He is listed on his father's Civil War Pension Application as Henry B. Finger
In the family bible his birth is listed as Beecher Greenly Finger
Also his tombstone is inscribed with B.G. Finger
Another researcher has him listed as Beecher Henry
. Also Beecher Henry Ward Greenlee Finger Sr.
According to family legend, Beecher thought he had killed a man accidentally, so he faked his own death. He left clothing by the river after making sure people saw him dressed in them that day. Then he left town. He took the name Henry Ward
and started a new life to avoid being charged for murder. After a time, he reached out to his wife to let her know he was still alive. That's when she informed him the man HAD NOT DIED. So, he moved home and kept all the names: Beecher Henry Ward Greenlee Finger
- g-g-grandaughter Loretta Cozart
Based on his age, he must be the Samuel Finger
age 2 listed with the family on
the 1880 District 10, Blount, Tennessee census (dist 193 img 1)
Found him on the 1900 Civil District 10, Blount, Tennessee census (dist 21 img 4) as
age 22, farm laborer. He is single and living at home.
Found him on the 1910 Civil District 10, Blount, Tennessee
census (dist 26 img 4) as Beecher Finger
age 33, odd jobs.
He signed his WWI draft registration (1918) as Henry Ward Beecher Finger
. His occupation is station hand, R.R. and he's employed by W. S. Finger
. (This is probably his brother William S. Finger
, a "section foreman, steam railroad".)
Found him the 1920 Civil District 10, Blount, Tennessee
census (dist 26 img 17) as Beacher Finger
age 40, farming.
Found him on the 1930 Miser Station, Blount, Tennessee
census (dist 5 img 16) as Beecher Finger
age 52, farmer.
Found him on the 1940 'Other Places', Blount, Tennessee census (dist 5-6 img 9) as Beecher Finger
age 58, caretaker, marble quarry.