Fannie Louisa Augusta <I>Washington</I> Finch

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Fannie Louisa Augusta Washington Finch

  • Birth 17 Feb 1828 Virginia, USA
  • Death 15 Mar 1900 Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot North Hill, Lot 273.
  • Memorial ID 59647368

On October 8, 1856 as Fannie L. Washington, she married Daniel Motzer in the District of Columbia. On April 24, 1872 as Fanny W. Motzer, she married Myron Finch, who died in the District of Columbia. She had no children. She was the Great-Great-Niece of President George Washington.

The Washington Post
Saturday, March 17, 1900
Died
Finch. On Thursday, March 15, 1900, at her residence, 813 Thirteenth Street, Mrs. Fannie Washington, widow of Myron Finch, of New York City and daughter of the late Bushrod Washington.

Funeral Saturday, March 17, 1900, at 1 o’clock, at Central Presbyterian Church. Interment private at Oak Hill.
(Baltimore papers please copy.)

Little Falls Transcript
Thursday, September 12, 1878
Little Falls, Minnesota
One Of The Washingtons
A Relative of the Father of His Country Destitute in Washington
Her History
A Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune writes: The traditional ingratitude of Republicans could hardly be more pointedly illustrated than it is by the misfortunes which have befallen some of the living representatives of the family of George Washington. The public is aware of the fact that stress of circumstances last winter compelled one of the branches of this family living in Virginia to part with relics of the great man which had descended to them as heirlooms and in the preservation of which the whole nation felt and interest and it is also well known that the same Congress which authorized the expenditure of a quarter of a million of the nation’s treasure to place in everlasting commemoration the name of Washington, also appropriated $12,000 to purchase these relics and thus relieve the necessities of an unlucky inheritor of an honored name. Mrs. Fanny Washington Finch, the great-grand-niece of George Washington and supposed to be the nearest living kin to the great man, has for several months been keeping a boarding house in the city which bears her family name. Even in this humble calling the lady seems to have found small favor with the fickle goddess, for within a fortnight her furniture had been placed under attachment and is now held by her landlord as security for arrears of rent. George Washington had an elder brother named Augustine and a younger brother named John Augustine. A son of Augustine Washington married his cousin, jane, a daughter of John Augustine and the issue of this union was the father of Mrs. Finch. Augustine Washington also had a daughter named Elizabeth, who married General Alexander Spottswood, a descendant of one of Virginia’s governors in colonial times and a daughter born to them was the mother of Mrs. Finch. Thus, the subject of this sketch traces her ancestry through both her parents back to the family of the first president of the United States. The father of Mrs. Finch died in 1830 and his remains are in the family vault of Mount Vernon, the casket containing them being one of the eight which is beside those of George and Martha Washington. Mrs. Finch, who was born at Mount Vernon, passed her childhood at the family mansion, but on the death of her father she became an inmate of the family of her uncle, Colonel George C. Washington, then a member of Congress from Maryland, resident in Georgetown. She was a family of thirteen children, of whom she is the only survivor. She was married at the residences of Colonel Washington to the Rev. Daniel Motzer, with whom several years of her life were passed happily. On the death of Mr. Motzer his widow made her home in Georgetown, but her means of becoming exhausted after several years of widowhood, she was compelled to accept a position as a clerk in the treasury department. Eighteen months later the war broke out and although her two brothers joined the Union Army and subsequently lost their lives in consequence of their wounds received in battle, Mrs. Motzer was suspected of disloyalty and with fourteen other ladies of Virginia parentage to the same division, was removed by Secretary Boutwell. In 1870 Mrs. Motzer was married to Mr. Myron Finch, then and until a year since, holding a position in the naval branch of the New York Custom House, from which he was removed by Mr. Cornell. Mr. Finch, although a gentleman of education and high cultivation, is past the prime of life and finds it impossible in these hard times to get employment. Mrs. Finch is now more than 50 years of age, but remarkly well preserved; her dark hair shows scarcely a trace of silvering, while her pleasing form and face give her the appearance of a lady of 40. She is rather retiring in manner, but a good conversationalist when in company with those with whom she is on terms of familiarity. Mrs. Finch inherited many valuable relics of George Washington, all of which were on exhibition at the centennial. Among the most valued of them are a pieced bed quilt made by her grandmother, out of material from the wardrobe of Martha Washington, the silver christening bowl long in use in the Washington’s family and a snuff box made of olive wood, from Mount Olivet, brought by Lord Halifax from the Holy Land and presented by him to General Washington. Mrs. Finch’s circumstances have recently been made known to the President and it is expected he will find the civil service rules sufficiently elastic to permit the reinstallment, either of her husband or herself, into the positions from which they were removed.



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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 5 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59647368
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fannie Louisa Augusta Washington Finch (17 Feb 1828–15 Mar 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59647368, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .