Was a hotelier for more than two decades. From 1839 to 1842, ran a hotel in Delaware Twp., Northumberland County. After three years there, John, or "Finis," as he was often called, relocated to Allenwood in Union County, where he kept another hotel from 1842 to 1860.
In addition to working in the hotel business, Finis was a politician. He was county auditor in Lycoming County for a period, and in 1860 was a delegate to the national Democratic convention. He seems to have been a southern sympathizer during the Civil War, because in 1863 he moved with his family to Winchester, Virginia. They resided there until 1873 before returning to the Elimsport, Pennsylvania area. Before long, however, Finis was drawn back to the Old Dominion, because in 1880 he was recorded on the U.S. Census as a farmer living in the Jefferson District of Alexandria County, Virginia (modern-day southeastern Arlington County/northeastern Alexandria City). In his final years, Finis relocated for the final time with a return to his native Keystone State.
- Researched and written by Andrew G. Simon, great-great-great-grandson of John Phineus Hagenbuch
Barbara Ann Dentler Hagenbuch