About Joseph Moulton
- Born: 17 Feb 1814, Newburyport MA
- Marriage: Elizabeth Coleman on 12 Jul 1838 in Newburyport MA
- Died: 1903, Newburyport MA
Last in the line of Moultons manufacturing silver in Newburyport and it was he who sold the business in 1860 to Towle and Jones, former apprentices of his father and predecessors of the present company of Towle Silversmiths. He later trained his son Edward M. Moulton, who worked for a few years with him, but did not continue. Another son, William, succeeded to his father's retail business but did not make silver himself. Joseph worked independently from his father and his uncles, Abel and Ebenezer Moulton.
By this time, Anthony F. Towle went from Hampton to Newburyport where he became apprenticed to the fourth William Moulton. Anthony was a descendent of Philip Towle and the son of Jabez who had purchased the General Moulton house in Hampton. Later Anthony joined with William P. Jones to establish a silversmith partnership. These two subsequently purchased the fourth Joseph Moulton's business and formed the firm of Towle and Jones in 1857. From this enterprise developed the famous silversmith establishment today known as The Towle Silversmiths.
Hampton thus is intimately connected with the early history of silversmithing in America, being the birthplace not only of the first William Moulton, but also of Anthony Towle, whose name is perpetuated in the present designation of The Towle Silversmiths.