Found him on the 1860 Arcadia, Wayne, New York census (img 48) as Webster Finger
age 19, farm laborer. He is living in the household of Abby St. John
Read of an Attack on Webster Finger, 1871
Found him on the 1875 Syracuse Ward 5, Onondaga, New York census (E.D. 01 img 51) as Webster Finger
Age 28, conductor SNRR. This census says he born in Connecticut.
Found him on the 1880 Syracuse, Onondaga, New York census (dist 212 img 1) as Webster Finger
age 38, BaggageMan, RR. Address: 139 West Fayette St.
Found him in the 1885 Syracuse, New York city directory as Webster Finger
conductor, rooms 27 Durston Building
, conductor on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg freight train that was in the smashup at Parish recently, has been given a blue envelope. - Syracuse Herald. So it seems that Finger, who is usually on hand, is now off. - Rome Daily Sentinel
December 22, 1887
Found him in the 1891 Syracuse, New York city directory as Webster Finger
, conductor, h. 222 Kellogg.
There is a Webster Finger
age 54, widow, on the 1900 Syracuse Ward 12, Onondaga, New York census (dist 126 img 25). He is head of household and living alone, at 222 Kellogg St. Interestingly, the place of birth of his mother and father are listed as 'unknown' and there is no occupation. This may be an error since he died in 1892, and should possibly be Mrs. Webster Finger
, who lived until 1917.
The death of Webster Finger took place yesterday afternoon at his home, 222 Kellogg st. Mr. Finger was a railroad man who stood high in the esteem of his companions and employers.
Born at Hudson, in Columbia county, he was left an orphan at the age of seven years and was educated by a grandparent, who lived at Clyde in this state.
In 1864, when less than twenty years old, he began his railroad work by taking a place as brakeman on the Central road. Careful attention to duty secured his promotion, in a comparatively short time, to the position of freight conductor, in which position be remained until 1874. In that year he left the Central-Hudson company to accept the place of passenger conductor on the R., W. & O.* He remained in their employ until his death and was one of the most trusted men upon the line.
Of excellent habits and rigidly abstinent, Mr. Finger gave to his work careful and always reliable attention. The railroad was his field of labor, in which was lavished all the ambition and interest which he held apart from his home.
His domestic life was quiet and retiring but not less pure and happy, in 1872 the bonds of matrimony were celebrated by Rev. Joseph Clarke, which united him to Miss Kittie Kinney of this city. The one who spoke the marriage service is now called upon to read the service at the grave.
The deceased leaves a devoted wife, but no children have blessed their marriage. Death came unexpectedly to the home. Mr. Finger had been in good health all last week, but was taken ill on Saturday evening with paritonitis. The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Joseph Clarke will conduct the services at the house. The Syracuse Daily Journal March 15, 1892
* R. W. & 0. = Rome, Watertown, & Ogdensburg Railroad, began in 1842, now part of the New York Central