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John S. and Lear Catherine (Stults) Finn, Luther and Lena (Rodgers) Finn


Leona T. Rodgers was born in Green County, Kentucky Nov 18, 1859 to "Sampson" M. Rodgers and Elizabeth Orr.

In 1870 Green County, Kentucky, Samuel Rodgers is 41, Elisabeth 40, farming. George is 19, "Patra" A. 15, Loena 9, Elisabeth 7, and William 3.
In 1880 Macoupin County, Illinois, George A. Rodgers is farming, married with two kids, and Leona 19 sister is doing housework and brother William W. 12 is farming.
Leona is also on the 1880 Macoupin census with her widowed mother Elizabeth Rodgers, 51.

Luther Finn married Lena T. Rogers in Macoupin County, Illinois February 5, 1888.
She was the daughter of Samuel Rogers and Elizabeth Orr. Luther's father was James Finn.
Elizabeth filed for a widow's pension in 1890 for Samuel's service in L, 13th Kentucky Cavalry, from the state of Illinois.
She's in Macoupin County in 1900 and 1910, living with son George - and George W. ROdgers, born 1852, dying May 1932, is buried in Hettick cemetery, Macoupin COunty.

Lena's sister Anna born April 1862 in Kentucky, married Alexander Stults (maybe a relative of Lear?) born Jan 1860 in Illinois.
Luther cash-claimed a quarter in 8, 2N 45W in 1891.
That land was to be sold at auction in October 1906, for payment of a note to the Nebraska Loan and Trust Company.

In 1900 Greene County, Illinois, Luther born 1861 in Kentucky, Larena Nov 1859 in Kentucky, Hattie Jan 1889 in Colorado, Cory E. May 1891 Illinois, Nellie M. April 1893 Illinois, and Ernest July 1896 Illinois are farming.

Ernest H. Finn 1897-1904 is buried in Crawford County # 75915392.

1907 Pittsburg, Kansas "Misses Mabel and Gladys Fox visited Misses Hattie and Neva Finn of Alston, Missouri, Sunday"

They're farming in Crawford County, Kansas in 1910, Luther 45, Roena 47, Hattie 21, Coy 18, and Neva 16.

November 1910 "James Maddox and Coy Finn attended the box supper at Coal Valley Saturday night. They report a fine time."

Coy Earstring Finn registered for WWI in Greeley Colorado, born May 27, 1891 at Franklin, Illinois, farming.

In 1925 Cherokee County, Kansas, Luther is working a steam shovel, widowed, 59, Coy 33 farming, Hattie 36, saying they came to Kansas from Colorado.
1930 Greeley "Messrs. W. W. Rodgers and Luther Finn, made a business trip to Nederland, Wednesday."

In 1931 Weld County, Colorado, Cases on compensation insurance to be tried included "William Edward King against Lutler and Coy Finn."

In 1937 Greeley, among the Denver people, "formerly residents of Evans, Colorado" at picnic were "Luther Finn, Con Finn."

Luther Finn 1866-1943 # 75915394 and Leona 1862- 1923 # 75915393 are buried in Crawford County, Kansas.

Columbus Kansas, April 26, 1923 "Funeral services for Mrs. Leona Finn, 61, were held at Gus Anderson's home Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Finn, who lived at Stillion... mile south of Scammon...went to bed Friday night in apparently good health and members of the family found her dead Saturday morning. Death was caused by apoplexy. The Finn family moved to Scammon from Colorado recently. She is survived by her husband Luther Finn, two daughters, Mrs. Gus Anderson, Hattie Finn and one son."

Coy E. Finn 1891-1940 is buried in Crawford County # 75915391.

July 1940 Greeley " State Industrial commission which awarded Elizabeth Bell Finn a Judgment the result of death of her husband, Coy K. Finn, from injuries received in a Galeton coal mine last Feb 15. Finn died fivr days after he was injured in a mine caving accident Industrial awarded Mrs. Finn the judgment against Mason.

Elizabeth is widowed in 1940 Denver, 50, born in Illinois, livingodging with widowed Charles E. Arndt, 52.

Neva Mabel Finn was born to Luther and Lina Rodgers Finn in Franklin, Morgan COunty, Illinois on April 23, 1893.

Neva married Gustave Anderson, and in 1920 they're in Cherokee County, Kansas, Gustave 27 born in Missouri, Neva 26 Illinois, and Lowery 3 Missouri.
Gustave 1892-1982 and Neva Mabel (Finn) Anderson 1893-1975 are buried in Crawford County # 93696601.

Hattie was boarding with Anna Forrester in 1920 Crawford County, Kansas, a saleslady in a general store.

October 1920 Pittsburg Kansas "Miss Hattie Finn, who is employed at the Leveque store, underwent an operation for appendicitis the first of the week at Mount Carmel hospital, Pittsburg."

She's a dishwasher, living alone in 1940 Girard, Crawford County.

Hattie 1889-1980 is buried in Crawford County, Kansas # 135905621.


In 1880 Macoupin County, Illinois, Jackson S. Finn is 30, working by the job, living with Jacob D. and Mary F. HMeinekle.

Jack S. Finn married Catherine L. Bacon Stultz in Macoupin County October 7, 1880.
"Jacksion" S. Finn cash-claimed a quarter in 2, 2N 44W in 1891.

That land was to be auctioned in 1906 by the Nebraska Loan & Trust Company.

In 1900 Wray, on north Railway Street, Jack S. Finn is a day laborer, born January 1848 in Kentucky, married 20 years to Catherine L., a dress maker, Jan 1850 Tennessee. They have Lizzie Jan 1867 Illinois, Flora Nov 1881 Illinois - teaching school, Molly M. Jan 1884 Illinois, and Victoria Jan 1887 Illinois, and Otto Sept 18\89 COlorado.

Jack S. Finn timber-claimed a quarter in 11, 2N 44W in 1900.
Witnesses were George H. Weaver, John Toner, Galveston Lehman, and John L. Tipple.

John S. Finn 1848-1900 is buried in Wray # 63650131.
September 22, 1900 " DIED
At 11 a. m., Thursday, September 20, 1900, in Wray, Colo., John S. Finn, aged 52 years. The funeral service was held in the Methodist church at 3 p. m. Friday, Revs. J. M. Barnhart and D. C. Cowan. The church was crowded with sorrowing friends of the family , and they followed the remains to the cemetery, where the body was laid at rest.

John S. Finn was born in Greene county, Ky., January 3, 1848, and moved to Macoupin county in December 1877. On October 12, 1880 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Catharine Stults, and seven years later, in February of 1887, they came to Wray. During his residence here the deceased has served the people as marshal for two terms. He contracted the dread disease, tuberculosis, and for many years suffered from its ravages.
In April, 1878 he was converted to Christ, and became a member of the United Baptist church at Mount Gillead, Illinois, and during his last years, when his illness weighed most heavily, his Christian fortitude stood him in good aid. He was a loving hysband, and a kind, considerate father. The family has the sincere sympathy of the community."


1907 Mrs. J. S. Finn is visiting a daughter, Mrs. Fearn, at McCook, this week.
Lear Katherine Finn applied in 1908 and 1909 for land in 11, 3N 45W, and proved up in 1912, witnesses John L. Dalrymple, CLyde R. Cunningham, Noble C. Smithson, and George H. Weaver, all of Wray.

October 3, 1912 "William Love of Hettick, Illinois, arrived today for a few days visit with relatives and friends. Mr. Love is a son-in-law of Mrs. Kate Finn."

December 4, 1913 "Mrs. J. M. Castile and E, E. Bacon are expected to arrive in Wray this afternoon for a visit with their sister, Mrs. Catherine Finn, of North Wray. Mrs. Castile and Mr. Bacon are from Hettick, Illinois. While here, they will also visit the families of Ota Tosh, J, D. Dalrymple, Isaac Reed and William Love, Mesdames Tosh, Dalrymple, Reed and Love being nieces of Mrs. Castile and Mr. Bacon."

Leah Catherine Bacon Stults Finn 1850-1915 is buried in Wray # 63650190.

March 25, 1915 "The Grim Reaper called in Wray last Saturday evening and claimed for his victim, Mrs. Catherine Finn, who had been seriously ill for a few days with pneumonia. Mrs. Finn was one of the early settlers of this county, coming here in 1888 with her husband, J. S. Finn, who passed to the Great Beyond nearly fifteen years ago. They spent four years on a ranch near Wray, and then moved into town where they lived until Mr. Finn's death, and where Mrs. Finn has made her home since, with the exception of a few years spent on her homestead north of town. The deceased lady was much esteemed by all, and leaves a host of warm friends to join with her children in mourning her departure. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Tuesday morning, and were conducted by Rev. A. W. Rice, and the body was laid to rest in the Grand View cemetery.

Lear Catherine Bacon was born in Washington county, Tennessee, January 15, 1850, and moved with her parents, to Illinois when she was four years old. She was married to George Stults in February, 1869, and three children were born to this union, Mrs. William Love of Whitehall, Illinois ; Mrs. W. B. Fearn of Haigler, Nebraska, and Mrs. John Dalrymple of Wray, Colorado. Mr. Stults died in 1878, and in 1880, Mrs. Stults was married to J. S. Finn, and the following children were born to this union, and all survive the mother, and live in or near Wray : Mrs. Isaac Reed, Mrs. Clyde Cunningham, Mrs. Ota Tosh, and the only son, Otto Finn. Two brothers, John Bacon, and a sister Mrs. J. P. Casteel, all of Hettich, Illinois, survive the sister.

Mrs. Finn was converted at the age of nineteen, and united with the Baptist church in Illinois. She united with the Methodist church in, Wray about five years ago. Her life has been one of a good, consistent Christian woman, a loving, kind mother, and a sympathetic friend and neighbor, and she will be sadly missed by many friends with whom we join in extending sympathy to the children in the hour of their bereavement."

So is her daughter Susan Stults 1877-1933, who married John L. Dalrymple 1873-1930.


August 19, 1904 "A quiet but pretty wedding occurred Thursday evening in North Wray, the contracting parties being Miss Mollie Finn and Mr. Clyde Cunningham, both of Wray. The wedding took place at the brides mother's home only the relatives and intimate friends were present to witness tbe ceremony. Rev. E. E. Hicks, pastor of the Methodist Church acted as officiating clergyman. The bride is a popular Yuma County teacher and has many friends who wish her success and happiness. The groom is one of Wray's most respected young men. The newly wedded pair left on Burlington train No. 6 for Aurora, Nebraska for a brief visit after which they will be at home in Wray to their many friends.

The Rattler extends congaratulations."


Victoria had married Homer Gibbs, but that didn't last long.

May 1, 1908 "Miss Victoria Finn left Monday for Hettick, Illinois, where she will make her homo in the future, Upon her arrival there Wednesday she is to be married to O. Tosh, an estimable young man of Hettick. The many friends of Miss Finn extend to her and the young mnn of her choice their best wishes for a long life's happiness and prosperity."

vMr. and Mrs. Otto Tosh of Illinois are in the city for a short visit with Mrs. Tosh's mother, Mrs. J. S. Finn and other relatives. Mrs. Tosh was formerly Miss Victoria Finn of this city."

September 1909 "Otto Tosh and wife are visiting Mrs. Tosh's mother, Mrs. Finn, and other relatives in Wray. Mr. Tosh is employed in a barber shop in McCook, Nebraska."

Ota 1887-1962 is buried in King County, Washington # 18827440, with Victoria G. Tosh 1886-1965 # 116425022.

May 1906 " Miss Flora Finn, who has been teaching school over at Carbondale for the past two years, returned home Wednesday evening."

May 11, 1906 "At seven o'clock Monday evening at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. J. S. Finn, in the north part of the city, Rev. Robt. Carson of the M. E. church spoke the words that united the hearts and lives of Mr. Isaac Reed and Miss Flora Finn, the ceremony occurring in the presence of only the immediate relatives of the bride. At the conclusion of the ceremony and congratulations the wedding party sat down to a bounteous wedding dinner."

September 1907 "Mrs. Wm. Love of Illinois is visiting her mother, Mrs. J. S. Finn, and sisters, Mrs. Dalrymple and Mrs. C. R. Cunnhiglam."

OTTO "Jack"

June 1904 "Harry Cox has put on a little red wagon to deliver his grocery orders in.
Otto Finn is chief chauffeur over the same."

1908 " Otto Finn, who was working for the Burlington at Lafayette, is home for a short time until the working force of the road is increased."

Vera Finn 1894-1914 is buried in Wray.
July 9, 1914 "The funeral of Mrs. Otto Finn was held Monday at 2:30 p. m. at the Methodist church. Mrs. Finn was taken to Boulder by her husband a week ago Tuesday and it was thought by the physicians there that she might recover, but on Thursday Mr. Finn was called to her bedside and early Sunday morning she was called away. Her husband and his sister, Mrs. Ota Tosh ; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Weatherfield of New Castle, were with her at the time of her death and came to Wray Sunday evening with the body. Mrs. Finn had not been well for a number of years and shortly after her marriage in December she was taken worse, this being the only cloud in their short life together. Mr. Finn had just completed the building of their house and had made other improvements on their homestead northwest of Wray, and before he was called back to Boulder had made all efforts to have the household arrangements finished for her return. Vera Jaunita Weatherfiold was born near Auburn, Nebraska November 11, 1894, and the following March moved with her parents to Wray, where she has made her home ever since with the exception of three years residence in Denver.
She was the oldest of four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Weatherfield. Vera was not a member of any church, but was always closely associated with the work of the Methodist Episcopal church of this place and her Christian faith is well known by those who were acquainted with her. On December 17 of last year Vera was married to Otto D. Finn and the only thing to mar their happiness was her ill health. Until her marriage, Vern was a member of the class of 1914 of the Yuma County high school and in her illness she talked much of the times the class had spent together and their good will to her in their school days. The members of the class attended the funeral services in a body — twelve in number. Two of the members could not reach Wray in time for the services as Miss Ramseier lives several miles south of Idalia and Mrs. Will Scott, formerly Miss Dora Christiansen, of Colby, Kansas, could not comeon account of the recent high waters east. Mrs. Finn is survived by her husband, father, mother, two sisters and a brother, to whom the spmpathy of the people is given in the loss of this young lifo which was culled away at the early ago of 19 years, 7 months and 24 days." "

June 1916 "A very pretty wedding was solemnized Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the home ot Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Reed, with Miss Ruth Hix and Otto Finn as the contracting parties. The lines were read by Rev. A. N. Wolff, pastor of the Presbyterian church, in the presence of fifteen relatives of the couple, and Miss Jessie Weaver, the girl chum of the bride. The couple were attended by Miss Weaver and Truman Love, a nephew of the groom. After the marriage, Mrs. Reed, the hostess and sister of the groom, sewed the guests with a dainty two-course luncheon. Mrs. Finn is the only daughter of G. P. Hix, of Wray, has been her father homemaker since the death of her mother several years ago, and she, like her husband, needs no introduction to our people, for they have both spent the greater part of their lives in Wray and are known to be young people of whom any community might be proud. The young couple left on Sunday evening's train for a few days visit with the groom's sister, Mrs. W. B. Fearn and husband, who reside in McCook, Nebraska. They returned to Wray yesterday afternoon and will make their home on the groom's farm seventeen miles northwest of Wray. We join with their host of friends in wishing them a happy future."

Marie Weatherfield 1895-1967 married Hume Crawford - they're in Wyoming in 1920.

March 1913 "Clyde Cunningham and Jack Finn bought the dray business of K. G. Spriggs this week and will take charge of the business the 15th of this month. Messrs. Cunningham and Finn have lately made final proof on their homesteads north of town and will move to Wray."

October 1913 "The city dray line changed hands yesterday, the deal having been closed transferring it from the present owners Clyde Cunningham and Otto Finn, to Will Reed.
Messrs. Cunningham and Finn have had the line since early spring and Mr. Reed has had charge of the sprinkling of the streets until the past few days.
Mr. Reed takes possession of the dray line the first of the coming month, after which time, Mr. Cunnlnglinm will leave Wray for Casper, Wyoming, where he will look up a location. Perry Cunningham, a brother and Mrs. John Luxom, a sister, of Mr. Cunningham are living in that place. Mr. Finn will be retained on the line by Mr. Reed until the first of January."


1923 "Mrs. Jack Finn, who has been ill for several weeks, was brought to Wray again last Monday where she could better receive medical care. Mrs. Finn was sick for a couple of weeks while visiting in Wray, and grew better and returned to her home last week, but she became much worse again, making it necessary for Mr. Finn to return here with her, as above stated."

Otto D. "Jack" Finn 1889-1968 is buried in Wray # 63650268, on the same stone as Ruth K. Finn 1893-1969.


"Lewis George, son of John and Lizzie Dalrymple, was born in Wray November 8, 1901, and departed Ibis life March 27, 1914, at Wray."


October 1900 "Mrs. Loretta Love of Hagerman, Illinois, arrived in Wray Wednesday night for a three weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. J. S. Finn."

November 1913 "Mr. and Mrs. William Love and family are expected to arrive next week from their former home in Hettick, Illinois and will locate in Wray. Mrs. Love is a daughter of Mrs. Cathorine Finn. Mr. Lovo Is a plasterer and a worker in cement and his family consists of two grown sons, one daughter of high school age, and n hoy of eleven years."

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