John Finkbohner


John Finkbohner

Dessenheim, Departement du Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France
Death 28 Dec 1934 (aged 71)
Tusten, Sullivan County, New York, USA
Burial Sullivan County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 46701555 View Source

Birth name was Jean Finckbohner, changed upon immigration to US. Born in Munster, Haut-Rhin, France (Alsace) to Fulgance (Jance) Finckbohner (b 1835) and Marie-Anne Reinhard (b 1840). He arrived on 4 March 1889 in New York City and moved to Paterson New Jersey to work in the silk mills. He married Lena Kupferer Finkbohner, who was born in Ulm, Germany and she passed away 19 Oct 1954. She is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton OH with their son, Otto Finkbohner. John joined Lena in Paterson, New Jersey (where she was living with her brother, Andreas [Andrew] Kupferer) after coming to America and married her on 8 March 1889, four days after arrival. This was clearly pre-planned on their part.

Three matching houses were built in Tusten (outside Narrowsburg) for he and his two sons, Alfred and Otto. (Directions from cemetery to houses). John lived in center home with Home of Otto to the right (now abandoned and in ruins) and Home of Alfred to the left, occupied by Alfred Finkbohner's descendents until 2014 when sold out of family ownership.

Alfred and family remained in the Narrowsburg area, and Otto eventually returned to Dayton OH with his family.

He immigrated to the US with his younger brother, Charles Finckbohner. They arrived in NYC on 4 March 1889 aboard the passenger ship "La Bourgogne" (Port of Departure was Havre, France; and they paid for their own passage). Charles settled in the Allentown PA area (brother's memorial at

His ancestors were in Wissemburg (Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France) for at least three generations back to the 1730s.

His parents (picture attached), Fulgence Finckbohner (aka "Jance"; born 1 Feb 1835 in Wissenburg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; listed as carpenter in 1869 records) and Marie-Anne Reinhard Finckbohner (b 12 April 1839 in Wasserbourg, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France) moved south to Munster and later to Guebweiller. Six of their eight children remained in the Guebweiller area (Emille, Joseph, Marie, Marie-Josephine, Marie-Anne, and Pauline), and these are the siblings of John and Charles who immigrated to the US together and arrived in New York City on 4 March 1889.

His grandparents were Jean Georges Finckbohner (aka later went by "Georg Henri"; b 15 Nov 1789 in Wissenburg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; listed as a carpenter in the 1836 census) and Anne Marie Ehlen Finckbohner (b 12 May 1807 in Wissenburg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France), and Reinhard Reinhard (b 29 April 1805 in Wasserbourg, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France) and Marie "Ursule" Ullmann (b 11 Jan 1804 in Wasserbourg, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France).

His great grandparents were Andreas Finckbohner [b 18 March 1745 in Rodt (Loßburg), Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, d 14 Dec 1817 in Wissemburg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France] and Eva Dorothea Hepp Finckbohner (b sometime in the 1750s), lived in Wissemburg. The details of his migration to Wissemburg from Germany are not known.

His great great grandparents were Andreas Finkbohner (b 21 Aug 1711 and d 12 March 1790 in Rodt (Loßburg), Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) and Eva Marie Kugler Finkbohner (b 1710s). This Andre Finkbohner lived in Rodt (Loßburg), Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and was a shoemaker and judge.

His great great great grandparents were Johannes (Hanns) Finckbohner (b 1670s) and Christina (maiden name unknown, b 1665-1675).


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