Mary Alice (Mollie) Chamberlain Fink
Mary Alice (Chamberlain) Fink was born on 29 Dec. 1843 in Cocke Co., TN, and died on 30 Jan. 1883, in Nappanee, Elkhart Co., IN. She was the daughter of Dr. Daniel C. Chamberlain (1794-1866) and Mary Garrett (1802-1864), of TN. Mary Alice wed Augustus C. Fink (1842-1923) in Rutherford Co., TN, on 21 Jan. 1864. The couple moved to Polk Co., MO, and eventually to Elkhart Co., IN. They had two daughters: Mary Irwin Fink (1864-1953) and Margaret (Maggie) Fink (c1866-c1885). (Both Mary I. Fink Slagle and her husband, James T. Slagle, are also buried in South Union Cemetery.) Augustus C. Fink grew up in Columbiana Co., OH, and served as a private in Company H of the 19th OH Volunteer Infantry for three months in 1861. Correspondence between Mary Alice Chamberlain and A. C. Fink reveals that he was later a sutler to the U.S. 8th Battery in TN and that he met and fell in love with Mary at this time, asking her to marry him. The romance was apparently complicated by several factors, not the least of which was the fact that Mary's parents forbade her to marry Fink since they were Confederate supporters and he was with the Union army. After Mary's death in IN, Augustus moved back to MO and remarried. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar, Polk Co., MO.
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