Peter Fink~ & Elizabeth Wash** Family History

~ Peter (b 1828 in Kiedrich, Germany)    ** Elizabeth FINK née Wash (b 1840 in Colchester, Essex)

Family history is a subject that many find fascinating and absorbing, but it can also at times be somewhat frustrating. The internet is a great facility for the pursuance of research and also to find and maintain contact with near and distant relatives. An excerpt from the novel by Richard Llewellen “How Green was my Valley” describes a dream which no doubt many family historians experience:

“I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me, those who are to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front, to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond. And their eyes, were my eyes. As I felt, so they had felt, and were to feel, as then, so now, as tomorrow and forever. Then I was not afraid, for I was in a long line that had no beginning, and no end, and the hand of his father grasped my father’s hand, and his hand was in mine, and my unborn son took my right hand, and all up and down the line that stretched from time that was to time that is and is not yet, raised their hands to show the link and we found that we were one.”

We do hope you find this section of the Harfin site, the official Peter and Elizabeth Fink Family Tree Site, interesting. Through the site, we the descendants of a number of Peter Fink and Elizabeth Wash’s ten children who lived past infancy, hope to be able to reach out to other descendants. Whilst we have pooled our resources of photos, data and details of Peter and Elizabeth and their lives, there is so much more yet to be discovered.

f you have knowledge of or have a possible connection to Peter Fink or Elizabeth Wash either as descendants or from their antecedents in Germany, England or wherever, then we want to hear from you. Please feel free to use our Blog to make comments or request more information.  Click on that link or select Fink Family Blog from the menu bar above.

Mention has to be made of those who have been actively involved in this site. Descendants who have shared information and freely given of their time as well as sharing family photos and images, have made this site possible. Those descendants include:

  • Alan – grandson of George Henry Fink, who in turn was the fifth child of Peter and Elizabeth
  • Roy and Alison – grandson and grand-daughter-in-law of Wilfred Fink who in turn was the fourth child of William Fink who in turn was the sixth child of Peter and Elizabeth
  • Barbara – granddaughter of Frank Moss who in turn was the second child of Mary Ann Rebecca Fink who in turn was the seventh child of Peter and Elizabeth.
  • Sharon – granddaughter of Ernest Edward Moss who in turn was the fifth child of Mary Ann Rebecca Fink who in turn was the seventh child of Peter and Elizabeth
  • Helen – granddaughter of Conway Fink who was the second son of Peter Thomas Fink who in turn was the fourth child of Peter and Elizabeth
  • George – grandson of William Fink who in turn was the sixth child of Peter and Elizabeth
  • Paul – great grandson of Valentine James Fink who was the third child of Peter and Elizabeth

The material on this site has been gathered from many sources, and is in many cases many years old. Whilst we have used our best endeavours to verify the accuracy of information, images and other data that has been used on this site, we make no claim nor accept any responsibility for any item that is subsequently shown to be be incorrect. Any copyright attaching to the material, remains with the original copyright owner. Whilst we have done our best to obtain permission where that is possible prior to use, we realise that errors can occur and trust that others will advise if anything here is in breach of any copyright rule. In such cases we will remove such articles until such time as valid permission has been obtained.


Earlier comments made when this was a standalone site

  1. Eileen Davies I am the daughter of Ernest Edward Moss, youngest son of Mary Anne Rebecca Moss, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Fink. My name is Eileen (nee Moss), 2nd eldest and I live in Victoria, Australia.
    Listed below are my siblings from oldest to youngest
    Joan Mary (nee Moss)
    Margaret Sylvia Tillier (nee Moss) (deceased).
    Janet Angela(deceased)
  2. admin Greetings and welcome Eileen!
  3. Carole Morgan Hi Alan. I am in! I have changed my profile on the page and look forward to hearing from others! Kin regards
    1. admin Please welcome Carole into our midst.Carole made contact via the website, and is now registered as a contributor.
      She describes her status as: “Descended from George Henry Fink and Mary Amelia Fink nee Howard (George’s second wife) I am the granddaughter of George Henry Fink and Mary Amelia Fink. My mother is Gladys Mason who was their daughter born in November 1926. They were married in 1925 after George had “rescued” my grandmother from the workhouse after she had had an illegitimate child Ronald Leslie Howard. They went on to have my mother Gladys Winnie Mary Howard Fink.”
    2. That means that Carole is a first cousin to this site’s creator and administrator
    3. George H Fink, the fourth child of Peter Fink and wife Elizabeth (nee Wash), became a widower in 1923 after the death of first wife Frances. George married Mary A Howard in 1925 thus rescuing a pregnant Mary from the workhouse.Mary subsequently went on to have a new life with Kenneth Simper, whom she married after George’s death.
    4. Floridagrl I was so glad to see your website for Fink ancesters to find one another. Dorothea Fink was my great grandmother (x2). She was born June 10, 1831 in Pflatz, Germany (according to her obituary). She emigrated alone to America in 1852 aboard the New Yorker. Her destination was Illinois, but she made it to Sandusky, Ohio where she met my great grandfather (x2), John George Besier. They married in 1853 and subsequently had 8 children. They relocated north to Monroe, Michigan in about 1856 where she resided with her family until her death in February 1907. Could this be a relation to your Fink family of Germany? Sherr
    5. Admin Many thanks for your comment on the Fink and Wash Family website. Our records of our German ancestors are based on a hand-drawn family tree by Anton Fink (b.1894) that was prepared in the early 1960’s. Anton was the last person of our Fink German line to carry the surname ‘Fink’. Anton’s tree shows no one named Dorothea Fink, and only one person with the same given name (Dorothea). That Dorothea, maiden name Kempenich, was the wife of Valentin Fink (1789 to 1874), and lived all her life in Germany.
      That is not to say that your great great grandmother is or is not a relative of our Fink family, merely that we are unable to identify her on the records that we have.
      I also tried to identify the birthplace that you gave on a modern German map, to no avail. There is a Pfalz however, but that is some 400 kms from Kiedrich / Frankfurt am Main area where most of our Fink ancestors seemed to be centred.
      Fink is the German name of the small garden bird, that we in England know as a finch, and the use of Fink is not uncommon as German family name.
      I am sorry I cannot be of any more help in your quest for information about your ancestor, but it’s possible that another site contributor may be able to throw some light on the subject.Site Admin
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