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Friday, August 18, 2017

Looking for my grandfather


I am looking for information on my grandfather Burton Alfred Finch, who sometimes went by B.A. Finch. He was a preacher and teacher in the Baptist tradition in Stephentown, New York likely between 1890 and 1910. I have some letterhead of his with Rev. B.A. Finch, Stephentown, New York printed on it. Any information regarding him or his descendents would be appreciated. Posted by Barbara Jo Finch

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  1. WindhamTownHistorian
    26 April 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Rev. Burton Alfred Finch was born 22 Aug 1877, probably in the Town of Windham, Greene County, NY. He was the son of Revilo Finch and Julia C. Jocelyn, both of whom are buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Town of Ashland, Greene County, NY. Around 1899 he married Jennie Rikley (Mar 1881 – Nov 1959). He died in Jackson County, Oregon on 1 Jan 1950 and is buried in Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford, Jackson County, OR.

    Undated photo of Burton A. Finch when he ran for Superintendent of the Poor in Greene County, NY on the Prohibition ticket.

    https://www.facebook.com/46527396938/photos/a.47422316938.61898.46527396938/10152104734261939/?type=3&theater

    1870 census – Windham, Greene County, NY
    Finch, Revilo (24, farmer, born NY)
    Finch, Julia (25, keeping house, b. NY)
    Finch, Arabelle (10 months, b. NY, b. Aug)
    Finch, Abram (79, farmer, b. NY)
    Finch, Almira (69, keeping house, b. NY)
    Finch, Mabel (35, seamstress, b. NY)

    1874 – Abram Finch died 23 Oct, aged 83 years
    1876 – Laura Merwin, wife of Abram Finch, died 7 Jun, aged 74 years

    1880 census – Windham, Greene County, NY
    Finch, Revilo (33, married, farmer),
    Finch, Julia C. (38, wife, married, keeping house)
    Finch, Belle (10, daughter, single, at home)
    Finch, Mary J. (7, daughter, single)
    Finch, Marcus V. (4, son, single)
    Finch, Burton A. (2, son, single) – all b. NY, both parents b. NY

    1892 census – Windham, Greene County, NY
    Finch, Revilo (46, farmer)
    Finch, Julia (51)
    Finch, Belle (23, dressmaker)
    Finch, Mamie (20, dressmaker)
    Finch, Vernon (17)
    Finch, Burton (15)
    Finch, Myra (12)
    Finch, Hattie (9)
    all b. U.S.

    1893 – Revilo Finch died at Windham, NY on 7 Jul, aged 47 years

    1900 census – Esopus, Ulster County, NY
    Finch, Burton A. (head, b. Aug 1877, 22, married 1 year, b. NY, both parents b. NY, painter)
    Finch, Jennie (wife, b. Mar 1881, 19, married 1 year, b. NY, father b. Canada, mother b. NY)
    Finch, Burton R. (son, b. May 1900, 1 month, single, b. NY, both parents b. NY)

    1910 census – Cairo, Greene County, NY
    Finch, Burton A. (head, 32, married once, married 10 years, b. NY, both parents b. NY, minister Methodist)
    Finch, Jennie (wife, 29, married once, married 10 years, b. NY, father b. Canada, mother b. NY)
    Finch, Braynton R. (son, 9, single, b. NY, both parents b. NY)

    1920 census – 692 Sherman Street, Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon
    Finch, Burton (head, 42, married, b. NY, both parents b. United States, preacher church)
    Finch, Jennie (wife, 38, married, b. NY, father b. Canada, mother b. NY)
    Finch, Brenton (son, 19, single, b. NY, both parents b. NY)
    Finch, Douglas (son, 9, single, b. NY, both parents b. NY)
    Finch, Evelyn (daughter, 7, single, b. NY, both parents b. NY)
    Finch, Robert (son, 4, single, b. NY, both parents b. NY)
    Roberts, Mary B. (aunt, 42, single, b. NY, both parents b. NY)
    Murphy, Catherine (servant, 32, single, b. Oregon, both parents b. Ireland, servant private house)

    1922
    The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, Ulster County, NY, issue of Tuesday Evening, September 12, 1922
    “Port Ewen, Sept. 12—Mr. and Mrs. Burton A. Finch are receiving congratulations over the arrival of a daughter, Juanita Barbara, September 3rd at their home in Ashland, Oregon. Mrs. Finch was formerly
    from this place, a daughter of Mrs. Kate Rikley on Bayard street.”

    1928 – Julia C. Jocelyn, wife of Revilo Finch, died, possibly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mamie Terpening, at Honesdale, PA, on 6 Mar

    1930 census – North Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon
    Finch, Berton A. (head, 52, b. NY)
    Finch, Jenny (wife, 49, b. NY)
    Finch, Douglas B. (son, 19, b. NY)
    Finch, Evelyn (daughter, 18, b. NY)
    Finch, Juanita (daughter, 7, b. OR)

    1940 census – Election Precinct 8 South Lakeview, Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon
    Finch, Burton A. (head, 62, married, b. NY, insurance salesman – fire insurance)
    Finch, Jennie (wife, 59, married, b. NY)
    Finch, Juanita (daughter, 17, single, b. OR)

    1950
    The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, Ulster County, NY, issue of Tuesday Evening, January 3, 1950
    Port Ewen
    “Port Ewen, Jan. 3—Word has been received here of the death Jan. 1 of Burton Finch, of Medford, Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Finch were former residents of Port Ewen, and Mrs. Finch is the former Jennie Rikeley, and is a sister of Mrs. Edward Hotaling.”

    1959
    The Kingston Daily Freeman, Kingston, Ulster County, NY, issue of Monday Evening, November 23, 1959
    Port Ewen News
    Village Notes
    “Mrs. Edward Houghtaling has received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. B. A. Finch of Medford, Ore. Mrs. Finch is the former Jennie Rikley, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Benson Rikley of Port Ewen.”

    Burton’s death certificate can be ordered from this website:
    http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Deaths/Dths1950.html

    Find a Grave photo
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=finch&GSfn=burton&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=59795870&df=all&

    WindhamTownHistorian@gmail.com

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