in 1803 from Esek Olney of Johnston, Rhode Island.(3)

By 1808, he was no longer in partnership with Luther Metcalf, advertising that, Cyrus Cleaveland, Informs his friends and the publick, that he continues to carry on the CABINET MAKER's BUSINESS on Constitution-Hill, opposite Short-Ally, where may be had all articles in his line on short notice, and the smallest favours gratefully acknowledged. Also, all kinds of TURNING done at the shortest notice. Likewise, patent COFFEE-MILLS made by him.

N.B. A Boy from 14 to 16 years of age, wanted as an apprentice to the above business.(4) His business remained active through at least 1832.(5) He died in Providence in 1837.(6)

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850,

2. The Providence Gazette, "Cheap Cabinet Furniture Store," October 17, 1801.

3. Esek Olney to Cyrus Cleveland, deed, November 18, 1803, Providence Land Book 29, vol. 1, p. 99. Providence City Hall, R.I.

4. The American, "Cyrus Cleaveland," October 21, 1808.

5. Ethel Hall Bjerkoe, The Cabinetmakers of America (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1957), 66.

6. Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index,