Alexander Finlayson

13 March 1806–17 June 1884 (Age 78)
Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Alexander

When Alexander Finlayson was born on 13 March 1806, in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Finlayson, was 26 and his mother, Isabel Ross, was 25. He married Mary Green on 3 January 1832, in Saint George Hanover Square District, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Lexington, Sanilac, Michigan, United States in 1850 and Sanilac Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States for about 20 years. He died on 17 June 1884, in Port Sanilac, Sanilac Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Port Sanilac, Sanilac Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Finlayson
Mary Green
Marriage: 3 January 1832
Mary Finlayson
Clara Finlayson
Ann Finlayson
Denton Green Finlayson
Bell Ross Finlayson
Isabell Finlayson

Spouse and Children

3 January 1832
Saint George Hanover Square District, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Robert Finlayson


    Isabel Ross





    Margaret Finlayson


    Andrew Hunter Finlayson


    William Finlayson


World Events (8)


Age 2

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Age 9

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 21

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic from Finlay .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Legal Action 1

Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, version 8.0, 26 February 2020), June 1829 (18290611). Old Bailey Proceedings, 11th June 1829. SESSIONS' PAPER. THE RIGHT HONOURABLE WILLIAM THO …

Sources (3)

  • Alex Finlanson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Alexander Finlayson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Alexander Finlenson, "United States Census, 1860"

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