- Gerald W. R. Ward
Goddard, John (20 January 1723–04 July 1785), cabinetmaker, was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the son of Daniel Goddard, a shipwright, and Mary Tripp. Shortly after John’s birth the Goddards moved to Newport, Rhode Island. There John was apprenticed to cabinetmaker Job Townsend, Sr., in about 1743; on 3 April 1745 he became a freeman of Rhode Island. In 1746 he married his master’s daughter, Hannah Townsend. The Goddards had sixteen children, three or four of whom became cabinetmakers. Relatively little is known about Goddard’s personal life. On 22 August 1748 he bought a house lot for £250 on Easton’s Point, later Washington Street, where he erected his house and shop. In the 1760s he held town offices, including viewer of lumber and justice of the peace, and apparently was a respected citizen....