Adam was a farmer who came to Ulster County in 1826. He bought a farm that is now the northern part of the village of Saugerties. Finger Street and Prospect Street of today were once part of that farm. - Judy Brown
The street which originally ran only from Market St. to Washington Ave. was named after Adam Finger, a farmer who owned the land in that section. According to an 1875 Atlas, the Finger farm acreage included the land from the present Finger St on the south to what is now known as Mike Kraut Road on the north. The farmhouse is still standing on Market St. and is now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Alan Whitney.
Finger Street until the late 1920's was not much more than a winding lane although houses had been built on either side of the thoroughfare. The village widened and straightened the roadway and constructed curbs at that time. The street was extended to Maiden Ave. when the Knaust development was built in the 1950's.
Found him on the 1850 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 76) as Adam Finger
age 55, farmer. Also in his household is Margaret Patterson
age 14 born Ireland
Found him on the 1860 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 122) as Adam Finger
age 66, farmer.
Found him on the 1870 Saugerties, Ulster, New York census (img 14) age 76, farmer.
Adam Finger immigrant ancestor of this Finger family, was born in 1793, died at Saugerties, Ulster county, New York, April 11, 1871.
He passed the better part of his life in Ulster county, where he was a farmer. During his earlier years he lived in Dutchess county, in what is now the town of Red Hook, whence about 1826 he moved to Ulster county, and purchased a farm at what is now the northern part of the village of Saugerties, whereon the rest of his days were passed in agricultural pursuits. He was a leading farmer in his section of the country, a Democrat in politics, and a promient member of the Dutch Reformed Church of Saugerties. - Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River page 690