William Finley

about 1756–1808 (Age 52)
Virginia, United States

The Life of William

When William Finley was born about 1756, in Virginia, United States, his father, David Archibald Finley, was 18 and his mother, Sarah A. Barnhill, was 18. 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 in 1808, in Harrison, Virginia, United States, at the age of 52.

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

Spouse and Children

13 November 1788
Frederick, Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings



    William Finley



    Martha Finley


    Martha Finley


    Abigaile Finley


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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: from the Gaelic personal name Fionnlagh (Old Irish Findlaech), composed of the elements fionn ‘white’, ‘fair’ ( see Finn ) + laoch ‘warrior’, ‘hero’, which seems to have been reinforced by an Old Norse personal name composed of the elements finn ‘Finn’ + leikr ‘fight’, ‘battle’, ‘hero’.

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

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  • William Finley, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"
  • William Finley, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"
  • William Finley, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

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