- Born: c 1727, Salem MA
- Died: 14 Aug 1785, Salem MA
Events in his life were:
- He worked in 1749-1780 as a silversmith in Salem MA
It is unknown who his master was, but Jeffery Lang of Salem has been suggested. At the start of his career, he bought £26.9.10 worth of goldsmith tools and supplies from Samuel Edwards of Boston. 9
- Advertised in the Boston News-Letter (Boston MA), 5 Nov 1767,
"THE Subscribers Shop in Salem was BROKE Open the First of this Instant, in the Night, and the following Articles were Stolen from him, viz.
ONE pair square Stone Buckles, 4 pair Stone Earings set in gold, 6 or 7 Gold Rings, 5 or 6 pair of Cypher Stone Buttons set in Silver, 50 or 60 pair Silver shoe and knee Buckles, 6 strings of Coral Beeds, Part of a gold Necklace, 1 1/2 Dozen Tea-Spoons mark'd I:T one large Spoon, Maker's Name J. Towzel, 7 pair silver Sleeve Buttons, together with Neck-Buckles, &c, &c, &c.
ANY Person that will discover the Thief or the Goods, that the Owner may recover them again, shall have TEN DOLLARS Reward and all necessary Charges paid by me. John Towzel, Goldsmith. 9
- He wrote his will in Aug 1785 in Salem MA
Terming himself a yeoman, he bequethed to his sister Susannah Hathorne, in addition to receiving half his house and garden, "One Silver Porringer, Six large Silver Spoons, one pair of Silver Salts, one Silver Spout Cup, all of them marked T over I S [and] Six Sweetmeat spoons with forks marked L-G." His other sister, Mary Hathorne, received "one Silver Porringer marked M.E. five large Silver Spoons marked B over W M also one pair of silver salts" as well as land and other household goods. John Hathorne received the other half of the house and garden, and numerous small bequests were made to other relations. Shortly before he died, Touzell presented to St. Peter's Church a silver cup, possibly of his own making, which was converted into a basin in the late nineteenth century. 9