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US Patent: 744X
Machine for dressing shingles and staves
Patentee:
Jeremiah McIlvain - Chester, PA

USPTO Classifications:

Tool Categories:
woodworking machines : specialty machines : shingle machines

Assignees:
None

Manufacturer:
Not known to have been produced

Witnesses:
Unknown

Patent Dates:
Granted: Apr. 01, 1807

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Description:
Because of the Patent Office fire in December 1836, little is known about this patent. There are no patent drawings available.

According to various genealogy websites, Jeremiah McIlvain was born 1767-06-29 in Ridley Township, Pa, and died 1827-02-19, in the same place. He and his brother, John McIlvain, were partners in a tannery and sawmill. Jeremiah's sons (confusingly also named John and Jeremiah) were also involved in the business and took it over after Jeremiah Senior's death.

"A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 ... comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts", by John Leander Bishop, published 1866, says in a footnote on page 176: "A machine, patented in 1807 by J. McIlvain, of Chester, Pa., for dressing shingles, by means of knives fixed in a wheel connected with a shaft, and turned by horse power, was in operation in West Philadelphia at this time. A man and boy could dress and pile away two thousand in a day, and by water power three thousand.--Meese's Philadelphia."

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