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Source: Unknown (possibly HW Beckwith Montgomery County History ?)
Robert FINCH, farmer and tile manufacturer, Mace, is a son of Henry and Sarah (SWINDLE) Finch. Henry Finch was a native of Tennessee, and his wife was born in Virginia. In an early day they emigrated to Union County, Indiana. There he died in 1847, aged fifty-five years, and she came to Montgomery County, where she died in 1858, aged fifty-five years. Mr. Finch paid but little attention to politics. Mrs. Finch was a member of the Christian Church. Robert Finch was born in Union County, Indiana, March 16, 1829. He lived there till 1848, when he came to Montgomery County. He first squatted for about two months near the spot on which school No. 3 now stands. Then two years on the land on which the central school is now located. He made several more moves in the vicinity of Crawfordsville, but, concluding that a renter's fortune would ever be extremely small he purchased, in 1856, 160 acres, the S.E. 1/4 of Sec. 20, paying $1,100. In 1858 he sold, and bought 160 acres in Secs. 5 and 8, for which he paid $2,500. Since then he has sold and bought till at present he owns a good farm of 180 acres. He has increased the value of his farm by erecting a large dwelling, 40 x 40, two stories high. He also controls the tile factory on his place, and receives liberal patronage. He has handled a great deal of stock, and now feeds the greater part of his produce. He received but little schooling, yet has a practical knowledge of business, transacting not only his own but much for other people. He is solidly democratic, and in 1880 was nominated for County commissioner on the ticket of his party. In 1851 Mr. Finch was married to Christiana HIPES, of Montgomery County. Mrs. Finch died April 13, 1875, leaving a family of five children. Mr. Finch was next married to Isarelda CASON, daughter of Wm. and Martha Cason, of Walnut township. She was born in Union County, Indiana.
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