Finger Family Genealogy Forum
From "Biographical Review of Dane County, Wisconsin -1893":
Joseph FINGER, deceased, was born in Prussia, Germany, in 1816. He was reared to farm life, received a good common school education, and remained at home with his parents until 1854. In that year he came on a sailing vessel to America, landing in New york after a voyage of two months, with comparatively little means. A short time afterward be bought eighty acres of land in Bristol township, Dane county, Wisconsin, for which he paid $900. Thirty acres of land was cleared, and on which was a small log house, where they began their pioneer life. Mr Finger added to his original purchase until he owned 100 acres, erected a good residence, barns, etc., and remained there until his death, August 2, 1885. He was buried in the (St Joseph's) Catholic cemetery at East Bristol.
In 1884 he was united in marriage with Agatha Dreps. They reared a family of eight children, viz.: Mary, of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Catherine, wife of Fred Krich, of Appleton, this State; Ferdinand, of Camp Douglas; Henry, of North Leeds (Columbia County); Joseph, of Madison; Agatha, of Albany, MN; Anton, of Hampden, Columbia county, Wisconsin; and Theresia, at home. For a short time after the father's death the farm was conducted by a son, but since that time, in company with her daughter, Mrs Finger has managed the entire place. The children have all received a good education, and the family are members of the Catholic Church.