'Fingerville cotton factory takes its name from Joseph Finger
, who came to the District of Spartenburg from Lincoln County, N.C., in 1839, and in 1849, in partnership with Gabriel Cannon, who was at that time engaged in merchandizing at New Prospect, began the erection of a cotton factory.' - History of Spartanburg County, South Carolina
by John B. O. Landrum, page 164.
Some Court Records
from Conveyance Book AA for Spartanburg, 1848-1850
concerning Joseph's business dealings.
Found him on the 1850 Spartanburg, South Carolina census (img 195) age 48, carpenter. Also in his household are John Smith
age 55 blacksmith, and Hyman Vaughn
Found him on the 1860 Northern Division, Spartanburg, South Carolina census (img 27) age 58, manufacturer.
Found him on the 1870 Campobello, Spartanburg, South Carolina census (img 37) as Joseph Finger
age 68, manufacture of cotton yarn.