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 Anna <I>Finch</I> Hewitt

Anna Finch Hewitt

Chichester District, West Sussex, England
Death 18 Jan 1928 (aged 73)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot sec F7, grave 939
Memorial ID 59001380 · View Source
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Ann Finch was born at Rumboldswhyke, Sussex co., England on 3 Mar 1854, the daughter of James Finch and Mary Jenner. She was baptized a month later, at St. Mary's church in Rumboldswhyke, on 2 Apr 1854.

[Her IL death certificate reported her birthday as 3 Apr 1854. Hence, there is bit of confusion about her birthday: she celebrated it on the correct day of the month (the 3rd), but she used the month when she was baptized (April), not the month that she was actually born (March).]

Her birth record and baptism record both used the name Ann, but records from her adult years frequently used Annie, so we honor her preference here.

Annie was born in the parish of Rumboldswhyke, which is on the southeast side of the town of Chichester, Sussex co., England. (The village of Arundel is about 8 mi. east; and London is about 50 mi. northeast; these are two places that family members have mentioned as her birthplace. Chichester is about 12 mi. east of Portsmouth, England.)

Her father, James, was a hoopmaker, or hoop shaver: a person that made wooden hoops for kegs, casks, barrels, tubs, etc. Hoopmaking was not a lucrative business, and James & Mary's family was large, so we suspect that the family was poor, or on the borderline.

The kids attended school, but boys & girls seem to have gone to work in their teens.

In the 1871 UK census, one finds an Ann Finch (age 16) working as a nurse, and Mary Finch (age 23) working as a cook, in the household of Robert Shaw, the vicar of Madehurst, Sussex co., England. Many years later, just after Annie's death, a condolence letter from Mary (Finch) Knowles to Annie's children mentioned that they (Annie & Mary) had spent more time together than any of the other siblings. The letter is consistent with these two sisters working as servants in the vicar's household, and the names & ages & birthplaces listed on the census page are consistent with known facts. We think this is Annie and her sister, Mary.

Annie's older sister Sarah appears to have emigrated to the U.S. in 1871. Sarah traveled to Iowa or Kansas, married William Harper (in Iowa or Kansas), and the couple settled in Fort Scott, Bourbon co., KS.

Annie came to the U.S. in 1878, and we strongly suspect that she traveled to her sister's home at Fort Scott, and stayed with Sarah & her husband for 3 years (until Annie married).

Annie married John Hewitt on 9 July 1881 at Fort Scott, KS. John & Annie were the parents of 5 children, and all reached adulthood.

The family lived for about 10 years in Fort Scott, then moved to Chicago. In Chicago, John worked as a painter, and they lived on the "south side," at 3905 Wentworth Ave. After John died in 1915, Annie lived with daughter Agnes and her husband, Ernest Marr, at 6143 South Hermitage St.

Annie, age 73, died at home (6143 Hermitage St., Chicago, IL) on 18 Jan 1928.

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  • Added: 21 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59001380
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Finch Hewitt (3 Mar 1854–18 Jan 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59001380, citing Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by davemarr (contributor 47212605) .