Stretcher, Finnix



Stretcher, Finnix


Finnix Stretcher was a master builder elected to the Carpenters’ Company in 1802. He served as a warden of the Company from 1823-1826. The City Directories from 1805 up to 1845, the year before his death, list him at 129 S. 6th street. By 1840, he had retired from his profession and was listed as a gentleman in the Directory. He was interred in the family vault at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. According to a genealogical study written in 1897, both a portrait of Finnix and his wife Elizabeth descended in the family to a granddaughter, Mrs. David W. Sellers.

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings site, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written by Tom Stokes.

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Warden, 1823-25

Business Address

Cypress Alley (1795, 96) (Prime)


Prime Directory: Lists "Phineas" Stretcher as house carpenter. --------------------------- City Directory - 1805 - Thomas, carpenter, 129 S. 6th (note address) 1810, 14, 20, 24 - Firnex (sic.), carpenter, 129 S. 6th. City Directory - 1830, 35 - F., house carpenter, 129 S. 6th St. 1840, 45 - Finnix, gentleman, 129 S. 6th St. --------------------------- Managing Committee Minutes-1802-9-6 Finnix Stretcher elected. Managing Committee Minutes-1809-15-199 Finnix Stretcher received a Book of Prices and paid $2. ------------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #338; claim filed February 6, 1819; no record of satisfaction Finnix Stretcher vs. Mark Young. Claim for $7,214 against a certain three story brick building situated on the east side of 10th street between Walnut and _________? street and about 80 feet above Walnut street about 18 feet 6 inches front on 10th street and about 30 feet deep more of less, for carpenters work. ------------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #338; filed August 18, 1819; satisfied June 23, 1820 Finix Stretcher vs.John Atkins. Claim $325.12 against a certain building or kitchen and piazza, also 2 story house situated back of a house on Chestnut street south side of the street and about 38 feet from the southwest corner of Chestnut and 6th streets and 19 feet deep more or less, for work and labor etc.