Finger Family Genealogy Forum
Hi!Edna Jane, I too am pretty new at this, Iwent from OK to TN in 1998 to try to find my gggrandfather, Wilson W. Gibbs, I found his probate will in the Blount Co.(Dec 1898) Courthouse in Maryville, TN, the Co. seat. On finding the will I found out that I had a Great Aunt,named Alta Z.(Gibbs)Finger and my gGrandmother,( Martha Caroline(Gibbs)Martin) was a sister. On Sept 23, 1866 Alta Z. married an Adam Finger. He was executor of the will according to the copy of the will that I have. According to my Grandmother, Nora Elender(Cates) Swafford.The Gibbs were Cherokee Indian. Her mother brought her to Missouri in the late 1870's, Left her with her,white, grandfather and went into KS City, Mo. to find work because Nora E.'s father,Robert Cates, 'did not want to make a home for the them' Martha C. left her son by Cates in TN with the other grandfather, Wilson W. Gibbs. My grandmother didn't ever see him again. I have heard Robert Cates, was an Army Scout in TN and probably never married my gGrandmother, Martha C. I was quite amazed to know of the existence of Adam and Alta Z.; Am wondering if your Wilson Greer could be a descendent, due to the similarity of my ggGrandfater's name(Wilson Gibbs)? or perhaps, Adam could have been one of the two children thatLouCinda Finger had by (Sam Smith) Cherokee Tribe # 88. There are a lot of Fingers in Maryville,BlountCo.,TN;or so I was told. Alta Z. Finger died Feb. 26,1932 and trying to get a copy of here Obit published in tha Maryville Times on 10Mar1932. I'm still trying to find out if we are indeed Cherokee. Martha C. would not claim her headright in the Cherokee nation, but Alta Z. may have? Any ideas? let me know what you think. Just E-mail me. Good hunting, it takes time but I think its fascinating. Blount Co. has a website that you may want to visit. Its on Genforum I think under the Tennesee Web Site. That's where I found the info on Alta's Obit. She died whwn I was 2ys/old.
Maybe a long lost cousin,