Biography of Vincent Fines

Vincent Fines, of Germany, settled first in Pennsylvania, from whence he removed to Tennessee, where he was killed by the Indians. His children were Thomas, William, Abraham, Isaac, Phoebe, and Sally. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Fines married Rueben Bedford, by whom she had three children. Thomas married Mary Nave, of Tennessee, by whom he had Levi, Abraham, Sally, Delila and Amy. Mr. Fines was killed by an accidental discharge of his gun, and in 1817 his widow and “children came to Missouri. Abraham married Cynthia Harper, in 1819. The nearest Justice of the Peace was James Duncan, of Lincoln County, who lived sixteen miles distant, and was too old to go so far to marry people. But he agreed to meet them half way. Accordingly on the day of the wedding they set out on foot, and walked to the designated place, where the ‘Squire met them and performed the ceremony, and they walked back home the same day. Mrs. Fines still has the dress that she wore on that memorable occasion. Mr. Fines was a very active man, and no one could beat him on a foot race. He was one of the first grand jurymen of Montgomery County. He says that while out hunting one day, he came upon a den of rattlesnakes, whose heads were so thick where they stretched themselves out of their den that they looked like corn stubbles in a field. He fired into them with his gun and then ran away with out looking back to see what execution he had done. Levi Fines married Nancy Oden. Sally married Jacob Oden. Delila married Nicholas Shrumb. Amy married Joseph Shrumb. Phillip, a brother of Vincent Fines, settled in St. Louis County in 1800. He was a small man, and had a small wife and daughter. Their aggregate weight was two hundred and fifty pounds.



Bryan, William Smith A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri: With Numerous Sketches, Anecdotes, Adventures, Etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri. Also the Lives of Daniel Boone and the Celebrated Indian Chief, Black Hawk, with Numerous Biographies and Histories of Primitive Institutions. Bryan Brand & Company. 1876.

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