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Generation No. 20

     65.  Nancy Mary20 Finley (Howard19, Thomas18, John17, James16, Alexander15, James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born August 19, 1798 in So. Carolina, and died March 21, 1892 in Morgan Twp., Dade Co., Mo..  She married James Gaskin Berry March 15, 1818 in Hopkins Co., Ky., son of John Berry and Elizabeth LNU.  He was born December 07, 1792 in Kentucky, and died 1875 in Morgan Twp.,   Dade Co., Mo..

Notes for Nancy Mary Finley:
  "Mary Finley Berry sewed for the community.  Major Morgan of Civil War had his measurements taken in a hurry.  He brought broad cloth and buttons.  She was to buy lining.  She cut out the suit and basted all by hand."   Interview with Howard Berry, 1969, by Betty Babcock.
At Thomas Berry's home (by Frances Saborsch, daughter of Cytha Berry McConnell, and granddaughter of Thos. H. Berry) there was a camphor bottle brought on the trip, a clock on the mantle, a bible, hid out during the Civil War, and a speller that was used in Spelling 'B's, all brought from Carolinas by Nancy Mary Finley.  

Notes for James Gaskin Berry:

Mentioned as son and heir of John Berry, Hopkins Co. Kentucky Will Book No. 1, page 207.  Guardian Sam Woodson appointed as he was under age, April 15, 1811.

Served in War of 1812, from State of Kentucky, 11th Regiment, Caldwell's Kentucky Militia.

October 1, 1836 James G. Berry and Mary his wife sold 100 acres along Flat Creek in Hopkins County to John W. Rash for $300.00.  John Warren Rash was James Gaskin Berry's nephew, son of his sister Patsy Berry.

Moved to Dade Co., Mo. in about 1836  with his wife, Nancy Mary Finley and several brothers-in-law.  Purchased a total of 280 acres, between  1843 and 1859 in Mellville (Later Dadeville), Dade Co., Mo. Patent document numbers; MO5170__.227, MO5210__.003, MO5190__.079, MO5440__.195,  and MO5590__.288. (Bureau of Land Management, G.L.O. (Cash Entry Sale).  Others who made purchases in the same Twp. (32), Range (25) were:  Thomas Hudson (His cousin), Jesse M. Finley (his brother-in-law),  Stephen Gray, James H. Gaunt (possibly brother of future son-in-law John Mott Gaunt, pronounced 'Gant' by locals in 1999.)

James G. Berry and James Gaunt built the first grist-mill and saw-mill there in 1856.

Slave Census for Dade Co., Mo, 1850 shows ownership of one 22-year-old male slave, possibly Shed Berry (Shadrach), see below.

From History of Dade County and Her People, vol. 1, p 313.  "Together this couple came to Dade County in 1836, bringing a family of six children.  They made the trip overland with horse and wagon.  This family were pioneers in every sense of the word....  They went to farming in the most approved manner of the times, which was primitive in those early days.  There were no mills to grind what crops were raised so each farmer had to prepare his meal as best he could devise.  Mr. Berry consructed different devises for this purpose, the most prominent of them being a stone grinding affair called a 'Thumping Dick."

Other familiar names who purchased land in the surrounding Twps. were: Twp. 31, John D. Ragsdale,  Elijah McMillan, John C. Wetzel, John Finley, William McMillan, Twp. 30, Alex Ragsdale and Britain Finley.

From: History of Dade County and Its People.
"James G. Berry was successful in his farming operation and accumulated much good land, owning at one time over 400 acres.  He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and served with valor under Col. Samuel Caldwell in the Eleventh United States Volunteers, and was discharged in 1813.  He was a Whig and later a Republican in politics.  James G. Berry was born Dec. 7th, 1792, and died in Dade County on the place now owned and occupied by his son, Thomas, in 1875, while his wife, who was born Aug. 19th, 1798, lived to be 94 years of age, dying March 21st, 1892.  

(From Goodspeed's History of State of Missouri), 1880, pg. 456.  'During the Civil War the court house was used a portion of the time by the Union troops as a fortification and was so occupied on the 6th day of October, 1863 when the town was captured by the Confederate troops under command of Gen. Joe Shelby on which occasion his soldiers carried the public records (except certain ones which some of the rebel soldiers wished to have destroyed) out of the court house, and deposited them with Judge Nelson McDowell, at his residence, and then set the building on fire and burned it down.'

The following is from 'History of Dade County and its people'  no date.  "School districts then organized under the law.  Levy was made to run three months school next year, also for incidental expenses, flooring the house and buying a stove.  Mr. Pyle then proposed to teach the next school and wait for his pay until the taxes were levied and collected.  This proposition was accepted and the school taught.  At tax-paying time the taxes were promptly paid by all except J. G. Berry, who was opposed to the organization and levy. He was sued for his school tax, the board obtained judgement and execution against him, then sold a horse under execution for $3.00 to pay said tax.......Later a move was made and carried to change the site one-half mile and to build a new school house.  In this wrangle two of the board had a fist fight, but proceeded to move the site and build a new school house....This district has turned out some very efficient teachers."

Marriage Notes for Nancy Finley and James Berry:
Record of marriage on FTM  C.D., records for Hopkins Co., Ky., gives marriage date of January 15, 1818.

More About James Berry and Nancy Finley:
Marriage: March 15, 1818, Hopkins Co., Ky.
Children of Nancy Finley and James Berry are:
     75     i.     John H.21 Berry, born January 09, 1819 in Hopkins, Ky.; died Aft. 1880.  He married Pareija Rubys April 20, 1843 in Dade Co., Mo.; born Unknown; died Unknown.

Notes for John H. Berry:
The "Oregon Train", which left Independence Missouri for Oregon Territory in 1843 included many families from Dade and Polk Counties.  There were two lists of these Pioneers kept by their "Captains".  At Fort Hall the train broke into two groups, one of which continued on to the Willamette Valley in Oregon.  The other turned toward California.  In the group bound for Oregon can be found the name Chesley (CHesley) G. Gray.  In the group bound for California can be found these names:  Henry Pile (Pyle), James Gannt (Gaunt) and Philip Ruby (Rubey).  Chesley's older brother, Wilson Gray was married to John H. Berry's sister, Margaret Amanda Berry.  James Gaunt's brother, John Mott Gaunt was married to  Mary E. Berry, another of John H. Berry's sisters, and Henry Pile (Pyle) was possibly brother to Emily Pyle, John Mott Gaunt's second wife.  These list are incomplete, and I believe that John H. Berry was part of the Oregon Train, with his wife, Pareija Rubys (Rubey, Ruby) whom he married on April 19, 1843.  There are no Rubys found in Dade County, but there are Rubys found in Hopkins Co., Ky.

At this time (April 1999) there is little information about the life of John H.(Helm) Berry.  Two events are recorded here so they will not be lost before further research is completed.  These stories were told to Betty Sanders Babcock by Howard Berry, oldest son of Thomas Helm Berry, 1034 Monroe, Kansas City, Mo., in an interview in 1969.

 John Berry made two trips to California with herd of cattle in 1849 and 1859.  They circled the wagons around the big oaks in Dadeville.  Tracks still visible many years later.  Mother used to go out and look at them and weep.  Hard to load the wagons sufficiently full for the trip to California.  Used ox teams.  Had to take wagons apart to make raft to cross river.  Milk cow went ahead and was taken by Indians.  Records of John H. Berry either say 'went to California' or 'went to Oregon'.

April 30th, 1879, Book 29, page 130.  Sheriffs Deed in Partition:  Margaret A. Gray was petitioner against John H. Berry.  Sarah J. Swingle, joined with her husband, Marion Swingle, James W. Berry, Edward L. Berry, Diana W. Bebee joined with her husband Jno. T. Bebee, Nancy J. Tatum joined with her husband James Tatum, Thomas H. Berry and Mary Berry. Suit required publication for three months in Greenfield Gazette,  was to force sale of James Gaskin Berry's land, except for 12 acres as it couldn't be partitioned.  Sale to John L. Landers at public auction for $340.00 took place in October, 1879.

Dade Co., Mo. Probate, James G. Berry, Index #1, #283.  Administrator Peter A. Van Osdell. $168.86 in full of my share of partial distribution, Feb. 13, 1879, at Dayton, Wash. Territory, 18 October, 1880.  Signed John H. Berry, Wash. Territory, Co. of Columbia.

Greenfield, Mo., February 28, 1881 $12.55.  Received of Peter A. Van Osdell, Admin. of estate of James G. Berry, due to John H. Berry, signed, John H. Berry.

Rec. $45.87, May 17, 1881, Greenfield, signed by John H. Berry.

There is a John Berry buried at Dayton Cemetery, Columbia County, Washington.

One John H. Berry bought 151.45 Acres under Accession/Serial # OROCAA011223, dated May 10, 1884, which was 5 lots, numbered 5, 4, 8, 9, 1,  Twp. 8-S, Range 4-W, Willamette Meridian, Marion/Polk Counties, Oregon.  Note:  Not checked against Legal Land Patent.

More About John Berry and Pareija Rubys:
Marriage: April 20, 1843, Dade Co., Mo.

+     76     ii.     Mary E. Berry, born June 26, 1820 in Hopkins, Ky.; died Abt. 1841 in Dadeville, Dade Co., Mo.
     77     iii.     William H. G. Berry, born February 22, 1822 in Hopkins, Ky.; died August 22, 1822 in Hopkins Co., Ky..
+     78     iv.     Margaret Amanda Berry, born September 16, 1823 in Hopkins, Ky.; died Abt. 1919 in Sandridge Cemetery El Dorado, Mo..
+     79     v.     James Warren Berry, born November 03, 1825 in Hopkins, Ky.; died Abt. 1890 in Dadesville, Dade Co., Mo..
+     80     vi.     Edward Lewis Berry, born May 05, 1829 in Hopkins, Ky.; died Unknown.
+     81     vii.     Nancy J. Berry, born September 03, 1833 in Hopkins, Ky.; died Abt. 1879 in Polk County, Oregon.
+     82     viii.     Dianah W. Berry, born March 01, 1835 in Hopkins, Ky.; died Bet. 1881 - 1883.
+     83     ix.     Thomas Helm Berry, born June 17, 1841 in Morgan twp. Dade Co., Mo.; died July 04, 1932 in Dade Co., Mo..


     66.  Thomas Helm20 Finley (Howard19, Thomas18, John17, James16, Alexander15, James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born October 13, 1815, and died September 05, 1899 in Madisonville, Hopkins Co., Ky..  He married Maria Malin January 03, 1838 in Hopkins Co., KY, daughter of John Malin and Polly Laffoon.  She was born September 18, 1817, and died June 09, 1897 in Hopkins Co., Ky..

Notes for Thomas Helm Finley:
Thomas Helm Finley and his wife Maria Malin are buried in Cane Run Cemetery,near Carbondale, Hopkins Co., Ky.  Dates from tombstone.

Notes for Maria Malin:
History of Hopkins Co. by M.K. Gordon says Mariah, wife of Thomas Helm Finley was daughter of John Malin and Polly Laffoon Malin.  Buried in Cane Run Cemetery, Carbondale, Ky.  Dates from tombstone

More About Thomas Finley and Maria Malin:
Marriage: January 03, 1838, Hopkins Co., KY
Children of Thomas Finley and Maria Malin are:
+     84     i.     John Howard21 Finley, born December 09, 1845 in Hopkins co., KY; died May 26, 1935 in Hopkins co., KY.
     85     ii.     James William Finley, born November 27, 1840; died February 02, 1935 in Hopkins co., KY.
+     86     iii.     George Allen Finley, born 1848 in Kentucky; died August 13, 1939 in Madisonville, Hopkins Co., KY.
+     87     iv.     Thomas Raldolph Finley, born August 02, 1850; died December 26, 1947 in Hopkins co., KY.
     88     v.     Mary Elizabeth Finley, born Abt. 1852; died 1935 in Carbondale, KY.
     89     vi.     Richard Newport Finley, born 1838; died 1862.


     67.  William20 Finley (Howard19, Thomas18, John17, James16, Alexander15, James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born 1792 in North Carolina, and died 1872.  He married Leah Dobyns 1817 in Kentucky, daughter of Frederick Dobyns and Lucy Mott.  She was born 1798 in Virginia, and died 1850 in Lawrence Co., Arkansas.

Notes for William Finley:
History of Dade Co., Mo.  "In 1841 he came to Dade County, Mo., on a prospecting trip, remained a few years, and then rturned to Kentucky.  In 1848 he again returned to Missouri, and made his home with his son, James F.

Notes for Leah Dobyns:
Also spelled Dobbins

More About William Finley and Leah Dobyns:
Marriage: 1817, Kentucky
Children of William Finley and Leah Dobyns are:
+     90     i.     James F.21 Finley, born September 11, 1818 in Hopkins Co., Kentucky; died Unknown.
     91     ii.     John M. Finley, born Abt. 1822; died Unknown.

Notes for John M. Finley:
John M. Finley , from Census, 1870, family #172, Center Township.

Finley, John M.     age 48      AR
Berry,  James W.        46      KY
            Adeline            45     TN
            John R.            13     MO
            Alonzo             12     MO
            Mary                 7      MO
            Sallie                5      MO
            Walter              3      MO

     92     iii.     Mary Finley, born Abt. 1832; died Unknown.
     93     iv.     William Finley, born 1842; died Unknown.  He married Susan F. Stephenson February 19, 1867 in Dade Co., Mo.; died Unknown.

More About William Finley and Susan Stephenson:
Marriage: February 19, 1867, Dade Co., Mo.


     68.  George Humphrey20 Finley (Howard19, Thomas18, John17, James16, Alexander15, James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born August 03, 1801 in South Carolina, and died November 24, 1855.  He married (1) Elizabeth Dobyns, daughter of Frederick Dobyns.  She was born 1800 in Virginia, and died Unknown.  He married (2) Elizabeth Dobyns, daughter of Frederick Dobyns and Lucy Mott.  She was born December 1800 in Virginia, and died Unknown.

Notes for George Humphrey Finley:
Slave Census for 1850, Dade Co., Mo. shows ownership of one 22-year-old male slave.

Notes for Elizabeth Dobyns:
Also spelled Dobbins
Children of George Finley and Elizabeth Dobyns are:
+     94     i.     Mary A.21 Finley, born 1834; died Unknown.
     95     ii.     Leah Louiza Finley, born 1838; died Unknown.
+     96     iii.     Frederick Dashwood Finley, born April 03, 1837 in Kentucky; died October 28, 1923 in Dade Co., Mo..
     97     iv.     Nancy H. Finley, born 1839; died Unknown.  She married Samuel Daugherty; born 1830; died Unknown.
     98     v.     Margaret C. Finley, born 1843; died Unknown.
     99     vi.     John R. Finley, born 1846; died Unknown.  He married Sarah T. Hailey September 21, 1865 in Dade Co., Mo.; died Unknown.

More About John Finley and Sarah Hailey:
Marriage: September 21, 1865, Dade Co., Mo.

+     100     vii.     George Humphrey Finley, born December 24, 1848 in Dade Co., Mo.; died March 02, 1942.
     101     viii.     Elizabeth Finley, born 1841; died Unknown.


     69.  John Milton20 Finley (Howard19, Thomas18, John17, James16, Alexander15, James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born August 19, 1810 in Kentucky, and died September 1895.  He married Minerva Lack August 10, 1849.  She was born October 05, 1826 in Fincastle, Virginia, and died Unknown.

Notes for John Milton Finley:
Slave Census for Dade Co., Mo., 1850 shows ownership of 17-year-old female slave.

More About John Finley and Minerva Lack:
Marriage: August 10, 1849
Child of John Finley and Minerva Lack is:
     102     i.     Thomas Helm21 Finley, born April 05, 1862; died Unknown.


     73.  Nancy Hall20 Finley (Howard19, Thomas18, John17, James16, Alexander15, James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born December 25, 1812 in Hopkins Co., Ky., and died November 26, 1905 in Dade Co., Mo.  She married John Christopher Wetzel January 03, 1833 in Hopkins Co., Ky, son of John Wetzel and Sarah Gaunt.  He was born June 01, 1809 in Virginia, and died March 14, 1881 in Dade Co., Mo.

More About John Wetzel and Nancy Finley:
Marriage: January 03, 1833, Hopkins Co., Ky
Children of Nancy Finley and John Wetzel are:
+     103     i.     Susan Adelia21 Wetzel, born April 23, 1853 in Greenfield, Dade Co., Mo.; died March 23, 1930 in Dade Co.,  Mo.
     104     ii.     William H. Wetzel, born Abt. 1835; died Unknown.
     105     iii.     Mary E. Wetzel, born Abt. 1838; died Unknown.
     106     iv.     Sarah C. Wetzel, born Abt. 1840 in Missouri; died Unknown.  She married J. H. Howard September 08, 1867 in Dade Co., MO.; died Unknown.

More About J. Howard and Sarah Wetzel:
Marriage: September 08, 1867, Dade Co., MO.

     107     v.     Alfred A. Wetzel, born Abt. 1843; died Unknown.
     108     vi.     John G.T. Wetzel, born Abt. 1845; died Unknown.

Notes for John G.T. Wetzel:
Probably a Civil War casualty.

+     109     vii.     Nancy Virginia Wetzel, born Abt. 1848 in Missouri; died Unknown.
     110     viii.     Martha A. Wetzel, born Abt. 1850 in Missouri; died Unknown.  She married William Stone November 02, 1869 in Dade Co., MO.; died Unknown.

More About William Stone and Martha Wetzel:
Marriage: November 02, 1869, Dade Co., MO.

+     111     ix.     James L. Wetzel, born 1855 in Missouri; died October 30, 1937.
     112     x.     Margaret Wetzel, born Abt. 1858; died Unknown.
     113     xi.     Christopher Wetzel, born Unknown; died Unknown.


     74.  Jesse20 Finley (Howard19, Thomas18, John17, James16, Alexander15, James14, John13, James12, Andrew Fyndlay11, John III Findley10, John Jr.9, John Sr.8, Andrew7, William6, Archibald5, Fearchar MacFinley4, Eugenius McFinley3, Fergus McFinlay2, Ruari1) was born 1804 in South Carolina, and died Unknown.  He married (1) Elizabeth Jones.  She died Unknown.  He married (2) Rachel V. Pyle.  She was born 1812 in KY, and died Unknown.

Notes for Jesse Finley:
1850 Census, Dade Co., Mo. page 275, Dwelling 191, Family 198, shows Jessee Finley, age 47, born in South Carolina, living with Rachel LNU, age 38, born in Ky.  This could be a second wife.

History of Dade Co. shows Jesse Finley one of first settlers on Crisp Prarie, 1839-40

Slave Crnsus for Dade Co., Mo., 1850 shows ownrship of 19-year-old female, 3-year-old female, 1-year-old female.

Notes for Elizabeth Jones:
This name has been written as Joves for many years.  It is possible that the name is Jones, and was mistakenly transcribed as Joves from some early record.
Children of Jesse Finley and Elizabeth Jones are:
     114     i.     William21 Finley, born Abt. 1828; died Unknown.
     115     ii.     Nancy Finley, born Abt. 1835; died Unknown.  She married Samuel B. Daugherty December 23, 1868 in Dade Co., Mo.; died Unknown.

More About Samuel Daugherty and Nancy Finley:
Marriage: December 23, 1868, Dade Co., Mo.

     116     iii.     Sarah Finley, born Abt. 1837; died Unknown.
     117     iv.     Mary Finley, born Abt. 1839; died Unknown.  She married Alexander Snaden June 08, 1886 in Dade Co., Mo.; died Unknown.

More About Alexander Snaden and Mary Finley:
Marriage: June 08, 1886, Dade Co., Mo.

+     118     v.     Milton Finley, born Abt. 1842; died Unknown.
     119     vi.     James Finley, born Abt. 1844; died Unknown.
     120     vii.     Amanda Finley, born Abt. 1847; died Unknown.  She married Robert M. Hughes April 18, 1866 in Dade Co., Mo.; died Unknown.

More About Robert Hughes and Amanda Finley:
Marriage: April 18, 1866, Dade Co., Mo.

     121     viii.     Luther Finley, born Abt. 1848; died Unknown.

Child of Jesse Finley and Rachel Pyle is:
+     122     i.     Mary Elizabeth21 Finley, born December 29, 1839 in MO; died January 22, 1923 in Dade Co., MO.