He was born in February 1834 (5, 12 , 15 , 16 ); 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).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair (2).
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).
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).
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).
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  (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)
|Name||Mary Finn||Daniel||John||Mary Finn|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate|
|Place of birth||Ireland||"||"||Ireland|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Finn Mary||- John|
|Occupation||K House||Ore Miner|
|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value||200|
|Father foreign born||1||1|
|Mother foreign born||1||1|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|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 ...|
|dwelling visit #|
|family visit #|
|name||Finn John||- Margaret||- Mary||- William||- Mary||- Daniel [?]||- John|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Miner||Keeping hou.||At Home||" "||" "||" "||" "|
|school this year||1||1|
|father's birthplace||Irl [?]||Ireld||"||Pa||"||"||"|
|mother's birthplace||Irl [?]||Irl [?]||"||Irld||"||"||"|
|name||Finn John||- Margaret||- Mary||- John||- Margaret||- Eliza|
|birth date||Feb 1834||Feb 1840||Aug 1874||Aug 1877||Oct 1879||Nov 1887|
|# years married||29||29|
|mother of how many children?||7|
|# of children living||6|
|# years in USA||44||34|| |
|occupation|| ||Gardner||At school|
|# months not employed||0|
|# months in school||7|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|
|name||Finn, Margaret N||- Bessie D||Creamer Mary P||- Mary E|
|#years present marriage|
|mother of # children||7||1|
|mother of # living children||6||1|
|father's birthplace||Ire (English)||Ire (English)||Ire (English)||Virginia|
|mother's birthplace||Ire (English)||Ire (English)||Ire (English)||Pennsylvania|
|nature of industry etc.||At Home|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?||No|
|# weeks out of work 1909||0|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged||F|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet|
|deaf & dumb|
|dwelling visit number||120|
|family visit number||126|
|name||Finn Margaret N||Creamer Mary||- Mary E||McGraw Bess D||- Robert||- William R|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)||F|
|age at last birthday||74||45||9||30||10||6|
|marital status||Wd||Wd||S||W [?]||S||S|
|year of immigration||1871 [sic]|
|year of naturalization||1858 [sic]|
|attended school since Sept 1919||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|father's native language||Irish||Irish||Irish|
|mother's native language||Irish||Irish||Irish|
|can speak English||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|industry, business||Own house||Department store|
|number of farm schedule|