Although I am not connected per say to the Fincher line, I have been looking into the deaths of John Fincher(Jr.) and his wife Jane McNab, killed by Indians Sept. 9, 1763. I am descended from Elinor Cook, the second wife of John Fincher who married in 1714, and the widow of Peter Cook. While surfing the web I came across two newspaper articles from The Pennsylvania Gazette, dated 1763 and 1765 dealing with the story of John Fincher(Jr.).
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September 15, 1763
The Pennsylvania Gazette
PHILADELPHIA, September 15.
On Monday last the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of this Province met here.
The same Day an Express arrived from Reading in Berks County, with the following Intelligence, viz.
"That on Thursday last, about two o'Clock in the Afternoon, eight Indians came armed to the House of John FINCHER (one of the People called Quakers) about three quarters of a Mile distant from a Party of Captain Kern, consisting of six Men, commanded by Ensign Sheffer, and about 24 Miles from Reading, over the Blue Mountains: That said FINCHER, his Wife, two Sons, and Daughter, immediately went to the Door, and asked them if they would eat any Thing, hoped they were come as Friends, and entreated them to spare their Lives: That, however, after some deliberation, they killed FINCHER, his Wife, and two Sons, the Daughter said to be missing; but as she was heard screaming by some of the Neighbours, and crying Murder, it is feared she is likewise killed: That a little Boy made his Escape from the Savages, and came to the Ensign, who immediately went to the Place with his Party, but the Indians were gone, and finding, by their Tracks, which Way they went, pursued them to the House of one Nicholas Miller, where he found four Children murdered, the Enemy having carried off two others with them; but that said Miller, and his Wife, being at Work in a Field, saved their Lives by Flight, the Man being pursued near a Mile by one of the Indians, who fired at him twice: That our Party still pursued, and soon came up with the Enemy, and fired on them, which they returned; but the Soldiers rushed on them so furiously, that they quickly ran off, and left behind them two Prisoners, two Tomahawks, one Hanger, and a Saddle; three of their Number being badly wounded: That the two Prisoners recovered, were two of the above-mentioned Miller Children, which they had tied together, and drove them before them: That the Persons murdered were all scalped, except a Child about two Weeks old, which they, in the most cruel Manner, dashed to Pieces against the Wall: That the Number killed over the Mountains was eight, and two missing: And that the Inhabitants had all come on this Side, and were in the utmost Distress.
That as the Express was setting off from Reading, certain Information was brought there, that the House of Frantz Hubler, in Bern Township, about 18 Miles from Reading, was attacked, on Friday Evening last, by the Indians, when Frantz himself was wounded; his Wife, and three Children, carried off; and three others of his Children scalped alive, two of whom are since dead."
Since our last arrived here an Express from Fort Bedford, which he left the Seventh Instant. By him there is Advice, that all was well at Pittsburgh: That Capt. Hay, with the Convoy from Ligonier, had got safe there: That there had been no Disturbance from the Indians in that Quarter, since Colonel BOUQUET'S Victory over them: And that every thing was likewise very quiet in Cumberland County, where there seemed to be a noble Spirit, many brave Men being ready to go out in the Service of their King and Country, if properly encouraged.
Extract of a Letter from Fort Cumberland, September 5.
"One Henry Adams informs me, that he was Yesterday at John Forman Fort, about 30 Miles from this Place, on the South Branch, when an Express arrived there from Fort Pleasant, who informed, that Capt. Luke Collins, with some Men, had followed a Party of Indians to Cheat River, one of the main Branches of the Monongahela, where he overtook them, and killed six of the Number; took 11 Guns, 14 Shot Pouches, several Horses, and a large Quantity of other Plunder, to the Amount of One Hundred Pounds, or more, exclusive of the Horses: He also released a Son of Capt. John Walton from the Enemy. It is remarkable, that not one of the Guns taken from the Indians was loaded, and, when attacked, they were barbecuing a Buffaloe, not thinking of Danger. It appears that their party did not consist of above Eleven, some of the Shot Pouches being taken from Inhabitants."
January 17, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette
LIST of CAPTIVES taken by the INDIANS, and delivered to Colonel BOUQUET, by the Mingoes, Delawares, Shawanese, Wyondots and Mohickons, at Tuscarawas and Muskingam, in November, 1764.
FEMALES and CHILDREN.
Sarah Boyd; Elisabeth Smith; Hannah Smith and her Child; Elisabeth Henry; Margaret Miller; Mary Villa; Elisabeth Wilkins; Mary Wilkins; Elisabeth McElroy, and her Child; Mary McElroy; Catherine Heat; Uly Stroudman; Catherine Stroudman; Hannah Maria Sourback; Kitty; Beverly Miller; Peggy; Catherine Williams; Betty Young; Jenny Innis; Christina; Rachel Leninger; Margaret Leninger; Margaret Manselle; Dorothy Manselle; Elisabeth France; Hannah Smith; Catherine Lingerfield; Peggy Baskin; Ann Finley; Mary Campbell; Mary Lowrey; Jane Lowrey; Susannah Lowrey; Irena; Phebe; Christina Wampler; Flat Nose; Betty; Agnes Davidson; Molly Davidson; Rachel; Polly; Catherine Bacon; Jane Crow; Polly Crow; Dorothy Son; David Bighead; Martha Martin; Susannah Knox; Jane Knox; Mary Knox; Susannah Knox; Esther Flaugherty; Elisabeth Stinson; Mary Stewart; Jane Coon; Rachel FINCHER; Elisabeth Coon, and two Children; Christopher Wampler; Rhody Boyd; Elisabeth Studibacker; Dorothy Daughter.
The book, "Fincher In The USA," states that Rachel married an Indian chief after being abducted. I have not found anything to corroborate this... yet. Since she was returned almost a year after her abduction, there is certainly enough time. I wonder if there were any children born during this time and if she married after her return.