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Generation No. 19

     59.  Howard19 Finley (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 Aft. 1767 in Mechlenburg Co. No. Carolina, and died September 04, 1840 in Hopkins Co., Ky..  He married (1) Elizabeth Betsy Ann Helm, daughter of Thomas Helm.  She was born Bef. 1776, and died Unknown.  He married (2) Nancy Hall.  She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.  He married (3) Nancy Mott July 08, 1816 in Hopkins Co., KY, daughter of Randolph Mott and Nancy Walker.  She was born 1777 in Northumberland Co., VA., and died Unknown.

Notes for Howard Finley:
There is conflicting evidence as to the place of his birth.  Some researchers say Montgomery Co., No. Carolina.  Needs verifying.  Possible W. is middle initial.  His date of Birth is figured from the date on his tombstone.

Howard Finley is to be found, Head of Household,  in the Pendleton Dist. South Carolina Census, 1800. pg. 109

Abstract of Deeds, Hopkins Co., Kentucky:  Deed Book 10, pages 186-187:
18 December 1841 Nancy Finley widow and relict of Howard Finley, deceased, and his other heirs at law, who are: William Hunt and Margaret his wife; James Finley; William Finley; James G. Berry and Mary his wife; George Finley; Jesse M. Finley; John Wetzel and Nancy his wife; Elizabeth Noel; John Finley and Thomas Finley, all of the first, heirs at law to the decendent.  Said George Finley and Thomas H. Finley were Administrators of said decedent's estate.  The slaves, Phil, Levinia and Milley were assigned as dower to said Nancy Finley.  All signatures of heirs are shown.  One who signed and wasn't in the body of the record was William R. Downey, agent for the Wetzels. ( 1, January, 1842 - final)


Howard Finley is buried in Cane Run Cemetery near Carbondale, Hopkins Co., Ky.  His grave is marked by a small stone but was still legible in 1998.  The cemetery is abandoned and one would need a guide to find it.  Stone says "Howard Finley d. Sept. 4, 1840,  73 years."  He moved to Hopkins County, Ky., in 1804.

The following is from the Hopkins County, Kentucky "Heritage Book" that the county Genealogical and Historical Societies published jointly in 1988.  The information was contributed by Mary Hart Finley.

"Howard Finley was born in North Carolina in 1767 and died in Hopkins County in 1840.  He came to this area in the early 19th Century and settled in what is now known as the Carbondale and Southards area.  At one time the Finley acreage extended from there to Richland.  To this day a section of Highway 112 is known as the Finley Levee.  Howard Finley's wife was Betty Ann Helm.  The settlement of Howard Finley's estate as recorded in 1840 included cash on hand $102.12, many tools and necessities for everyday living and nine slaves.  The total value was $1,300.  However, the land later proved to have valuable coal deposits....No trace of the Finley house(s) remain...."

Notes for Elizabeth Betsy Ann Helm:
Elizabeth Helm's father is possibly Thomas Helm, who conveyed a parcel of land on Richland Creek in Hopkins Co., dated April 15, 1819 to Howard Finley.   This parcel  was reconveyed by Deed Book 10, pages 156 and 157, October 17, 1855 to Thomas Helm Finley, of Hopkins County, his 1/10th part of Howard Finley's estate.

More About Howard Finley and Nancy Mott:
Marriage 1: July 08, 1816, Hopkins Co., KY
Marriage 2: July 08, 1816
Children of Howard Finley and Elizabeth Helm are:
+     65     i.     Nancy Mary20 Finley, born August 19, 1798 in So. Carolina; died March 21, 1892 in Morgan Twp., Dade Co., Mo..
+     66     ii.     Thomas Helm Finley, born October 13, 1815; died September 05, 1899 in Madisonville, Hopkins Co., Ky..
+     67     iii.     William Finley, born 1792 in North Carolina; died 1872.
+     68     iv.     George Humphrey Finley, born August 03, 1801 in South Carolina; died November 24, 1855.
+     69     v.     John Milton Finley, born August 19, 1810 in Kentucky; died September 1895.
     70     vi.     Margaret Finley, born March 17, 1793 in So. Carolina; died February 20, 1862 in Tellico Plains, Tennessee.  She married William Hunt, Jr. October 28, 1810 in Pendleton Dist., So. Carolina; died Unknown.

More About William Hunt and Margaret Finley:
Marriage: October 28, 1810, Pendleton Dist., So. Carolina

     71     vii.     James Finley, born Abt. 1795; died Unknown.  He married Nancy Dobyns February 04, 1814 in Hopkins Co., KY; born 1795 in Richmond Va.; died Unknown.

Notes for James Finley:
Slave Census for 1850, Dade Co., Mo., shows ownership of following slaves: 30-year-old male, 29-year-old female, 9-year-old female, 7-year old female, 5-year old male.

More About James Finley and Nancy Dobyns:
Marriage: February 04, 1814, Hopkins Co., KY

     72     viii.     Elizabeth Finley, born 1811; died Bef. 1850.  She married Franklin M. Noel; died Unknown.
+     73     ix.     Nancy Hall Finley, born December 25, 1812 in Hopkins Co., Ky.; died November 26, 1905 in Dade Co., Mo.
+     74     x.     Jesse Finley, born 1804 in South Carolina; died Unknown.