'By the way, family rumor has it that it was this very John Finger
...who had a terrible falling out with his uncle Jeremiah
and henceforth changed his name to FingAr.' - e-mail Sept 2007 from Christopher Record, g-g-g-grandson of John Finger.
The sponsors of his baptism, 27 Oct 1811, were his grandparents, John Finger & wife Theisje
Found him on the 1850 Benton, Yates, New York census (img 5) as John Finger
, age 39, Waggon Maker, born New York.
He is mentioned in his son, John W's Civil War Pension Application as age 74, and about 1/4 disabled due to a 'skin disease (psoriasis) for the last 30 years.' This would explain why Lucy A. Fingar
applied for a pension based on her son's death.
Another affidavit states that John and Lucy Finger
lived and worked on the farm of neighbor Zadoc St. John
Found him on the 1860 Potter, Yates, New York census (img 8) as John Finger
age 49, Wagon Maker.
Found him on the 1870 Benton, Yates, New York census (img 41) as John Finger
, age 59, Farm Laborer, born New York.
Found him on the 1880 Benton, Yates, New York census (dist 215 img 27) as Joun Finger
age 69, laborer.
Also on the 1880 Benton, Yates, New York census we find in the household next to John and Lucy: Roswell Wells
52, uncle; Martha Babbit
39, widow, niece; Warner Babbit
18, nephew; Delos Finger
Found him on the 1892 Benton, Yates, New York state census (E.D. 01) as John Finger
age 82. He is living in the household of his son Hiram Finger