Saturday, May 28, 2011

Surname Saturday - Finney

John Finney and Agnes Munford

John Finney was born between 1775 and 1781, probably in South Carolina in the area that is now Laurens County. His father was almost certainly the John Finney who fought in the Revolutionary War and died at the Battle of Cowpens.

Agnes “Nancy” Munford was born between 1775 and 1784, possibly in South Carolina but that is not certain. She was the daughter of Hugh Munford.

John and Nancy were married before 1800. They were listed in the census in Laurens County in 1800 and 1810 but haven’t been located yet in 1820. They had seven children, six daughters and one son. John and Nancy apparently separated for a time in 1819 as there is a deed record showing that John Finney deeded property to David Gamble for alimony to his separated wife. Their six daughters were listed in this record – including Anna who was married to David Gamble. Their son John was not mentioned in the alimony deed. John died between 1820 and 1825 (the years his will was written and probated). It is unclear if he and Nancy reconciled prior to his death but she was mentioned in his will written a few months after their separation. John’s will mentions his son, John, and his six daughters. The daughters were all listed with the surname Finney even though at least some of them were married when the will was written.

Children of John and Nancy:
Anna was born about 1799. She married David Gamble on 16 Mar 1814 in Laurens County and they had 10 children. Anna died in Feb 1877 in Heard County, Georgia and was buried there in Adamson Cemetery.

The other children were John, Elizabeth, Mary "Polly", Sarah, Peggy and Martha. I am just starting to research this family so do not have any information beyond names for these children.


John and Nancy were my 4th great-grandparents through their daughter, Anna. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. Some of the information in this post (as indicated) has not been proven and some is new information, which I only recently obtained. There are no sources listed for the new information at those links. If you have a connection to this family or have any questions, leave a comment here or e-mail me.


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