Person:Samuel Finley (24)

Samuel Steele Finley
d.21 December 1833 Scott County, Kentucky
m. WFT Est 1765-1768
  1. John Finley1767-1779 -
  2. Samuel Steele Finley1769 - 1833
  3. Margaret 'Peggy' FinleyABT 1770 -
  4. Sarah 'Sally' FinleyABT 1773 -
  5. Jean 'Jinney' FinleyBEF 1776 -
  6. William FinleyABT 1780 - 1836
m. 16 January 1804
  1. Samuel Thompson Finley1815 - 1879
  2. Martha Jane Thompson Finley1819 - 1842
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Steele Finley
Gender Male
Birth? 1769 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 16 January 1804 Fayette County, Kentuckyto Martha "Patsy" Wardlow
Death? 21 December 1833 Scott County, Kentucky

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


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NOT to be confused with Samuel Finley (1775-1849) of Augusta County, Virginia who married Mary "Polly" Tate. Many researchers have confused the two Samuel Finley's.


!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.

  1. Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable source).
  2.   United States. 1810 U.S. Census Population Schedule.

    Name: Saml Finley
    Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Scott, Kentucky
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
    Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 2 [b. bet. 1766-1784]
    Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 [b. bet. 1766-1784]
    Numbers of Slaves: 3
    Number of Household Members Under 16: 2
    Number of Household Members Over 25: 3
    Number of Household Members: 8

  3.   United States. 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M33).

    Name: Saml Finley
    Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky
    Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
    Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1
    Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 2
    Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 [b. 1775 or before]
    Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1
    Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1 [b. bet. 1776-1794]
    Slaves - Males - Under 14: 1
    Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25: 2
    Slaves - Males - 45 and over: 1
    Slaves - Females - Under 14: 3
    Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25: 1
    Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 3
    Free White Persons - Under 16: 4
    Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
    Total Free White Persons: 6
    Total Slaves: 8
    Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 14