William Finley

Maleabout 1756–17 October 1808

Brief Life History of William

When William Finley was born about 1756, in Virginia, United States, his father, Archibald Finley, was 19 and his mother, Sarah A. Barnhill, was 19. He married Rosanna Vise on 13 November 1788, in Frederick, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 17 October 1808, in Harrison District, Charles City County, Virginia, United States, at the age of 53.

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William Finley
Rosanna Vise
Marriage: 13 November 1788
William Finley
Adam Findley
James Finley
Rosanna Finley
Sarah Elizabeth Finley

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  • William Finley, "West Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1776-1971"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Finley - Published information: birth:

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  • Marriage
    13 November 1788Frederick, Virginia, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (19)

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    World Events (7)

    1758 · Mount Vernon

    Age 2

    Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of George Washington. It started off as 2,000 acres and was later expanded to 8,000 acres. The house itself started off as a six room building then got extended to twenty-one rooms.


    Age 20

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

    Age 24

    On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

    Name Meaning

    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’).

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

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