Found him on the 1850 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 76) as Robert Finger
Found him on the 1870 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 15) age 32, Ret.- Lumber & Coal. Living with him and his wife is her mother, Rachael Russell
, age 60.
Robert was the Chief Engineer of the steamship Evening Star
and was one of 17 of the 270 persons on board who survived. His brother Coenrad
was also aboard, but did not survive. The Evening Star sank in a hurricane off the coast of Georgia, 185 miiles east of Tybee, in 1866. The ship was en route from New York to New Orleans. - read compiled newspaper articles
Robert A. Finger, of Saugerties, died on Monday morning last, at 6 o'clock, from injuries received, it is supposed at the foundering of the steamship Evening Star, of which he was Chief Engineer. - The 'Recorder' Cold Springs, New York c. May 2, 1874