From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Finn, Henry

(born: 1843  -  died: 1923) Henry Finn is another of the forgotten names in Kentucky, he was one of the earliest African American dentists in the state. It is not known at this time where Henry Finn received his dental training. His practice was in Franklin, KY. Henry Finn was born in Simpson County, KY, on November 9, 1843, and he had been enslaved to John Finn according to Henry's Freedman's Bank Record dated March 8, 1866 [source: Ancestry]. Henry Finn's first wife was Emily (born c.1837 in KY), and the couple lived in Subdistrict 150, according to the 1870 U.S. Census. No children are listed in the census records. Henry Finn "worked by the day" and was not yet a dentist. The couple is also listed in the 1880 U.S. Census. By 1900, Henry Finn was a widower and a practicing dentist in Franklin, KY [source: 1900 U.S. Census]. His home was at 565 College Street. Henry Finn had remarried by 1910, his wife's name is given as Emma and the couple had a 3 year-old daughter [source: 1910 U.S. Census]. Henry Finn was still working in 1920, he was 77 years old. His wife's name is given as Eunice in the U.S. Census, and the couple had two daughters. Eunice is also the name given as Henry Finn's window in the U.S. Civil War Pension Index (Ancestry). Henry Finn was a veteran, he had served with the Colored Infantry Division, 115th Regiment. He was a 1st Sergeant with Company I. Henry Finn had enlisted on September 22, 1864 in Bowling Green, KY [source: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, vol.II Appendix, p.67 (Ancestry)]. He died May 1, 1923 in Franklin, KY, according to the Kentucky Death Certificate File No.14627, Registered no.62 [source: Ancestry].

Kentucky County & Region

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Pilot Knob, Voting District #3, Simpson County, Kentucky
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Annual report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky. Vol. I-II. 1861-1866. (serial)

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“Finn, Henry,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed June 12, 2021,

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