Randall, Joseph



Randall, Joseph


According to a 1971 letter from John Harbeson to Robert Ennis:
Joseph Randall, Master Carpenter, was the builder of the Walnut Street Theater from the plans of the architect John Haviland. A Quaker, he was elected a member of the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia in 1824, died in 1856, and is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Joseph Randall was also John Harbeson's great-grandfather.

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written by Tom Stokes.

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103 S. 9th St. (CD) (1830)


Walnut Street Theatre (from Haviland plans)
9th & Walnut Sts.


City Records D.S.B. book #339; filed March 16, 1820; satisfied January 3, 1824 (with his signature) Joseph Randall vs. J.W. Hamilton. Claim $419.24 against a certain lot and house situate on the east side of 5th between Pine and Lombard streets 180 feet or thereabouts from Pine street containing in front on 5th street 20 feet and in depth 20 feet or thereabouts bordered on the west side by the said 5th street on the west by ground of Thomas Kingston on the north and east by ground of Clement Lee Brady for carpenters work. ------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #339; filed January 17, 1821; no record of satisfaction Joseph Randall vs. Catherine Helmuth. Claim $264.35 against a certain house situate in Poplar Grove between Shippens lane and Broad street and between Cedar and Federal streets in the county of Philadelphia containing in front towards the west18 feet and towards the north and south 16 feet for materials furnished. ------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #343; filed April 29, 1829; satisfied June 20, 1829 (with his signature) Joseph Randall vs, Jacob Schiedell. Claim for $2706 against a certain three story brick house and lot with a three story piazza or staircase and bake house and bake ovens and smoke house situate on the north side of Filbert street between 12th and 13th 100 feet west of 12th containing in front on Filbert street (lengthy plot description) being for work done and materials provided. ------------------- City Directory - 1814, 20 - Joseph, carpenter, 103 S. 9th City Directory - 1830, 35 - Joseph Randall, house carpenter, 103 S. 9th St. 1840 , 45, 50, 54 - Joseph, gentleman, 103 S. 9th. ------------------ Athenaeum of Philadelphia Letter from John Harbeson: 22 Sept. 1971 Here is a short paragraph we discussed about my great-grandfather, Joseph Randall. "Joseph Randall, master carpenter, was the builder of the Walnut Street Theatre from the plans of the architect John Haviland. A Quaker, he was elected a member of the Carpenters' Company in 1827, died in 1856 and is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery."

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Many other listings for James; also some for Josiah.