- Gerald W. R. Ward
Townsend, John (17 February 1733–12 March 1809), cabinetmaker, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of Christopher Townsend, Sr., and Patience Easton. Townsend likely served his apprenticeship with his father, as probably did two of his brothers who entered the same trade, Christopher and Jonathan. A document indicates that he was working independently as a joiner by 1754, and objects bearing his name are dated as early as 1756. By the time he was thirty, he had served as surveyor of highways, and he would later become town treasurer, both indications that he was well respected within the town. He married Philadelphia Feke, the daughter of the portrait painter ...