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Catalog Number 2000.001.0012
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Watercolor and pastel of a man in a three piece suit, white shirt and flat bow tie seated in a wicker chair. The woman standing next to him is dressed in a long skirted/sleeved black dress. There is a blue bow or pin at the high cowl neck. Her light brown hair is parted near the center and fluffed up a bit before pulled to the back of the neck. The man's hair which barely covers his ears is gray as is his mustache and beard.

Rear of photo reads in pencil: From Mrs. Sarah J. Stater, Faltonham, NY. John Cox is written in ink in the upper left hand corner.
Number of images 2
Date ca 1870
Title Cox, John and wife, Mary
Collection Manufacturer - Cox, John and Mary
Accession number 2000.001.
People Cox, John
Cox, Mary
Notes 7/17/1821 - Manufacturer, Capitalist

1850 St. Clair County Census Index:

Advocate newspaper 10/25/1854 - Cyrus Roberts co-proprietor (with John Cox)
of Belleville Foundry and Agricultural Works. (See ad including a line drawing
of the Cox & Roberts Patent Thresher and Cleaner in the 1860 Belleville City
Street Directory and 2001.01.28 accession record)

1881 HIstory of St. Clair County, pub by Brink & McDonnough, p 193:
John Cox and Cyrus Roberts settled in Belleville in 1848, secured numerous patents and manufactured the "Cox & Roberts Thresher" -- later named the
"Belleville Separator". Theopolis Harrison and F. M. Middlecoff worked for them.
Roberts interest was purchased by William C. Buchanan in 1857. Co was bought out by Middlecoff in 1855 and renamed the company, FM Middlecoff & Co.

Biographical Information from the History of St. Joseph County (Mich) page 540:
Born 1821, Bucks County, PA
Parents: Jonas and Elizabeth, nee Larue
John orphaned at the age of 13
Age 16 apprenticed to the blacksmith trade - Age 18 moved to Trenton, NJ as a journeyman and learned to be a machinist but returned to PA and made plans to move to Belleville, IL with Cyrus Roberts - 1848. While in Belleville for about 10 years he manufactured threshing machines. Moved to Michigan. etc. etc.

See 2008.033 for photo and information on Cyrus Roberts