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  • ID: I1453
  • Name: William Finley
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 6 MAR 1712 in Dublin,Ireland
  • Christening: St Peters,Dublin,Ireland
  • Death: Bef 15 SEP 1789 in Augusta Co,VA
  • Note:
    !Stout claims in 1780 he was an Ensign, later Captain in the Revolution. Married Mary Wallace in 1734; lived for a while in Oxford, MD. Held 200 acres on Shenandoah River, Augusta County, VA. (Will dated 21 December 1787 found in Augusta Co. WB 7:176; proved 15 September 1789).

    !Messer claims William was born 6 March 1712, moved to Augusta County, 1737. Monette says William's wife, Mary Wallace, was sister to Rev. Caleb Wallace of Chester County, PA. (Records are found for Rev. Caleb Baker Wallace, son of Samuel Wallace and Esther Baker, daughter of Caleb Baker, in Prince Edward County. This Rev. Wallace graduated from Princeton in 1770 ... [Herbert Clarence Bradshaw, "History of Prince Edward County, VA," Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, n.d., p. 96]. A William Wallace witnessed the will of William Finley in Augusta County).

    ! Will Parham E. Papers (McClung Collection, Lawson McGhee Library, Knoxville, TN) claim William's daughter, Ann, married John Caldwell who was a brother to the Mary Caldwell that married John Finley.

    !Documents in Augusta County support the following facts about William Finley. His first appearance was as a member of the congregation of Tinkling Spring Church on 14 August 1741 (Howard McKnight Wilson, "The Tinkling Spring: Headwater of Freedom," Fisherville, VA, 1954, p. 84). He also appeared on the membership rolls of 12 November 1744 (Wilson, p. 439). On 14 April 1746, he was named Captain of Foot (Chalkley I:16). The births of three children were recorded during the 1740s ... William, b. 26 October 1740; William, b. 16 January 1743; Robert, b. 23 June 1745 (Wilson, p. 474). On 22 May 1750, he purchased 297 acres in Beverley Manor on South River from John Finley, probably his brother, the elder at Tinkling Spring (DB 2:708-709), at the same time Robert Finley bought 297 acres from John Finley (DB 2:711-713). All Finleys were referred to as "Gent." in these deeds. On 16 May 1758, he bought 100 acres from Robert and Martha Finley, part of what Robert had purchased in 1750 (DB 11:808) and on 18 March 1765 he bought out the remaining 297 acres which belonged to John Finley, gent. (DB 11:808-809). On 22 August 1770, he sold 215 acres of this latter to his son, John (DB 16:522-524). By 1783 William was living with his son, Robert (Augusta County Tax Lists, LDS film #0029288, item 2 ... the 1785 lists shows Robert and Wm senr, 1787 shows Robert and William, 1783, 1784, 1786 shows Robert with 2 tithes 16+). On 21 December 1787, William wrote his will; proved 15 September 1789 (WB 7:176). In it he gives land to sons William and Robert (son, John already got his); names sons John, William and Robert as executors. All sons still living in Augusta County on South River property.

    !Monnette's "First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge Olde East New Jersey," says he is son of James and Elizabeth (Patterson) Finley (p. 1491.

    !Copy of Will of our Great Great Great Great Grandfather

    Last will of Wm. Finley, Augusta Co., Va. Dated July 28, 1781

    Ih the name of God Amen: I, Wm. Finley Sen'r, of Augusta Co., Va., being through abundant goodness of God, though weak in body yet of perfect understanding and sound mind and memory do constitute this my last will and testament and desire it to be read as such: Imprimis: I most humbly resign my soul to God beseeching his most gracious acceptance thereof in and through the atoning merits and meditations of my compassionate Redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself for me and laid down his life a ransom for my sins and rose again for my justification and firmly believe that he is able to save to the utter most. All that will come to God by him and who trust will not reject one returning a pertinent sinner, when I come to him for mercy.
    Item: I bequeath my body to the earth from which it was taken, there to rest, united to Christ till the resurrection and full assurance of soul and body to be reunited and received by my compassionate Redeemer into the Mansions of Bliss where I hope to behold his reconcilled face and sing anthems of praise to him my God and to the lamb that lives for Ever and Ever. Amen. Blessed to God.
    My desire is that my body should be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors here after named.
    As to my worldly estate I will and order that all lawful debts be paid honestly and punctually, and the remainder of my estate I bequeath in manner following:
    Imprimis: I bequeath to my son John Finley half of the price of the house that is in his possession, after valuation to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
    Is bequeath to by daughter Ann Caldwell one silver dollar to her and her heirs forever.
    Item: Is bequeath to my daughter Mary Davidson one silver dollar to her and her heirs forever.
    Item: I bequeath to my son Wm. Finley the tract or parcel of land whereon he lives from my son John his line to my son Robert his line to him his heirs and assigns forever.
    Item: Is bequeath to my youngest child Jean Finley, she being a dutiful child, the following goods and chattels viz: My whole stock of horses, cows and sheep that shall be in my possession at my decease with all the household furniture, beds, and their furniture, tables, cloths, trunks, boxes, chairs, clothes and apparel, looking glasses, pewter, pots, pans, and all belonging to my household furniture that is not movable. My will and order is that the whole of my debts and otherwise that is due me after my decease shall belong to my daughter Jean my lawful debts is honorably paid and the charges of my burial , which Is desire may be decent and without splendor--I also will and order all webbs of linen and woolen cloth in my possession at my decease shall belong to my said daughter Jean and also her riding saddle.
    I also order that my son Robert Finley shall have all of my wearing apparel, buttons my new saddle and all instruments of husbandry belonging to my plantation at my decease: and all other goods and chattels not mentioned in this my last will and testament except a cutlass which is now in the hands of my son William Finley which I will to him my said son William.
    I appoint and constitute my three sons viz: John, William and Robert Finley to be my executors of this my last will and testanent in witness where of I herein set my hand and fix my seal this twentieth and eighth day of July anno Dommi one thousand seven hundred eighty and 1-1781.
    Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of us Willianm Finley Tom Cay
    John(x his mark) Finley seal

    !I, Virginia Nordstrom, made from a copy made by cousin Gladys Schrag. Her copy was very hard to read and I behee there may be errors and/or omissions in her copy.

    ![Note: 1781 will received from Virginia Nordstrom, 1822 W. Calmridge Ln., Tucson, AZ 85704, March 13, 2000. I asked Nancy Sorrells,, to search for original, but she could not find one.]
  • Change Date: 3 APR 1999 at 00:00:00

    Father: James Finley c: 9 DEC 1688 in Incharvie,Fife,Scotland
    Mother: Elizabeth Patterson c: 16 MAR 1690

    Marriage 1 Mary Wallace b: Abt 1712 in Dublin,Ireland
    • Married: Abt 1734 in Chester Co?,PA
    1. Has No Children Ann Finley b: Abt 1735 in Augusta Co,VA
    2. Has Children Rose Ellen Finley b: Abt 1736 in Augusta Co,VA
    3. Has Children John Finley b: 15 DEC 1737 in Augusta Co,VA
    4. Has No Children Mary Finley b: Abt 1739 in Augusta Co,VA
    5. Has No Children William Finley c: 26 OCT 1740 in Augusta Co,VA
    6. Has Children William Finley c: 16 JAN 1743 in Augusta Co,VA
    7. Has Children Robert Finley c: 23 JUN 1745 in Augusta Co,VA
    8. Has No Children Jean Finley b: Abt 1746 in Augusta Co,VA
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