'I remember Nellie saying once or twice that her name should be Cornelia, but I am convinced that this was an affectation, since the records I found all show her as Nellie, including the 1880 census, land transfers, her teaching contracts and bank accounts' - Clair Smith
She was a teacher and taught for about 50 years, generally in one-room school houses, in Greene and Ulster counties.
Found her on the 1880 Cairo, Greene, New York census (dist 70 img 5) as Nellie Finch
, age 6.
Mr. and. Mrs. Almeron Finger
have been spending a few days with Miss Nellie Finch
, at Cairo. [her future in-laws]. - The Recorder
April 12, 1895.
Found her on the 1900 Cairo, Greene, New York census (dist 68 img 7) as Nellie Finger
Mrs. Clarence Finger
has had to get a substitute at the Quarryvllle school, having been called to Catro by her father's sickness. She has been gone for a fortnight. - Catskill Recorder
Found her on the 1920 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census age 45.
Found her on the 1925 Saugerties, Ulster, New York state census (A.D.01 E.D.07 img 11) as Nellie Finger
age 51, teacher.
Found her on the 1930 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (dist 53 img 6) age 56, teacher in public school.