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 Emsley William Fincher

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Emsley William Fincher

  • Birth 22 Feb 1831 Ohio, USA
  • Death 12 Oct 1917 Penawawa, Whitman County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Colfax, Whitman County, Washington, USA
  • Plot Block 1 Original, Penawawa, Block 1, Row 3, Grave 19
  • Memorial ID 8901613

Emsley was the son of William Emsley & Susanna Sheets of North Carolina. He married Mary Ann Roub ( PA) on Jan. 9, 1853 in Jefferson, Green, Wisconsin. They had 10 children:
Emeretta Fincher 1853 – 1911
Samuel Ira Fincher 1855 – 1938
William Henry Fincher 1857 – 1945
Owen Emsley Fincher 1859 – 1904
Anna Mahala Fincher 1861 – 1939
John Alexander Fincher 1863 – 1904
Sussanna Kathryn "Katie" Fincher 1866 – 1951
Sarah "Sadie" Viola Fincher 1871 – 1932
Robert Lewis Fincher 1876 – 1944


Prominent among their homes in the Penawawa country is the esteemed
pioneer of the county whose name appears as the caption of this article.

Ever since he left the parental roof to begin life's battle on his own
account, he has given his attention to the basic art of agriculture and related industries, and as a natural consequence he has acquired a skill in husbandry and an intimate knowledge of methods and details which enable him to realize the largest profits attainable under the circumstances.

As a citizen and member of society he enjoys an enviable standing, his life during the many years of his residence in the county having been in all respects so ordered as to win and retain the confidence and regard of those with whom he has been in any way associated.

Mr. Fincher is a native of Ohio, born February 22, 1831. While still in his infancy he and Susanna (Sheets) Fincher, and in that state the ensuing ten years of his life were passed.

He then accompanied his parents to Wisconsin, where he completed his education, already begun in Indiana.

Upon attaining to years of maturity he engaged in farming. He was numbered among the successful and thrifty agriculturists of the state of Wisconsin until 1872, when he removed to Walla Walla county, Washington.

The next year he located on Union flat, this county.

Eventually, he purchased a place in the vicinity of Penawawa from the Halbrook Brothers, deeming that a highly advantageous location for fruit and cattle-raising. At present he is the owner of five hundred and thirty acres, ten of which are in orchard.

For fifteen years after locating in his present place of abode he was
extensively engaged in the sheep business, but he gradually disposed of these, replacing them with larger stock. His place is embellished with many handsome and commodious improvements, and an air of enterprise and thrift is everywhere perceptible on the premises.

The marriage of our subject was solemnized in the state of Wisconsin in 1853, in which year Mary A. Roub, a native of Pennsylvania, became his wife.

They have nine children, namely, Emorette, wife of J. Knox, of Whitman
county; Samuel in Spokane; Henry, in Montana; Owen; Annie M., wife of
Charles Chamberlin, of this county; John, in Montana; Susanna K., now Mrs. G. King, of California; and Sarah V., wife of N. N. Cota, of Penawawa.

They also have thirty-two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Robert L. Fincher, born in Whitman county in 1876, now residing at home.

Mr. Fincher has had many adventures with Indians in early days, the
narration of which is exceedingly interesting to those of a younger

Transcribed from: "An Illustrated History of Whitman County, State of Washington" A compilation of authors Published by W. H. Lever; San Francisco, Ca.; 1901 Page 395
By Diana; Volunteer for the US Biographies Project





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 8901613
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Emsley William Fincher (22 Feb 1831–12 Oct 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8901613, citing Colfax Cemetery, Colfax, Whitman County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Reverend Larry (contributor 47563154) .