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Margaret Bothwell Fink

1823 - 1895
Armagh - Canada - Vermont - Illinois

Margaret was born 1823 in Armagh, Ireland. She traveled with her brothers and sister to Canada, then to Burlington, Vermont, then to Illinois. She married John V. Fink on 17 July 1844, in the church newly organized by her brother William in Jo Daviess County. Together, she and John had six children:

Sarah Ellen Finke - April 1846 - bef 1913 - never married
Lucy A. Fink - September 1847 - aft 1913 - m. John Q. Wing
Anna J Finke - March 1849-1927 - never married
William Henry Finke - 1850 - 1852
James H Finke - 1850 - 1850 (or 1852)
John E Fink - August 1852 - aft 1920 - married Myrtle Unknown

They are in all the censuses from 1850 until their deaths in 1895, although it is at times difficult to find them in the indices! Their children are more difficult to find after that.

1850 census - Carroll Co - Savanna - 27 Sep 1850 - Image 6/16 - p. 326b
John Frink sic 31 cooper 800 Oh
         Margaret A 31 Ireland
         Sarah E 5 Ill
         Lucy A 3 Ill
         Anna J 1 Ill
Sarah Gallinst ?! 12? Ireland

1860 Illinois - Carroll - Savanna-1591-1473 -
John Finley sic sic sic! 42 - cooper - $1400 $550 - Pa
      Margaret 42 Ireland
      Sarah 15
      Lucy A 12
      Anna 11
      John 7

1870 census - Carroll Co - Borough of Savanna - 23 June 1870 - p. 222B - 11-11
Fink, John 51 m w cooper 3000-300 PA citizen
        Margaret 50 f w Ireland ps foreign born
        Sarah 24 f w teacher Illinois m foreign
        Lucy 22 f w
        Anna 20 f w
        John 17 m w
Matherson, John 40 m w laborer Denmark

1880 Illinois - Carroll - Savanna Im 20 p. 577b - 194-196
Finke, John V mw 63 cooper Penn -
        Margaret 61 keeping house Ire -
        Sarah 34 teacher Il Penn Ire
        Annie 30 teacher Il Penn Ire

John Fink was an early settler in the county.

One of the pioneers to arrive about 1840 was John Finke. He shortly afterwards opened the first cooper shop. He married Margaret Bothwell and they always made Savanna their home. They had several children, but the two that are best remembered were Sarah Ellen and Anna who were teachers in school for many years. All the members of the Finke family were devout church members, Mr. Finke being one of the founders of the early Congregational church.
Bowen, Alice M. The Story of Savanna (Savanna, Ill. [printed by the Times Journal, 1928]), p. 59 "Pioneers of 1840"

From the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois:

FINK, John V (deceased). - Although all that was earthly of John V. Fink, of Savanna, passed from the knowledge of man many years ago, his record as an energetic and useful citizen is still well remembered, and those of his friends yet living will recall his upright honesty and good deeds. Mr. Fink was born in Allentown, Pa., a son of William Fink. He was educated in his native state and at the age of fifteen years left home and went to Baltimore where he learned the trade of a cooper, at which he worked the greater portion of the remainder of his life. After extensive traveling, and a period of residence in Kentucky, in 1840 Mr. Fink came to Savanna, Ill., where he met and married Margaret Bothwell, of English and Scottish descent, although a native of Ireland. Mr. Fink and his wife became the parents of six children: two died in infancy; Sarah, who is now deceased, for twenty-seven years was a school teacher, and well known as an efficient educator, was located for seven years at Thomson, Ill., seven years at Leclaire, Ia., and some years at Savanna; Lucy, who is the widow of John Q. Wing, is a resident of Chicago; Anna J., who for many years was a prominent educator; and John E., who was graduated from the law department of Ann Arbor university, is now an attorney located at Clinton, Ia., and was for many years a judge of the police court. Mrs Fink was one of five children, two daughters and three sons, and went to Vermont with her three brothers when about seventeen years of age. When about twenty years of age, having learned the trade of a milliner, she went to Albany, N.Y.[This is a mistake. It was Albany, Illinois], where she had two brothers and when about twenty three years old came to Savanna. Her brother James died in Albany. Her brother Jeremiah lived many years on a farm near Albany, but later moved to Clinton, Ia., where he died. The third brother lived in Galena, Ill., many years, but spent the last of his life in Dubuque, Ia. The sister Sarah married Charles Pulford, of Savanna.
           For many years John Fink worked in Savanna at the trade of a cooper. He early showed his sagacity and good judgment by investing in land in the vicinity and became quite wealthy, retiring when about sixty years of age. He was a devout man and his children were reared among Christian influences. His house was always an abiding place for ministers in early days and he was one of the founders of the Congregational church of Savanna. remaining faithful to its teaching until death, and contributing liberally to its support. He served many years as deacon in the church and was always ready to help in its work. In politics he was a Republican but never sought office. Mr. Fink died March 19, 1895. Always a true friend to educational movements, though he received limited opportunities in this respect himself, he was eager to give to his children the best advantages in his power, so that all were well fitted for their future work and all who reached maturity spent some time in teaching.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois. Edited by Newton Bateman and Paul Selby. And History of Carroll County. Edited by Charles L. Hostetter. (Chicago: Munsell Publishing Co, 1913) p. 784-5

Margaret and her husband died in 1895, within a week of each other.

Savanna Weekly Journal - Thursday, March 27, 1895 - p. 4

Follows her Aged Comp-
anion to Rest,


She Was One of Our Oldest Residents,
Having Settled Here in 1840. End of
a Useful Life, Her Death Mourned
by Friends Both Old and Young.

One week ago John Finke passed from earth to his reward, and now his aged life companion has followed him. Mrs. Finke was taken sick first, and the knowledge that his wife was suffering is thought to have hastened the husband’s death. They were both taken with severe colds, which developed into lung trouble. Thursday, March 14, Mr. Finke succumbed, and Friday, March 22, the one who has shared his joys and sorrows for over 50 years followed him. The scene in the house is a sad one. The parents were taken away suddenly, and their devoted children, who have cared for them in their declining years, are more than commonly grief-stricken. Thus two of Savanna’s very oldest settlers have gone to join others who were so prominently identified with our city in its infancy. Few are left who settled here in an early day. Those veterans are held in reverence as being instrumental in forming the beginning of our now prosperous city. When one of those who composed the little colony, is, after these many years, at last forced to vacate this earthly tabernacle, their demise is felt keenly by all. The surviving marks of Savanna’s early history cannot long be with us. The sands of life are almost run. One by one they must answer Nature’s call, and leave behind them nothing but pleasant recollections of the past. The good they have done will live after them. In after years the younger generation will point back to the time when these once-rugged men and women fought to maintain what is now being enjoyed by those coming after them. They all had different works to perform. Each took up a different line of action. In the religious and educational line were those who were more prominently connected than others; those who saw the necessity of devoting largely of their talent and means to establishing and maintaining churches and schools. Among these were Mr. and Mrs. Finke. They were ardent Congregationalists, and the little brick church still stands as a monument of their fidelity to the cause.
        Mrs. Margaret Finke was born in Armagh, Ireland. She came to America in 1838, stopping at Burlington, Vt. She remained there two years and then came to Savanna, arriving here in the fall of ‘40. Fifty years ago, the 17th of last July, she was married to the one who preceded her to the better land. Mrs. Finke was a truly good woman. She lived her religion every day. Her life was one of usefulness, and many are the friends who mourn her taking away.
         The funeral will be held at the M.E. church Sunday next, Rev. G. A. Erving, officiating.

Same page, 2 columns over: part of the page is cut off (my mistake - I didn’t realize there would be both an obit and a report of the funeral, didn’t notice until I got home)

An Imposing Ceremony in Honor

The last rites over the r[emains] of Mrs. John Finke were held [in the] M. E. church last Sunday m[orning]. The Sunday preceding the hus[band’s] funeral was held in the same c[hurch.] The church was crowded by s[ympa]thyzing friends - friends of the [] lady both in her youth and o[ld age.] The sermon was delivered by R[ev. G.] A. Erving, the pastor. The tex[t was “Yea] though I walk through the Vall[ey of the] Shadow of Death, I will fear no [evil] for thou art with me,” was a[lways?] precious to the deceased in li[fe and] while she was lying on her deat[hbed] she loved to repeat it, and confide in the promise therein. The sermon was an excellent one, the pastor paying a fitting tribute to the departed. The singing by the choir was beautiful. The choir and casket was decorated with flowers, the floral designs being in harmony with the disposition of Mrs. Finke in life. She was a lover of nature, and flowers were her particular favorites. They were emblematic of her always-happy and cheerful disposition in life. Mrs. Finke’s last moments were peaceful ones. She was conscious to the end, and calling her family to her bedside bade them good-bye one by one. She desired to live only for her children’s sake, but when the final summons came she was resigned to the will of her Master, knowing that all was for the best. The hour of parting was a sad one to the family, who were devoted to their mother. The ordeal passed through by the son and daughters is a trying one. To be thus bereft of their parents in this short time is a severe blow.
           Mrs Finke was 72 years of age. She had been in good health up to her last short illness.
The friends who attended the funeral from a distance were Jeremiah Bothwell, an only brother, and John Finke and family of Clinton, Mrs. Wing and Samuel Pulford of Chicago. Eight members of the Clinton police force also were in attendance as follows: C.E. Pierson, Chief; H. Kunsten, Capt.; a. Kunsten, City Marshall; J. Cole, Desk Sargeant and the following policemen, W. Dougherty, a. Nelson, C. Fedderson; J. Dromand.

They are buried in the Savanna Township Cemetery. This is from a book of cemetery readings.

Row 28, lot 109
John V Fink 1819-1895
Margaret Bothwell Fink (wife) 1823-1895
Wm Henry Fink 1850-52
James (H) Fink 1850-1850 (1852)
stones: Sarah James William
Anna J Fink 1849-1927
Bothwell grandfather
Wing, JO
Mrs JO Wing

I went to the cemetery myself in December 2001, but found no sign of the Bothwell grandfather or of the Wings. This is the last plot before the edge, and there are trees/bushes at the edge, and maybe they have grown over and covered those stones? [We visited again in October 2012, and looked extra-special carefully - and still did not find either the Wings or Grandfather Bothwell.]
[This is three rows in from the highway]

Margaret Bothwell Fink's grave 

row 3, starting from edge of cemetery (farthest point from town)
        Anna J. Fink 1849-1927
        double headstone 1st loop unreadable maybe James, 2nd William
  Tall stone: John V. Fink 1819-1895
                   Margaret Bothwell Fink 1823-1895
   on the sides: Wm. Henry Fink 1850-52
                   James Fink 1850-1850
this is plot 109 (there is a tag) and was originally called row 28

a closer view of Margaret's grave

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