d.AFT 20 SEP 1791
Facts and Events
Parentage of Thankful Doak
There are conflicting accounts on the parents of Thankful Doak, many sources claim that she was the daughter of Samuel Doak, others claim that she was the daughter of James Doak and Elizabeth. The proof of Thankful Doak as a child of Samuel Doak appears to lie in the will of Samuel Doak, Thankful Doak's brother, which names John Finley as "brother-in-law", which John would have been, since he married Samuel's sister:
- Page 497 - - 5th November, 1771. Saml Doak's will, farmer - - To wife, Jane; to daughter, Elinor, unmarried; to wife, to have disposal of all household furniture at her Pleasure to her 3 daughters, Elinor, Mary, Isbel; to son, John; to oldest son, David, plantation David now lives on as Robert Doak laid it off; to son, Samuel, plantation at head waters of Rockfish in Amherst; to son, John, plantation testator lives on; to son, Robert, tract testator formerly lived on in Rockfish, joining Capt. Crawford; daughters, Jane and Elizabeth. Executors, wife, Jane, son David, son-in-law Wm. Brown. Brother-in-law John Finley and John Tate to advise executors. Teste: John and James Mitchell, William Tate, Jr. Proved, 19th May 1772. by James Mitchel and the Tates. David Doack qualifies with John Tate. Nathaniel Steel.
Records of Thankful (Doak) Finley in Augusta County, VA
- Page 106.--17th November, 1767. John Finley and Thankful to George Finley, 6 shillings, 176 acres, part of the tract John now lives on. Teste: Thos. Brown, Ro. Finley. Delivered: George Findley, November, 1771.
- Page 74.--17th March, 1773. Recorded--Samuel Craig's account of his guardianship of the estate of John Black, orphan of Anthony Black, deceased. To rent of plantation on Middle River for 176_ and 1764--Samuel Craig; 1765--Hugh Martin; 1766--Robt. Clendennin; 1768, 9, 70, 71-- Robert Clendennin; 1772--James Lock; by cash paid Hanah McKanear for stockings; by cash paid Margaret Craig; James Black's payments for the use of the orphans; 1767--paid to Thankful Finley; by cash for rent in 1776.
- Page 404.--17th April, 1791. John Finley's will, farmer--To wife, Thankful, living out of land devised to son David; to sons, George, Robert, and daughter, Margaret Shields, each 5 shillings; to son, Thomas; to son, John; to daughter, Jean and her son, John Trimble; to son, David, sole executor; to daughter, Thankful McKarter. Teste: David McNair, Jno. Thomas, Jno. Wilson. Proved, 20th September, 1791, by all witnesses, David qualifies.