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Catherine Elizabeth Finn
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1863
Cardiff
Cardiff, Wales
Death: Jul. 20, 1918
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA

Catherine Elizabeth Finn (1863-1918) was a migrant from Wales to the United States in 1873 or 1874. She never married and she worked as a private secretary at the American Lead Pencil Company (now Faber-Castell) in Hoboken, New Jersey. (b. June 3, 1863; 15 Godfrey Street, St. Mary's parish, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom - d. July 20, 1918; Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)

Name:
Catherine Elizabeth Finn, Katherine Elizabeth Finn, and Kate Finn.

Parents:
Daniel Finn (1818-1887) and Catherine Creedon (1834-1914). Neither could read or write.

Birth:
She was born as "Catherine Phinn" on June 3, 1863 at 15 Godfrey Street in St. Mary's parish in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales. Her father was listed as a "coal labourer". She used "1864" in the 1871 Wales census. She used "June 1868" in the 1900 United States census and she used "June 1864" in the 1915 New Jersey census.

Siblings:
Her siblings were: Mary Ann Finn (1858-1885) who was born in Cardiff in Wales; and Nora M. Finn (1865-1898) who was born in Cardiff in Wales and married John Joseph Burke I (1868-1939).

Migration:
Daniel Finn and Catherine Creedon along with their children, emigrated from Millstreet in County Cork, Ireland to Wales around 1860 and they appears in the 1871 Wales census living in Cardiff. In 1873 they emigrated to the United States. Catherine Creedon's sister, Nora Creedon (1829-1904) also emigrated with the family.

Jersey City, New Jersey:
In 1880 Catherine Finn was working as a servant at the home of L.S. Williard, a drygoods salesman from New Hampshire. Her sister, Mary, may have been working as a servant for James B. Hance, a grocer in Jersey City.

Death of father:
In 1887 Catherine's father died. In 1895 Catherine and her mother were living at 16 Elliot Place in Jersey City and Catherine was working as a "typewriter", probably at the American Lead Pencil Company on Willow Avenue and Fifth Street in Hoboken.

Death of sister:
In 1898, Nora Finn, her sister, died of pneumonia and Catherine and her mother raised Mary Margaret Burke, Nora's daughter.

Jersey City, New Jersey:
In 1900 She was living with her widowed mother at 16 Ellicott Place in Jersey City. Also living there was her neice: Mary Margaret Burke. Katherine's age was listed as "31" and her birth date as "June 1868". She listed her immigration as "1874" and was working as a "stenographer".

American Lead Pencil Company:
In 1910 Catherine was living with her mother at 41 Hopkins Avenue in Jersey City working as a private secretary at the American Lead Pencil Company in Hoboken.

Death of mother:
On January 01, 1914, Catherine's mother died and she had raised Mary Burke on her own. The house was filled with crystal vases, bronzes, a sterling silver tea set and oil paintings. They also had a piano. Some of the furnishings still exist and are with Vincent Gerard Norton (1923-2005) and James Joseph Norton II. James and Vincent are Mary Burke's children. Catherine Finn and Mary Burke would listen to classical music and attend operas.

Dowager's hump:
As Catherine aged she developed a dowager's hump that left her bent over.

Last will and testament:
Catherine's will was written on August 15, 1916, and named Mary Margaret Burke as her executrix.

Death:
Catherine Finn, who never married, died on Saturday, July 20, 1918 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The cause of death was "cerebral apoplexy with uracemia".

Funeral notice:
"Finn - On Saturday, July 20, at her late residence, 236 Jewett Avenue, Jersey City. Kate Finn, beloved daughter of the late Catherine Creedon and Daniel Finn, aunt of May M. Burke."

Burial:
She was buried in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City with her parents and siblings.

Image:
No picture of her is known to exist.

Other Catherine Finn:
There is a Catherine Finn (1862) born in Cardiff, Wales to Richard Finn and Ellen Heley.

Relationship:
Catherine Elizabeth Finn (c1863-1918) was the great-grandaunt of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Research:
Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on July 3, 2003. Updated on April 13, 2012 with her funeral notice. Updated on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013 with the 1871 census of Wales showing her birth year as "1864". Updated on Saint Patrick's Day, Monday, March 17, 2104 clarifying her date of birth from the 1900 US census. Updated on April 5, 2014 with information showing that the Catherine Finn (1862) in the Wales Birth Index is not her. Her birth certificate was ordered on Saint Patrick's Day, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Updated on April 25, 2016 with the information from her birth certificate.


 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Daniel Finn (1825 - 1887)
  Catherine Creedon Finn (1835 - 1914)
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Ann Finn (1858 - 1885)*
  Catherine Elizabeth Finn (1863 - 1918)
  Honora M. Finn Burke (1865 - 1898)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holy Name Cemetery
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Grave 22, Section K, Block S
 
Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1...
Record added: Jul 03, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7651898
Catherine Elizabeth Finn
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
 
Catherine Elizabeth Finn
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
 
Catherine Elizabeth Finn
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
 
 
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-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011


spring flowers for you Catherine
- Bridget
 Added: May. 31, 2005
 
 
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