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Joseph W. V. Rawlings
(1826-ca. 1905)

Joseph William Vivian Rawlings (or Rawlins) was born in Camborne, Cornwall, England in February 1826, the son of Eliza and Samuel Rawlings. On the 1841 Camborne census he is already listed as an “engineer,” though only 15 years old. He came to the U.S. with his wife Joanna in 1851 and settled in Houghton, Michigan. There he worked as superintendant of a mining company machine shop in 1870, and as a mining engineer for the Cliff mine, the Minesota mine and other mines in the Michigan Copper Country. While serving as chief engineer at the Cliff, he built the first Cornish-style man-engine ever used in North America. His personal mineral collection included fine Copper Country minerals as well as good North American and European specimens. It was acquired following his death by the Michigan College of Mining (now Michigan Technological University).

References:
WILSON, W.E., and DYL, S.J. II (1992) The Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Mineralogical Record, 23 (2), 73-76.
International Genealogical Index.
U.S. Federal census, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910.
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