Thomas A Finson – Oak Grove Cemetery, Bangor, Maine


Gravestone Inscription

Thomas A. Finson
Died Dec. 9, 1917
Æ. 80 yrs. 5 mos. &
28 days


Photos

Thomas A Finson gravestone thumbnail

Photo by Jon J. Morin

Thomas Augustin Finson was born 11 Jun 1837 in Levant, Penobscot County, Maine, son of Thomas Finson and Roxanna Merrill.1,2,3

On the 1840 US Federal Census, there is a Thomas Finson household in Levant consisting of two white males under five years, one male between five and nine, one male between thirty and thirty-nine, one female under five, one female twenty to twenty-nine, and one female thirty to thirty-nine. This family makeup matches for Thomas Augustin, Thomas Finson (born in 1809), and Roxanna (born around 1805).4

Thomas A. Finson appears on the 1850 US Census, twelve years old, again in Levant, living with his parents and siblings Charles R. (seventeen), Anna E. (fourteen), Leroy (ten), Ella R. (four), Florence (three), and servant Thankful M. Shaw.5

On the 1860 US Census, Thomas A. Finson was again living with his parents and siblings, this time in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine. He was twenty three years old and gave his occupation as “carriage maker”.6

Thomas A. Finson married Julia A Raynes, daughter of Samuel Raynes and Patience Parsons, on 19 Jun 1865 in Bangor.7 They had one child:

  • Julia Maud Finson, born 29 Jan 1868, died 20 Jun 1909.

In 1870, Thomas A. Finson, his wife Julia, and two year old daughter Maud (Julia) are living in Bangor, probably on Ohio Street. Thomas gave his occupation as “carriage maker”. Also in the household is a 54 year old female Rosetta Raynes. Thomas’ wife Julia’s maiden name was Raynes, so it is most likely a relative of hers, but I have not been able to find the relation.8

Thomas sold provisions as his main occupation for some time. He is listed in the 1873, 1875, 1877, 1879, and 1882 Bangor city directories as being a “provisions dealer”.9

Thomas A. Finson lived on Thirteenth Street in Bangor in 1880. His wife Julia had died 3 Dec 1879, and he is living with is daughter Julia M. (twelve), a servant Annie E. Merrill, his father Thomas (seventy) and his mother Julia (seventy two). Both he and his father gave their occupations as “meat dealer”. Thomas’ mother Julia is listed as being disabled with dropsy.10

In 1900, Thomas A. Finson, sixty two, was living at 21 Wiley Street in Bangor with his daughter Julia M, now thirty two. His occupation was listed as “carpenter”.11

On 22 Sep 1909, Thomas A. Finson, seventy two, married widow Ellen F Sweetser, sixty nine, in Bangor.12 At their ages it was not possible that any more children came about from this union. The 1910 US Census has Thomas, seventy three, and Eleanor, sixty nine living on Kenduskeag Road in Levant with forty year old servant Mary E Mudgett. Thomas’ occupation is given as “farmer” engaged in “general farming”.13 The move to Levant must have been fairly recent as of the enumeration, as the 1907 Bangor city directory still listed Thomas A. Finson living at 21 Wiley Street in Bangor, engaged in carpentry.14

Eleanor died 28 Sep 1913. Thomas A. Finson died at age eighty on 9 Dec 1917 in Levant.15,16

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.8351173 | Longitude -68.8115005.

Graveyard Information: The Oak Grove Cemetery is located on Finson Road in Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine at Latitude: 44.83488 | Longitude: -68.812204. It is a non-denominational municipal cemetery.

Sources

1. Oak Grove Cemetery (Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine), Thomas A Finson gravestone, personally photographed by Jon J. Morin, 9 Jun 2015.

2. “Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 15 September 2015), Thomas A. Finson, 11 Jun 1837; citing Levant, Penobscot, Maine; FHL microfilm 11,530.

3. “Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : 16 Sep 2015), Thomas A. Finson, 9 Dec 1917; citing Maine Death Records, 1617-1922, Maine State Archives, Augusta.

4. 1840 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Levant, page 175 (stamped), Thos. Finson household, digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org/ : accessed 16 Sep 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M704, roll 149, FHL film 0009707.

5. 1850 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Levant, page 100A (stamped), dwelling 89, family 100, Thomas Finson household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Sep 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 265.

6. 1860 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, ward 4, page 150 (penned), dwelling 1071, family 1139, Thomas Finson household, digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org/ : accessed 16 Sep 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 447, FHL film 803,447.

7. “Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937,” database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Sep 2015), entry for Thomas A Finson and Julia A Raynes, 19 Jun 1865, Bangor; citing “Maine Marriage Records, 1705-1922,” database, Maine State Archives, Augusta.

8. For the household and occupation, see 1870 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, page 187 (penned), dwelling 1349, family 1508, Thomas Finson household, digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org/ : accessed 17 Sep 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 552, FHL film 552,051. For the street address and occupation see “Smith & Hill’s Bangor Directory For 1867-1868, Containing The Names Of The Inhabitants, Their Occupation, Business, And Residence, To Which Is Added A Directory Of Brewer, And Other Useful Information” (Bangor: Smith & Hill, 1867), 49. and “Greenough, Jones & Co.’s Directory Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Societies, Business Firms, etc., etc, In The City Of Bangor For 1871-2, To Which Is Added A Directory Of Brewer” (Bangor: David Bugbee & Co., 1872), 60. Both directories indicate Ohio Street, the 1871 volume adding that Thomas lived opposite Fremont, and that his shop may have been on Thirteenth Street.

9. “Greenough, Jones & Co.’s Directory Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Societies, Business Firms, Etc., Etc., In The City Of Bangor, For 1873-4, To Which Is Added A Directory Of Brewer” (Bangor: David Bugbee & Co., 1873), p. 71. Also, “Greenough, Jones & Co.’s Directory Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Societies, Business Firms, Etc., Etc., In The City Of Bangor, For 1875-6, To Which Is Added A Directory Of Brewer” (Bangor: David Bugbee & Co., 1875), p. 68. Also, “Greenough, Jones & Co.’s Directory Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Societies, Business Firms, Etc., Etc., In The City Of Bangor, For 1877, To Which Is Added A Directory Of Brewer” (Bangor: David Bugbee & Co., 1877), p. 67. Also, “Greenough’s Directory Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Societies, Business Firms, Etc., Etc., In The City Of Bangor, For 1879-80” (Bangor: David Bugbee & Co., 1879), p. 62. Also, “Greenough’s Directory Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Business, Societies, Business Firms, etc., etc, In The City Of Bangor For 1882” (Bangor: David Bugbee & Co., 1882), 71.

10. For the household makeup, address and occupations, see 1880 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Enumeration District (ED) 28, page 187D (penned), dwelling 249, family 280, Thomas A. Finson household, digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org/ : accessed 17 Sep 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 485, FHL film 1,254,485 and “Greenough’s Directory Of The Inhabitants, Institutions, Manufacturing Establishments, Societies, Business Firms, Etc., Etc., In The City Of Bangor, For 1879-80” (Bangor: David Bugbee & Co., 1879), p. 62. For Julia A. Finson’s death date, Oak Grove Cemetery (Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine), Julia A. Finson gravestone, personally photographed by Jon J. Morin, 9 Jun 2015 and “Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910,” database, FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 18 Sep 2015), entry for Julia A. Finson, 3 Dec 1879, Bangor.

11. For household makeup, street and occupations, see 1900 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor, Enumeration District (ED) 77, page 9B (penned), dwelling 194, family 223, Thomas A. Finson household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Sep 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 597, FHL film 1240597. For street address and occupation, see “Cannon & Co.’s Directory Of Bangor And Brewer: Residents, Business Firms, Manufacturing Establishments, Institutions, Societies, State Census, References, Also A Classified List Of Business And Manufacturing Firms, and a New Map of Bangor and Brewer, 1899” (Bangor: Cannon & Co., 1899), 119, and “Cannon & Co.’s Directory Of Bangor And Brewer Including Towns of Hampden and Veazie: Residents, Business Firms, Manufacturing Establishments, Institutions, Societies, State Census, References, Also A Classified List Of Business And Manufacturing Firms, and a New Map of Bangor and Brewer, 1901” (Bangor: Cannon & Co., 1901), 115.

12. “Maine, Marriages, 1892-1996,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Sep 2015), entry for Thomas A Finson and Ellen F Sweetser, 22 Sep 1909, Bangor; citing “Maine Marriages 1892-1996 (except 1967 to 1976),” database, Maine State Archives.

13. 1910 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Levant, Enumeration District (ED) 180, page 1A (penned), dwelling 6, family 6, Thomas A. Finson household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Sep 2015), citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 544, FHL film 1374557.

14. “1907 Directory of Bangor and Brewer: A Compilation of Residents, where Living, where Employed, where in Business, with Street and Number; Copartnerships, Corporations, Churches, Fraternal Societies, Census, Classified Business Directory, Miscellaneous Information, and a New Map of Bangor and Brewer” (Bangor: Cannon & Co., 1907), 134.

15. Oak Grove Cemetery (Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine), Eleanor Finson gravestone, personally photographed by Jon J. Morin, 9 Jun 2015.

16. “Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922,” digital images, Ancestry.com, Thomas A. Finson, 9 Dec 1917, and Oak Grove Cemetery, Thomas A Finson gravestone.

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