John Finn
by
Stefan Bielinski


John Finn was listed as the head of an Albany household on the census of 1697. Two years later, he joined his Albany neighbors in signing a loyalty oath to the King of England.

He probably was a soldier at the Albany fort!

In June 1697, he married Jopje Classe Van Slyck at the Albany Dutch church where their child was baptized in 1698. He then married Alide Jans Gardinier in 1699. By 1702, two of their children had been baptized at the Albany church.

During that time, he was a juror and litigant before the Albany court. In June 1699, he was cited for trading with possessing the freedom of the city. Subsequently, he did have a trading license!

Traditional sources identify him as a cooper and that he was from Waterfort, Ireland. After signing Albany-based petitions in 1700 and 1701 and the baptism of a son in 1702, John Finn's name disappeared from the community record!

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notes

the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Finn/Jean Fyne/Fein/Fine/Syne is CAP biography number 6028. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Somewhat conflicting information on his first marriage (which states he was from England) appears in the Manhattan church records. The name of his first wife is the subject of some discussion. We seek defining information on his origins and fate!




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first posted: 10/10/03