Person:John Finley (59)

John Finley
b.15 December 1737 Augusta County, Virginia
d.Bef. 25 October 1802 Augusta County, Virginia
m. 1734
  1. Ann FinleyAbt 1735 -
  2. Rose Ellen FinleyABT 1736 -
  3. John Finley1737 - Bef 1802
  4. Mary FinleyABT 1739 -
  5. William FinleyABT 1740 - Bef 1742/43
  6. William Finley, Jr.ABT 1742 - bef 1806
  7. Robert FinleyABT 1745 - 1815
  • HJohn Finley1737 - Bef 1802
  • WEsther ReidAbt 1755 -
m. Bef. 1781
  1. Martha 'Patsy' Finleybef 1784 -
  2. James Finley1783 - 1866
  3. Ann Finleyabt 1784 -
  4. Mary 'Polly' Finley1785 - 1811
  5. Esther FinleyBEF 1786 -
Facts and Events
Name John Finley
Gender Male
Birth? 15 December 1737 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage Bef. 1781 Prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Esther Reid
Death? Bef. 25 October 1802 Augusta County, Virginia

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


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 524.--23d August, 1770. William Finley to son, John Finley, £53.6.8, 215 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 297 acres laid off for John Finley, Sr part of 892 acres on Shannandore surveyed for John Finnley, Jr., manor line; William Finley's line; Ramsey's line Teste: Wm. Marshal, Wm. Armstrong. Delivered: John Finley, 15th December, 1773.

Will of John Finley

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 242.--2d February, 1802. John Finley's will--Patsey Dicktom already provided for; daughters, Esther and Polly; daughters, Ann Shannon, Esther Finley, Polly Finley; son, James; land in Kentucky left to testator by Daddy Reid. Executors, nephew John Caldwell, Samuel Steele Finley. Teste: Samuel Finley, Wm. Ramsey, Wm. Finley. Proved, 25th October, 1802. Executors qualify.

Will Transcript

John Finley will, 2 February 1802, Augusta County, VA, Will Book 9:242
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the second day of February 1802 I John Finley of the County of Augusta being of sound mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefore calling unto me the mortality of my bodey and that it is appointed for all men our time: do make and ordain this my last will and testament and having such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased god to Bless me with in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and forme -
Item: Patsey Dicktam hath at different times got as much of my Estate as I allowher I so not allow her any more of my Estate that I now possess in Augusta County I allow to be sold ...?...and personal except my household furniture that I allow to be divided between my two Daughters Esther and Polly I allow each of my daughters Ann Shannon Esther Finley & Polly Finley two hundred pounds in ...?... when either of them recieve their part of money I allow a good Negro or Girle to be bought for their use I allow my Daughter Polly to be ...? Cloathing equall to her other sister when they joyn wedlock each to be provided in a good riding beast and household furniture and ...?.. suitable for housekeeping if either of my daughters dies before wedding her part in money is to remain in my Estate I allow my just debts be paid my son James Finley I allow to be put to School to learn then I allow him to be found in books cloathing and riding as his ...?...may require I allow him to get a regular course of education ...? to make choice of a calling I allow him to be furnished with ...?...beast saddle bridle & saddle bags and cloathing suitable for his calling and one hundred Dollars in money the land left me by Daddy Reid in ...?...lying on Green River I allow to sold and the price to be divided among my three daughters the thousand acres that I had obligation ...?...for that I signed over to Colonel Estill and the other 250 acres that Read Junr paid the survaying and the tax for if theres my ...?... got for them I allow to be Divided amongst my daughters and their issue that have the most need at the Discration of Executors I appoint my two nepews John Caldwell and Samuel Steele Finley Executors of this my last Will and testament should either of these die before they called uppon by this will I hope sum of the rest of my friends will take the place and I do hereby confirm and allow this and no other to be my last will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
(Signed) Jno Finley (seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of:
Samuel Finley
William Ransay
William Finley
At a Court held for Augusta County, October the 25th 1802, This last will and Testament of John Finley deceased was proved by the oath of William Finley a subscribing witness thereto and it being further proved by the oaths of Robert Finley and Samuel Finley Gent? that the said will was written altogether in the hand writing of the testator which is ordered to be recorded and on the motion of John Caldwell and Samuel S Finley the Executors therein named who made oath according to law, together with Robert Finley, William Davis, Thomas Marshall and Andrew Fulton their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $15,000 conditioned as the law directs certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form according to law.

John Finley apraisement, 25 December 1810
Augusta County, VA DB 10:414.
A bill of the apraisement of the estate of John Finley deceased

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 24, 1766. - (374) John Findley, son to William.

Information on John Finley

From database: Research of Claude B. Finley, Jr., Damian L Dietlein and others - Compiled by Lee Ann Aigner Entries: 11624 Updated: Sun Mar 24 20:31:13 2002 Contact: Lee Ann Aigner

A work in progress. Some information and sources have not been confirmed.

ID: I10101 Name: John FINLEY Given Name: John Surname: Finley Sex: M Birth: 15 DEC 1737 in Augusta Co,VA Death: BEF 25 OCT 1802 in Augusta Co,VA

Father: William FINLEY b: 6 MAR 1712 in Dublin,Ireland Mother: Mary WALLACE b: ABT 1712 in Dublin,Ireland

Marriage 1 Esther REID b: ABT 1755 in Albemarle Co,VA Married: ABT 1782 in Augusta Co?,VA Children

James F. FINLEY b: 15 JUN 1783 in Augusta Co,VA

Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2

2. John Finley was born 1737 in Va., and died BEF 2 FEB 1802 in Va.. He was the son of 4. William Finley and 5. Mary Wallace.
3. Esther Reid.
Children of Esther Reid and John Finley are:
i. Patsy Finley. She married Mr Dicktom.
ii. Esther Finley. She married Isaac Tate 7 JUL 1804, son of John Tate and Jane Steele.
iii. James Finley was born 15 JUN 1783 in Augusta Co., Va., and died 2 OCT 1866 in Lincoln Co., Mo.. He married Mary "Patsy" Ramsey 2 OCT 1811 in Shelby Co., Ky, daughter of Andrew Ramsey and Mary Steele. She was born 26 NOV 1786 in Va., and died 8 DEC 1851 in Lincoln Co., Mo..
iv. Mary "Polly" Finley. She married John Shannon OCT 180?
v. Ann Finley.