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Samuel R. Losey

Samuel R. Losey was born in New Jersey on December 10, 1830, the son of Prudence and Timothy Losey. Samuel worked as a farmer all his life, and was an enthusiastic collector of the minerals from the nearby Franklin deposit. He advertised Franklin minerals for sale in the June, July and August 1890 issues of The Exchanger's Monthly. He married Hester E. (b. Nov. 1832) and together they had one child, Mary R. (b. 1864 in NJ). In 1873 Losey's house near Franklin Furnace was burned down, along with most of its contents; the fire was thought to have originated from a locomotive spark.

Losey's spectacular collection of Franklin minerals was purchased by Albert F. Holden and donated to the Harvard Mineralogical Museum in 1911. Losey died on July 24, 1904. The new Franklin mineral loseyite was named in his honor in by Bauer and Berman in 1929, who referred to him as "a native of Franklin and for may years, until his death, an ardent collector of the minerals occurring there."

U.S. Federal Census, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910.
BAUER, L. H., and BERMAN, H. (1929) Loseyite, a new Franklin mineral. American Mineralogist, 14, 150-153.
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