Solomon Goodspeed, died 1828




Newport, Rhode Island


In 1958, Wendell Garrett identified Solomon Goodspeed as a cabinetmaker based on the woodworking tools in his probate inventory.(1) However, it appears that Goodspeed might be more accurately characterized as a carpenter or house carpenter. When he died in early February, 1828, a local newspaper reported that,

Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Solomon Goodspeed, an honest, industrious Carpenter, while engaged in taking down a building, part of it suddenly fell, and buried him in the ruins; although, immediately, extricated, he survived only nine hours.-He was a good Husband, Father and citizen.-Funeral To-morrow, at One o'clock P.M. from his late residence on the Point.(2)

Though it is possible that Goodspeed was also engaged as a cabinetmaker, this cannot be argued with certainty until more information surfaces.

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Wendell D. Garrett, "The Newport Cabinetmaker: A Corrected Check List," Antiques 73, no. 6 (June 1958): 559-560.

2. The Newport Mercury, "Melancholy Accident", February 2, 1828.