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Posted by: Katie P (ID *****3845) Date: September 12, 2007 at 11:14:58
In Reply to: Re: FINGLETON James by Carole Roberts of 12

I believe I am also a descendant of James Fingleton. Jennie Fingleton, whom I believe to be his daughter, was my great great grandmother. She does not appear on the 1881 Quebec census but I think she may either be Mary J (there was a Mary J and a Mary L in the household; didn't Catholic families sometimes name their children the same, and then they would go by their middle name instead?) or could have left home by then.

The reason I think she is James' daughter is they both emigrated from Canada to Alpena, Michigan. I also noted that in all of the James Fingleton research I've seen only 5 children are ever accounted for, when on the 1910 Michigan census it says Theresa, James' wife, had 10 children with 8 still alive. I think Amanda Fingleton is also one of the missing children.

I also found a memoir of someone who grew up near the Fingleton farm in Wilson Township, Alpena, Michigan . She said that James died probably in the early 1900s by lightning that flew down his chimney and struck him. The house was seen as jinxed because everyone thought the lightning would strike there again. She also told tales of drawing water from a well, but not drinking it, because a sheep had fallen into the well and drowned.

Does anyone have any more info on this family? Thanks so much!

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