Wilhelm Finn was born 21 June 1810 in Grosswallstadt, Unterfranken, Bavaria to Wilhelm Finn and Barbara Thrier. He arrived in New York in the 1830s and married Dorothea Beck 23 Apr. 1839 at St. Nicholas, the first German National RC church in America. They lived in Kleindeutschland, the German speaking part of Manhattan that we know as the Lower East Side and had three children, all baptized at St. Nicholas, as follows:
Mary Eve (1840) Veronica (1842) Caroline (1843)
Dorothea apparently died after the birth of Caroline and Wilhelm married Augusta Mosbach in 1844 and they had two children: Alfons (1846) Alois (1848). Neither the marriage nor the baptism of their two children are in the records of St. Nicholas. Most likely they are in the records of the German National church of Most Holy Redeemer which opened in 1844, one block north of St. Nicholas.
In August of 1854, Wilhelm bought a farm in Fosters Meadow, on the north side of Merrick Road in Springfield and moved his family there. Mary was born in 1856 and baptized at St Boniface and William was born in 1858.
Wilhelm died 31 Dec 1872 and Augusta 21 May 1905. They were buried at St Boniface.
The three oldest children never established roots in Fosters Meadow and moved west upon reaching adulthood. The remaining four children were:
Lawrence b. June 1895 was an electrician.
Gertrude b. Aug. 1897 was a telephone operator.
Louis died in 1952 and Catherine in 1956.
Both are buried at St Boniface Cemetery
John Emil died in1955 and Marie Theresa in 1983. They are buried at St Boniface Cemetery.
Franciscka March Finn died 13 Dec. 1882 and Alois married Philippine Hummel 5 Jun. 1883 at St Boniface
. She was born 27 Jul. 1854, the daughter of George Hummel and Franziska Speigelhalter.
Philippine died 27 Dec. 1906 and Alois 1 May 1931. He and both of his wives are buried at St Boniface.
In 1905 Mary left William and took her children to Cedarhurst. William died in a fire where he was living in Jamaica in 1928. He was buried at St Boniface.
Submitted by Paul Hoffman: firstname.lastname@example.org
With family input from Katherine Finn and
Nancy Calder email@example.com