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William Madison Fincher was born near Rosston, Arkansas on Oct. 26, 1864 to William Tichenor Fincher (b. Oct 24, 1845), an early settler, and Julia Ann Elizabeth (Martin) Fincher (Dec. 22, 1847-May 5, 1887). Julia was the daughter of Robert Douglas Martin, who came to this section from Georgia in 1855 with his brother, Seaborn Jones Martin.


The children of William and Julia were:


Emma (b. 1866)

Fannie (1874)

Tom (b. 1868)

Oscar (1875)

Texona (b. 1869)

Ethel (1879)

Ann (bd. 1870)

Arthur (1883)

Lee (b, 1871)

Chester & Carrie (twins) (1883)

Clyde (1886)


In 1896, William Madison moved with his family to Waldo, Columbia County, Arkansas where his father established a general mercantile business. It proved a successful venture. This firm also built the first brick business house in Waldo.


William Madison Fincher was married December 1, 1887, to Jessie Belle Moody (b. June 5, 1868) also a native of Rosston, Arkansas.


Mr. Fincher was the president of The People's Bank of Waldo for many years and prominent in Civic and Church Affairs. He took active part in any movement for the betterment of his community.


Children born to William Madison Fincher and his wife, Jessie Belle (Moody) Fincher, were:


Floyd, married Ruby Williams.

Otis, married Hattie Smith.

Julia, married J.S. Watkins.

Grady, married Louise Blake.

Herbert, married Mable Byrd.

Marvin, married Hazel Stout.

Carmen, married Edward McNeil.


William Madison Fincher died of a heart attack on a Sunday morning in June 1942.



Some of the above date furnished by George R. and Mary (Williams) Haynie

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