Case of Julia A. Fingar, No. 655747
On this 23d day of July,
1902, at Philmont, County of Columbia State of New
York, before me, Allan F. Church a special examiner
of the Bureau of Pensions, personally appeared Julia
A. Fingar, who, being by me first duly sworn to
answer truly all interrogations propounded to her
during this special examination of aforesaid claim
for pension, deposes and says:
Jacob Fingar was a second cousin of
mine and we had known each other from childhood; he
was a little younger than myself; neither of us had
been married prior to our marriage to each other on
the 5th day of February, 1850. My husband Jacob
Fingar was then 20 years old and I was 21. He was a
carpenter by trade and while we had nothing when we
married, he worked regularly and kept his family
comfortably until he enlisted. We had 5 children of
whom but 2 were then living when Jacob Fingar
enlisted. When Jacob Fingar enlisted his health
appeared to be good, he had never lost any time from
work on account of sickness, and I have no reason to
think him other than in good physical condition. When
he resigned his commission in the Army, he never
returned to me or his family. He had got to running
around with other women, and when he got out of
service he took one of his women (don't know her
name) and went away. I never saw him from the day he
When he enlisted we were living in his father's tenement house down at Martindale. He did not leave me any money to pay expenses while he was gone, and he had no property of any kind, my son Sylvanus was only 8 years old and my daughter Emma was only a year and a half old. I told my father I could not stay there and father brought us all up here to Philmont and rented two rooms for us and I went to work in the Mill (shirt + drawers factory). I worked there all of twenty years and raised my children. I used up everything I made during those years to pay expenses, was destitute of clothes and other necessities. My father died in December, 1880, and I worked at the mill at least a year after his death. Yes my father left an estate, and my share of it was a little more than a thousand dollars, and I used it to build this house. I still owe $800 on it to Mr. William Naver of Hudson, and pay 6% interest per annum, payable semiannually. Yes, I have another house, it is the one next door, and was built before this one. My father bought that house and I lived in it and paid him rent for it at first, but finally as he was getting old he gave it to me three or four years before he died. I have no other houses or real estate, and only the household goods in the lower floor of this place. It is hard for me to meet expenses, and taxes are so high it is sometimes pretty scanty living. I have hard work to make ends meet, as I have no money in bank; no stocks, bonds or other investments of any kind.
The rent I receive for these houses is as follows:
I have no other source of income except my daily labor. No one is legally bound to support me
I was married by Rev Himrod who was pastor of the Reformed Church at Mellenville. My sister Gertrude Minkler (now dead), and my sister Jane, now Mrs. Allen Harder, were witnesses. Yes George L. Harder was there too. These and my sister Caroline Clum who lives with me, are the only ones I can think of now who knew me before marriage. I think George A. Lockwood knew my husband and myself before he (Jacob Fingar) enlisted.
Mr Ezra J Beardsley has come to Philmont since my father died. He has known me since that, and all these witnesses can tell you about my property, its value, and what I have to pay for expenses on it.
No, I don't know whether Jacob Fingar was sick, or whether he incurred any wound or disability in the Army. I never heard that he did. I don't remember the date of his death, or what was the cause of death, but I think a statement as to his death was filed in Washington. He died at Syracuse, N.Y., and I did not hear about it until about 6 months later, and then I filed my claim under the Act of June 27, 1890. My husband's brother, Peter Fingar told me of Jacob Fingar's death, and also that he was drawing a pension when he died. Peter Fingar is an insurance agent.
I am the claimant in this case and am interested in its prosecution. This statement has been read to me. I have understood your questions, and my answers are correctly recorded.
/s/ Julia A Fingar