Tag Archives: Finch

Orris Knight Webb

Orris Knight Webb
b. 23 May 1892, Warren, Huntington County, Indiana, to Gillett Banks and Lorinda Ellen (Bunting) Webb
d. 9 August 1936, Tulare, California

m. 20 February 1911, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Elsie Margaret Hesik
b. 13 December 1895, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Matthias and Anna (Dvorak) Hesik
d. 15 January 1934, San Jose, California

Children with Elsie Margaret Hesik:
• Olive Irene (1917-1924)
• Orris Knight, Jr. (b. 1919) married Frances Bernice Wilson
• June Marciel (1924-1931)
• Jack Rinear (b. 1926) married (1) Shirley G. Jenkinson, (2) Frances Finch

Orris’ great-grandfather, James Webb, came to Franklin County, Indiana, in 1814 from Virginia. Orris left Indiana about 1909 to pursue an apprenticeship as an electrician. He subsequently moved to: Havre, Montana; Great Falls, Montana; Bremerton, Washington; San Jose, California; Los Angeles, California; and Tulare, California. He was co-founder of Webb & Fleming Electric Co. in San Jose.

Submitted by:
Jack Rinear Webb
Mountain View CA

Thomas Jefferson Riley

Thomas Jefferson Riley
b. 26 February 1842, Mauckport, Harrison County, Indiana, to Henry S. and Mary “Polly” (Pennell) Riley
d. 28 January 1918, Meade County, Kentucky

m. 27 January 1875, Meade County, Kentucky
Harriet A. Finch
b. 25 June 1841, Meade County, Kentucky, to John and Frances (Froman) Finch
d. 12 April 1920, Meade County, Kentucky

Children with Harriet A. Finch:

  • Angeline “Annie” (1875-1909) married Clarence Eugene Frans
  • Martha “Mattie” Amelia (1877-1967) married James L. Frans
  • Siretta “Rettie” Glenn (1878-1968) married George Washington Singleton
  • Mary Elizabeth (1881-1978) married Richard Lavielle Edmonds
  • Edward (1887-aft. 1900)

Thomas’ family lived in Mauckport, Harrison County, Indiana, from about 1832 until about 1844, when they moved across the Ohio River to Meade County, Kentucky. The Riley farm was adjacent to the Finch farm, so Thomas and Harriet probably knew each other in childhood. Their marriage was the only one for each of them and both were in their thirties at the time of their marriage.

Thomas was a farmer. On 24 July 1863, he enlisted in Tennessee as a Private in Company E, 12th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, and served until his unit surrendered in Louisville, Kentucky, on 16 May 1865. During the Civil War, Thomas was captured near Paris, Tennessee, and later returned to service after a prisoner exchange. He received a pension for his military service in the CSA. After his death, his widow Harriet Finch Riley received a widow’s pension until her own death two years later. His service t the Confederacy was recently accepted by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It is noted that Thomas was not a slaveholder.

Submitted by:
Mary D. Kraeszig
Zionsville IN
E-mail: kittydoc@indy.rr.com

Horatio Goldsmith Finch

Horatio Goldsmith Finch
b. 12 June 1819, Connersville, Wayne County, Indiana, to John and Mehitable (Brown Chapman) Finch
d. 25 August 1893, San Francisco, California

m. 4 July 1872, San Francisco, California
Mary A. Casebolt
b. 1838, West Virginia, to Henry Casebolt
d. 10 February 1888, Suisun City, Solano County, California

Children with Mary A. Casebolt:

  • Fabius Taylor (1875-1953) married Anna Pauline Wreden

The Finch family first came to Indiana in 1814, having moved to Connersville from North Bend, Ohio, where for several years they owned a farm adjacent to that of William J. Harrison. Horatio Goldsmith, as a newborn, moved with his family from Connersville to Horseshoe Prairie, Hamilton County, Indiana, in late August 1819. Just four months prior, Horatio’s uncles, Solomon and Moses Finch, Sr., along with their families had traveled 19 days on foot and by wagon, carving their way along the old “Indian Trail” from Connersville to the “New Purchase” (approximately 60 miles). Immediately following Horatio’s birth, his parents, John and third wife Mehitable, joined their Finch relatives and settled on the fertile prairie land two and a half miles north of William Conner’s trading post—just west of what is now Noblesville, Indiana. Horatio’s father, John Finch, was noted as being an esteemed Judge, a very capable blacksmith, and the builder of the first mill site in Hamilton County. John was the father of 17 children, of which Horatio was the youngest.

Horatio studied law as a young man and then moved to California in 1849 during the Gold Rush. According to the California Genealogical Society, both Horatio G. and Mary A. (Casebolt) Finch were cremated at the San Francisco Independent Order of Odd Fellows Crematorium. Their burial place, if any, is unknown.

Submitted by:
Lydia Finch Johnston
Danville IN