Person:Samuel Finley (24)

Samuel Steele Finley
m. WFT Est 1765-1768
  1. John Finley1767-1779 -
  2. Samuel Steele Finley1769 -
  3. Margaret 'Peggy' FinleyABT 1770 -
  4. Sarah 'Sally' FinleyABT 1773 -
  5. Jean 'Jinney' FinleyBEF 1776 -
  6. William FinleyABT 1780 - 1836
m. 22 Sep 1796
  1. Jane Tate Finley1797 - 1854
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Steele Finley
Gender Male
Birth? 1769 Prob. Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 22 Sep 1796 Augusta County, Virginiato Mary "Polly" Tate

Samuel Finley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Records of Samuel Finley in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:

  • 1794-Marriage Bond in Augusta County - April 1, William Frazer and Saml. Finley, surety. William Fraser and Jean Finely, daughter of John Finly (consent). Teste: Saml. Finly, John McClure.
  • 1796-Marriage Bond in Augusta County -September 20, Saml. Finley and John Tate, surety. Saml. Finley and Mary Tate, daughter of John Tate.
  • 1801-Marriage Bond in Augusta County -June 15, Wm. Finley and Samuel Finley, surety. Wm. Finley and Sally Ramsey, daughter of Andrew Ramsey (consent). Teste: Wm. and Chas. Patrick. Saml. and Wm. Finley are cousins, and Wm. is of age.
  • 1802-Marriage Bond in Augusta County -January 18, James Shannon and Saml. Finley, surety. James Shannon and Anne Finley, daughter of John Finley, who consents. Anne is of age.
  • Vol. 2 - Finley vs. Tate--O. S. 280; N. S. 99--Bill by Samuel Finley and Mary, his wife, daughter of John Tate, who died December, 1802, testate. John's son, Isaac, removed to Kentucky. John at death left following children, viz: Oratrix Mary (married at that time). Nancy also married then to Adam McChesney, Ellen, Drusilla, Jane, Elizabeth, Clorinda, one other daughter and two sons, all since dead under age, unmarried and intestate. Nancy McChesney died soon after her father, leaving an only child, Jane Eliza McChesney. Her husband, Adam McChesney, has also died, leaving Jane Eliza his only heir and infant. Ellen is now wife of John Finley of North Carolina. Drusilla has married John D. Ewin of Rockbridge. Jane has married Jacob Vanlear of Augusta. Elizabeth and Clorinda are unmarried (latter is infant).
  • Vol. 2 - Tate's heirs vs. Tate's executors--O. S. 144; N. S. 50--Bill, 28th July, 1803. Complainants are, viz: Thomas, John, Isaac, Mary Tate, Andrew Steel and Elizabeth, his wife, and Sarah Tate. In 17__ a contract was made between John Tate, father of Thomas, of one part and Thomas and his brother, James Tate (deceased), of other part, by which Thomas and James were to assist in building a mill. John, Isaac, Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah are children and legal representatives of James (or John?). John died testate, devising part of mill to his son John, part to orator Thomas, and remainder to orators John and Isaac. James Tate died 178_ testate. John Tate, Jr., lately died testate. Suit against executor of John Tate, Sr., and of John Tate, Jr., for accounting. Thomas Tate removed to Holston. Answer 1804 by Jane Tate, widow and executrix of John Tate, Jr., and by Samuel Finley, who married Polly Tate, daughter of said John. Jane married John about 1774. Samuel married Polly about 1796-1797. John Tate, Sr., died March, 1801. Deposition 23d July, 1804, of Hugh Fulton in Flemingsburg, Ky. Hugh did not marry the widow of James Tate. Charles Tate deposes in Washington County, 9th March, 1805: Is son of Thomas Tate and grandson of John. Nancy Tate deposes ditto, is daughter-in-law of John Tate. James Tate was killed at Battle of Guilford, 1781. Hugh Fulton, Sr., deposes in Augusta, aged 77 years. The contract about mill was made prior to 1774. Alexander Hall deposes ditto, was brother of James Tate's wife. William Tate deposes 27th June, 1804, in Washington County, brother of Thomas and James. William moved from Augusta in 1782-83. Alexander Stuart deposes 28th January, 1804, in Augusta, aged 70. James Tate died 1780. His wife, Sarah, married Hugh Fulton in 1785, and they moved to Kentucky about 1781. Peter Alexander deposes 25th October, 1805, in Woodford County, Kentucky.

Information on Samuel Steele Finley

11. Samuel Steele Finley (2.John2, 1.John1) b. 1769, P.E./Augusta Co?, VA, m. (1) 22 Sep 1796, in Augusta Co., VA, Mary Tate, m. (2) Martha _____. Samuel died 21 Dec 1833, Scott Co, KY. !Marriage bond of Wm. Finley and Sally Ramsey, where Samuel acted as surety, state he and Wm. are cousins (Chalkley II:339). However, the relationship is through their respective mothers, Martha and Sarah Steele, both daughters of Samuel and Mary (Fulton) Steele. Samuel appointed Ensign in Company of Infantry in 2d Battalion, 32d Regiment, 20 September 1796 (Chalkley I:285). See Finley vs. Tate (Chalkley II:212); named in Tate judgments in 1804 (Chalkley I:301). Marriage record in Chalkley II:317, 20 September 1796; also Chalkley II:355, gives date as 2 February 1796. Named in will of Samuel Steele (Chalkley III:187) and James Steele (Chalkley III:222).

!Based on information provided by Stella G. Finley, P.O. Box 612, Georgetown, KY 40324, Samuel and his brother, John, went to Scott County, KY about 1807. There is an 1807 deed to Samuel Finley from Cornelius Duvall (DB B:67). On 7 June 1813, a deed from Samuel Finley to William Finley of Augusta County for land lying in said county was acknowledged in Scott County Court (Scott County OB:B:290). Her notes also provide the following cemetery inscription (name of cemetery not given): "Samuel Finley who departed this life Dec. 21, 1833 in the 64th year of his age. He was a believer in Christ, happy in life, patient in death. Beneath this silent Tomb His lifeless body lies. His soul in spotless innocence Has risen to the skies." Also, "In memory of Martha Jane, wife of B.M. Hathaway, only daughter of Samuel Finley. Born Oct. 11th 1819, married April 7th 1840, died Feb. 3rd 1842." Her notes also include the following obituary of S. Thomson Finley, "Born Bourban Co, Ky. Aug. 2, 1815; Died Palmyra, Mo. Jan. 24, 1879, Dropsy; Son of Samuel and Martha Finley; Parents both sides, Scotch descent; immediate parents natives of Va., married March 25, 1841 to Ellen Bryan; daughter of the late Samuel Bryan of Fayette Co. , Ky. obituary speaks of him a Capt. Finley." Letters of administration were granted Jno (T. or S.) Finley for Saml Finley (date not given) in Scott County OB D:44-45.

Mary: !Marriage license found in Chalkley II:317; marriage in Cecil McDonald. "Some Virginia Marriages, 1700-1799." 1972.

Martha: !Mentioned in deed to Samuel and Patsy from Benjamin Bradford on N. Elkhorn (Scott County DB B:438). Also mentioned in obituary of S. Thomson Finley, as his mother (see his notes).

Children by Martha _____:

53. i Samuel Thomson Finley b. 2 Aug 1815, Bourbon Co., KY, d. 24 Jan 1879, Palmyra, Marion Co, MO. !Vital data comes from obit in "Marion County Democrat," of Palmyra, MO, dated 27 February 1879. It also states he was the son of Samuel and Martha Finley, both sides of Scotch descent, immediate parents natives of VA; married 25 March 1841 to Ellen Bryan, daughter of the late Samuel Bryan of Fayette County, KY. He is also referred to as Capt. Finley. A Thomson Finley is mentioned in the inventory and appraisement of John T. Finley, 11 September 1837 (Scott County WB F:42).

54. ii Martha Jane Finley b. 11 Oct 1819, d. 7 Apr 1842. !Vital data found in notes from cemetery inscription from Stella Finley. It also says she was the only daughter and married B.M. Hathaway on 7 April 1840.