When Francis Carroll Finley was born on 3 October 1812, in Lincoln, Tennessee, United States, his father, Francis Finley, was 37 and his mother, Jane Carothers, was 38. He married Nancy E. Milam on 11 March 1838, in Marshall, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He died in Marshall, Tennessee, United States, and was buried in Finley Cemetery, Marshall, Tennessee, United States.
Scottish and Irish: from the Gaelic personal name Fionnlagh (Old Irish Findlaech), from fionn ‘white, fair’ (see Finn ) + laoch ‘hero’, reinforced by an Old Norse name based on finn ‘Finn’ + leikr ‘fight’ or ‘hero’. The name is common in Ireland as well as Scotland.
English: habitational name from one or more lost, unidentified or altered placenames so named, such as Philleyholme, Dorset (recorded as Finelegh in 1280) derived from Old English fīna ‘wood-pecker’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Also a variant of Findlow, from Finlow Hill in Over Alderley, Cheshire (from Old English fīn ‘heap’ + hlāw ‘mound, hill’ meaning ‘heaped mound’).