Samuel Steele Finley
m. WFT Est 1765-1768
Facts and Events
Samuel Finley was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Samuel Finley in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
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.