Killingly, Connecticut

January 1835 – October 1853

Transcribed & Researched, 1996 by Marcella H. Pasay

Editor’s Note:

The Rawson family was quite famous in their time as cabinet makers. Three generations of the family came from Providence, RI. They lived on the west side of the Providence River in an area primarily occupied by artisans.

The first generation, Grindal Rawson (1719-1803), born in Mendon, MA, moved to Providence by 1752 where he worked on Long Wharf. It is not known where he served his apprenticeship but there is speculation that he trained in Massachusetts, perhaps Boston. Much of the early furniture attributed to him suggests a Massachusetts influence in its design and construction. In 1759, Grindal owned a house at the north end of Richmond Street. No signed or labeled pieces by Grindal Rawson are known, despite the fact that he worked in Providence for nearly fifty years.

In the 1780s he formed a partnership with Jonathan Wallen and took his eldest son, Joseph, as an apprentice to their firm. Joseph evidently completed his term by 1789. The Direct Tax Survey indicates that he was building a new house on Sugar Lane in that year. It is reported that their business was located on Westminster Street in Providence.

William Rhoades Rawson was born in Providence, RI in 1790. He married Eliza (Chapman) Peckham in 1823 in Exeter, RI. They lived in Killingly on Putnam Heights and it was there that he had his business. Some time after the father, Joseph, Sr., died in 1835 (probably after 1853), son William returned to Providence from Killingly, CT, to help his brothers, Samuel and Joseph, Jr., run the business. There are only a few known pieces of their furniture remaining and they are in museums.

(Below are selected entries from his account book followed by notes researched by the author.)

May 1835    Mr. George Warren Esq.    Dr

The 1    2 Sett Bed Posts @ 7    2.33

1 Do    Do Do delivered Profret    1.17

Varnishing bed posts wagon & stain    1.17

13    Do and staining at house    .90

2 light Chairs @ 75    1.50

1 nusing Chaire    1.00

3 half Do    2.00

1 Canopy Bedstead    7.50

1 Dressing Table    7.00

(George Warren, son of Luther and Sarah, was born Jan. 28, 17987 (Killingly vitals vol. 1, p. 268). He died July 3, 1876, aged 79. His wife Sally (Day) died in 1885. Both are buried in the Putnam Heights Cemetery. The 1850 Federal Census states he was a farmer, born Killingly, as were his wife Sally, and their children: Mark, 19, Albert, 14, and Vernon, 9, and Maria, 8. Also enumerated with them is Alva J. Warren, 62, a laborer, born Killingly. George and Sally were admitted to the 1st Congregational Church of Killingly/Putnam on Nov. 5, 1837. They were married Feb. 8, 1821. (Killingly vitals vol. 1, p. 192.) George kept a tavern on the hill according to Larned’s History of Windham County. Bayles’ History of Windham County, vol. 2, page 776, states that George Warren was moderator of the first Putnam town meeting held at Quinebaug Hall on July 3, 1855.)

Sept. 18    Mr. David Clarke    Dr

1 pr Crickets    1.00

(David Clark, 60, a farmer, born So. Kingston, RI. His wife Mary, 55, was born in Plainfield. Children: Clarissa, 29, and Sarah, 22, born Sterling, CT, and born in Killingly were Rebecca, 19, and Daniel. Also enumerated with this family were Hiram Graves, a laborer, born Killingly, and Stephen Place, 18, born Foster, RI [Source: 1850 Federal Census, Killingly, CT.] David Clark, 86, died Aug, 1876, and his wife Mary, 96, in 1891. Both are buried in the Grove Street Cemetery, Putnam)

A cricket was a low wooden stool usually kept near a kitchen hearth. The work cricket comes from the German kriechen, “to creep”. [The Collector’s Complete Dictionary of American Antriques, by Frances Phipps]

Oct    Doct Wm Grosvner    Dr

22    2 days worke at Office    3.00

hinges screws & nails    .40

worke at Office    .70

(William Grosvenor, the son of Dr. Robert, was baptized in April, 1811 and a church member of the 1st Congregational Church, Killingly/Putnam, 1838. He practiced medicine in the area with his father. William was dismissed and recommended to the Grace Episcopal Church, Providence, RI, April 10, 1842. His wife Rosa A. Mason, daughter of James, inherited shares in the Masonville Company upon her father’s death. In 1848 William is appointed general manager of the Masonville Co. Later he becomes sole proprietor of the Masonville factories and the Fisherville factories to the north. They are renamed Grosvenordale and North Grosvenordale. [See Bayles’ History of Windham County, page 735 for a short biography.])

Jan 1836    Mr Joseph Adams Esq    Dr

1    pine Table    3.00

Reparinge Bedstead    .42

(Joseph Adams, Jr. died Apr. 24, 1862, aged 65 yrs. 10 mos. His wife Asenath died Nov. 29, 1872, aged 79 yrs., 6 mos. Both are buried Putnam Heights Cemetery. The 1850 Federal Census states he was a farmer, born Killingly. His wife Asenatha was also born in Killingly as was his son Frederick, 24. His daughter Elizabeth, 24, and son Simon, 11, were both born in Boston, MA. [Source: 1850 Federal Census, Killingly. See also Bayles’ History of Windham County, vol. 2, p. 761.] Joseph and Asenath were members of the 1st Congregational Church, Killingly/Putnam. Joseph Adams’ house is still standing on Route 21, south of Putnam Heights. It is presently the home of the Charles Weaver family of Killingly.)

January    Mr Ezkel Webster    Dr

the 25    repairing 6 chairs    .50

(Ezekiel Webster, 45, a farmer, born Farmington, MN(?). His wife, Esther (Cudworth), 43, born Oxford, MA, and children: George W., 18, a farmer, born Pomfret, CT, and Daniel, 16, a blacksmith, John, 9, Esther Ann, 7, all born Killingly. [Source: 1850 Federal Census, Killingly] Larned’s History of Windham County tells us that he built a hotel, houses, and a lumber business in Dayville. Ezekiel married Esther Warren, of Oxford, MA, Sept. 29, 1829. He died 1868; she died 1883. [History of Oxford, MA, by Davis] See also Bayles’ History of Windham County, vol. 2, pages 954 and 1193.)

1837    Mr Luther Warren    Dr

Sept 15 29 feet pine Boards    1.15

(Luther was the son of Eleazer and Sarah. He was born Oct. 3, 1767 [Killingly vitals vol. 1, p. 242.] He may be the Luther Warren who married Sarah Howe Oct. 5, 1788, by Rev. Elisha Atkins. [Killingly vitals vol. 1, p. 183.] Larned’s History of Windham County says he came with Calvin Warren about 1794 to settle on Killingly Hill. He is also most likely the Capt. Luther Warren who followed Sampson Howe as town clerk in 1804. He kept a tavern and at various times was a justice, town representative, and post master of the north district. [Larned’s History of Windham County,] Also see Bayles’ History of Windham County.)