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James Finley

Also Known As: "James Jennings Finlay"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: February 10, 1753 (64-65)
Green Township, Chester County (Present Cumberland County), Province of Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Finley and Margaret Finley
Husband of Elizabeth Finley and Elizabeth Finley
Father of John Finley; Joseph Finley; Samuel Finley; Robert Finley; William Finley and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Finley; John Finley; Andrew Finley; Catherine Finley; William Finley and 5 others

Managed by: Raenell Sturgill Chaffin
Last Updated:

About James Finley

James Finley Records, 1731-1811

James Finleys in Augusta, Fincastle, Botetourt, Montgomery, Wythe Counties, Virginia, 1731-1811

21 August 1746, James Finla removed from Colony (Chalkley, 1:21, OB 1: ).

1750, James Finlo, 1 tithe shown in Bell's Sunlight on Southside, (Hamner 27 December 1981). Others on list include David Caldwell, James Caldwell, Sr., and James Caldwell, Jr. This was Lunenburg, part of which later became Bedford.

11 April 1766, James Finley exempted from mustering, on list of Capt. William Crow's delinquents (Bostruck, p. 334).

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Botetourt County formed 1769 from Augusta

1771, James Finley, Sr. and James Finley, Jr. on Walter Crockett's list of tithables in the area from William Sayers to Head of Holston River (Kegley, New River Tithables, 1770-1773, p. 9, 10).

1771, James Finley, Sr. and James Finley, Jr. on Walter Crockett's list of tithables in the area from William Sayers to Head of Holston River (Kegley, New River Tithables, 1770-1773, p. 9, 10).

1771, James Finley, James Finley, taken by Walter Crockett; location, Sayers to head of Holston (Botetourt Tithables, 1770-1777, LDS film #0928230, Item

  1. 11; also published in The Virginia Genealogist, vol. 10, no. 3, July- September 1966, p. 118, neighborhood clues preserved).

1772, James Finley, Sr., James Finley, Jr. and George Finley on Captain Doacks and Walter Crockett's list of tithables (Kegley, New River Tithables, 1770-1773, p. 14). Also on Botetourt Tithables, LDS #0928230).

3 August 1772, James Finley, Sr., entry for 191 acres on Read Creek, VA State Library, Reel 22, Book C:212.

January 1773, John Crockett and Elizabeth, his wife, and William Sayers to James Finley, Jr., 100 acres in Fincastle on fork of Reed Creek below branch of New River, Montgomery DB A:9.

January 1773, John Crocket and Elizabeth, his wife, and William Sayers to James Finley, Jr., 100 acres in Fincastle on fork of Reed Creek below branch of New River, Montgomery DB A:9.

5 January 1773, James Finley witness to lease and release from David and Mary Doack to Robert Doak, Montgomery OB 1:2.

5 January 1773, James Finley appointed overseer of road from William Davises to McCauls, Montgomery OB 1:3.

1773, James Finley, Sr. and James Finley, Jr. on Captain Crockett's Tithables along with John Finley and sons David and Thomas; another James Finley and George Finley on Captain Doack's List of Tithables (Kegley, New River Tithables, 1770-1773, p. 27).

1773, James Findley, Jr. sued by Ross & Hook, Montgomery OB 1:78.

1773, James Findley, Jr. sued by James & Robert Donald & Co., Montgomery OB 1:94.

1773, James Finley, Jr. sued by Ross & Hook; James Finley, Sr. gave bail of James, Jr., Montgomery OB 1:115.

15 January 1774, James Finley survey, 310 acres in Fincastle on south fork of red [Reed?] Creek; transferred to John Wilson as his assignee, 9 November 1777; surveyed 17 December 1773 and part of Loyd Company Grant; Montgomery Survey Book A:13.

1774, James Finley sued by Ross & Hool [Hook], Montgomery OB 2:47.

1774, James Finley of Fincastle listed with George and John Finley in Dunmores War; James received 26 days pay in Capt. Walter Crockett's company (Hamner, 14 April 1982).

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Montgomery County formed 1776-77 from Fincastle, Botetourt, Pulaski Counties

16 September 1776, James Finley, receipt to Thomas Madison for 14 for beeves for Cherokee expedition, witnessed by James McCorkle (Draper Collection, Preston and Virginia Papers, 5ZZ12, D.S., 1 p. ).

7 April 1778, James Finley, witness for the Commonwealth against William Strother (Summers, p. 689).

5 January 1779, James Finley to view road options, Skaggs place commonly called the Old Ferry or Dunkard Bottom presently occupied by Col. Inglis, Montgomery OB 1778-1780, p. 16.

7 September 1779, James Finley on jury, Montgomery OB 1778-1780, p. 62.

8 September 1779, James Finley & Robert Love sworn Lieut. of militia, Montgomery OB 2:266.

6 October 1779, James Finley ordered to view road from Dougherties over Reed Creek to Potters, Montgomery OB 2:269.

2 November 1779, James Montgomery, John Adams, James & Joseph Montgomery, and John Miller appointed to view road from Samuel Ingrams to James Finley, returned their report (Summers p. 729).

3 November 1779, James Finley and others ordered to view road between Potters and Munceys, reported back, Montgomery OB 2:285.

1779, James Finley on jury, Montgomery OB 2:197, 261, 283.

1779, James Finley recommended 1st Lieutenant in militia & sworn, Montgomery OB 1778-1780, p. 71.

1779, James Finley to view road from Dougherty's over Reed Creek to Potters, Montgomery OB 1778-1780, p. 79.

4 April 1781, Jas Finley on jury, Montgomery OB 2:308.

4 April 1781, James Finly, William Montgomery, Jno Breckinridge, James Montgomery or any three to appraise estate of Samuel Love, Montgomery OB 2:309.

1 May 1781, James Finley in court for living in adultery (Summers, p. 752).

6 November 1781, James Finley, Captain, Montgomery County Militia (Swathmey, Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution, p. 272.)

7 November 1781, James Finley Capt. in room of John Stephens promotted Robert Love First Lieut. Wm. Love Second & Joseph Shaw Ensign in the same Company. Montgomery OB 2:316.

1781, James Finley took oath as Capt. of militia, Montgomery OB 2:320.

1781, John Stephens, James Finly, George McNutt & Joseph Love to appraise estate of Frederick Wisely, Montgomery OB 2:321.

1781, James Finley had 2 bushels corn, 24 lb. bacon taken from him for use of Montgomery Militia under Col. Crockett on their travel to North Carolina, Montgomery OB 2:321.

5 March 1782, James Finley took the Oath of Captain of Militia (Summers, p. 758 - see 1781).

2 April 1782, James Finley made satisfactory proof that he had 2 bushels corn, 4/and 24 pounds of bacon 24/ taken from him for the use of the Montgomery Militia under Col. Crockett on the March to North Carolina L1:8:0 (Summers, p. 764 - see 1781).

1782, James Finley on tax list with 250 acres, also David with 327 acres and Samuel with 200 acres, (Kegley, Tax List of Montgomery County, Virginia, 1782 shows James with 2 tithes, p. 12).

22 October 1784, James Finley, Sr. survey, 191 acres on Reed Creek, by Wm. Phipps land, Montgomery County Survey Book C:212. (Also from Montgomery Records of Plotts, reel 13, shows warrant date of 3 August 1772 assigned to him by Walter Crockett, also adj. to Geo. Irwin).

25 January 1785, James Findley Sr., vs. John Cowan & others, Montgomery OB 1:152, 183, 204, 224.

3 March 1785, James Finley on jury (Summers, p. 785).

4 June 1785, James Finley survey, 93 acres on Reed Creek, Treasury Warrant

  1. 13275 dated 3 August 1782, ... corner to Willliam Phips, Montgomery County Survey Book D:524 (Schreiner-Yantis says D:511).

26 July 1785, James Finley ordered to view road along with James Crockett, Andrew Duncan & Andrew Crockett or any three, Montgomery OB 1:207 (similar in Summers, p. 789).

20 August 1785, James Finley and Prudence Moore, August County minister return (Cecil McDonald, Some Virginia Marriages, 1700-1799, v. 4, p. 7).

2 December 1785, James Finley, Montgomery County, 191 acres on both sides of Reads Creek a branch of New River, adjacent to Wm. Pheps & Co., VSL, Grants X, p. 535.

26 September 1786, James Findley a Captain dated 10 June 1782 to take rank 9 November 1781, Montgomery OB 1:269 (also Summers, p. 815).

6 March 1787, John Houndshell as Ensign in James Findleys Company of Militia, Montgomery OB 1:280.

3 April 1787, James Finley to Michael Walters, 30 acres on Read Creak adjacent to land of Wm. Phips, Montgomery County DB A:421.

1787, James Findley on tax list with 250 acres; James Findley with 191 acres; David with 327 acres; Samuel with 200 acres.

1788, James Finley on jury, Montgomery OB 1778-1780, p. 18.

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Wythe County formed 1789 from Montgomery

26 May 1790, James Finley, Capt. recommended to Governor as officers for the County Militia (Summers, p. 1357).

26 October 1790, James Finley bought heffer from estate of George Breckenridge, Wythe WB 1:1.

23 November 1790, James Finley qualified as Capt. in County Militia (Summers, p. 1360).

1790, James Finley, Sr. and Capt. James Finley on tax list (Schreiner-Yantis, p. 19); also on lists 1793-1800 (Murphy and Douhat, wythe county, VA Tax List 1793-1800, p. 19).

1793, James Finley on tax list, 250 acres; James Finley, 191 acres; also multiple entries for William Finley (165 acres, 98 acres 130 acres); William Junr to David Finley 237 acres.

8 December 1793, James Finley, Montgomery County, 93 acres on south side of Reed Creek, adjacent to his patent & Wm. Phips, VSL, Grants 29, p. 322.

4 July 1794, James Finley, Gentleman Justice at Wythe County court held this date; ordered John Thompson Sayers, William Thompson and Alexander Buchanon recommended as Sheriffs for Wythe, (Calendar of Virginia State Papers, 1 January 1794 to 16 May 1795, p. 210).

6 October 1794, George Irwin of Knox County Territory south of River Ohio, power of attorney to trusty friend James Finley of Wythe County, Wythe DB 2:171.

1794, James Finley on tax list with William and William, Jr., same as 1793.

1795, James Finley on tax list with others as 1793.

17 November 1797, James Finley, Justice, examination of Jesse Taylor (Summers, p. 1365).

11 June 1798, James Finley and William Crow have 3,185 1/2 acres in Hardin County, KY (Hamner letter of 23 August 1981). There were also William Finley of Wythe and Crow with property in Jefferson County, KY (Mercer County DB 3:331); Thomas Finley and Crow had 1,100 1/2 acres in Woodford County (Hamner letter of 23 August 1981).

14 May 1799, James Finley appointed guardian for Barbara Thompson, Polly Thompson and Betsy Thompson, infants of Samuel Thompson, decd. (Summers, p. 1370).

23 July 1799, James Finley, Sr. will, names James, only son; William Finley beloved grandson; witnesses: William Phipps, Rebekah Phipps, Susannah Phipps; proved 10 August 1802, Wythe WB 1:220.

15 October 1800, Capt. James Finley, to son William, nephew Jonathan Henderson, refers to "rest of my children," unnamed wife but refers to when "my youngest child comes of age,"; witnesses: Alexr Mahood, Robert Martin; proved 15 April 1801, Wythe WB 1:176.

1810, James Finley listed in Wythe County census with 1 male and 2 females under 10, 1 male 16-26, 1 male and 1 female 126-45.

2 October 1811, James Finley and Patsey Ramsey, Augusta County minister return (Cecil McDonald, Some Virginia Marriages, 1800-1825, v. 3, p. 6).

Note: DAR application of Loura Lester Finley Suiter, of Wytheville, VA

  1. 323352, dated 9 July 1940, states that Capt. James Finley married Mary Henderson, was the son of James Finley and Agnes Reid; James, Sr. having been born about 1720, wil probaed 1802. James, Sr., was the son of James (b. 1687, d. 1753) and Elizabeth (Patterson) Finley. She lists the children of Capt. James Finley as William (b. before 1780), James (b. 3-15-1781 and m. Unis Bonham), Polly, George, Thomas.

Submitted by Carmen Finley <finleyc@SONOMA.EDU>

To America in 1720


Family Search says death at Cumberland County, PA

Root's web says:

ID: I5539

  • Name: James Finley
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 DEC 1687 in Dublin, Ire 1
  • Death: 10 FEB 1753 in Green Twp, Chester Co., Pa 1

Sources:

1. Text: The Life of an old time Minister;also Family records by David E.Finley"

Marriage source:FamilySearch.org


Ben M. Angel notes: Cumberland County actually formed from Lancaster County on 27 January 1750. Lancaster County formed from a much larger Chester County on 10 May 1729. So both Cumberland County (present county) and Chester County (county when James Finley was living) are correct as a death place. (No supporting documentation for Wythe County, Virginia, and so it was removed as the death location.)

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James Finley's Timeline

1688
December 9, 1688
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
1688
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
1706
December 18, 1706
Dublin, County of Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
1708
1708
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
1708
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
1710
1710
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
1712
March 6, 1712
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
1714
November 16, 1714
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland