Margaret Missouri Finch
b. Feb 1843 Wetumpka, Coosa, Alabama, United States1
m. 12 Dec 1861 Talladega, Talladega, Alabama, United States
d. 25 Apr 1920 Bessemer, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
Buried at Oakhill Cemetery in Talladega, Talladega, Alabama, United States
11 Children: Ida, Oyer, Inez, Oakley, Elmer, Alvin Eugene, Lutie, John William, Ullman Lewellyn, Rhuey Elena (Ruby), and Grover.
The 1900 Census gives the following about Margaret and her family.
- She was born in Alabama, her father born in South Carolina, and her mother born in Georgia.
- She gave birth to 11 children, 9 of which were living at the time.
- She could read and write.
In the 1905 letter from Aaron's daughter Ida Vincent (1863-1938) to her cousin Marian Kelly (1881-1955)2, on page 6 of the letter, Ida said, "Aaron married Miss Margarett [sic] Missouri Finch Dec. 12, 1861." On page 7 Ida says, "Four girls and seven boys were born to this union," then Ida gives all their names including the 2 that died. This is the only record we have of Inez and Lutie. The cause of death is unknown but I suspect they both died in infancy.
A friend who has researched the Finch family shared the following in an email February 26, 2013:
More information on Margaret's mother, Lucinda3, is available in "Other Sources" below.
Margaret's death certificate shows she was also enterred in Talladega County. It does not list a cemetery but several of Margaret's grandchildren have told me she is buried next to her husband. There is no specific marker for Margaret's grave, only the large family marker which does not have her name inscribed.
On a September 30, 1988 interview, Margaret's grandson Andrew "Sam" Vincent (my dad's brother) told me, "The Lucinda Finch buried in Talladega [in the Vincent plot at Oak Hill Cemetery] is Margaret Finch's mother." Another grandson, Clarence Vincent (1910-2001), told me in an undated interview he remembered living in Bessemer, Alabama with his grandmother Margaret M. Vincent. She was living with Clarence's father, Margaret's son Alvin Eugene Vincent (1873-1961), who later moved to southern Mississippi.
June 29th, 2013, 3 of Margaret's great-great-grandsons and a great-great-great-grandson visited the Vincent burial plot at Oakhill Cemetery in Talladega, Alabama. Click HERE for a photo (Note: The tall monument is a Family marker. Margaret's grave is unmarked, see above text for more info).
1900 U.S. Census showing Aaron and Margaret Vincent and family
Margaret Missouri Finch Vincent's Death Certificate
A tax receipt with a sample of Margaret's signature
An email between me [Ron.V] Cousin Faye and Kim about Margaret's mother, Lucinda (lots of info on Finch & Canady)
Marriage record of Lucinda Kenedy to William Finch dated 8 January 1832. Thanks to cousin Caroline for finding this one
and to Ancestry.com for posting it online. These are Margaret's parents. They were married in Campbell County, GA.
1- Margaret's date of birth is confirmed from the 1900 U.S. Census which also confirms she was born in Alabama. The earliest available records for her parents show they were from the Wetumpka area of Coosa County (now Elmore County), Alabama. I am making an assumption that Margaret was born in Wetumpka until confirmed records are available. It seems one of her grandchildren told me that's where she was from but I cannot find a record of such an interview.
2- Click this Link to a letter from Ida Vincent to her cousin Marion dated Aug. 22, 1905 or click HERE for a transcript.
NOTE ON LUCINDA FINCH
3- Lucinda was Margaret's mother. For years there have been problems with Lucinda's surname.
Please CLICK HERE to see that her maiden name was Canady but NOT Thompson.