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Catalog Number 2000.001.0009
Object Name Tintype
Description Quite dark oval tintype; gentleman has a full head of hair; dark suit; white shirt and light colored folded "v" shaped tie. No facial hair.
Number of images 1
Date ca 1860
Title Middlecoff, F. M.
Collection Foundry - Middlecoff, F. M.
Accession number 2000.001.
People Middlecoff, F.M.
Notes 1825-1860 Pioneer, Founder

1850 St. Clair County Census, Vol 2: V (this is Virginia) 20, Francis M. 23,
Emaline 1 All born in Illinois and living at Ridge Prairie

1860 Belleville City Directory: Middlecoff & Co., ss 3rd South between Race
(S. Third) and city limits. Manufacturer of Cox & Roberts patent thresher and cleaner. (No residence given)

1860 Belleville City Street Directory also includes an ad with a line drawing
of Cox & Roberts Patent Thresher and Cleaner now manufactured by F. M.
Middlecoff & Co. (See 2001.01.28)

1881 History of St. Clair County, pub by Brink & McDonnough, p 193:
Cox & Roberts thresher became known as the "Belleville Separator".
In 1855, F. M. Middlecoff, a farmer and mechanic, and Theopolis Harrison bought out John Cox. 100 machines were manufactured annually. Upon Middlecoff's death in 1860, Harrison and Buchanan received numerous patents for their company which became known as Harrison Machine Works. See US Patent Records beginning with 1865. The St. Louis Public Library is a regional depository for US Patents.

1868 Belleville City Directory: John, finisher, res cor s 3rd and Race (3rd).
Mrs. V (widow) res east side Church between Main and N. 1st (East A). NOTE: This is 20 N. Church St.

Descendent: Maryan (correct spelling) Rippey, 17 Coral Dr., Belleville 236-2331 has additional
genealogy.

NOTE: In file is an article from a St. Clair County Historical Society Newsletter indicating the ownership of the Kunz House. Maryann believes the building which was moved from E. Washington St. (across from the Belleville Public Library) to 602 Fulton St. was built by the Middlecoff family. See 2005.020.