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Charles Alfred Finnacom
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Birth: 1846
Death: Dec. 2, 1921
Pennsylvania, USA

Charles H Finnacom, Landsman, USN

U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 about Charles H Finnacom
Name: Charles H Finnacom
Death Date: 2 Dec 1921
Cemetery: MT. Moriah Naval Plot
Cemetery Address: 62nd St & Kingsessing Ave Philadelphia, PA 19142
Buried At: Section 3 Row 9 Site 14

Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999 about Charles A Finnacom
Name: Charles A Finnacom
Birth Date: 1846
Death Date: 2 Dec 1921
Age: 75
Military Branch: Navy
Cemetery Name: Mount Moriah Cemetery
Cemetery Location: Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Charles Alfred Finnacom - b. ca 1847, Washington D.C.; d. 2 Dec. 1921, m. 29 March 1871 Bertha Angie Cook. Charles was known as Al but official records called him Charles A. Finnacom. At an early age he was involved in the Civil War as an ambulance driver for the Union Army under General Rucker and Ambulance Master E.A. King. He was discharged from this duty in 1866. He later served in the Navy. The first pension application filed said that he served on the USS Monocacy as a powder boy and received a severe concussion when a canon went off and he was pinned to the side of the ship. According to the pension papers Al enrolled in the Navy on 12 July 1866 and was discharged on 9 October 1869 in Yokohama Japan after spending 2 weeks on the sick list from his injury. He must have looked very much like his son, Walter as his original papers state that he was 5 ft. 3 1/2 inches, fair complexion, light hair and blue eyes. (Pension record from National Archives. Application 39749, Charles A. Finnacom served Monocacy, Navy Civil War 2 class boy, filed 11 March 1895, Invalid). The 1880 Washington Directory list Alfred as a painter living at 1825 6th St. S. In 1885 he was listed as Charles A. Finnacom, painter, 1823 7th St. NW and his wife Bertha at the same address listed as a dressmaker. In 1899 Bertha alone is listed at 2245 Cleveland Ave. under sewing. Pension records show that Al was also living there in 1896 but apparently not working. In 1901, pension records changed the story of his service and said he was serving on the Steamship Idaho and contracted dysentery on board the ship caused from sailing through malarial districts, swamps and sluggish streams and that he was treated on the USS Monocacy and was discharged from that ship as above. At this time Al and Bertha were living at 974 Florida Ave. NW. There is much testimony in the affidavits of his pension about dizziness, weakness, deafness, etc. He seemed to be under heavy medication and probably became addicted to all this medication. The family reports that he spent much of his time at his brother George's and that he walked with a cane and drank heavily in later years. He ended up in the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia PA where he died 2 December 1921. Apparently no family was present as the death certificate lists no parents or wife although they knew he was married and that his wife was still living. There was an inquest into his death and the official cause is listed as Bronchial Pneumonia and fractured femur. He is buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Grave 14, Row 9; 62nd St. & Kingsessing Ave, Philadelphia PA (Death certificate and Veterans Administration records). The family stated that at some point he had gone to a Navy home in the Philadelphia area.

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 Parents:
  Stahley B. Finnacom (1818 - 1893)
  Mary Elizabeth Fletcher Finnacom (1834 - 1892)
 
 Spouse:
  Bertha Anglina Cook Finnacom (1856 - 1937)*
 
 Children:
  Minnie Ida Finnacom Baxter (1873 - 1972)*
  Walter Matthew Finnacom (1883 - 1956)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Alfred Finnacom (1846 - 1921)
  Jullius S. Finnacom (1849 - 1881)*
  George Fielding Finnacom (1853 - 1918)*
  Benjamin Stokley Finacom (1858 - 1931)*
  Rufus H. Finacom (1864 - 1865)*
  Richard E. Finacom (1868 - 1868)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: USNH Plot 3 Row 9 Grave 14
 
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: Mar 03, 2012
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Charles Alfred Finnacom
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Charles Alfred Finnacom
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