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Sarah Finney (Lawrence)

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: 1743 (53)
United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Lawrence and Elizabeth Lawrence
Wife of Joseph Finney
Mother of Ann Thompson; Rebecca Hart; Sarah Finney; Joseph Finney, Jr.; Samuel Finney and 3 others
Sister of Michael Rix Lawrence; Thomas Lawrence; Isabell Page (Lawrence) and Richard Lawrence

Managed by: Kay Francis Rushing Milum
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About Sarah Finney

1. Ann Finney b: 1725 in Philadelphia, Berks, PA, USA

2. Sarah Finney b: ABT 1725

3. Rebeccah Finney b: ABT 1725


1.Title: Thomas Thompson and Ann Finney of Colonial Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Copyright: 1987 by Jane Gray Buchanan

Text: Early in 1712 "Joseph Finney, Gentleman" of Oxford Township, Philadelphia County, purchased land in Manatawney, Philadelphia County, on the East side of the Schuylkill River. By August 1715 he and Sarah were making

their home there.

History and tradition hold that Sarah and Joseph Finney were the Reading, Pennsylvania area's first residents. Joseph is portrayed as a pioneer homesteader and Sarah as "a genteel English lady from a respectable Philadelphia family, who accompanied her husband to the area out of a sense of wifely duty."

Joseph Finney was deceased by the year 1733,leaving Sarah with at least five minor children. A sixth child, Joseph, had preceded his father in death at age eleven and was buried on March 17, 1730 in the cemetery of St. Gabriel's Church. Their other sons, Samuel and John, died in 1734 and 1737. The three daughters Sarah, Ann, and Rebeccah would marry Lawrence Thompson, Thomas Thompson, and James Hart, respectively, and live not far from Sarah who became the legendary "Widow Finney" in the history of Reading and Berks County.

Today a quaint restaurant, "Widow Finney's," is operated in a restored log cabin in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania. Cognizant of the area's history, its owners delight patrons with sumptuous meals, reminiscent of those Sarah Finney is reputed to have served travelers to the area before her death in 1743.

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Sarah Finney's Timeline

Pennsylvania, United States
Age 16
Berks County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 27
Probably Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 53
United States