John Finney

17 September 1774–18 June 1844 (Age 69)
Franklin, Virginia, United States

The Life of John

When John Finney was born on 17 September 1774, in Franklin, Virginia, United States, his father, John Finney, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth Betty Ward, was 24. He married Mary Frances "Polly" Prunty on 18 January 1802, in Franklin, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 18 June 1844, in Patrick, Virginia, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Finney Cemetery, Sanville, Henry, Virginia, United States.

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John Finney
Mary Frances "Polly" Prunty
Marriage: 18 January 1802
Robert P Finney
Nancy Finney
Uriah Finney
John Finney
Elizabeth Ward Finney
Joshua Finney
Thomas Louis Finney
Mary Polly Finney
Benjamin Franklin Finney
William Finney

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18 January 1802
Franklin, Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 6

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 20

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places in Cheshire called Finney or from Fenay in West Yorkshire, probably named from Old English fīnig ‘heap’ (especially one of wood), or from Old English and Old Norse finn ‘coarse grass’ + (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Finney in entry for Mary F Finney, "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872"
  • John Finney, "Find A Grave Index"
  • J. Fenny in entry for William Fenny and Ruth E. Clark, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

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