Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tintype of Two Young Men, Jim R?, possibly Rackliff, and Roscoe H?, possibly Hall; possibly Thorndike, Maine
Tintype of two young men identified as Jim R?, possibly Jim Rackliff, and Roscoe H?, possibly Roscoe Hall.
There's nothing on the reverse and no studio marking. The tintype was found with Maine items, although there's no guarantee it itself is from Maine.
Interestingly, there were a James H. Rackliff (1843-1902) and a Roscoe Hall (1844-1868) in Thorndike, Maine. If the tintype depicts this Jim and Roscoe, it was taken no later than 1868, the year that Roscoe died.
James H. Rackliff was the son of Hezekiah Chase Rackliff and Rosanna (Rogers) Rackliff. James married Ella Martha Coffin. Roscoe Hall was the son of Mark Hall and Olivia (Decrow) Hall.
There was also a Benjamin J. Rackliff (1841-1881) born in Thorndike.
If you have another theory as to Jim and Roscoe, or if you recognize either of them from your own historic family photographs, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.