Solomon Tompkins Finch

12 November 1820–27 March 1857 (Age 36)
Hamilton, Indiana, United States

The Life of Solomon Tompkins

When Solomon Tompkins Finch was born on 12 November 1820, in Hamilton, Indiana, United States, his father, Solomon Finch, was 42 and his mother, Sarah Gardner, was 33. He married Bathsheba Long on 22 July 1847, in Clay, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died on 27 March 1857, in Clay, Illinois, United States, at the age of 36, and was buried in Clay City, Clay, Illinois, United States.

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Solomon Tompkins Finch
Bathsheba Long
Marriage: 22 July 1847
Rebecca Margaret Finch
Mary Elizabeth Finch
Solomon Tompkins Finch

Spouse and Children

22 July 1847
Clay, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

Age 3

Historical Boundaries: 1823: Hamilton, Indiana, United States
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 12

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English finch ‘finch’ (Old English finc). In the Middle Ages this bird had a reputation for stupidity. It may perhaps also in part represent a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught finches and sold them as songsters or for the cooking pot. The surname is found in all parts of Britain but is most common in Lancashire. See also Fink .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Solomon ? Finch in entry for Solomon ? Finch and Lillie V Pearce, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"
  • Sol T Finch in entry for Sol T Finch and Doris M Dennison, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Solomon Finch in entry for Soloman Finch, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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