91st PA: John Finn

John Finn

Before the war

He was born in February 1834 (5, 12 [1825], 15 [1825], 16 [1825]); 2 (30 in 1865), 5 [66 in 1900], 8 [22 in 1860], 9 [28 in 1870], 10 [43 [??] in 1880]). He was born in Rockhill, County Limerick, Ireland (2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14).

He immigrated to the United States in 1856 (5). By 1900, he was a naturalized citizen (5).

In 1860, he was living in Hollidaysburg Borough, Blair County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his mother Mary Finn, and with Daniel and Mary Finn (presumably his siblings) (8).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

He was drafted (1). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 16 March 1865 (1, 2, 3). He was enlisted for one year, at Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Lloyd (2). He was a private in company C (1, 16, 17).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 3). He was a private, in company C (17).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Hollidaysburg Borough, Blair County, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his mother Mary (9). He was an ore miner (9).

In 1870/1871, he married Margaret Naughton (5, 13, 14). She was born in 1845 (13) or February 1840 (5, 14), in Six Mile Bridge, County Clair, Ireland (14). In 1900 and 1910, she had had seven children, six of whom were alive (5, 6). They had five children (15):

In 1880, he was living in Blair, Blair County, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his mother Mary, his wife Margaret, and his children William, Mary, Daniel [?], and John (10). He was a miner, and had been out of work for two months in the previous year (10).

In 1890, he was living in Blair Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (post office Hollidaysburg) (3).

On 20 May 1891, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 11).

In 1900, he was living in Blair Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (5). He was apparently not working (5). He was living with his wife Margaret, and children Mary, John, Margaret, and Eliza (5).

He died on 23 July 1900 (11 [1901], 12 [1900], 14 [1910], 15 [1900], 16 [1900]). He was buried in Old Saint Mary's Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania (12, 15, 16).

On 3 August 1901, his widow, Margaret Finn, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 11).

In 1910, his widow, Margaret Finn, was living at 301 Garber Street, Hollidaysburg Borough, Blair County, Pennsylvania (6). She was living with her daughters Bessie Finn and Mary Creamer and a granddaughter (6).

In 1920, his widow, Margaret Finn, was living at 301 Garber Street, Hollidaysburg Borough, Blair County, Pennsylvania (7). She was living with her daughters Mary Creamer and Bess McGraw and three grandchildren (7).

His widow, Margaret Naughton Finn, died in 1922 and was buried in the Old Saint Mary's Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania (13).

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (John Finn)

2 company C, descriptive roll, entry 172 (John Finn)

3 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Blair Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 43, page [2] (John J Finn)

4 pension index, by name (John Finn)

5 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Blair Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 71, microfilm series T623, film 1381, page 186 A = 13 handwritten (John Finn)

6 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, ward 1, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 71, microfilm series T624, film 1317, page 53 A = 10 handwritten (Margaret N Finn)

7 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, ward 1, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 92, microfilm series T625, film 1540, page 22 B = 12 handwritten (Margaret N Finn)

8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, microfilm series M653, film 1078, pages 251-252 (John Finn)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, microfilm series M593, film 1309, page 224 = 16 handwritten (John Finn)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Blair, supervisor's district [illegible], enumeration district 161 [?], microfilm series T9, film 1103, page 245 B = 14 handwritten (John Finn)

11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (John Finn)

12 Find a Grave, memorial 59612200, created by Kathie Weigel, added 4 October 2010, accessed 3 April 2011 [identity is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st] [memorial cites "Hoenstine - Soldiers of Blair County"] (John J Finn)

13 Find a Grave, memorial 66831578, created by Kathie Weigel, added 12 March 2011, accessed 3 April 2011 [identity is confirmed by reference to her as "Wife of John J. Finn"] (Margaret Naughton Finn)

14 'Shakin' the family tree, contact Dee Blakley, updated 3 April 2011, accessed 3 April 2011 (John Finn)

15 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 5 April 2011) (John Finn)

16 Page 190. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (John Finn)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Finn)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Ancestry index (accessed July 2007)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed July 2007)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, microfilm series M653, film 1078, pages 251-252]
line3839401
Dwelling number1123   
Family number1161   
NameMary FinnDanielJohnMary Finn
Age50242216
SexFMMF
Color    
Occupation Laborer  
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate    
Place of birthIreland""Ireland
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, microfilm series M593, film 1309, page 224 = 16 handwritten]
line3132
Dwelling-house number140 
Family number140 
NameFinn Mary- John
Age6528
SexFM
ColorWW
OccupationK HouseOre Miner
Real estate value  
Personal estate value200 
BirthplaceIreland" "
Father foreign born11
Mother foreign born11
Birth month if born within year  
Marriage month if married within year  
Attended school past year  
Can't read  
Can't write  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old 1
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...  

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Blair, supervisor's district [illegible], enumeration district 161 [?], microfilm series T9, film 1103, page 245 B = 14 handwritten]
line37383940414243
street name       
house number       
dwelling visit #       
family visit #       
nameFinn John- Margaret- Mary- William- Mary- Daniel [?]- John
colorWWWWWWW
sexmffmfmm
age43 [??]34758642
month born if born in year       
relationship wifemothersondgtrsonson
single   1111
married11     
widowed/divorced  1    
married during year       
occupationMinerKeeping hou.At Home" "" "" "" "
months unemployed2      
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year   11  
can't read       
can't write       
birthplaceIreland""Pa"""
father's birthplaceIrl [?]Ireld"Pa"""
mother's birthplaceIrl [?]Irl [?]"Irld"""

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Blair Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 43, page [2]]
[line] 23
[house] 128
[family] 133
[name] Finn John J.
[rank] Private
[company] C
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] Mar 16 1865
[discharge date] July 10 1865
[length of service] 0 years, 3 months, 24 days
[post office address] Hollidaysburg, Blair Co. Pa
[disability incurred] -
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Blair Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 71, microfilm series T623, film 1381, page 186 A = 13 handwritten]
line414243444546
street      
house number      
dwelling number237     
family number250     
nameFinn John- Margaret- Mary- John- Margaret- Eliza
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSonDaughterDaughter
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMFF
birth dateFeb 1834Feb 1840Aug 1874Aug 1877Oct 1879Nov 1887
age666025222012
married?MMSSSS
# years married2929    
mother of how many children? 7    
# of children living 6    
birthplaceIrelandIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIreland
mother's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIreland
immigration year18561866    
# years in USA4434    
naturalized citizen?Na     
occupation   Gardner At school
# months not employed   0  
# months in school     7
can readyesnoyesyesyesyes
can writeyesnoyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO     
free or mortgagedF     
farm/houseH     
# of farm schedule      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, ward 1, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 71, microfilm series T624, film 1317, page 53 A = 10 handwritten]
line1234
streetGarber Street
house nr301   
dwelling nr183   
family nr188   
nameFinn, Margaret N- Bessie DCreamer Mary P- Mary E
relationshipHeadDaughterDaughterGrand Daughter
sexFFFF
colorWWWW
age6722353 [?]/12
marital statusWdSWdS
#years present marriage    
mother of # children7 1 
mother of # living children6 1 
birthplaceIre (English)PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceIre (English)Ire (English)Ire (English)Virginia
mother's birthplaceIre (English)Ire (English)Ire (English)Pennsylvania
immigrated1870   
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish 
occupationOwn IncomeDressmakerNoneNone
nature of industry etc. At Home  
employer etc. W  
out of work 15 Apr 1910? No  
# weeks out of work 1909 0  
can readNoYesYes 
can writeNoYesYes 
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedO   
owned free or mortagagedF   
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
civil war vet    
blind    
deaf & dumb    

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Hollidaysburg Borough, ward 1, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 92, microfilm series T625, film 1540, page 22 B = 12 handwritten]
line596061626364
streetGarber Street
house number301     
dwelling visit number120     
family visit number126     
nameFinn Margaret NCreamer Mary- Mary EMcGraw Bess D- Robert- William R
relationshipHeadDaughterGrandDaughterDaughterGrandsonGrandson
own/rentO     
free/mortgaged (if owned)F     
sexFFFFMM
raceWWWWWW
age at last birthday7445930106
marital statusWdWdSW [?]SS
year of immigration1871 [sic]     
naturalized/alienNa     
year of naturalization1858 [sic]     
attended school since Sept 1919  Yes YesYes
can readNoYes YesYes 
can writeNoYes YesYes 
birth placeIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native languageIrish     
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandVirginiaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native languageIrishIrish Irish  
mother's birthplaceIrelandIrelandPennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native languageIrishIrish Irish  
can speak EnglishYesYes YesYes 
occupationNoneDressmakerNoneClerkNoneNone
industry, business Own house Department store  
employment status OA W  
number of farm schedule      

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 11 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Finn, John
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 5 April 2011)]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Blair County
NAME Finn, John
DATE OF BIRTH -25
DATE OF DEATH 7-23-00
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN Army
DATES OF SERVICE 3-16-65 7-10-65
ORGANIZATION(S) Co. C. 91st. Pa. Inf.
RANK Pvt.
CEMETERY NAME St. Mary's (Old)
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Hollidaysburg, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY LOT No 165
HEADSTONE Family
INFORMATION GIVEN BY [blank]
DATE [blank]
REMARKS [blank]

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