Genealogy of the Finklea Family

Finckley (Fincklen, Finklea, Finkley, Finkly)

© Joe M. Newton

Dr. Thomas Finckley

It is commonly believed that he was born about 1646 in Petersfield, England and died in Virginia in 1694. The date of his death is documented by information in the records of Virginia.

20 March 1676

The following item is of significance since it puts Thomas Finckley in Virginia as early as 1680

Inventory of the Estate of Mr. Francis Godfrey presented by Mr. William Therill. Signed George Durant, John Hunt, Thomas Finckley, Timothy Meades. List of Bills: Thomas Harris bill for 1160. Presented in Court 7 June 1680, Princess Anne County, Virginia. [pp. 15, 17 and 19].

British Library Sloane Collection

1633 to 1657: Nicholas Finckley of Bucks. Medical prescriptions and recipes, chemical remedies. Partly Latin. Sloane 1080B, 1203, 2033

Lambeth Palace Library

In the holdings of Lambeth Palace Library there is a directory of medical licenses issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury 1535-1775. This index gives the name and place of activity all physicians and surgeons to whom licensee's were issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, both through the vicar general and Faculty Office. The date of license and issuing office are given in the surname index. The following name is shown in the listing: NICHOLAS FINCKLEY of Trotton (Sussex)

While there is currently no data showing that this Nicholas Finckley was related to the Dr. Thomas Finckley who settled in Virginia, it does show a possible connection, since we know that a Nicholas Finckley came to America in the 1600s with a Thomas Finckley.

The Finckley name is noted very often in England and may be found in early documents, such as that shown here.

Citation

'House of Lords Journal Volume 11: 14 July 1660', Journal of the House of Lords: volume 11: 1660-1666, pp. 90-2. Cook's Petition, for Preservation of the Deer in Finckley Forest. Upon reading the Petition of Wm. Cooke: It is ORDERED, To be referred to the Sheriff of Hampshire, That whereas Information is given to this House, that the Deer of His Majesty, in the Forest of Finckley, in the County of South'ton, within these Ten Days, are destroyed in a riotous Manner, that he take care for the preserving the remainder of the Deer there from being destroyed and if he can find out those Parties that have destroyed the Deer, that he apprehend them, and cause them to be punished according to Law.

Another reference to a Finckley in an early English document

Thomas represents that his father, Sir Thomas Shirley, the Antiquarian, served the late King as Squire of the Body and Colonel in the North, and that he was plundered himself and imprisoned as Captain under Sir George Booth. Again in 1666 under the same name of Captain Thomas Shirley, he petitioned the King for a foot company in Windsor Castle void by the death of Capt. Finckley, again, mentioning his father's services in the wars and stating that he himself served 11 months without pay in his Majesty's Guard of Cavalry.

Based on the information given in the Culpeper Rebellion document (shown below) it is likely that Dr. Thomas Finckley came to America sometime in the early 1670's. The earliest records for him are the Culpeper Rebellion documents (1677 - 1679) and his witness to the will of Mr. Francis Godfrey (20 March 1676)

20 March 1676

Inventory of the Estate of Mr. Francis Godfrey presented by Mr. William Therill. Signed George Durant, John Hunt, Thomas Finckley, Timothy Meades. List of Bills: Thomas Harris bill for 1160. Presented in Court 7 June 1680, Princess Anne County, Virginia. [pp. 15, 17 and 19].

1677 until 1679: Culpeper's Rebellion

 

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Culpeper's Rebellion (1677-79) was an early popular uprising against proprietary rule in the Albemarle section of Northern Carolina caused by the efforts of the proprietary government to enforce the British Navigation Acts. These trade laws denied the colonists a free market outside England and placed heavy duties on commodities.

The colonists' resentment found an instrument of action in deputy governor, Thomas Miller, who was also the customs collector. Led by John Culpeper and George Durant, the rebels imprisoned Miller and other officials, convened a legislature of their own, chose Culpeper governor, and for two years exercised all powers and duties of government. Culpeper was finally removed by the proprietors and tried for treason and embezzlement but was never punished.

The Culpeper Rebellion information contained here was presented in a paper written by William S. Smith, Jr., but the text quoted here is the original as best it can be determined from the original deposition documents.

Peter Brockwell's Deposition of 25 July 1681

That after ye plt and deft Sumers were sayled for England in Captaine Gillams sd ship wch was in or abt ye month of May 1678 this dept remaining still in Carolina hee this dept did severall tymes see ye deft Sumers his Shallopp or Sloope in ye possession of Mr Thomas Finckley And saith yt it was generally reported in Carolina yt ye sd Sumers before he sayled for England had left ye sd shallopp or sloope wth ye sd Mr Finckley as his Attorney and this dept doth beleive yt ye sd Mr Finckley was ye sd Sumers his Attorney because this dept hath heard ye sd Mr Finckley report and declare soe And ye sd Mr Finckley did imploy this dept and others severall tymes before ye sd shallopp or sloop shee beeing then verry Leaky and out of repaire through her Long Lying in ye wether and hett from whereby she was much dampmged.

That after ye plt was returned out of England into Carolina ye sd second tyme wch was abt January 1678 [1679] ye deft Sumers his said shallopp or sloop was still in ye possion of ye sd Mr Finckley and Sayth yt ye plt made a finall voyage in her wth ye sd Mr Finckleys Leave in Company of Jon Varaham and wm Wilkinson and when ye plt returned home with her hee came to ye sd Mr Finckley and [three words illegible] Mr Finckley I have brought home ye sd shallopp or sloop pray take charge of her or use words to ye same effect And more saith not.

Richard Gamble's Deposition of 12 April 1681

That ye deft Sumers did in Carolina in ye yeare 1677 confesse yt hee had profferred to sell ye deft Leeches Sloope to one Mr Terrell but yt they could not agree upon a price And saith yt in ye Month of May 1678 ye deft Sumers this dept came from Carolina towards England in one Captaine Gillams shipp in ye way for England thy dept saith yt ye deft Sumers told thy dept yt he had left all his Concerns in Carolina with one Mr. Thomas Finckley And more saith not.

Zakeriah Gillam's Deposition of 18 August 1681

That after the said Miller was Imprisoned the said defendt Summers had the said shallopp or sloppe used her disposed of her as hee thought fitt And this depont dooth verily beleive that neither the said Shallopp or Sloop or any of the goods belonging to the said Summers were ever seized of by the said Complt for that aboute the 29th day of May 1679 this depont sett sayle from Carolina for England in Company of the said Complt and the said defendt Summers And that hee this depont & the said Complt and defendt Summers Arrived at London aboute the 9th of July then next following, And in that voyage the defendt Summers to his depont did acknowledge declare that hee the sd Summers received had very kind usage entertainment from by the said Complt And that at his the said Summers departure from Carolina hee the said Summers left the said Shallopp or Sloope his concerns with Mr. Thomas Finckley in that Country And this with what he hath before deposed is as much as hee can depose for the satisfaction of any the questions of those twoe Inters to his rememberance.

That whilst this depont was in Carolina hee was very well acquainted with the Complts dealings And sayeth that hee this depont never heard or understood that the said Complt or any of his family were at all concerned to entermeddle with the defendt Summers his said Shallopp or Sloope or any of his goods, except the said Mr. Thomas Finckley be reckoned one of the family with whome hee the said Summers left his Shallop or Sloope concernes at his departure from Carolina as the said Summers Acknowledged to this depont in the voyage from Carolina to England as aforesd And further here sayeth hee cannott depose for the satisfaction of any the questions of this Inter to his rememberence.

William Hammond's Deposition of 12 April 1681

That ye plts house in Carolina is ye usuall place appointed for ye Court of Assembly to sitt And yt ye Court yt satt there in December 1677 was generally taken by ye sd Country to bee ye Lawfull assembly And thy dept also saith yt in or about ye month of May 1678 ye plt ye deft Sumers whoe was then in Capt Gillams service thy dept sett sayle out of Carolina towards England in Captain Gillams ship. And severall tymes as ye sd ship sayled for England ye sd deft Sumers complained to thy dept yt ye deft Miller had wronged him verry much wth all sayd yt hee ye sd Sumers was to have returned to Barmudos in 40 days wth ye sd produce of ye goods but ye sd Miller gott ye sd sloope [7 words illegible] goods denyed to give him any acct thereof hee ye sd Miller haveing made use of most of ye sd Goods as also of ye salt to salt meat to send for Antegua in Tymothy Biggs his sloope And saith yt after ye said sloope was fitted ye sd Miller would not Lett ye sd sloop goe for Antigua nd ye sd deft Sumers did also declare yt hee did in December Last complaine to ye Court of Assembly agt ye sd Miller for his goods yt ye Court ordered him a Considerable quantity ot Tobaccoe wch hee had ordered one Joshua Lamb to Carry for New England And thy dept also saith yt he thy depl did see ye sd Sumers sell c deliver some such to one Matheas Towlor more salt to one Thomas Harris And in or abt ye month of April 1678 thy dept saith yt hee thy dept was present did see ye sd Sumers Leave ye Deft Leechs sloop wth ye sd Thomas Harrris wth a speciall order to ye sd Thomas Harris not to deliver ye sd sloop to any person wtsoever wthout ye order of ye sd Summers or of one Mr Thomas Finckley And thy dept further saith yt ye sd Summers before hee left Carolina did offer to sell ye sd sloop anker tackle c to Mr Terrell to Mr wm Wilkinson to ye plt but they all refused her also hee offered to sell ye deft Leechs boy to ye plt but ye plt refused him also And thy dept also further saith yt as ye plt ye deft Sumers thy dept were sayleing from Carolina towards England in yeare 1678 ye sd Sum ers did declare yt hee had sold powder other goods to Mr. Thomas Finckley (who then lived att ye plts house in Carolina yt hee ye sd Sumers at his departure from Carolina had made Mr Thomas Finckley a [Illegible] Attorney had left ye sloop (he brought out of Barmudos) all other his concerns in Carolina with him And thy dept also further saith yt in ye yeare 1678 after thy dept ye sd other persons sd ship were arr ived in England were ready to saile again for Carolina a person called by ye name of Mr Bumpshed of Rattliffe did deliver to thy dept a bill of exchange charged on ye plt by ye deft Sumers for 200 pound weight of Tobacco to be pd for ye sd Mr Bumpsted ye plt beeinge then in London did accept of ye sd bill promised paymt att his Returne to Carolina and m ore saith not to these 4 Intern.

Walter Peace's Deposition of 10 August 1681

That in the yeare 1679 hee this depont was in the Province of Carolina as Commander of the Vessel Speedwell, And sayeth that hee this depont in or aboute the month of July in the said yeare 1679 being at the Complt George Durrants house in Carolina aforesd (where one Thomas Finckley did then reside The said Thomas Finckley did then there Batter or Sell to one Mr Thomas Smith a Certain Burmudos Shallopp or Sloope, which Shallopp the defendt Solomon Summmers had brought over in the yeare 1677 from Burmudoes as this depont had understood to Carolina left with the said Mr Finckley as his the defendt Summers attorney, And this depont sayeth that the said Complt was not at home at the tyme of the said Batter or Sale of the said hallopp for this depont at that tyme understood that the said Complt was aboute his affaires aboute forty miles from home And this depont further sayeth that some dayes after the said Shallopp was soe Battered or Sold as aforesd the Complt comeing home understanding that the said Thomas Finckley had Sold the said Shallopp, hee the said Complt declared as hee the Complt had alsoe donn in this deponts xpersence before, that hee the Complt never was or would be concerned in the said Shallopp And further hee deposeth not the the Inter.

That after ye plt was returned out of England into Carolina ye sd second tyme wch was abt January 1678 [1679] ye deft Sumers his said shallopp or sloop was still in ye possion of ye sd Mr Finckley Sayth yt ye plt made a finall voyage in her wth ye sd Mr Finckleys Leave in Company of Jon Varaham wm Wilkinson when ye plt returned home with her hee came to ye sd Mr. Finckley [three words illegible] Mr. Finckley I have brought home ye sd shallopp or sloop pray take charge of her or use words to ye same effect And more saith not.

20 April 1685

Elizabeth Keeling granted a patent for 350 acres in Lower Norfolk County in the Woods, toward the northern branches of Curretuck, adjoining the lands of Henry Woodhouse [Virginia State Land Office Patents, Volume 7 : 1679-1689, page 465].

29 January 1686

Dr. Thomas Finckley was a witnessed to the will of Henry Woodhouse. Virginia Index of Will P.C.C 1686 - 1693, Volume XI, page 309.

15 November 1689

John Richeson and wife Ann sold 200 acres of land to Thomas Wetherington in Lower Norfolk County, Linhaven Parish, bounded North by Henry Woodhouse, East on the Eastern Swamp, South on John Hopkins, and West on James Purdy. The land was part of 350 acres patented to Elizabeth Keeling on 20 April, 1685. The said Eliza Keeling intermarried with Thomas Fickley and by them sold the land to John Richeson, as shown by the records of Lower Norfolk. Witnessed by Frances Sayer, Thomas Cooperand proved in court on 15 November, 1689 [Princess Anne County, Virginia County Clerk, Deed Records, Volume 1, Page 11].

In the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index Database (1500s-1900), compiled by Gale Research, Provo, Utah the following four entries are shown for 1690. These folks passage was paid for by Malthew Pallett as shown below.

21 April 1690: Finckley's Come To America

Malthew Pallett bought 368 acres of land in Lower Norfolk County, in Lynhaven Parish upon head of Bennett's Creek. [patent book 8, page 73]. 168 acres, beginning near John Kemp and Grace Holland's line to land of Argall Thorowgood, now said Pallett's to James Kemp. This land was for the importation of four people: Thomas Finckley, Nicholas Finckley, Katherine Finckley, Ann Finckley. 200 acres part of 750 acres granted said Argall Thorowgood and his division of 140 acres and 60 acres part of Francis Thorowgood's division sold, viz: 40 acres out of Argall's and 60 acres out of Prank's, to Richard Lyster who asssigned it to said Pallett 100 acres remaining of Argall's sold to said Pallett.

Ann Finckley - 1690 to Virginia [most likely this was Thomas's sister]
Katherine {my note: maiden name may have been Evans} Finckley - 1690 to Virginia [most likely this was Thomas's mother]
Nicholas Finckley - 1690 to Virginia [most likely this was Thomas's father]
Tho Finckley - 1690 to Virginia

The dates given here are not reflective of the actual dates [Thomas was already in America by 1676 as shown by the Inventory of the Estate of Mr. Francis Godfrey] that they arrived in America. Sometimes the application for land based on the importation of individuals would not be done for several years after the actual importation and sometime the application was based on false data (i.e., the person said they paid for the imporatation but did not). It is also highly likely that some of these folks made numerous trips between America and England as is indicated for Thomas Finklea in the documents shown from the inquist of the Culpepers Rebellion presented below. The connection between these individuals and Dr. Thomas Finckley has not been positively established. However, the belief is that Dr. Thomas Finckley was the son of Nicholas Finckley and Katherine Evans of Petersfield England and that Ann was his sister, although it is possible that Ann was his wife and died before he married Elizabeth Keeling.

Headrights In Virginia

In order to encourage immigration into the colony, the Virginia Company, meeting in a Quarter Court held on 18 November 1618, passed a body of laws called Orders and Constitutions which came to be considered " the Great Charter of privileges, orders and laws" of the colony. Among these laws was a provision that any person who settled in Virginia or paid for the transportation expenses of another person who settled in Virginia should be entitled to receive fifty acres of land for each immigrant. The right to receive fifty acres per person, or per head, was called a headright. The practice was continued under the royal government of Virginia after the dissolution of the Virginia Company, and the Privy Council ordered on 22 July 1634 that patents for headrights be issued.

Although seldom used during the eighteenth century, the procedure remained in effect until the passage of an act in the session begun in May 1779 which, in adjusting and settling titles to lands, gave a period of twelve months from the end of the legislative session for such rights to be claimed or be considered forfeited. A person who was entitled to a headright usually obtained a certificate of entitlement from a county court and then took the certificate to the office of the secretary of the colony, who issued the headright, or right to patent fifty acre of land. The holder of the headright then had the county surveyor make a survey of the land and then took the survey and the headright back to the capital to obtain a patent for the tract of land. When the patent was issued, the names of the immigrants, or headrights, were often included in the text of the document.

As valuable properties, headrights could be bought and sold. The person who obtained a patent to a tract of land under a headright might not have been the person who immigrated or who paid for the immigration of another person. Headrights were not always claimed immediately after immigration, either there are instances in which several years elapsed between a person's entry into Virginia and the acquisition of a headright and sometimes even longer between then and the patenting of a tract of land.

The headright system was subject to a wide variety of abuses from outright fraud to multiple claims by a merchant and a ship's captain to a headright for the same immigrant passenger. Some prominent merchants and colonial officials received headrights for themselves each time they returned to Virginia from abroad. As a result of the abuses and of the transferable nature of the headrights, the system, which may have been intended initially to promote settlement and ownership of small plots of land by numerous immigrants, resulted in the accumulation of large tracts of land by a small number of merchants, shippers, and early land speculators. The presence of a name as a headright in a land patent, then, establishes that a person of a certain name had entered Virginia prior to the date of the patent but it does not prove when the person immigrated or who was initially entitled to the headright.

18 December 1692: Will of George Minchin, Princess Ann County, Virginia

George Minchin left one-half of his plantation to Dr. Thomas Finckley, after the death of wife, Susana Minchin. On 3 December 1698, Dennis MaCarty signed deed to Thomas Finckley, the son of Dr. Thomas Finckley, deceased. The microfilm records of Princess Ann County, Virginia show that Thomas Finckley died there about 1694. Other microfilm records in at the Virginia State Library in Richmond also show a date if death of around 1694 in Princess Anne County, Virginia.

December 1693 until March 1694

Dr. Thomas Finckley died in Princess Anne County, Virginia between 6 December 1693 and 7 March 1694.

Thomas Finckley Inventory and Appraisal received 5 September 1694, page 112. Part of index to Princess Anne County Wills and Administrations (1691-1800), pages 67-68. Administration Bond received 21 April 1695, pages 200-201. Accounts received 7 December 1698, Deed Book 1, 1691-1704 (Reel 13)

Record in the Library of Virginia

Thomas Finckley
Publication Date: 1698
General Note: Part of index to Princess Anne County Wills and Administrations (1691-1800)
Note: Pages 67-68. Inventory & Appresials, Received 5 September 1694
Page 112. Administrator bond received 21 April 1695
Page 200-201. Accounts received 7 December 1698
Note: Deed Book 1, 1691-1704 (Reel 13)
Subject: Geographic Princess Anne County (Va.), Virginia wills and administrations
System Number 000544140

7 March 1694

Elizabeth Finckley, relict of Dr. Thomas Finckley granted administration on his estate (Princess Anne County Orders, Volume 1, page 61).

20 April, 1694

Nathaniel Macklenahan granted 45 acres in Princes Ann County, VA on Western shore of Linhaven River [patent book 8, page 355]. Adj. Adam Thorowgood land escheated by Doctor Finkley, now in possession of Dennis MacCarty Keeling's land William Grant, and Mr. Porteen's. Importation of John Evans.

5 September 1694

Peter Malbone obtained order that appraisers of the Thomas Finckley estate meet at his house " … at such time as he shall give them notice by sight of this Ord er and … appraise the hoggs belonging to the said Finckleys estate." [Princess Anne County Orders, Volume 1, Page 67]. Further inventory of Thomas Finckley filed by Elizabeth Malbone as follows: 11 cowes, 5 yearlings, 5 two year old cattle, one heifer of 3 yeares old, one bull, one large steere, six ewes, one ram and one wether, one 3 yeare old mare (Princess Anne County Deeds, Volume 1, Page 68).

2 January 1695

Thomas Finckley at the time of his death was indebted to Judith Clark for corn and clothes for her service. The Court ordered that Peter Malbone who married the Administrix of the said Finckley pay her one barrel of corn, one new shift, a new waistcoat, a new pair of shoes and stockings, a new cap and handkerchief out of the said Finckley's estate [Prince Anne County Orders, Volume 1, Page 71].

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Elizabeth Keeling

Father: Adam Keeling died about April 1683 in Lower Norfolk (Sheriff of Norfolk and son of Ensign Thomas Keeling)
Mother: Anne Martin (daughter of John Martin)
Anne then married John Richeson (High Sheriff of Norfolk). Therefore, since Elizabeth was Adam Keeling's daughter and Anne Keeling Richeson was her mother, Anne was the grandmother of the two Thomas Finckley boys. John Richeson, who married Anne Martin Keeling Richeson, was named guardian of the orphan sons of Dr. Thomas Finckley.

15 November 1689: Deed from John Richeson and wife Ann to Thomas Wetherington

Sold 200 acres of land in Lower Norfolk County, Linhaven Parish, bounded North by Henry Woodhouse, East on the eastern swamp, South on John Hopkins, and West on James Purdy. The land was part of 350 acres patented to Elizabeth Keeling on 20 April 1685. The said Eliza Keeling intermarried with Thomas Fickley and by them sold the land to John Richeson, as shown by the records of Lower Norfolk. Witnessed by Frances Sayer, Thomas Cooper and proved in court on 15 November 1689 [Princess Anne County, Virginia County Clerk, Deed Records, Volume 1, Page 11].

Elizabeth (Keeling) Finckley married Peter Malbone after the death of Thomas Finckley in 1694.
Deed dated 15 November 1689 from John Richason and wife Ann to Thomas Wetherington, 200 acres of land in Lower Norfolk County, Linhaven Parish, bounded North by Henry Woodhouse, East on the eastern swamp, South on John Hopkins, and West on James Purdy, being part of 350 acres patented to Elizabeth. Keeling on 20 April 1685 " ..... the which said Eliza Kee ling intermarryed with .... Thomas Fickley and by them sold to me John Richason as by the records of Lower Norfolk .... may appear..." Witnessed by Frances Sayer, Thomas Cooper and proved in court on 15 November 1689 [Princess Anne County, Virginia County Clerk, Deed Records, Volume 1, Page 11]. The Patent to Elizabeth Keeling, dated 20 April 1685, was for 350 acres in Lower Norfolk County in the Woods, toward the northern branches of Curretuck, adjoining the lands of Henry Woodhouse [Virginia State Land Office, Patents, Volume 7: 1679-1689, P. 465].

6 November 1695

Deed from Peter Malbone, with consent of Elizabeth Malbone his wife, to his brother John Malbone, consideration having been paid by his mother Sarah Jackson. Acknowledged in court by both of them on 6 November 1695. [Princess Anne County, Virginia Deed Records, Volume 1, Page 104]. NOTE: Peter Malbone Sr. (born in 1633) was married to Sarah Godfrey. After Peter Malbone, Sr.'s death, Sarah married a Simmons and then in 1692 a Jackson.

28 October, 1697

Dennis MacCartee and Adam Keeling, 400 acres in Princes Ann County, VA, patent book 9, page 118, Escheated from Jonathan Langsworth, dec'd, by inquisition under Thomas Milner, Escheater, 18 July, 1692 for which land Thomas Finkley, of said county hath made his composition, who, by bond, conditioned with the above named patentees to make good and firm sale to them, and who died before patent was obtained or deed made and Peter Markum (should be Malbone) and Elizabeth, his wife, relict of said Finkley, have prayed that patent might issue accordingly. [Question: It is very likely that the Peter Markum listed here is the Peter Malbone listed below, so which spelling is correct?

7 July 1698

Difference between John Richeson, Guardian to the two orphan sons of Thomas Finckley, deceased, and Peter Malbone who had married the Adminstrinx of Thomas Finckley. At Peter Malbone's request the matter was referred to the next term of court and ordered that Thomas Hall and Patrick Angus audit and state the accounts of the administration of said Finckley's estate and report to next court [P/A County Orders, Volume 1, page 167].

Other court orders relating to the Finckley estate, indicate that Peter Malbone had received the assets of the estate, and John Richeson, as Guardian of Thomas's two sons was suing to get their part of the estate. The final distribution in 1698, gave the sons 2/3 of the estate. There other third most likely went to Dr. Thomas Finckley's widow, Elizabeth Keeling Malbone.

Adam Keeling (Sheriff of Norfolk and son of Ensign Thomas Keeling) and wife Anne Martin (daughter of John Martin) had a daughter Elizabeth and a son Adam. Adam Sr. died about April 1683 (Lower Norfolk). His widow Anne then married John Richeson (High Sheriff of Norfolk). Therefore, since Elizabeth was Adam Keeling's daughter and Anne Keeling Richeson was her mother, she was the grandmother of the two Thomas Finckley boys. John Richeson, who married Anne Martin Keeling Richeson, was named guardian of the orphan sons of Dr. Thomas Finckley.

26 November 1756

John Holt received a patent for 710 acres in Princess Anne County, adjoining the patent line of Elizabeth Keeling, establishing that her land lay in what later became Princess Anne County [Virginia State Land Office, Patents, Volume 34: 1756-1765, P. 150].

On 26 November 1756 John Holt received a patent for 710 acres in Princess Anne County, adjoining the patent line of Elizabeth Keeling, establishing that her land lay in what later became Princess Anne County [Virginia State Land Office, Patents, Volume 34: 1756-1765, P. 150].

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Thomas Finckley

Born about 1690
Died in the early Spring of 1722

George Minchin left one-half of his plantation to Dr. Thomas Finckley, after the death of wife, Susana Minchin. On 3 December 1698, Dennis MaCarty signed deed to Thomas Finckley, the son of Dr. Thomas Finckley, deceased.

Record of the Library of Virginia

Thomas Finckley
Publication Date: 1722
General Note" Part of index to Princess Anne County Wills and Administrations (1691-1800)
Note: Page 445. Inventory & Apprasials, received 6 June 1722
Note: Deeds & Wills No. 3, 1714-1724 (Reel 3)
Subject: Geographic Princess Anne County (Va.), Virginia wills and administrations
System Number 000544141

Notice that this document refers to the orphans of Thomas Finckley. I have not been able to find any references to these children. Further, since the estate was divided into three parts, there must have been two children.

 
 

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Margaret ????

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John Finckley

Born about 1690
Died 1769

John Finkley, Part of Index to Princess Anne County Wills and Administrations (1691-1800), page 448, Will dated 1 March 1769, Deed Book 10, 1767-1769 (Reel 10), designates his heirs as follows: Elizabeth (wife), Thomas (son), Henry (son), James (son), and Elizabeth (daughter).

 
 

The following is taken from the List of Apprentises in Virginia  -- John would have been in his mid to late 30s at this time.

Finchley, John
Master: Carroway, John
Beginning date: 03/01/1727
Sex: male
Father: Finchley, Thomas (deceased)
Source: Princess Anne Co. Minutes 3, 1717-1728, 276
Occupation: Turner (a person that forms wood into various products)
Race: white

Finchley, John
Master: Cox, William
Beginning date: 06/05/1728
Sex: male
Father: Finchley, Thomas (deceased)
Source: Princess Anne Co. Minutes 3, 1717-1728, 317
Occupation: Shoemaker
Race: white

Library of Virginia Records

John Finkley
Publication: 1769
General Note: Part of index to Princess Anne County Wills and Administrations (1691-1800)
Note: Page 448 - Will dated 1 March 1769
Note: Deed Book 10, 1767-1769 (Reel 10)
Subject: Personal John Finkley
Subject: Geographic Princess Anne County (Va.)
Added Title: Virginia wills and administrations.
System Number: 000544145

 

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Elizabeth ????

 

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James Finckley

The following documents show that James was born in Virginia and may have stayed in Virginia unlike his brother, Thomas, who moved south into South Carolina. The whereabouts of Elizabeth and Henry are not known.

Heads of Families at the first U.S. Census. Va.
By U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington, 1908. (189p.) 103

Name: James Finkley
Birth Date: 1750
Birthplace: Virginia
Volume: 54 - Page Number: 185

Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution, 1775-1783
Edited by John H. Gwathmey, Richmond, Va. 1938. (13, 872p.):272

James Finkley
Birth Date: 1740 {note that there is a 10 year difference between the above reference and this one but, I think, this may be due to the original record being hard to read -- both reference the same document}
Birthplace: Virginia
Volume: 54 - Page Number: 185

 

The following document was extracted from the 1785 Heads of Families in Virginia

Note that James was living very close to the Keelings. This is the same family that Elizabeth Keeling was a member -- she married Thomas Finklea

 

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Elizabeth Finckley

 

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Henry Finckley

 

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Thomas Finckley (also Finkley, Finkly, Finklea)

Born in the early 1700s in Price Ann County, Virginia and died before the end 1787 at Jeffreys Creek, South Carolina

During the mid-part of the 1700's many people in Virginia began to move south into the less populated areas of the Carolinas. Thomas Finckley, a son of John Finckley, was among these settlers and on 18 October 1765, he had 400 acres of land surveyed on Ashpole Swamp old Craven County, South Carolina and on 28 August 1767, he was issued a land grant by King George III for this land. The land was located “on Ashpole Swamp and Marsh between Little Peedee River and Drowning Creek bounded on all sides by vacant land.”

In the Marion County, South Carolina Archives (Deed Book A for the period 1800 to 1805) there are records that mention land surveys for other people whose land was bounded by land either belonging or supposedly belonging to Thomas Finklea. Further, Charles Finklea, his son, was granted 300 acres on Ashpole Swamp in Blanden County, North Carolina on 16 December 1769. No record has been found to tell us how long they remained on these properties, but it appears that they may have abandoned these properties and moved further south to Jeffrey’s Creek (now Claussen, South Carolina) not long after.

Various records indicate that Thomas Finklea left a will, but it has not been found. The will is referred to in the deed of sale from John Finklea to John Porter, dated 27 December 1787, which states that the property became John Finklea's by "the last will and testament of Thomas Finkley."

In an application for membership to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC (National #551449, dated 16 June, 1970 and issued to Mrs. Mary Fore Stuart Osborn, 1302 North Tuscaloosa Street, Greensboro, Alabama 36744) it is recorded for the decendants of Thomas Finklea that for services in assisting in the establishment of American Independence during the war of the revolution were as follows: " Mr. Thomas Finkley received pay for rations for 40 men and forage for 30 horses for a detachment from Col. Marion with prisoners for the Continental Service."

In the South Carolina Archieves, Folder A-2235 enumeratrd many instances of supplies and provisions furnished by Thomas to the Continental Army and State Militia. One of the records shows " Peedee November 20, 1784". This indent was signed by mark, however on 29 August 1787 when it was assigned to Charles Finklea it was legibly signed Thos. Finklea. In the Charles Finklea audited accounts, AA-2392, one dated 24 February 1786 is signed Thos. Finklea, Jr., in the same handwriting as the foregoing. The Thomas, Sr. who furnished the provisions must have died before 29 August 1787, after which the younger Thomas adding the suffix Jr. after his signature.

 

The following was extracted from the List of Apprentises in Virgina. Note that this shows that Thomas was only 10 years old. This would make his birth date about 1717, which would have made John Finklea about 27 years old.

Finchley, Thomas
Master: Huggins, Robert
Beginning date: 05/01/1728
Sex: male
Source: Princess Anne Co. Minutes 3, 1717-1728, 311
Occupation: Shoemaker
Ending date: 05/01/1739
Race: white
Age: 10

 

Land Grant to Thomas by King George III

 

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Frances (Frankey) ????

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1241

Charles Finklea

Census records indicate that Charles was born between 1756 and 1774, however, I think he was born a few years earlier maybe 1750 {see note below}

Probate records show that Charles died about 1806, which would have made him between 32 and 50 years old when he died.

1790 Census

2 Males over 16 years --- {Charles and Thomas}
1 Female {Not sure if this was Elizabeth ??? or Mary Holland -- however, the first document which shows Mary and Charles is dated 1993, I think this is Elizabeth!}

1800 Census

1 Male less than 10 years old {1790 and 1800 --- This is George W.}
1 Male between 26 and 44 years old {1756 and 1774 -- Note: I believe this is incorrect, as the first land grant record shown below indicates that Charles was of legal age in 1869. So I think he was actually born a few years earlier, maybe around 1750, which would have made him 19 in 1769.}
1 Female less than 10 years old {1790 and 1800 --- This is Frances}
1 Female between 26 and 44 years old {1756 and 1774 --- This is Mary Ann Holland}

Died near Mars Bluff, Marion District, South Carolina. Thomas Finklea, {his son} made suit for letters of Administration of Charles Finklea of Pee Dee Estate, deceased, on 18 April, 1806

 

16 December 1769: Blanden County, North Carolina, Land Grant

Charles Finklea had a land grant for 300 acres on the Ashpole Swamp in Bladen County, North Carolina, dated 16 December 1769. This was adjacent to Craven County, South Carolina where Thomas Finklea had a grant. Between 1769 and 1806,. Charles Finklea aquired 3,011 acres in South Carolina. Plat Nos. 129-133 on file at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and Nos. 99-102 in the Office of the Secretary of State give the locations of these plantations.

22 June 1796: Georgetown District, SC - Land Purchase

Nathaniel Sanders and Mercy Sanders, of Cheraw District, sold 450 acres of land to Charles Finklea, of Georgetown District, for 48 pounds, 17 shillings, and 10 pence. Description of land is as follows: “450 acres of land situated in Georgetown District on the southwest side of Great Pee Dee River, it being part of a tract of land surveyed for Abraham Salom, 15 May 1736.”

1 Ju1y 1797: Marion County, SC Deed Book G, Items 19 - 21, Land Sale

Charles Finklea and Mary Finklea, his wife, of Georgetown District, SC, planters, to James Holland of same place for 20 pounds, 170 acres being part of one tract granted to Charles Finklea on 4 February, 1793. Signed: Charles (X) Finklea, Mary (X) Finklea. Witness: James Gregg, Thomas Finklea. Presented before John Orr, JP, 17 March, 1798. Platt - bounded by Charles Finklea, Jas. Freeman, Jas. Gregg, James Holland, Samuel Fleigs, Henry Calcotes. 29 June 1797. I have resurveyed unto James Holland 170 acres being part of grant to Charles Finklea on 4 February 1793, SW Great Pee Dee and on waters of the long Branch. Signed: James Gregg, DS.

2 May 1800: Marion District, SC, Land Purchase

Robert Paulling sold land to Charles Finklea for 10 shillings. Description of land is as follows: “all the plantation or tract of land containing 152 acres situated in Marion District bound on the northeast by land belonging to the said Charles Finklea and Lewis Savoy, on the southwest by land belonging to Samuel Tyler, and on the southeast by the land of said Finklea and being on Long Branch next to Mars Bluff on the Pee Dee River. ”

17 July 1802: Charles Finklea's Mark

Charles Finklea's mark is a crop and under bit in the left ear and a crop in the right ear and the brand F. C. this 30 or 40 years. Signed: Charles (X) Finklea.

22 March 1804: Marion District, SC, Slave Purchase

Baker Wiggins sold two negro boys (George and Ben) to Charles Finklea for $750. Thomas Finklea was a witness.

18 October 1804: Marion District, SC - Land Purchase

Charles Finklea bought land from Thomas Knight for $250. Description of land is as follows: “all that plantation or tra ct of land containing 439 acres situated on the southeast side of Great Pee Dee River being part of a survey granted to Brantley Clark, lying adjoining to Mars Bluff, bound on the northwest by Alexander Thompson’s, Thomas Thomson’ s, and Andrew Lords lands southwest by Samuel Taylor’s land southeast by Lewis Savoy’s and John Gregg’s land and northeast on John Baxter’s land -- conveyed to William Cox, Ann Baxter, and James Baxter by deed 2 April 1794 , and whereas the said William Cox in his lifetime became indebted to Foreby Stewart in the sum of 14 pounds, 8 shillings, and 7 pence which remained unpaid. Foreby Stewart obtained judgment in the Court of Common Pleas in the District of Marion against Nathanel Gibson, administrator of William Cox (deceased), the said land was then sold by the sheriff of Marion District to satisfy the said debt and cost of suit and, I, the said Thomas Knight was the highest and last bidder for the same. Thomas Finklea was a witness.

3 January 1806: Marion County, SC Deed Book F, Items 258 - 259, Land Purhase

Charles Finklea bought 1,347 acres of land from Richard Howard for $6,000. Description of land is as follows: “part of four tracts of land, that is to say part of three tracts of land lying on northeast side of Great Pee Dee River lying on a corner of a cotton tree on the upper edge of Mars Bluff Ferry Road running a southeast course to Thomas Finklea’s line and corner on a sweet gum tree then running a due east course to boggy gut -- the said boggy gut being the dividing line between Baker Wiggins and Thomas Malley, then to Tobey’s Creek corner on a cypress tree but since sold from Thomas Malley to David Godbold there up Tobey’s Creek to Martin Medleton’s corner on a water oak near Tobey’s Creek then to Middleton’s line to a black jack corner on the sand hill on the north side on lands formerly belonging to Thomas Groom on the westside of Pee Dee River corners on a white oak also a small piece of land that Baker Wiggins purchased from James Blackman and agreed on a line from two hickories and a pine on the old line running to the river to an elm tree supposed to be ten acres was granted to Thomas Groon then granted to John and Edmond Arthur and was resurveyed by James Gregg and a plat hereunto annexed and delivered unto the said Charles Finklea which will more fully appear by the said plat showing the course and shape of the said land and mark trees. ”

18 April 1806: Marion County, SC Probate Roll #259, Estate Administration

Thomas Finklea made suit for letters of Administration of Charles Finklea of Pee Dee, deceased, 18 April 1806. Administration Bond dated 25 April 1806. Bondsmen: Thomas Finklea, Alexander Gregg, Jr. and Samuel Thompson - Bond Book A, page 175. Warrant of Appraisement dated 25 April 1806. Appraisement 27 May 1806. Negroes: 10

Thomas Finklea petitioned 29 April 1806 for orders to sell, which was granted by Samuel Cooper, Ordy 1 May 1806, Sale near Mars Bluff was held on 29 May 1806. Purchasers included: James Holland, John Finklea. Sales Book - pages 236-237.

8 December 1807, Samuel Thompson and Alexander Gregg, Jr. petitioned to be exonerated from security of Thomas Finklea in administration of his father's estate. Administration Bond 8 December, 1807. Samuel Thompson, Administrator. Bondsmen: Samuel Thompson, Stephen Thompson, and Alexr. Gregg. Witness: 0. Colson. Bond Book A, page 176

15 December 1807 - Bill of Charles Finklea dated 1802 and 1803 presented by Thomas Finklea. Among other things sold there was a tract of land sold to George Finklea and Frances Finklea. Return book 1, page 130. 1810 and 1811. Mary {this was his second wife, Mary Ann Holland}, Charles' widow was paid $25 each for the boarding and clothing two children. Return Book 1, page 132.

27 May 1806: Marion County, SC Probate Records, Estate Inventory

An inventory and appraisal of personal property was made on May 27 1806 and the total appraisal included by name 12 slaves valued at $4,170 (Note -- only 10 slaves are indicated in the appraisal given above.)

 

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Elizabeth ???

Getting the Wives Straight!

1787: Elizabeth Finklea Signs Dower

Elizabeth Finklea in 1787, as recorded in Deed Book A6, page 463, Charleston County, S.C., signed dower as wife of Charles Finklea.

1797: Mary Holland - Deed Book G19

Deeds G19 dated 1 July, 1797; and K32 and 33 dated 8 February, 1822, Marion County, S.C., shows that Mary Holland, daughter of James and Mary Ann Holland, as Charles Finklea's wife. Based upon the 1800 census record, it appears that Charles married Mary Ann Holland in the early 1790s, as they had two children around the middle of the 1790s.

 

12411

Thomas Finklea

The 1790 South Carolina Census shows Thomas to be over 16 years old. This would make his birth before 1774.

1 May 1806, Thomas Departs - Transfers Administration

Thomas Finklea filed to leave Liberty County, South Carolina and transfer administration of his father's estate to Samuel Thompson

21 May 1806: Bond Receipt

Received of the within award by a receipt from Thomas Finklea, $19.07, which I had received of Mr. Charles Finklea, October 19, 1805 and was to be credited on a certain bond of that date and was neglected by me. Signed by Elizabeth Smith [See 1243 - Thomas Finklea's {the elder} widow]

19 September 1809:- Marion County Deed Book E, Naomi Free Trader

Know by all men by these present that, I, Thomas Fincklea of the state and District aforesaid do and hath made constituted and appointed my wife Naomi Fincklea a free dealer and sole trader in all things for herself to contract in her own name to her and ***** to all for herself without control. **** the said Thomas Fincklea in all things as the law of the state hath provided and I do hereby by these present renounce and forever **** myself of all and singular the right title ****and claims to any part or parcel of property that May or shall be acquired by the industry and **** of the said Naomi Fincklea and that I do forever divest myself of all privilege or privileges for any contract bargain or sale that she the said Naomi May make or property she May acquire. To have and to hold to her sole and separate use and **** forever **** property she May acquire by her **** and industry **** forever from me the said Naomi Finklea of any claim or claims made by me. Set my hand and sealed the 19 September, 1809 and in the sovereignty and independence of the United States of America the 34th year. Signed: Thomas Fincklea.

This is to certify to all whom it may concern that Thomas Fincklea came before me this day and voluntarily and of his own free will and accord did acknowledge that he rid and relinquished all rights, title and claims to all property of whatsoever kind that hereafter may be acquired by the care, industry, and **** of his wife Naomi Fincklea and that he had appointed and does appoint her the said Naomi his wife a free trader and free dealer to act for herself and in her own name. **** and to act in all **** the said Naomi was **** and that the said Thomas, utterly **** and divest himself from the **** if any part of such property that May be acquired as aforesaid or from the profits arising thereupon **** she the said Naomi may **** to grant. Signed:Thomas Fincklea, 19 September 1809.

10 August, 1810: Marion County, SC Deed Book E, Appoints Brother

Naomy Finklea of Marion District appoints my brother Isaac Thompson of same place my attorney to receive of and from Jackson of Georgia, Bolden County, goods in his possession of mine or money due me from said Jackson. Signed Naomy Finclea. Witness: Samuel Thompson and James Crissy.

 

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Nancy (Naomi, Noomy) Thompson

Father was Samuel Thompson

27 May 1818: Marion County Probate Records Roll #764

The will of Stephen Thompson shows that he bequeath to his sister Mary {Thompson} Finklea {Note: I don't know who this person is?}, $100 a year for four years should she live so long; to his sister Nancy (Noomy, Noimi) Finklea $1; to his brother-in-law Thomas Finklea $1, to be discounted out of an execution Stephen Thompson has against him; to brother John Thompson $1; to broth Isaac Thompson the choice of the young horses; to brother-in-law David Jammerson and his heirs who live in the state of Georgia $1; to his niece Mary Ann Thompson, a negro girl Hannah; to his nephew Samuel Griffith Thompson, the child my negro woman Sarah is pregnant with, should the child be born and lives; to my brother Samuel Thompson, my negro woman named Sarah and the whole of property real and personal not bequeathed above. Nominate and appoint my brother Samuel Thompson executor. Processed by Joseph A. Jolly, 6 July 1818. Appraisement, 18 July 1818 -- 7 negroes, Book C, page 120.

 

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Mary Ann Holland

1810 South Carolina Census

one male {George} between 10 and 15 {1795 to 1800}
one female {Frances} between 10 and 15 {1795 to 1800}
one female {Mary Ann} over 45 {before 1765}

1787: Elizabeth Finklea Signs Dower

Elizabeth Finklea, in 1787, as recorded in Deed Book A6, page 463, Charleston County, S.C., signed dower as wife of Charles Finklea.

Deed Book K32-33, Marion County, SC

8 May 1822. Mary Finklea of Marion District to George W. Finklea of same place for $100. 100 acres granted to William White on 11 February 1773 then by deed to James Holland on 13 October 1773; and then by deed from Mary Ann {Holland} Finklea to Charles Finklea on 2 February 1793. Signed by Mary (her mk) Finklea.

11 February, 1817: Marion County, SC Probate Records, Volume 2, Roll #350 - Estate of James Holland

We certify that by request of John Gregg, execetor of James Holland's Estate, we have made a division of estate agreeable to the terms of will between John Holland's children and Richard Hutson's children, dated 11 February, 1817. Return Book no 2, page 5.
On 3 October, 1838, John Gibson and others vs Asa Hinds. Mary Parker who lives in Marion Distrist knew Mrs. Holland now Mrs. Hinds, visited her before and since her marriage. There was a beaufat at time of marriage 5 or 6 chairs. Hinds married Mrs. Holland two years after death of Holland, there were three tables, some pewter and tin ware, some books, stone jugs more than one, two or three spinning wheels, a new one one linen wheel, worth as much at marriage as at death of Mr. Holland, a large trunk and large wooden chest, shot gun, saddles, etc and furniture for three; and an old negro woman in possession of Mrs. Holland.
James Holland's will was dated 18 September 1815. It indicated his wife was Susannah Holland. It also give to his brother John Holland's children: Joseph Holland and Rebeccah Holland; and to Richard Hutsons children: Sarah, Mariah and Joseph Hutson equal parts of his estate. To his grand nephews James Finklea and Samuel Finklea he give each a cow and calf. To his friend Richardson Hutson he gave his rifle. Appointed his wife Susannah Holland Extrx, and John Gregg and Richard Hutson Exors.

May 1822: Land Sale

Mary Finklea and George Finklea both of Marion District to Alexander Colcote of same place for $150 - 75 acres more or less, being part of grant to Samual Tyler on 10 May 1793 then deeded to Charles Finklea. Signed: Mary (her mk) Finklea, George Finklea, Frances Finklea. Witness: Thomas Finklea and Thomas Hagans. Presented before Turner Bryan, JP on 3 October, 1818. Plat 87a.

May 1822: Land Sale

Mary Finklea of Marion District to George W. Finklea of same place for $100 - 100 acres granted to William White on 11 Febuary, 1773 and deeded 13 October 1773 to James Holland and then by deed to James's wife Mary Ann Holland to Charles Finklea on 2 February 1793. Signed: Mary (her mk) Finklea.

12 February 1836: Marion County, SC Equity Roll #122

John Gibson and others vs. Asa Hinds and others. Bill for Partition and Account. Filed 12 Feb. 1836. Orators John Gibson, Joseph Holland, and Rebecca Holland show that James Holland on 18 September 1815 made will and died. He gave sundry legacies to James Finklea and Samuel Finklea; to Richardson Hutson; Joseph and Rebecca Holland; Sarah, Rebecca, and Joseph Hutson; and leaving all the balance of personal and real estate to Susannah his wife: tract of land on West side of Peedee River near Mars Bluff containing about 400 acres bound by John Gibson lands lately belonging to Estate of John Gibson, Duck Pond, etc. After death of James Holland, Susannah Holland married Asa Hinds. Susannah died 1835 leaving real estate in possession of Asa Hinds. Rebecca Hutson, Sarah Hutson, and Joseph Hutson reside out of the limits of South Carolina. Will of James Holland: wife Susannah Holland, my brother John Holland's children Joseph Holland and Rebecca Holland; Richard Hutson's children Sarah Hutson, Mariah Hutson, and Joseph Hutson; my grand nephews James Finklea and Samuel Finklea; my friend Richard Hudson. Exors: wife Susannah, John Gregg and Richard Hutson. 18 September 1815. Proved 3 February 1817. Notes on copy of will: Hutson's children in Alabama. John Gibson and Asa Hinds own the share of Joseph and Rebecca. Susannah Holland died September 1835 - Joseph Holland sold his share to Asa Hinds; Rebecca to John Gibson.

Marion County Deed Books A through K, Item E67. 4 August, 1809

Jacob Parker of Marion District gives to James Holland and his wife, SUSANNA, a Negro girl JAN.

 

12412

George W. Finklea

Born about 1798

7 August 1818: Marion County, SC Deed Book I, Items 341 - 343.

Mary Finklea and George Finklea both of Marion District to Alexander Colcote of same place for $150 sold 75 acres, more or less, it being part of grant to SamuelTyler, 10 May, 1793, then deeded to Charles Finklea. Signed by Mary (X) Finklea, George Finklea, and Francis Finklea. Witness was Thomas Finklea and others. Proved 3 October, 1818

8 May 1822: Marion District, South Carolina.

Mary Finklea sold to George W. Finklea for $100 dollars “all that plantation or tra ct of land containing 100 acres originally granted to William White, dated 11 January 1773 and by said White and of sale dated 13 October 1773 to James Holland and by Jame’s wife Mary Ann Holland to Charles Finklea dated 2 Feb ruary 1793. Signed by Mary Finklea.

5 February 1834: Conveyance Book P, Marion District, S. C., p. 228.

George W. Finklea of Decatur County, Ga., to John Gibson, Darlington District, S. C., $300, part of tract of 452 acres granted to his father, Charles Finklea, by deed 2 Dec. 1805 "it being understood that I now convey 1/2 of said tract of 226 acres, the other half to belong to Mr. Jesse Hampton who married my sister, Frances Rice alias Frances Finklea Hampton. Said land was left to myself and sister by my father, Charles Finklea, deceased." Signed George W. Finklea. Clovey A. Finklea signed by mark her dower rights. Recorded 25 May 1835.

 

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Chloe A. ????

Born about 1812

 

124121

Andrew Finklea

Born about 1832

 

124122

John Finklea

Born about 1838

 

124123

Elizabeth Finklea

Born about 1841

 

12413

Frances Finklea

Born about 1795

 

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Jessie Hampton

 

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???? Rice

1242

Willis (Big Swamp) Finklea

Born before 1755

 

1790 Census

1 Male older than 16 years {Willis -- before 1774}
4 Males less than 16 years {John, Willis, Thomas, and Hugh -- after 1774}
6 Females

 

1800 Census

1 Male born before 1755 {Willis}
1 Male born between 1775 to 1784 {Willis}
1 Male born between 1785 to 1790 {Thomas}
3 Males born between 1790 to 1800 {Hugh, Charles, and Alexander}
1 Female born before 1755 {Martha}
1 Female born between 1775 to 1784
1 Female born between 1785 to 1790
2 Females born between 1790 to 1800

 

29 October 1792: Land Sale

Willis Finklea, Sr. on Catfish of South Carolina and in Georgetown District, planter, sold unto Jesse Bryant, Sr. of same place, planter, for eight pounds sterling, a tract of land 150 acres more or less part of tract granted to Willis Finklea, Sr. on 7 May 1792 containing 969 acres granted by his Excellency Charles Pinckney, Governor. Surveyed by Hugh Giles, D.S. Dated 29 October 1792. Signed: Willis (X) Finklea. Witnesses: John Finklea and Issac McNabb.

28 October 1794: Indenture

Indenture made 28 October 1794 between Willis Finkley of Liberty County and Jesse Bryant, Sr. of the County and State aforesaid. In consideration of five pounds sterling good and lawful money paid by Jesse Bryant, Sr. for a plantation containing 150 acres land more or less granted to Willis Finkley, 28 October 1794. Signed:Willis (X) Finkley and ?? (X) Finkley. Witnesses: Joseph Oates and Philip Taylor. Probated by Joseph Oates 3 November 1794. Witness: William Perritt, JP. Received 4 November 1794. Recorded in Book D, page 368, 4 November 1794

25 February 1802: Land Sale by Willis and John Finklea

Know all men by these present that we Willis Finklea and John Finklea, of Liberty County and Marion District in the State aforesaid have granted to and in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred and Twenty dollars to us paid by Thomas T. Wickham of the County, District, and the State aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold and delivered and by these present do grant, bargain, sell and deliver unto the said Thomas T. Wickham all that plantation whereon the said John Finklea now resides, situated on the westside of Catfish Creek. The said plantation is composed of two separate tracts of land joining one another, one containing one hundred and fifty acres is taken out of a tract of three hundred and fifty acres that Abraham Due purchased from William Athenson which the said Due conveyed to Reese Jones and the said Jones to James Johnston and the said Johnston to Samuel Cox and the said Cox to the said Willis Finklea. Situated, lying and being on Catfish Swamp and bounding northwardly by John Smith and Frederick Jones’s land, north westwardly and eastwardly by Catfish Swamp, and southwardly by a line of masked trees which divides it from Frederick Jones's land. The other, a small tract or parcel of land containing seven acres taken out of a tract of two hundred acres that Ruebin Due purchased from John Smith and is also situated on Catfish Swamp, fitting and bounding on the southside by the lands of the said Reubin Due and northwardly by the said Finklea’s land, making in the whole of the two purchases one hundred and fifty seven acres, together with all and singular the right and testaments and appertainences to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mention unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns forever, and we do hereby bind ourselves, heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all said singular the said premises unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns against ourselves and heirs and against every person whosoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness our hands and seals this 25th day of February 1802 and in the twenty-fifth year of the independence of the United States of America. Signed by Willis Finklea, Sr. and John Finklea. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Hardy Crawford, Barnaby Watson, and Willis Finklea, Jr.
By Richard Taylor, one of the justices of the court does hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Mary Finklea, wife of the within named John Finklea, did this day appear before him and, upon being privately and separately examined by him, did declare that she did freely and voluntary and without any compunction about or fear of any person whomsoever, renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Thomas T Wickham his heirs and assigns, all her interest and estate and also all her right and claim of dower of in or to all and singular the premises within mentioned and released unto the within named Thomas T. Wickham. Given under my hand and seal this 31st day of July 1802.

7 August 1806: Marion County, SC Deed Book H

Know all men by these present that I Willis Finklea Sr. of the state and District aforesaid planter for and in consideration of the sum of $285.50 to me in hand paid by Willis Finklea Jr. of the same state and District have granted, bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Willis Finklea Jr. his heirs and assigns forever all that plantation or parcel of land containing two hundred eighty five and a half acres it being part of three surveys one of which was surveyed for Stalom Bess, the 2nd day of September 1766 for 200 acres the others not at this presents to be obtained concurrently neither their number or dates. The said lands beginning on a blackgum 31 north mark, west-east on Catfish Creek thence running northeast 30 to a red oak 3 north thence to a water oak 3+ north thence running up the edge of boggy branch to a stake 3+ north at the road which leads from James Crawford to Facts Mill thence running up the said road northwest 35 to pine thence to a stake 3+ **** road thence running northeast 40 to a pine by pond 3 north thence to a pine 3 north thence to a stake by a pine 3+ north marked west-east thence running north west 10 to a pine by bay 3 north thence to a pine 3+ in bay thence running west 45 to a pine 3 north thence to a pine in road 3 north thence to a white oak and thence to a white bay 3 north in branch thence to a pine by edge of Catfish Swamp and thence to red bay to Catfish Creek 3+ north thence running down the said creek to the beginning black gum 3+ north marked west-east all of which land lying on the north-east side of Catfish Creek and hath such formand marks as will appear by a plat of the same certifyed the 24th of July 1806 to the said Willis Finklea Jr. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of August 1806. Signed by Willis (X) Finklea Sr. in the presence of Henry C. Scott and Joel Fore

16 July 1808: Marion County, SC Deed Book B

Know all men by these present that I, Willis Finkley Sr., of Marion District and state aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of 20 Pounds Sterling money to me paid by Charles Meloy of Marion District and state aforesaid, I have granted, bargained, sold and released unto the said Charles Meloy all that plantation or tract of land lying and bounded as follows being part of a tract of 969 acres granted to Willis Finklea -- situated in the distract and state aforesaid on the northside of Catfish Swamp and on the south side of Buck Swamp bounded on the north by land granted to Joseph Passmore, northeast by Samuel Smith’s land and on the south land of Charles Meloy and having such shapes and markers as are in the plots containing 100 acres or more together with all and singular the right and testaments and appertainences to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mention and unto the said C. Melot his heirs and xecutors and Administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said land to C. Meloy and his heirs and assigns against myself, my heirs and every person or whoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my seal this 16th day of July 1808. Signed by Willis Finklea

 

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Martha Smith

Father was John Smith
Mother was Mary Smith

10 June, 1797: Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #721: Will of John Smith

Sam Smith and John Smith et al. Will dated 10 June, 1797 Witnesses: John Finkly, John Deer and Peter Keighley. To my wife, Mary Smith, tract of land on N. Eastbside of Buck Swamp bought of William Parker to my eldest son Samuel Smith (650 acres in five tracts being on Gully and Buck Swamp mostly granted in my name except 50 acres purchased of William Harralson and another which came in name of William Roseyear being a bounty which I purchased. Son John Smith (250 acres on which he now lives. Son James Smith (750 acres which I purchased of Benjamin Harralson, Jr. being on Northeast side of Buck Swamp also 100 acres lying on or near Catfish joining on East side 200 acres which joins Wraggs land granted in my own name. Daughter Anne Berry (104 acres on Catfish whereon Joseph Jones and Bryant now live two other tracts nearly joining one of another: 67 acres in one tract and 37 acres in the other. Daughter Elizabeth Watson (tract of 300 acres which I bought of Collins being place where Kelly now lives and also 150 acres purchased of W. Sturdivant lying on the Bay joining land held of Frederick Jones. Daughter Mary Buckholts 100 pounds paid by my son John Smith in produce. Daughter Sarah Tart (750 acres joining plantation and mill seat whereon I now live being part of remaining part of the Old Tract which I purchased of Evan Evans which is 150 acres and 600 acres more or less in two other tracts. 150 acres of old Evans tract on Southeast side. Daughter Martha Fincklea 150 acres purchased of George Gibson on Westside of Catfish. Daughter Mourning Bryant that plantation and mill seat whereon I now live 100 acres. Part of tract purchased of Evan Evans which is situated at the dwellings and mill. Daughter: Cealey Harralson (Soc acres land whereon she now lives and granted in my name.

Will of John Smith, dated 10 June 1797: James Ervin .vs. Enos Tart and other. Filed 20 April 1822. Marion County, South Carolina Equity Rolls

James Edwards shows that John Smith on 1 January 1802 agreed to sell to him a tract of land and before execution of title John Smith died and the exors. of John Smith afterwards made titles to him. James Edwards was advised that the legal title remains imperfect and legal estate has been transferred to heirs at law of John Smith (will dated 10 June 1797) who are: Samuel Smith, John Smith, James Smith, Ann Berry, Mary Buckles, Celia Harrelson, Sarah Tart, wife of Enos Tart, Willis Finklea and Martha (Smith) Finklea, Tom Mace, Moses Mace, Patsey Mace, Rowan Thomas, Alexander Thomas, Joseph Thomas, Patrick Thomas, Isaac Thomas, James Thomas, Anny Thomas, Betsy Thomas, Oliver Thomas, Mourning (Smith) Bryant, Charles Molley, Barnabas Watson, John Deer, James Deer, Needham Watson, Greenwood Watson, Green Watson, Larry Watson, Mary Johnson. James Ervin further shows that one of these tracts was granted to John Hughes, who conveyed same to John Smith and after James Ervin purchased from John Smith, John Smith and John Hughes conveyed to John Deer who knew of the deed from John Hughes to John Smith and of John Smith’s sale to James Ervin. John Deer conveyed to Enos Tart who was aware of the equitable title of James Ervin.

Marion County Equity Roll #235: James Ervin vs. Enos Tart and others

James Ervin shows that John Smith on 1 January, 1802, by his agreement in writing signed and dated agreed to sell the orator a tract of land and before execution of title to the orator died, and the exors. of John Smith afterwards made titles to the orator. Orator is advised that legal title remains imperfect and legal estate has been transferred to heirs at law of John Smith who are: Samuel Smith, John Smith, James Smith, Ann Berry, Mary Buckles, Sarah Tart, Celia Harrelson
Willis {Big Swamp} Finklea and Martha {Smith} Finklea
John Finklea
Willis Finklea
Thomas Finklea
Hugh Finklea
Charles Finklea
Alexander Finklea

Tom Mace
Moses Mace
Patsey Mace
Rowan Thomas
Alexander Thomas, Joseph Thomas, Patrick Thomas, Isaac Thomas, James Thomas, Anny Thomas, Betsy Thomas, Oliver Thomas, Mourning Bryan(t), Charles Molloy, Barnabas Watson, John Deer, James Deer, Needham Watson, Greenwood Watson, Green Watson, Larry(?) Watson, and Mary Johnson.
Orator further shows that one of these tracts was granted to John Hughes, who conveyed same to John Smith, and after the orator purchased from Smith, Smith and Hughes and John Hughes conveyed to John Deer who knew of the deed from Hughes to Smith and of Smith's sale to Ervin, the orator. John Deer conveyed to Enos Tart who was aware of the equitable title of the orator.
Answer of Enos Tart filed 17 May 1824. After death of John Smith, Ervin did not pay money according to his contract. Denies he purchased land from Deer and that he knew anything about the existence of deed from Hughes to Smith; period of 20 years lapsed before filing of complainant's bill. Deer was the grandson of Smith who covenanted to convey land to Ervin. Enos Tart is grandson of John Smith. Sarah Tart, his mother, is still living on land. Charles Molloy inherited from Smith's daughter.

 

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John C. Finklea

Born about 1775
Died about 1849

1820 South Carolina Census

John Finklea
one male over 45
one female between 16 and 26
one female over 45

1850 Monroe, Alabama Census

 

25 February, 1802

Land Sale by Willis and John Finklea to Thomas T. Wickham. Know all men by these present, that we Willis Finklea and John Finklea of Liberty County and Marion District, in the state aforesaid, have granted to and in consideration of the sum of $320 to us paid by Thomas T. Wickham have granted.....all that plantation whereon the said John Finklea now resides, situated on the westside of Catfish Creek......one of the witnesses was Willis Finklea, Jr. ...... " the court does hereby certify unto all whom it may concern, that Mary Finklea, wife of the within named John Finklea, did this day appear ...

10 February, 1810: Marion County, South Carolina. Deed Book H, pages 1135 thru 136.

John Finklea sold 200 acres of land to Willis Finklea, Jr. for $300. Mary Finklea, John Finklea's wife certified that she approved the sale.

19 Nov 1821: Marion County, SC Deed Book K202-203

John Finklea of Marion District to Bryan Jones of same place for $150 one third plus one fifth of a tract the grant being 200 acres to Samuel Dupree on 21 February, 1739. The aforesaid 200 acres taken of from the other 200 acres lately conveyed to Martin Bird, being upper part of said survey, plat annexed to deed, lying on Tobys Creek. The said third and fifth part of 200 acres now conveyed to Bryan Jones. Release unto Bryan Jones one third of 200 acres and one fifth of 200 acres. Signed: John C. Finklea. Witnesses: John Finklea, John G. Solomon. Mary (X) Finklea signed dower as wife of John C. Finklea. Proved before Levi Odom, Q.U., 7 January, 1822. Received on 17 October, 1823.

22 September 1822: State of South Carolina, Marion District

John Finklea sold 1,358 acres of land to Darling White for $1,300. The land is described as follows: “1,358 acres of land in Marion County composed of 4 tracts of land. Tract number 1 was granted to Martin Meddleton, 14 January 1767. Martin Meddleton than conveyed the land to Littleton Isman and his wife Martha, they in turn conveyed the land to Willis Middleton, Willis Middleton conveyed the land to Thomas Godbold, Sr. Thomas Godbold, Sr. conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from said John Finklea to Darling White. Tract number 2, composed of 586 acres was granted to Levi Molley 4 March 1804 and then conveyed by him to Thomas Godbold, Thomas Godbold conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from John Finklea to Darling White. Tract number 3 was part of a tract granted to John Somers for 200 acres, 1 July 1793, and conveyed by him to Littleton and then by Littleton to Willis Middleton. Willis Middleton then conveyed the land to Thomas Godbold, Thomas Godbold in turn conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from said John Finklea to Darling White. Tract number 4 was part of a tract granted to Isiah Lewis for 1,600 acres, 6 December 1802, and conveyed by him to Thomas Godbold, Sr. Thomas Godbold then conveyed the land to John Finklea and now from said John Finkea to Darling White.” Documen t was signed by John C. Finklea. Witnesses included John Finklea, Sr. and Mary Finklea, wife of John C. Finklea, signed dower rights.

 

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Mary (Mercy and Massey also seen) Crawford

Died before 12 May 1846
Married about 1794

4 October, 1821: Land Sale

John Finklea of Marion District to Darling White, planter of same place for $1300 for 1358 acres more or less bound as the Plat represents. The Platt No.1 granted to Martin Middleton on 17 February, 1767 then conveyed to Littleton Sanders and then from Littleton Sanders and his wife Martha Sanders to Willis Middleton then to Thomas Godbold, Sr. then to John Finklea and now to Darling White. Platt No.2 granted to Levi Walley for 586 acres then conveyed to Thomas Godbold and then to John Finklea and now to Darling White. Platt No.3 was part of a grant to John Sanders for 200 acres issued on 1 July, 1793 and then conveyed to Littleton Sanders and then to Willis Middleton and then to Thomas Godbold and then to John Finklea and now to Darling White. Platt No.4 was part of a grant to Josiah Lewis for 1,000 acres issued on 6 December, 1802 and then conveyed to Thomas Godbold, Sr. and then to John Finklea and now to Darling White. Signed: John C. Finklea. Witness: Enos Tart, John Finklea, Sr. Massy (X) Finklea, wife of John C. Finklea agreed to sale on 4 October, 1821.

12 May 1846: Marion County, SC Probate Records: Will of James G. Crawford

Recorded the will of J.G. Crawford in Will Book B, pages 98 to 102. Children of my deceased sister Mercy Finklea (children not named). My brothers Stephen Crawford, Willis G. Crawford. Children of Willis G. Crawford (children not named). Orators McDonald and Crawford show that on 12 May 1846, James G. Crawford, late of Marion District, made his will and shortly thereafter, died. My executors to keep my Negroes and other property (except such items as he may deem it advantageous to sell) until crop be gathered, then to sell all my crop, stock and plantation tools, household and kitchen furniture, etc., except the Negroes, for the payment of my debts. If not sufficient, to sell sufficient of my lands. Mentions children of his deceased sister Mary Finklea, brothers Stephen Crawford and Willis G. Crawford, slaves for 15 years, then to the children of Willis G. Crawford, Samuel F. Gibson in trust for sister Rhoda Godbold. Willis G. Crawford is insolvent and has never filed a return of his actings and doings. His seven children, beneficiaries of trust, are: H.B. Crawford, Thomas G. Crawford, Rhoda Crawford, Margaret Crawford, Willis Crawford, William Crawford, and Gibson Crawford.

3 February, 1849: Bill for Account and Relief

The orator, James Haselden, shows that James G. Crawford, late of Marion District, executed a will on 12 May 1846 and died soon thereafter, appointing the orator executor. Will was admitted to probate 7 July 1846. Will mentions children of my deceased sister Mary (Mercy) Finklea (children not named), brothers Stephen Crawford, Samuel Crawford, Samuel F. Crawford, and sister Rhoda Godbold.

 

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John C. Finklea

Born between 1800 and 1810

1820 South Carolina Census

John Finklea
one male between 16 and 26 {1794 to 1804}
one female between 16 and 26 {1794 to 1804}

1840 South Carolina Census

J. C. Finklea
one male [J. C. Finklea] 30 to 40 years old {1800 to 1810}
one female [Sarah Jane Finklea] 5 to 10 years old {1830 to 1835}
one female [Mary Tart] 30 to 40 years old {1800 to 1810}

 

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Mary (Cherry) Jane Tart

Born between 1800 and 1810

20 January 1829: Marion County, SC Probate Records, Roll #751: Enos Tart

Susanna(h) Tart and John C. Finklea made suit to grant them letters of Administration of the estate and effects which were of Enos Tart late of this District. Deed dated 20 January, 1829. Bond dated 26 January, 1829 was for $70,000. Bond Book A, page 436.
Mrs. Susannah Tart, widow and administrator of Enos Tart's deed made oath on 4 August 1830 that all the money found or received by her upon the death of Mr. Tart amounts to $450, as well as she remembers.
Summons in Partition: Eli Avant and Telatha his wife, applicants, vs Susannah Tart and Elizabeth Kirvin and others. Defendents, request that the lands be sold by sheriff of Marion District first Monday in October next. To: Susannah Tart, wife of intestate Enos Tart, Sarah Tart, Jane Tart, Susanna Tart, Enos Tart, Nathan Tart, and Thomas E. Tart, children of said intestate, Elizabeth Kirvin and Hardy Fincklea, Aquilla Fincklea and Mary Jane Finklea, children of Polly, wife of Willis Finklea, who was the daughter of said intestate. Tract of land belonging to Enos Tart on the road that leads from Marion Court House to Marlboro Court House, originally granted to Nathan Tart, 4 Nov. 1805, should be divided or sold allotting to Susanna Tart one third thereof and the remaining two thirds to Telatha Avant, Elizabeth Kirvin, Sarah Tart, Jane Tart, Susannah Tart, Enos Tart , Nathan Tart, Thomas E. Tart, Hardy Finklea, Aquilla Finklea, and Mary Jane Finklea, children of said Willis and Polly Finklea. 3 August, 1829. We accept the service of this Summons for ourselves and as guardians for Hardy Finklea, Aqullla Finklea, Mary Jane Finklea, Sarah Jane Tart, Susannah Tart, Enos Tart, Nathan Tart, and Thomas E. Tart. ll September, 1829. Consent to sale. Susannah Tart and John C. Finklea accept the appointment of guardians of Hardy Finklea, Aquilla Finklea, Mary Jane Finklea, Sarah Tart, Jane Tart, Susanna Tart , Enos Tart, Nathan Tart and Thomas E. Tart. ll September, 1829. John C. Fincklea to Benjamin Holt February, 1832: fees to be appointed guardian of Masters Enos A. Fincklea and Hardy Fincklea.

25 December, 1830: Marion County, SC Equity Roll #236

Alfred Kirvin and wife, and others vs. Administor and administrix of Enos Tart, deceased. Bill for Partition and Account was filed 25 December, 1830 by Alfred Kirvin and Elizabeth {Tart} Kirvin, Thomas Tart, Sarah Tart, Martha Jane Tart, Susannah Tart, John H. Finklea, Enos A. Finklea, and Mary J. Finklea, infants under 21 who sue by next friend Willis C. Finklea  {who is this??} show that Enos Tart late of Marion District died intestate 12 November, 1828 leaving Susannah Tart, his widow, and relict. Elizabeth Kirvin formerly Elizabeth Tart who has since married Alfred Kirvin; Enos Tart, Nathan Tart, Thomas Tart, Sarah Tart, Martha J. Tart, and Susannah Tart his only children; and John H. Finklea, Enos A. Finklea and Mary J. Finklea, his grandchildren, his only heirs-at-law surviving him. Soon after Enos Tart's death, Susannah Tart his widow and John C. Finklea applied for and were granted letters of administration. They have failed to properly maintain account, etc.

11 August, 1853: Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #1142: Susannah Tart and Elizabeth Kirven.

Petition of Mrs. Elizabeth Kirven and Doctor Willis Fore show that Mrs. Susannah Tart lately died intestate and that they are desirous of taking out letters of administration and pray a citation to be issued.
11 August, 1853. Petition of Evander J. Moody and Martha Jane Moody, his wife, shows that Mrs. Susannah Tart lately died intestate, as is supposed, and that your petitioner Martha Jane is the child of the said intestate and your petitioners being next of kin to the intestate are desirous of being appointed administrators of said intestate. Indenture made 1 August, 1840 between Susannah Tart and Ed. B. Wheller. In Consideration of $1 and the love and affection to her daughter Cherry Finklea and her daughter Sarah Jane Finklea and any other children which she may hereafter have, bargained and delivered to Ed. B. Wheeler 5 Negroes together with future issue and increase of Negroes. During the joint lives of Cherry Finklea and her husband J. C. Finklea subject to their control and management deliver and convey Negroes to Sarah Jane Finklea daughter of Cherry and John C. Finklea and any other children which Cherry Finklea may leave living at her death. Signed Susannah Tart and Edward B. Wheeler.

 

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John C. Finklea

 

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Willis C. Finklea

 

1242113

Sarah Jane Finklea

Born between 1835 and 1840

 

1242114

Gadi Finklea

 

1242115

James C. Finklea

Born 5 Deember 1809, Marion County, SC
Died 25 July 1858, Wilcox County, Ala

 

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William H. Finklea

 

12422

Willis (Corn-Making) Finklea

Born between 1880 and 1890
Died: 25 September 1842 in Marion County, SC

1840 South Carolina Census

Willis Finklea
two males [Alfred?] under 5 years old {1830 to 1840}
one male [Hardy?] between 5 and 10 years old {1830 to 1835}
two males [William and Thomas] {between 10 and 15 years old {1825 to 1830}
one male [Hugh?] between 20 and 30 years old {1810 to 1820}
one male [Willis, Sr.] between 50 and 60 years old {1880 to 1890}
one female [Frances?] between 5 and 10 years old {1830 to 1835}
one female between [Mary?] 10 and 15 years old {1825 and 1830}
one female [between [Sarah?] 15 and 20 years old {1820 and 1825}
one female [Mary] between 30 and 40 years old }1800 and 1810}
Note: Elly and John was already gone from this household; Amelia (Milly) was not yet born.

1850 South Carolina Census

Mary Finklea ..... 40 {1810}
Hugh Finklea ..... 23 {1827}
William Finklea .. 21 {1829}
Frances Finklea .. 19 {1831}
Thomas Finklea ... 17 {1833}
Hardy Finklea .... 14 {1836}
Alfred Finklea ... 11 {1839}
Milly Finklea ..... 9 {1841}

7 August, 1806: Marion County, SC Deed Book H

Know all men by these present that I, Willis Finklea, Sr. [This was Big Swamp Willis] for and in consideration of $285.50 paid by Willis Finklea, Jr. [This was Corn Making Willis] have granted, bargained, sold, and released unto Willis Finklea, Jr. all that plantation or parcel of land containing 285.5 acres....

10 February, 1810: Marion County, SC Deed Book H, Pages 135 - 136

Know all men by these presents that I, John Finklea, of said state and District planter are held and firmly bound unto Willis Finklea, Jr. of said state and District in consideration of $300 to me in hand paid by the said Willis, I do bargain, sell and deliver all that plantation or tract of land containing 200 acres more or less and hath such shape and form as appear by a plat or plats there of it being part of the tracts of land granted to Slotam Bess and Willis Finklea just situated on the east side of Catfish Creek in Marion District bounded at this time on the north side by John Jones land east side by Jesse Brant Sr. land south by Willis Finklea’s land west by Frederick Jones' land and the estate of Doctor Wickham. Witness my hand and seal this the 10th day of February 1810. Signed by John Finklea in the presence of Jessie Bryant and Amos Tart.

I, Amos Tart, one of the justices of the court for said District do hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Mary Finklea the wife of the within named John Finklea did this day appear before me and on being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she does freely, voluntarily and without fear of any person or persons whomsoever renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Willis Finklea, his heirs and assigns all her rights, interests and estate and also all her rights and claim of dower or to all and singular the premises within named.

9 November, 1841: Marion County, SC Deed Book S

Know all men by these present I, Willis Finklea Sr., for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear towards my son Willis Finklea Jr. do hereby give, grant, and release unto the said Willis Finklea Jr. one hundred acres of land more or less where he, the said Willis now lives, beginning at my line and Joel Fores in Catfish Creek at the mouth of the Little Branch just below said Willis' house, thence up said branch to the head, thence a due North course to a dead pine near fence a new made corner, thence a short agreed line due east to the road a corner, thence a new agreed line southeast through the bay to Salothiel Moodys, known by Samuel Jones line formerly, and on the north by Galathiel Moodys land. In witness I have set my hand and seal this 9th day of November 1841. Document was signed by Willis (X) Finklea, Sr.

The following narrative about Ebenezer Church in Marion County, South Carolina is and excerpt from a journal maintained by L. F. Jernigan (1873-1955). Mr. Jernigan wrote the narrative in 1940 in a journal that he kept.

Five years ago, this 21st of June, Ebenezer Church, Floydale Circuit, sent out the call for her first Home Coming. A considerable number of the members, ex-members and friends responded with their presence, making up a jolly, good natured crowd. All seemed to have enjoyed a fine spirit of fellowship. A program previously arranged consisted of several addresses, eloquently presenting various traditions gleaned from the mouths of those who had long gone before. After about two hours in session, which was a capacity audience for this old church, dinner was announced and all repaired to the zephir cooled shade of friendly oak and pine on the edge of the church ground. Here spread on a table 50 yards long parallel, with the highway was Ebenezer's bountiful repast of the most appetizing food and prepared for some 500 anticipated guests. But less than half that number was present for this occasion. After dinner, for an hour or so, every one was busy renewing old acquaintances and sipping the nectar of old time recollections amid the atmosphere of good fellowship. The occasion, the first of its kind for the old church seems to have failed to continue this joyous and initial Home Coming festivity. -- The prime object for calling together this Home Coming for Ebenezer was to establish with some accuracy the first organization of its membership. But as no record of its history had been preserved, bits of tradition, as above stated, was all to be offered by the speakers relative to the founding of the Church. It was asserted by the late Ben B. Sellers, in his address at the time, that the first organization of Ebenezer was at or near Moody's Mill and later on, the first house of worship called Ebenezer was built where the present house now stands That the first building was erected sometime in the early 1840's was burned in 1855. Two years later the present building was erected and from which Church Spring Branch, Zion, Latta Ch's are offsprings. The other speakers added little or nothing by way of contributing anything definite to the first organization and its progress up to the 1840's. Thus it would seem that the early days of this old puritanic M. E. Church with all its devoutness went with its adherents imprisoned to the grave.

It was the pleasure of this scribe to have been one of the visitors and withal, one of the ex-members of Ebenezer, but for some several years past he had been a resident of the Piedmont section of this state. And as he was not on the program, which Program seemed so definitely prepared for only those whose names appeared thereon to conduct the session. Probably there were some of those present, including the writer who might have added some inkling of interest had the privilege been extended for a free for all discussion. As matter of facts and there are facts, sustained by Court records, which establish the ownership of the land on which the three houses (churches) were from time to time erected in which Ebenezer Church worshiped. I mention Court records merely to substantiate facts locating the three church buildings between 1800-1857. The first of these church buildings was erected in the early 1800's on land owned by "Corn Maker" Willis Finklea, which land was later deeded to his own son Elly and later Elly deeded this same tract to his sister, Mrs. Martha Finklea Jones, my Grandmother. This estate comprised a considerable tract, beginning with its northern boundary at the cross roads where the present church is located and extending southward to land now owned by the IP Stackhouse estate. The first Ebenezer church, therefore as we see, was built on land owned by "Corn Maker" Willis Finklea, the second and third buildings on the same land, but by this time owned by his daughter Martha, the wife of Levi Jones, and who, by the way, were my Maternal Grand parents.

It was my privilege being the eldest of my parent's (William and Mary Jernigan) children to have been largely reared in the home of my grandmother Jones. She being a Methodist and member of the last two houses built for Ebenezer to worship in, also was familiar with and did worship in the first and original Methodist Church in Marion County. From her and other contemporaries with her I gained first hand that this first church building was located about half way between Moody's Mill and the present church, hard by Boggy Branch and on the east side of the road. This was a log house daubed with mud, and as above stated was erected in the early 1800's.

This crude structure accommodated the Methodist for this vicinity as a house of worship till about 1844 when its dilapidated walls encircling, it would seem now a too limited sanctuary, the congregation moved up to the present site where they built a more commodious and modern house of worship. The old log hut was later converted into a tenement which, alternately domiciled both whites and negroes until it became, by natural decay, untenable for a dwelling. Again vacated it not became a welcoming shelter of refuge in bad weather for the neighbor's sheep and goats, till answering natures last call. From dust to dust it sank to earth in a heap of its own debris. The debris was cleared away, leaving bare the precincts of what was once hallowed by a faithful little congregation, and now was converted into a vegetable garden, cultivated for some few years by a near neighbor. Finally the garden was abandoned and the area reclaimed by the ever present forest that surrounded it. As to the names of any of the adherents to this particular beginning of Marion County's Methodist Ebenezer the writer is utterly blank. Possibly the Tarts, Moodys and Platts are names of some of them who helped make up the Boggy branch congregation. But this suggestion is wholly conjecture on the part of the writer based upon the fact that people by those names lived in that vicinity, at that time, and were Methodists.

And now as we follow this little crowd up to its second house at the X roads we are still unable to identify, laymen, officers, teachers or preachers. Yet, we know the church continued to grow and increase in membership until 1855 when it was destroyed by fire. It was the most devistating conflagration that ever swept the community. [It was Windy Friday.] and in material prosperity. And it is to be supposed that as their physical membership increased their spirituality and ideals developed. Such is, I think, a reasonable conclusion evidenced by the erection of this new, attractive and more commodious house of God. Here Ebenezer opened wide her door to both master and slave. Her scheduled gathering together heard the same prayers, the songs, preaching. (Was God and his heaven nearer to them than he to us of this day?) This their second Meeting House, however was destined to house its congregation for only a short period, not longer than ten or twelve years.

A note about the writer, Levi Franklin (Frank) Jernigan. He is son of William Louis Jernigan and his wife Mary (Polly) Jones, was born in Marion County, South Carolina on 16 December 1873. He was born in the home of his grandparents, Levi and Martha (Patsy) Finklea Jones. It was the custom for an expectant mother to go to the home of her mother for the birth of her baby. Their home was approximately one mile south of Old Ebenezer Church and north of the early site of this Church. He attended and graduated from the local school and around 1898/1899 he attended Wake Forest College. There he took a two year pre-law course. After Wake Forest he came back to Marion County and read law in the office of Junius Evans and worked with him for near seven years. Frank was not an indoor person and a Law Office did not suit him so he became a Traveling Salesman, covering much of central South Carolina. It was in Fairfield County about 1910 that he met his future wife, Sara Evelyn Young, and they were married in Winnsboro on 5 June 1913. They moved into a new home that he had built on land that he inherited from his Mother, who had inherited it from her Mother Patsy Finklea Jones, wife of Levi Jones. In September 1922 Frank and Sara sold this farm and moved to Sara's old home place in Fairfield County. They lived there and he farmed until 1937 when they gave up farming and moved to Sumter where they lived until his death on 5 October 1955.

 

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Mary (Polly) Bryant

Father: Jessie Bryan(t) -- came from England and died in Marion County, SC in 1822

Mother: Mourning Turbeville

When the estate of Jessie Bryant was probated in 1830, Mary {Bryant} Finklea was still living as indicated by the reference to her in court preceedings However, by 1841 she was not alive and was represented in court documents by her son, Elly Finklea.

5 May, 1830: Jesse Adkinson and others petition for division of land of the estate of Jessie Bryant

The petition of Jesse Atkinson for himself and in behalf of Ebenezer and Sarah Ann Atkinson (who are minors), and Jesse Bryant, Jr. and Hugh Atkinson for themselves. Sheweth that Jesse Bryant, Sr., late of this District, deceased, was seized and possessed at time of his death with certain real and personal estate died intestate leaving your petitioners and Mourning Bryant, widow, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Bryant, Willis Finklea and Mary his wife, David Perrit and Sally his wife, Jonathan Harrelson and Mourning his wife, Needham Perret and Kitsey his wife, Henry Gasque, and Milly his wife, his heirs at law. That we are desirous of receiving that portion to which we are justly entitled, 5 May, 1830. You are hereby required, with a surveyor if necessary to go upon the land described in Writ of Summons to divide land between the legal heirs and representatives of Jesse Bryant, deceased. 19 June 1830. Comissioners valued land at $1,226 dollars, 28 June 1830. On 5 July, 1830 commissioners valued land at $1000, in consideration of certain facts being presented since valuation. Deed filed 5 May, 1830

24 February, 1818

Marion County, SC Probate Records, #33: Will of Jesse Bryant
Will dated 24 February, 1818. Signed: Jesse Bryant. Witnesses: James Crawford, Levi and Willis Finklea. Named daughter Smithy; wife Morning and other children: Elizabeth Martin, William Briant, James Briant, Jesse Briant, Mary Finklea, Sally Perritt, Morning Harrel, Citsey Peritt, Milly Gasque, and Smithy Briant. Son in law Aaron Martin and Jesse Briant as Executors. Proved 28 October, 1822 by Willis Finklea and James Crawford before Thomas Harlee, Ordy. Recorded Book A, pages 284 and 285.

15 January, 1829

Ex Parte Jesse Atkinson and others in the Court of Ordnary petition to prove the last will and testament of James Bryant, deceased in form of law. Tried before me on the 24 April, 1830. On 28 October, 1822 an instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Jesse Bryan, deceased was exhibited to the ordinary of this District for probate and proven by the oaths of two subscribing witnesses, to wit, James Crawford and Wllis Finklea where upon letters testamentary were granted to the Executors, Jesse Bryan and Aaron Martin. The petition of the said Jesse Atkinson suggests three grounds of objection to the validity of the said last will and testament which I shall consider and decree upon in the order in which they have been submitted. The first ground taken is that the testator was not of a sound and disposing mind. On this point I am satisfied, that the testimony is sufficient to establish the fact of the sanity of the testator. The evidence of Barfield Moody who swore positively to the sanity of the testator is not contradicted by any other witness, and corraborated the testimony of the two subscribing witnesses, who proved the said will, when it was propounded for probate. As to the second objection to the validity of the instrunents, that the testator made his will to consequence of import unity, solicitation or collusion, there is certainly nothing in the evidence adduced to warrant such a presumption. As to the third ground that the will has but two credible witnesses and is therefore void as to the real estate, I am of the opinion and decree that the will as to the real estate is void, in as much as it is not attested by three dis-interested witnesses, in conformity to the statue of 29 ch. 2nd C. 3d commonly called the Statue of fraud, which requires three creditible witnesses. One of the subscribing witnesses to the will is Willis Finklea, a legatee , who refuses to release his interest under said will and is therefore incompetent. As to the fourth ground, not suggested in the petition, but set forth in the brief and urged in argument that the will is revoked, because the testator expressed and intention to make another will, I am clearly of the opinion that such a declaration, can not effect the validity of the said will, as to the disposition of either the real or personal estate, as one of the provisions of the statue of fraud aforesaid, enacts that no will in writing of personal estate shall be repealed by any words or will by word of mouth only, unless the same be committed to writing in the testators lifetime and approved by him; and proved by three witnesses at least, and the revocation of a will of real estate, requires even more solemnities. It is, therefore, ordered and decreed that the will as to the disposition of the real estate, is null and void, and that as to the personal estate, that it is a legal and valid testament. Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District.

15 April 1829

We, Elizabeth Martin, William Bryant, James Bryants, Jesse Bryant, David Perritt, Needham Perritt, Jonathan Harrell, Henry Gasque and Smithy Huggins wife of Solomon Huggins, legatees under the will of the late Jesse Bryant, deceased, to whom certain property after death of Mourning Bryant was by the will of Jesse Bryant entitled do hereby agree that the children of the deceased wife of Jesse Adkinson shall claim an equal share with the rest of the heirs viz. Hugh Adkinson, Jesse Adkinson, Ebenezer Adkinsons, Sarah Ann Godbold wife of Vincent and also the children of Mary Finklea to wit 4 in number. Witness our hands and etc. Aaron Martin, Sr. Exor in account with estate of Jesse Bryant. April 15, 1829

27 February 1830

Petition of Jesse Atkinson who pititioned in behalf of himself and Ebenezer Atkinson and Sarah Atkinson minors under age of 21, Hugh Atkinson, Jesse Atkinson, W. Bryan, James Bryan, Jesse Bryan, Willis Fincklea and Mary his wife, David Perrit and Sally his wife, Mourning Bryan wife, Needham Perrit and Kitsey his wife, Henry Gasque and Milly his wife and Mourning Bryan. Jesse Bryant of Marion District departed this life on or about ??? 1822, leaving a paper purporting to be his last will and testament dated 24 February, 1818. Received of Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District, two dollars for my services as commissioner to divide and make division of the land amongst the heirs at law of Jesse Bryan, deceased, on 6 September, 1830. Received on 2 January, 1832 of Edward B. Wheeler, Ordy Marion District our share in full for the amounts of sales of estate of Jesse Bryan, deceased, say $80.04 each for the land. Signed: James Bryan, Aaron (X) Martin, Sr., David Perritt, Willis (X) Finklea, William Bryant, Henry (X) Gasque, Jesse Atkinson, Jr., Solonom Huggins, and Jesse Bryan.
Ex Parte Levi Hayes sworn sayeth that he was present and saw Jesse Bryan, the testator, sign the will. Thought testator was in a very low state of health. Does not know whether he was incapable of properly disposing of his property from the state of his mind. Willis Finklea sworn he has an interest in the estate and refusing to relinquish, his testimony as a subscribing witness was rejected.
B. Moody sworn, says he knew testator previous to his death. He was very infirm of body but does not know that it effected his mind. He was sent for to write a will but did not do so as he was incapable at that time. He heard widow say that he wished his will altered, because one of the executors had removed to the western country. Read the will the next morning. John Coleman, Sr., knew testator went to his house for the purpose of buying a negro girl. Asked him if he had or had not given the girl away. Testator said no he had willed her away and was not satisfied with it, deponent asked him what was the matter. The testator said that he had written her to his daughter, Smithy, but said he aimed to made another will for his daughter was not dutiful to him; that Mrs. Bryant and Smithy both appeared out of humour for the reason as he thought that he came to purchase the negro girl. At that time testator was as well as he usually was that he had a disease - a cholic which generally followed him - That his impression at the time was that the Testator intended making another will. Was anxious to sell the negro girl that he had willed to Smithy to him deponent. Moses Coleman was present with his father and corroborated same.

5 May 1830
Marion County Microfilm Roll 904

Jesse Adkinson and others petition for division of land of the estate of Jesse Bryant (deceased) filed 5 May 1830. The petition of Jesse Atkinson for himself and in behalf of Ebenezer and Sarah Ann Atkinson (who are minors) Jesse Adkinson, Jr. and Hugh Atkinson for themselves. Sheweth that Jesse Bryant, late of this District (deceased) was seized and possessed at time of his death of certain real and personal estate who died intestate leaving your petitioners and Mounring Bryant, widow, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Bryant, Willis Finklea and Mary his wife, David Perrit and Sally his wife, Jonathan Harrelson and Mourning his wife, Needham Perret and Kitsey his wife, Henry Gasque and Milly his wife, his heirs at law. That we are desirous of receiving that portion to which we are justly entitled. Signed by Jesse Atkinson, Jesse Adkison, Jr. Hugh Adkinson, and by Jesse Adkinson guardian for Sarah Ann Atkinson and Ebenezer Atkinson. Witness: Zadock Yelverton.

6 September 1830

Petition of Jesse Atkinson who petitioned in behalf of himself and Ebenezer Atkinson and Sarah Atkinson minors under age of 21, Hugh Atkinson, Jesse Atkinson, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Bryant, Willis Fincklea and Mary his wife, David Perrit and Sally his wife, Mourning Bryant wife, Needham Perrit and Kitsey his wife, Henry Gasque and Milly his wife and Mourning Bryant. Jesse Bryant of Marion District departed this life on or about day ---- 1822 leaving a paper purporting to be his last will and testament dated 24 February 1818. Received of Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District two dollars for my services as commissioner to divide and make division of the land amongst the heirs at law of Jesse Bryant deceased. 6 September 1830

2 Janaury 1832

Received 2 January 1832 of Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District, our share in full for the amounts of sales of estate of Jesse Bryan, deceased, say eighty dollars and four cents each for the land. Signed: James Bryant, Aaron Martin, Sr., David Perritt, Willis Finklea, William Bryant, Henry Gasque, Jesse Atkinson, Jr., Solonom Huggins and Jesse Bryant. Mourning Bryant, widow of Jesse Bryant, acknowledges to have received four hundred dollars for her share. Signed by Mourning Bryant.

5 January 1838

Bill for relief and injunction filed by Aaron Martin etc. .vs. Mourning Bryant and other.
Aaron Martin and Elizabeth Bryant (his wife), James Bryant, William Bryant, Willis Finklea and Mary Polly Bryant (his wife), David Perritt and Sally Bryant (his wife), Needham Perritt and Citsy Bryant (his wife), Henry Gasque and Milly Bryant (his wife), Johathan Harrell and Mourning Bryant (his wife), and Solomon Huggins and Smithy Bryant (his wife), that Jesse Bryant of Marion District, died in 1822 testate, that he appointed Aaron Martin of Marion District and Jesse Bryant, one of the defendants, executors. Among other things testator bequeathed as follows: I give to my beloved wife Mourning Bryant all the remaining part of my estate real and personal for her lifetime and at her death my whole estate will be divided amongst my surviving children, viz: Elizabeth Martin, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Bryant, Mary Polly (Smith) Finklea, Sally Perrett, Mourning Harrell, Citsy Perrett, Milly Gasque, and Smithy Bryant. The widow Mourning Bryant took possession of the whole of his personal estate except a negro girl name Iris (?) who was bequeathed to his daughter, Smithy. The widow Mourning Bryant has wasted and mismanaged the estate.

6 December, 1841: Marion County, SC Probate Records, #116: Will of Jessie Bryant, Sr.

Administration Bond for $5,000 issued to David Perritt, Asa Godbold, and Neal Carmichael on 6 December, 1841. Warrant of Appraisement, 6 December, 1841. Copy of the following deed present to Commisioners - Mourning Bryant in consideration of $310 paid by my son, Willis Bryant, planter, tract of land containing 310 acres more or less, it being land that Mourning Bryant bought at sheriff sale 6 September, 1830 bounded on south by Susan Tart; west by Asron Martin; east by John Deer land; north by Willis Finklea, Sr. land. The deed was signed by Mourning Bryant on 24 February, 1840. Probated on 18 March, 1845. We the comissioners have determined that this deed is of no force and therefore null and void and consequently have brought the land which purports so have conveyed into the division, 14 November, 1845. We, Elizabeth Hartin, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Bryant, David Perritt, Needham Perritt, Jonathan Harrell, Henry Gasque, and Smithy Huggins wife of Solomon Huggins, legatees under the will of the late Jesse Bryant, deceased. To whom certain property after death of Mourning Bryant was by the will of Jesse Bryant entitled; do hereby agree that the children of the deceased wife of Jesse Adkinson shall claim an equal share with the rest of the heirs, viz., Hugh Adkinson, Jesse Adkinson, Ebenezer Adkinson, Sarah Ann Godbold, wife of Vincent Godbold, and also the children of Mary Finklea to wit 4 in number. We the heirs and legatees of Jesse Bryant, deceased, solemmly swear and affirm that we will stand to and abide by the award and arbitrament of the named comissioners on the settleaent of the estate. Before me Mr. Isham Watson being substituted in place of Col. Durant. Signed: Elizabeth Martin, William Bryant, James Bryan, Jesse Adkinson, Solomon Huggins, Henry Gasque , David Perritt and Elly Finklea, 12 November, 1845. We Comissioners selected by the heirs of Jesse Bryant, Sr. and Mourning Bryant to divide the estate of Jesse Bryant and Mourning Bryant by leave respectfully to report follows: We find the estate above mentioned to be worth $6,665.45. Division to be made among eleven legatees:
1. William Bryan;
2. James Bryan;
3. Jesse Bryan;
4. Elizabeth Martin amount due by A. Martin;
5. heirs of Ann Adkinson;
6. heirs of Mary Finklea -- Elly Finklea received $601.40 for Mary's share;
7. David Perritt;
8. Needum Perritt;
9. Jonathan Harrell;
10. Henry Gasque;
11. Solomon Huggins
Will annexed 1 January, 1842.

 

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Elly Finklea

Born about 1802
Died between 1850 and 1860

1840 South Carolina Census

Elly Finklea
one male between 5 and 10 {1830 and 1835}
two males between 20 and 30 {1810 and 1820}
one female under 5 {1835 and 1840}
one female between 20 and 30 {1810 and 1820}

1850 South Carolina Census

 

Elly Finklea -- 48 {1802}
Elizabeth Finklea -- 27 {1823}
Stephen Finklea -- 17 {1833}
Martha Jane Finklea -- 15 {1835}
James Norton Finklea -- 10 {1840}
John Ervin Finklea -- 5 {1845}
Elly Finklea -- 1 {1849}

 

1860 South Carolina Census

 

Levi Jones -- 51 {1809}
Martha Jones -- 47 {1813}
Mary Jones -- 19 {1841}
Martha J. Jones -- 15 {1835}
Elly Finklea -- 11 {1849} [note that Elly Finklea was living with his father's sister Martha Finklea Jones in 1850]

 

Marion County Probate Volume 3, Roll #2127

Mary Flowers petition of John E. Finklea shows that Mary Finklea, the mother, died in January 1849 leaving her husband Elly Finklea and children: Stephen, Martha Jane, James Norton, John Ervin and Elly Finklea, Jr. Elly the father and James Norton and Martha Jane has since died. Mary Finklea's father was Norton Roberts . Commissioners to divide are: Samuel Campbell, Hugh G. Smith, Samuel Johnson and M. R. Powers.

12 November 1845

We the heirs and legatees of Jesse Bryant, deceased, solemnly swear and affirm that we will stand to and abide by the award and arbitrament of the named commissioners on the settlement of the estate before me. Mr. Watson being substituted in place of Col. Durant. Signed: Elizabeth Martin, William Bryant, James Bryant, Jesse Adkinson, Solomon Huggins, Henry Gasque, David Ferritt and Elly Finklea. Before Edward B. Wheeler -- 12 November 1845.

Received from Commissioners share of Ann Adkinson $601.00. Received $601.40 as share of Mary Fincklea signed Elly Fincklea. Receipt of $601.40 as share of William Bryant 14 Nov. 1845.

 

124221S1

Mary Elizabeth Roberts

Died January 1849

Born about 1810
Died Janaury 1849
Married about 1832
Father was Norton Roberts

8 October 1846
Letters of Administration for James Mace

John Roberts, Lt. Col., made suit for letters of administration for the estate of James Mace. Bond dated 22 October 1846 was $5,000. Bondsmen were John Roberts, Norton Roberts, and Elly Finklea. John Roberts shows that James Mace lately died intestate and he is desirous of taking out letters of adminiatration, prays for citation.


About 1870
Marion County Probate Microfilm Roll #2127

Petition of John E. Finklea shows that Mary Finklea died in January 1849, leaving her husband, Elly Finklea and children: Stephen, Martha Jane, James Norton, John Ervin, and Elly Finklea, Jr. Elly the father, James Norton, and Martha Jane has since died. Mary Finklea was Norton Roberts daughter.

 

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Elizabeth Finklea

Born about 1823

 

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Stephen R. Finklea

Born about 1833

15 January 1866
Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #1451 1/2

Stephen R. Finklea approinted guardian of minors: John Ervin Finklea and Elly Finklea. Bondsmen were: Stephen R. Finklea, William Evans, W.W. Braddy, and E.J. Moody. Witness was A. Gasque.

 

1242213

Martha Jane Finklea

Born about 1835

Died between 1850 and 1860

 

1242214

James Norton Finklea

Born about 1840

Died between 1850 and 1860

 

1242215

John Ervin Finklea

Born about 1845

15 January 1866
Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #1451 1/2

J.E. Finklea and Elly Finklea Guardianship Bond dated 15 January, 1866. Stephen R. Finklea, guardian of minors John Ervin Finklea and Elly Finklea.

Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #2127

Petition of John E. Finklea (about 1870) shows that Mary Finklea, his mother, died in January 1849 leaving her husband Elly Finklea and children: Stephen, Martha Jane, James Norton, John Ervin, and Elly Finklea. Elly, his father, James Norton, and Martha Jane had died since January 1849. Mary Finklea was the daughter of Norton Roberts.

 

1242216

Elly Finklea

Born about 1849 {his mother died in January 1849, so it maybe that she died during childbirth}

15 Januray, 1866: Marion County Probate Records Roll #1451 1/2

J.E. Finklea and Elly Finklea Guardianship Bond dated 15 January, 1866. Stephen R. Finklea, guardian of minors John Ervin Finklea and Elly Finklea.

 

124222

John Finklea

1850 Covington County, Alabama Census

John Finklea ... 37 {born in SC about 1813}
Mary Finklea ... 35 {born in SC about 1815}
Ann Finklea ... 14 {born in SC about 1836}
John Finklea ... 8 {born in Alabama about 1842}
William Finklea ... 5 {born in Alabama about 1845}
Mary Finklea ... 2 ... {born in Alabama about 1848}

 

124223

Willis Finklea

9 November, 1841: Marion County, South Carolina Deed Book S, Page 116: Willis Finklea, Sr. to Willis Finklea, Jr.

Know all men by these presents that I, Willis Finklea, Sr., for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear towards my beloved son, Willis Finklea, Jr., do hereby give, grant, and release unto the said, Willis Finklea, Jr., one hundred acres of land more or less where he the said Willis Finklea, Jr. now lives, beginning at my line and Joel Fore’s in Catfish at the mouth of the little Branch just below said Willis’s house, thence up said branch to the head, thence a due north course to a dead pine tree thence to a new made corner, thence a southwest agreed line, due east to the road a corner, thence a new agreed line, then southeast through the **** to Salothiel Moody’s line, known by Samual Jones’s line, formerly, and on the north by Salothiel Moody’s land, together with all and singular the premises above mentioned to have and to hold all and singular the said premises and I do hereby bind myself, my heirs and assigns to warrant and forever defend the said premises unto the said Willis Finklea, Jr. his heirs and assigns forever and against all lawful claims from every person or persons whomsoever. In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9 November, 1841 and in the sixty fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America. Signed: Willis Finklea, Sr. (X).

 

124224

Martha (Patsy) Finklea

Born about 1817

1850 Marion County, SC Census

Levi Jones ... 39 ... {born 1811}
Martha [Finklea] Jones ... 33 ... {born 1817}
Mary Jones ... 10 ... {born 1840}
Martha Jones ... 7 ... {born 1843}

 

124224S1

Levi Jones

 

1242241

Mary Jones

 

1242242

Martha Jane Jones

 

124225

Sarah Finklea

 

124225S1

William Gasque

 

124226

Mary Finklea

 

12422S2

Mary Turberville

Born about 1810

1850 Marion County, SC Census

Mary Finklea ..... 40 {1810}
Hugh Finklea ..... 23 {1827}
William Finklea .. 21 {1829}
Frances Finklea .. 19 {1831}
Thomas Finklea ... 17 {1833}
Hardy Finklea .... 14 {1836}
Alfred Finklea ... 11 {1839}
Milly Finklea ..... 9 {1841}

Marion County Microfilm Roll #277A - 21 October 1842

Petition of Mary Finklea, widow of Willis Finklea. and William Turbeville, brother of widow (who desires to have her brother with her) sheweth that Willis Finklea. late of Catfish died intestate being seized and possessed at the time of death with sundry property. Petitioners are desirous of having granted unto them letters of administration (no date) signed Mary Finklea and William Turbeville. Administration Bond dated 21 Oct. 1842. $14,000. Bondsmen: Mary Finklea, William Turbeville, A. B. Turbeville and James Land. Witness: B. Moody. Bond Book B, page 16. Warrant of appraisement 21 October 1842. Apnraisers: Joel Fore, Isham Watson, B. Moody and Wm. S. Campbell. 22 October 1842 before R. B. Platt. Inventory and annraisement 22 Oct. 1842. Negroes: 11. Sale of negroes to Mrs. Finklea $3605.00 Sold 5 Dec. 1842. Sold 12 bales of cotton to W. A. Fuller I Nov. 1842. Sale 16 Nov. 1842. Purchasers: Mrs. Mary Finklea, B. Moody, Jesse Turbeville, Levi James, Susan Tart, Willis Finklea, John Deer, Jr., James Lane, Jr., John Blackman, Jr. Total sales divided by 13. (no notations)

31 July, 1843: Marion County, SC Equity Rolls #79

William Turbeville and Mary {Turbevlle} Finklea, administrator and admx of Willis Finklea vs. John Finklea et al. Filed 31 July 1843. Orator William Turbeville and oratrix Mary Finklea show that Willis Finklea late of Marion District died 25 September, 1842, leaving valuable land on Catfish Creek, also 11 negroes (named) and leaving surviving him the oratrix Mary Finklea, his widow, and the following children:
1. John Finklea
2. Elly Finklea
3. Willis Finklea
4. Martha Jones (wife of Levi Jones)
5. Sarah Gasque (wife of William Gasque)
6. Mary Finklea (a minor)
and the following children under age 21
7. Hugh Finklea
8. William Finklea
9. Hardy Finklea
10. Frances Finklea
11. Alfred Finklea
12. Millie Finklea
13. Thomas Finklea
entitled to the real and personal estate of Willis Finklea who died intestate. William Turbeville, guardian of minor children.

In Chancery, South Carolina, Marion District

To The Honorable The Chancellors Of The Said State, Greeting! Honorably complaining there unto your Honors, your Orator, William Tuberville, and your Oratrix, Mary Finklea, That, Willis Finklea, late of the District and State aforesaid departed this life on the 25 September, 1842; being seized and possessed at the time of his death in his own right of about 550 acres of valuable land in the District and State aforesaid on the east side of Catfish Creek, on the waters of said Creek; also 11 Negroes, to wit: Benetta, Isaac, Charlotte, Hardy, Kate, Rose, Luce, Georgia, Ambros, Peter, and Rhodes, together with other personal estate consisting of horses, cattle, hogs, etc., and chores in action, an inventory and apparisemnt of which personal estate is here with filed as an Exhibit, marked as A, of which your Orator and Oratrix pray May be taken as a part of this bill of complaint and all necessary and proper references be thereunto had by your Honors, in respect to all of which real and personal estate, the said Willis Finklea died altogether and wholly intestate, leaving him surviving at this death: Your Oratrix, Mary Finklea, his widow and relect, and the following children, viz., John Finklea (who is absent from and willing the limits of South Carolina), Elly Finklea, Willis Finklea, Martha Jones (wife of Levi Jones), Sarah Gasque (wife of William Gasque), Mary Finklea (a minor), and the following other minor children under the age of 21 years, viz., Hugh Finklea, William Finklea, which said children and your Oratrix are entitled to the said real and personal estate of the said Willis Finklea under and by virtue of this Act of Assembly of the parties aforesaid, commonly called the Probate of Distributions; your Oratrix to take one-third party of this said real and personal estate and the above named children to the other two-thirds, thereof. Your Orator and Oratrix further sayeth unto your Honors that on the ??? October, 1842, they applied for and obtained, Letters of Administration on the goods and chattels, rights and credits belonging to the said Willis Finklea at the time of his death from this Office of the Ordinary for Marion District and by virtue thereof possessed themselves of the said personal estate and had an inventory of the same, a copy of which is contained in Exhit A already reference to; and proceeded by the order of this Ordinary to sell and dispose of all the said personal property, the Negroes included above mentioned on a credit, a copy of which account of sale is hereby filed and marked Exhibit B. To which your Orator and Oratrix pray all proper and necessary reference by your Honors, and that they are ready and desirous to account to and with the distributees of the said estate for their administration thereof, and to be relieved and discharged from all further administrating of the same, which they cannot do without the aid of this Honorable Court. A large portion and the children being minors, and your Orator William Tuberville have been appointed guardian in chief of the said minor children by the Honorable Court of Equity at its last sitting for Marion District to wit: 7 February 1843. And your Oratrix further sayeth unto your Honors that she is desirous of having a partition and division of the said real and personal estate of the said Willis Finklea, to be put in possession of the portion thereof to which she is entitled and to enjoy the same in ??? and that a portion of the same cannot be had until certain advancements made by the said Intestate in his life time (which she charges to have been made in considerable amounts to John Finklea, Willis Finklea, and to Levi Jones and Martha (his wife), are accounted for by them and estimated, which said partition and division your Orator and Oratrix are advised cannot be effected without the aid and Order of this Honorable Court. Wherefore, in as much as your Orator and Oratrix are wholly ??? in the premises at law and only relievable in this Honorable Court where matters of this sort are peculiarly cognizable and relievable, to this end, therefore, that your Orator and Oratrix do account before this Honorable Court for their actings and doings as Administrator and Administratrix as aforesaid, and be discharged from their administrations as aforesaid that a Writ of Partition do issue, under the Order of this Honorable Court to divide the land belonging to the estate of the said Intestate between your Oratrix and the children of the said Willis Finklea and that the advancements made to the above named John Finklea, Elly Finklea, Willis Finklea and Levi Jones and wife, be accounted for and estimated in said partition and division of said Intestate estate that the said John Finklea, who is absent form and without the limits of the State of South Carolina be made a party to this Bill of Complaint by publication according to law, and that the defendants, the said John Finklea, Elly Finklea, Willis Finklea, Levi Jones and Martha (his wife), William Gasque and Sarah (his wife), Mary Finklea, Hugh Finklea, William Finklea, Frances Finklea, Hardy Finklea, Alford Finklea, Millie Finklea, and Thomas Finklea do full ??? and perfect answers make to all and singularly the matters and things herein charged and set forth on their corporal oaths as fully and particularly as if they were herein repeated and set forth ??? that a guardian and ad Litem be appointed for the above named children, defendants as aforesaid ??? and that your Orator and Oratrix may have full and ample relief in the premises. May it please your Honors, to grant unto your Orator and Oratrix, your order issuing out of and from under the Order of this Honorable Court directing an account to be taken and had before your Honorable Court of the actings and doings of your Orator and Oratrix as Administrator and Admninistratrix as aforesaid, and decrease the amount due from such accounts and is missing, to each one of the distributes of the said Intestate and also to grant your order that a Writ of Partition do issue out of and from and under the order of this Honorable court directed to certain persons therein to be named, commanding them to go upon the said land and partition and divide the same, as therein commanded and directed as aforesaid, due consideration being had to the advancements made as aforesaid, which your Orator and Oratrix pray may be inquired into, and accounted for, by those to whom they have been made as above mentioned and set forth, and also to order that a guardian and Litum (?) be appointed for the infant defendants above mentioned and order a publication to be made making the said John Finklea a party to this said according to law. Also to grant your Orator and Oratrix your most gracious Writ of Subpoena and referendum ??? directed to the said defendants before mentioned commanding and requiring them on a certain day, and under a certain penalty therein to be made to be and appear before your Honorable Court of Equity at Marion Court House and on their corporal oaths, full and perfect answers make to all and singular the matters and thing herein charged and set forth as fully and particularly as if the same were again mentioned, and they particularly interrogated thereunto, and that they all perform and abide such farther order as your Honors shall setforth and proper to make therein. Lastly to grant your Orator and Oratrix all such other and further relief in the premises as to your Honors shall seem ??? and your Orator and Oratrix as in duty bound shall even pray, etc.
IN EQUITY, William Tuberville And Mary Finklea, Administrator And Administratrix of Willis Finklea .vs. John Finklea and others. We Isham Watson, Asa Goabola, Barfiala Moody and William Campbell commissioners appointed by virtue of a Writ of Partition to us directed, issuing from and under the seal of the Honorable Court of Equity for Marion District, to make partition and so forth of the lands of Willis Finklea among the heirs at-law of the said Willis Finklea; having gone upon the lands in question, are of the opinion that it would most conduce to the interest of all parties concerned that the whole of the lands in question should be allotted to Mary Finklea, widow of the said Willis Finklea, and one of the distributees, and that she, the said Mary Finklea should pay to the defendants the other heirs at-law the sum of $1,401.66, which is according to our opinion two-thirds (2/3) of the value of said land, to be paid by the first day of January next with interest from date. In Equity, Commissioners Report, William Tuberville and Mary Finklea, Administrator And Administratrix , of Willis Finklea, etc. .Vs. John Finklea, etc. The commissioners, to whom it is referred, to inquire and report upon the accounts of complainants with the estate of Willis Finklea, deceased, and to equalize the advancements amounts to the distributees who are the children of the Intestate, and to report the amount due each one of them, begs lease to report that he has had the parties before him and has examined the accounts of William Tuberville, administrator of the estate, who has had the sole management and control of the business of the estate, and after reviewing his receipts and allowing him his disbursements, found that he is indebted to the estate of the Intestate on account of notes in his hand. Specifically on account of sales made by him as administrator and of the sales of Negroes sold by order of the Ordinary, the proceeds of which were turned over to the said administrator by the Ordinary (the administratrix being the purchaser) in the sum of $4,657.64 as per statement in Exhibit A accompanying this report, drawing interest from 1 January last. Of this sum the widow, Mary Finklea, is entitled to one-third which is $1.552.54, leaving a balance deposited in the hands of the Administrator of $3,104.10 to be divided among the defendants (children of the Intestate). To this sum to be added the sum of $1,401.66 due by the widow for division of the lands as by order of the commissioners to the Writ of Partition, which makes the sum $4,505.77, the whole amount due the estate of the said Intestate to be distributed between the thirteen children of Intestate. The advancements to Elly Finklea, Willis Finklea, John Finklea and Levi Jones’ wife being computed with interest f rom 1 January last, which are as follows: Elly Finklea, $416.57, Willis Finklea, $348.00, John Finklea, $169.81, Levi Jones’ wife, $76.12. The portion of each of the distributees out of the funds is then as follows: Elly Finklea’s share, $7.87, Willis Finklea;s share, $76.32, John Finklea’s share, $254.57, Levi Jones wife, $348.20, and the share of William Gasque and Sarah his wife, Mary Finklea, Hugh Finklea, Frances Finklea, Thomas Finklea, Hardy Finklea, Millie Finklea, Alford Finklea, and William Finklea is $424.32 each, these making up the full amount of $4,505.77, as will more fully appear by Statement No 2 in Exhibit A accompanying this report. Of the sums above enumerated each one of the above named distributees are entitled to a portion from the widow Mary Finklea on account of the sum due her on the land and from the administrator William Tuberville on account of funds in his hands in the following sums, respectively, which are apportioned according to the sums each are bound to pay. Viz. Elly Finklea receives from the widow Mary Finklea on account of lands $2.44 and from William Tuberville $5.43 making whole amount of his share. Willis Finklea receives from Widow as aforesaid $23.74 and from administrator $52.58 making his share. John Finklea receives from the widow as above $79.14 and from the administrator $175.37 making the whole of his shares. Levi Jones and Martha (his wife) receives form the widow aforesaid $134.34 and from the administrator $229.89 making the whole amount due them. William Gasque and Sarah (his wiife), Mary Finklea, Hugh Finklea, Frances Finklea, Hardy Finklea, Thomas Finklea, Hardy Finklea, Millie Finklea, William Finklea each receives from the widow as sum of $131.79 and form the administrator each $292.33. Which makes the whole amount of the shares to which they are respectively entitled, which is made more fully apparent by a tabular testament no 3 in Exhibit A, accompanying this report. The above sums due from the administrator bears interest from the 1st of January last and I, respectively, recommend that the account due by the widow for the lands which the commissioners directed be paid by her to the distributees also draw interest form the time of this confirmation of the return of the Commissioners’ Partition. All of which is respectively submitted 30 March 1844. In Chancery, Bill For Account and Partition, William Tuberville and Mary Finklea Administrator and Administratrix of Willis Finklea .Vs. (1) John Finklea, (2) Elly Finklea, (3) Willis Finklea, (4) Levi Jones And Martha (His Wife), (5) William Gasque And Sarah (His Wife), (6) Mary Finklea, (7) Hugh Finklea, (8) William Finklea, (9) Frances Finklea, (10) Hardy Finklea, (11) Alfred Finklea, (12) Millie Finklea, And (13) Thomas Finklea. It appearing to my satisfaction that John Finklea, son of Willis Finklea, one of the defendants to the Bill in the above mentioned case is absent from and without the limits of this State; it is on motion of Harllee Campbell, Solicitor, ordered that the said John Finklea do plead answer on demand to the said Bill of Complainant by the first day of December next and on failure thereof the said Bill be taken pro confesso against him. It is further Ordered that this Order be put in the Public Gazette in this State, once a month for three months. Office, Commissioners in Equity, Marion District Court House, 29 July, 1843. In Chancery, Bill Of Account And Partition, William Tuberville and Mary Finklea administrator and administratrix of Willis Finklea .vs. (1) John Finklea, (2) Elly Finklea, (3) Willis Finklea, (4) Levi Jones And Martha (his wife), (5) William Gasque And Sarah (his wife), (6) Mary Finklea, (7) Hugh Finklea, (8) William Finklea, (9) Frances Finklea, (10) Hardy Finklea, (11) Alfred Finklea, (12) Millie Finklea, and (13) Thomas Finklea. On motion of Harllee Campbell, Solicitor, it is ordered that Edward B. Wheeler be appointed guardian ad Litem for the infant defendants -- Mary Finklea, Hugh Finklea, William Finklea, Frances Finklea, Hardy Finklea, Alfred Finklea, Millie Finklea, and Thomas Finklea in this case. In Chancery, Writ Of Partition, Marion District 1844, William Tuberville and Mary Finklea administrator and administratrix of Willis Finklea .vs. John Finklea, etc., lodged in Sheriff’s Office, 9 February 1844. Before me personally appeared Isham Watson, Asa Godbold, William Campbell and Barfield Moody, who being duly sworn according to law, saythest that they made a complete tally and to the best of their ability discharge the duties required of them by this Writ. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 15th day of February 1844. Hugh Moody, Magistrate.

 

124227

Hugh Finklea

Born about 1827
Died about April 1862

1850 Marboro, SC Census

Hugh G. Finklea 20 {working as an overseer}

5 September 1853: Marion County, SC Equity Roll #168

James J. Harllee and Richard J. Scarborough vs. Josiah Moody, Hugh G. Finklea, and Hugh G. Haselden. Bill to Foreclose Mortgage of Land and Relief. Orators show that on 5 September 1853, they and ???? Harllee, wife of James J. Harllee conveyed by deed in fee simple to Josiah W. Moody and Hugh G. Finklea a tract of land and they erected a building thereon to carry on business of keeping a hotel and house of entertainment for man and beast. On 21 December 1853, Hugh G. Haselden became a partner. Moody, Finklea and Haselden are considerably indebted to the orators. Haselden "pretends" he has withdrawn from the company and has left the state. Since fil ing Bill, Richard J. Scarborough has died.

25 July 1855: Marion County, SC Equity Roll #359

S.S. Farrar and Brothers vs H.G. Haselden et al. Bill for Discovery, Injunction, and Relief. Filed 25 July 1855. Orators Samuel S. Farrar and Charles D. Farrar, merchants trading in the City of Charleston under the name of S.S. Farrar and Brothers show that Josiah W. Moody, Hugh G. Haselden, and Hugh G. Finklea lately trading as partners under the name of Moody, Finklea and Company became indebted to the orators by promissory notes. The partnership was dissolved and one partners, Hugh G. Haselden, removed beyond the limits of the state, after which the orators commenced suit against the firm. Moody and Finklea are insolvent and Hugh Finklea went to Kansas. Orators also show that Hugh G. Finklea is entitled in his individual rights to proceeds of notes, accounts, judgments and choses in action left with C.D. Evans, Esq., his attorney, as well as distributive share of sales of certain lands and negroes sold by order of the court in a certain cause in which William Evens and wife, and James Haselden and wife were complts. and Hugh Godbold and others defts.

Marion County, SC Probate Record Roll #1431: Will of Hugh Finklea

To my brother William Finklea, his heirs and assigns; and my wife Elizabeth Ann her heirs and assigns. Proved 2 December, 1862. Elizabeth Ann Finklea shows that Hugh Finklea left a will but no executor named that she is his widow and desires to take charge of his estate under the said last will with the will annexed. 2 December, 1862. Admistration Bond dated 18 December, 1862 was $16,000. Bondsmen: Elizabeth Ann Finklea, Stephen Fore and A. Q. McDuffie.

30 January, 1866: Marion County,SC Equity Roll # 363

William Finklea vs. A.B. Jordan and wife Elizabeth Ann Jordan. Bill for Injunction, Discovery and Relief. Filed 30 Jan. 1866. The orator William Finklea shows that on or about March or April 1862, Hugh Finklea, the brother of the orator, made his will and died soon thereafter. From the tenor of the will it is apparent that his brother meant to appoint William Finklea, executor but no one was appointed. The orator was in the Confederate Army and absent from home until 1865. Elizabeth Ann, the widow of said brother (he having left no children) had his will admitted to probate December 1863 and took out letters of administrator Elizabeth Ann, widow of Hugh Finklea, has married A. B. Jordan. They were married 10 November, 1863. From evidence given Stephen Fore was brother of Elizabeth Ann.

 

124227S1

Elizabeth Ann Fore

Father: Joel Fore
Mother: Mildred Ann Finklea

 

124228

William Finklea

Born about 1829

30 Jan. 1866

William Finklea vs. A.B. Jordan and wife Elizabeth Ann Jordan. Bill for Injunction, Discovery and Relief. Filed 30 Jan. 1866. The orator William Finklea shows that on or about March or April 1862, Hugh Finklea, the brother of the orator, made his will and died soon thereafter. From the tenor of the will it is apparent that his brother meant to appoint William Finklea, executor but no one was appointed. The orator was in the Confederate Army and absent from home until 1865. Elizabeth Ann, the widow of said brother (he having left no children) had his will admitted to probate December 1863 and took out letters of administrator Elizabeth Ann, widow of Hugh Finklea, has married A. B. Jordan. They were married 10 November, 1863. From evidence given Stephen Fore was brother of Elizabeth Ann.

21 Sept 1881: Marion County, SC Probate Record Roll #1453

William Finklea's will appointed his brother Alfred Finklea executor. Proved 21 September, 1881. Equally divides the estate between: Wilminer Turner, William Elmore Turner, Helen Turner, Hugh Finklea, John Willis Finklea, Alfred Finklea, Jr., Ellen Turner, all under the age of 21. Petition of Guardianship shows that the mother of his minor children William Elmore and Helen Turner under age of 14 are entitled to $200. Signed: Ellen Turner. 23 January, 1882.

 

124228S1

Ellen Turner

 

1242281

Hugh Finklea

 

1242282

John Willis Finklea

 

1242283

Alfred Finklea

 

124229

Frances Finklea

Born about 1831

 

12422A

Thomas Finklea

Born about 1833

Marion County, SC Equity Roll #403 Thomas Finklea and wife vs. Frances Roberts et al

Bill for Account and Partition. Filed 24 December, l863. Thomas Finklea and his wife, Joanna Finklea, show that Col. John Roberts father of the oratrix, died intestate 29 December, 1862, survived by his widow Frances Roberts; the oratrix who previously had married the orator; Elizabeth M. Hays, a daughter who had married Alexander G. Hays; Arametta Gaddey, a daughter who had married Charles B. Gaddey, and daughters Sarah Frances Roberts, Amelia Roberts, and Mary Louise Roberts, the last three minors. Frances Roberts, John Roberts' widow, administrix Intestate in his lifetime had made advancements to some of his children. John Mace, guardian ad litem of minors. February. 1867, Sarah Frances Roberts now wife of Roger Roberts. Plats.

 

12422AS1

Joanna Roberts

 

12422B

Hardy Finklea

Born about 1836

 

12422C

Alfred Finklea

Born about 1839

1870 South Carolina Census

Alfred Finklea 30
Elizabeth Finklea 28
Hugh Finklea 10/12
Mary Finklea 65 {this is Mary Turbeville, his mother}
Amelia Finklea 28 {this is Amelia (Millie) Finklea, his sister}

1880 South Carolina Census

Alford Finckley 40 {Note: incorrect spelling of Alfred}
Elizabeth Finckley 38
Amelia Finckley 38
Hugh Finckley 10
John W. Finckley 8
Alford Finckley 6 {Note: same incorrect spelling of Alfred}
*Note: Mary [Turbeville] Finklea does not appear in this census, which most likely means that she died sometime between 1870 and 1880

21 Sept 1881: Marion County, SC Probate Record Roll #1453

William Finklea's will appointed his brother Alfred Finklea executor. Proved 21 September, 1881. Equally divides the estate between: Wilminer Turner, William Elmore Turner, Helen Turner, Hugh Finklea, John Willis Finklea, Alfred Finklea, Jr., Ellen Turner all under the age of 21. Petition of Guardianship shows that the mother of his minor children William Elmore Turner and Helen Turner under age of 14 are entitled to $200. Signed: Ellen Turner. 23 January, 1882.

 

12422CS1

Elizabeth Turner

21 Sept 1881: Marion County, SC Probate Record Roll #1453

William Finklea's will appointed his brother Alfred Finklea executor. Proved 21 September, 1881. Equally divides the estate between: Wilminer Turner, William Elmore Turner, Helen Turner, Hugh Finklea, John Willis Finklea, Alfred Finklea, Jr., Ellen Turner all under the age of 21. Petition of Guardianship shows that the mother of his minor children William Elmore Turner and Helen Turner under age of 14 are entitled to $200. Signed: Ellen Turner. 23 January, 1882.

 

12422C1

Hugh Finklea

 

12422C2

John Willis Finklea

 

12422C3

Alfred Finklea

 

12422D

Amelia (Millie) Finklea

Born about 1841

 

12423

Thomas W. Finklea

 

12424

Alexander Finklea

 

12425

Hugh Finklea

Born between 1794 and 1804
Died 18 November 1861 and was buried on his plantation in Conecuh County, Alabama. The Hugh Finklea Family Cemetery is located on private property on US31 South. It is enclosed by a chain-link fence, placed there years ago by a great-grandson of Hugh Finklea. This cemetery is being named to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register, as well as being placed on the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance online registry.

1820 South Carolina Census

Hugh E. Finklea
two males born between 1794 and 1804

 

12425S1

Cuzza Lane

 

124251

Mary Finklea

Born about 1841

 

124252

Ann Finklea

Born about 1844

 

124253

Milly Finklea

Born about 1847

 

12426

Charles Finklea

July 1837: William Middleton and others to Cuzza Finklea

Know all men by these present that we William Middleton, in rights of my wife Polly, Thomas Finklea, Alexander Finklea, Nancy Finklea, and Joel Fore, in rights of his wife Milly, and John Mace, in right of his wife Patsy, bothers and sisters of Charles Finklea late of Alabama deceased, and we Patsy Mace, Moses Mace, Mathew Mace, Betsey Mace deceased, children of Frances Mace deceased sister of said Charles Finklea now in consideration that said Charles Finklea died without a will and that we all are of age and desire to save the expense of a regular administration and that the estate is clear of debt and also in consideration of the love and affection we bear to Cuzza Finklea, late widow of said Charles, we do hereby give, grant, assign to said Cuzza all our interest, right, claim and property in and to the goods and chattels rights estate and property which were of the said Charles Finklea at the time of his death and to all increases thereof since his death which by law we maybe entitled to us heirs or legatees of said Charles to the said Cuzza to have and to hold to her and her heirs forever. Witness our hands and seals, July 1837. Signed by: Willis Fore, Joel Fore, Frederic Lane, Willis (x) Finklea, John Mace, Elizabeth (x) Mace, Martha Mace.
State of South Carolina, Marion District: Personally appeared Willis Fore and made oath that he saw Joel Fore, Willis Finklea, John Mace, Matthew Mace, Moses Mace, Elizabeth Mace, and Martha Mace, assign the within instrument of writing for the within purpose mentioned and that himself and Frederick Lane were witnesses thereto. Sworn to before me this 28th day of December 1837.

 

12426S1

Cuzza Lane

 

12427

Frances (Patsy) Finklea

 

12427S1

John Mace

 

124271

Martha (Patsy) Mace

 

124272

Moses Mace

 

124272S1

Drucilla Miles

 

124273

Mathew Mace

 

124274

Elizabeth (Betsey) Mace

 

12428

Elizabeth (Betsey) Finklea

 

12428S1

William Green

 

12429

Mary (Polly) Finklea

 

12429S1

William Middleton

 

1242A

Nancy Finklea

 

1242B

Amelia (Milly) Finklea

 

1242BS1

Joel Fore

10 April, 1851: Marion County, South Carolina Probate Records, Roll #1019: Joel Fore Will

Stephen and Alfred Fore. Will dated 10 April 1852. Stephen and Alfred Fore qualified 22 Nov. 1855. Equally divided among my children share and share alike, the children of my son Joel in the state of Alabama, taking the share to which their father would be entitled if he were living. My sons: Thomas Fore, Willis Fore, Daniel Fore, John Fore, James Fore, Stephen Fore, Alfred Fore and daughters: Mary Ann Fore and Elizabeth A. Fore. Deceased son: Joel Fore. Sons: Stephen and Alfred Fore, Executors. Paid out of accounts were the cost for two sets tombstones for Joel and Melia Fore, deceased. Also paid for the services of Rev. Robert Napier to preach the funeral of Joel Fore and for travel to and from Antioc Church where funeral services were performed across Pee Dee long ferry for ferriage $3. Will admitted to probate this day 22 November, 1855 directs that his lands should be divided between his three sons: Thomas, Daniel and Willis Fore.

 

1242S2

Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Tart

27 September, 1855: Marion County, SC Equity Roll #247

Evander J. Moody and wife, Martha J. Moody, S.S. Lamb and, wife Mary E. Lamb; and William H. Brown, Jr. vs. Elias Townsend and wife, Elizabeth Townsend, administrator and administrix of Susanna Tart; Aquilla Finklea, John H. Finklea, and others. Bill for Partition and Relief filed 27 September, 1855.
1 Susanna Tart died intestate leaving
..... 1S1 ... Enos Tart
.......... 11 ... Martha J. Tart {married Evander J. Moody}
..... 1S2 ... William Henry Brown, Sr.
.......... 12 ... Mary E. Brown {who married Samuel S. Lamb}
.......... 13 ... William Henry Brown, Jr.
children of Susannah Tart, who married William Henry Brown, Sr., who has departed this life;
Aquilla Finklea
John H. Finklea
Jane Finklea, who intermarried with Joseph Packer
children of Mary Tart who intermarried with Willis Finklea, who has departed this life;
William Inman son of Sarah Tart who intermarried with Inman who has also departed this life Elizabeth Tart who intermarried with Alfred Kirven and afterwards with Elias Townsend her heirs and distributees at law. Shortly after the death of Susannah Tart, Elizabeth Townsend then Elizabeth Kirven sued out for letters of administration, which were granted. Orators and oratrixes have applied to Elias and Elizabeth Townsend for their respective shares and they have refused. 27 September, 1855, Nathan J. Tart has died since death of intestate Susannah Tart, his mother, William Fore, executor of will of Nathan Tart.
Joint answer of Elias Townsend and Elizabeth Townsend, administrator and administrix, Thomas E. Tart, brother of Elizabeth died intestate leaving his mother Susanna Tart, his brother Nathan J. Tart, his sisters Martha J. Moody, the defendent Elizabeth Townsend; also Mary R. Lamb and William. H. Brown, children of Susan Brown; Acquilla Finklea; Mary Jane Packer, wife of Joesph Packer; and John H. Finklea, children of Mary Finklea; and William Inman child of Sarah Inman who was a sister of Thomas E. Tart, his only heirs and distributees at law. Nathan J. Tart was adminstrator of his estate but died before estate was settled. Dr. Willis Fore was executor of Susannah Tart's estate, mother of the defendent. Elizabeth died 6 August 1853 leaving above named parties as distributees of Thomas E. Tart surviving her except Nathan J. Tart who predeceased her.

Amended Bill for Partition: February term 1855, shows that heirs of Mrs. Susannah Tart are the oratrix Elizabeth Townsend, wife of Elias Townsend, the defendent; Jane Moody; William Inman, son of Sarah, a deceased daughter (William is a minor who resides out of the state); Mary E. Lamb, wife of Samuel T. Lamb and daughter of Susan Lamb, deceased daughter, and William Lamb {a minor} (residents of Mississippi); Aquilla Finklea, Hardy Finklea, Mary Jane Packer, wife of Joseph Packer, children of Mary Finklea all of whom reside out of the state.

5 January, 1864: Marion County, SC Equity Roll #374: Elizabeth Kirven vs. Evander J. Moody and Martha J. Moody

Bill for Partition of Lands filed 5 January, 1864. Oratrix Elizabeth Kirven shows that the late Mrs. Susannah Tart, mother of the oratrix and widow of Enos Tart on 27 June, 1851 made a deed to her son Nathan J. Tart "for love and affection" of the land on which she resided, containing 1250 acres, said land being part of several tracts originally granted to John Smith and John Hughes and others. She reserved a life estate, and after his death to his lawful heirs in joint annexation with my two daughters Martha J. Lyster and Elizabeth Kirven. Date of deed was 27 June, 1851. Nathan J. Tart died 185X, leaving his mother surviving, but she (Susannah) died intestate l85X, leaving the oratrix and Martha J. Lyster, who has since married Evander J. Moody.

 

1242112

Mary Jane Finklea

 

1242112S1

Joseph Packer

 

1242113

Enos Aquilla Finklea

 

1242114

John Hardy Finklea

1243

Thomas Finklea

Born about 1752 in Georgetown District, South Carolina
Died about 1806

14 June, 1793: Marion County, South Carolina Deed Book C, Pages 266-268

Marion County, South Carolina, Prince William Parish, Beaufort District
To all Christen people to whom these present shall come, I, Thomas Finklea send greetings. Know ye that I, Thomas Finklea of Prince William Parish of the state and District aforesaid for and in consideration of the love, good will, and affection, which I have for my wife and children, have given, granted, and by these present, do give and grant freely, clearly, and absolutely unto my beloved wife, Elizabeth Finklea, and my children, viz: Frances, Elizabeth, Amelia, and Martha, to them and their heirs forever - to wife Elizabeth Finklea, and children: Frances, Elizabeth, Amelia, and Martha Finklea my fellows Toney and Cannon wench Phillis and girl Doll. Also 6 cows, 4 calves in my brand F to be equally divided between my said children at marriage or age 18. To my wife Elizabeth Finklea my wench Miriah, 1 cow and calf in my brand during her life then equally divided between my children. Signed: Thomas Finklea. Witness: A. E. Scott, Aaron (his mk) Barber. We certify above will was produced on 20 May 1806 by Elizabeth Finklea. Signed: R. Gregg, Alex. Gregg, Jr. Presented by Mrs. Amelia Eliza Scott on 14 June 1793. Recorded on 24 June 1806.

30 January, 1800: Thomas Finklea Appoints His Brother John Finklea Attorney

Prince William Parish, Beaufort District, South Carolina. Know men by these present, that Thomas Finklea of the District and state aforesaid for due consideration and good causes have made, ordained, constituted, and appointed and by these present do make, ordain, constitute and appoint my trusty friend and brother, John Finklea of Georgetown District, Prince Frederick Parish, state aforesaid, my true and lawful attorney for me in my name and to my use to sell and transfer by lawful title a certain tract of land containing 300 acres more or less.....one of the witness was Thomas Finklea, Jr. ---- Darlington District, South Carolina -- Personally appeared before me William Muldrow, one of the Justices for said District, Thomas Finklea, Jr. who being duly sworn and under oath said that he had seen Thomas Finklea, Sr. sign, seal and deliver this instrument of writing for the purposes within mentioned and that he together with T.G. Scott were the verifying witnesses.

 

20 May 1806: Marion County Deed Book C

Thomas Finklea's Mark

A Swallow fork in each ear and under keel in the left ear and his brand is TF. Signed: Thomas Finklea.

 

1243S1

Amelia Elizabeth Scott

Father: Thomas G. Scott
Mother: Amelia Elizabeth ???

19 October 1805: State of South Carolina, Marion District

Thomas Finklea sold land to Thomas Paige for $204. Description of land is as follows: “all that plantation or tract of land being in Marion District located on the southwest side of Little Pee Dee River and Buck Swamp bounded on all sides by vacant land containing 400 acres, it being a tract of land granted to William and Thomas Parker 6 September 1774, and the said William and Thomas Parker conveyed to John Smith, Sr. and from John Smith, Sr. to Samuel and John Smith, Jr., his administrators and then from them to Thomas Finklea and now to Thomas Paige. Signed by Thomas Finklea, 19 October 1805

3 January 1806, State of South Carolina, Marion District

19 October, 1805

Elizabeth Finklea to Charles Finklea for $500 a Negro man named Toney. Signed: Elizabeth Finklea. Witness: Thomas Scott and Thomas Finklea. Presented before Robert Gregg on 28 October 1805 and recorded 15 November 1805.

John Molley sold land to Thomas Finklea for $3,000. Description of land is as follows: “all that plantation or tract of land containing 327 acres situated in Marion District on the southwest side of the Great Peedee River below Mars Bluff ferry bounded by a line running southwest by lands belonging to ???? Howard, originally surveyed for John K. Edwards and others northeast by William Gregg's lands and Thomas Finklea's east side of Great Peedee River having said shape, form and marks as are represented by a plat hereunto affixed, granted by his Excellency Paul Hamilton in at Charleston 2 September 1805 to the said John Molley.

20 May 1806: Marion County Deed Book C, Page 267

By request of Thomas Finklea and Elizabeth Finklea (widow), now known by the name of Elizabeth Smith, we Robert Gregg and Alexander Gregg in obedience trust examined the matter in dispute. Where as the said Thomas Finklea had sold a certain Negro slave named Toney to Charles Finklea for five hundred dollars and took a bond from the said Charles Finklea for the payment of the same and it being discovered by Thomas Finklea that the said Elizabeth Finklea had a deed of gift of the said Negro, Toney, made over to herself and children: Frances, Elizabeth, Amelia, and Martha by her husband Thomas Finklea, Sr. and the said Elizabeth Finklea produced to us the said deed of gift and the said bond that Charles Finklea had given and she also confessed that it was given to her for the Negro, Toney, mentioned in the deed of gift also the Negro, Toney, was seven months possession of the said Charles Finklea on his estate. Therefore, after mature deliberation we recommend to the said parties that Thomas Finklea to give up the said Negro, Toney, and the sale and to pay the said Elizabeth Finklea, now known by the name of Elizabeth Smith, thirty five dollars next March for the labour of the said Negro seven month also for the said Elizabeth Finklea to give up the said bond of five hundred dollars to the said Thomas Finklea and to drop her intention of suing for the bond as it appears so plain to be a fraudulent sale in our opinion as the gift of the Negro was not to her alone but to her children also. Given under our hands this 20th day of May 1806.

May 21, 1806 -- Received of the within award by a receipt from Thomas Finklea, nineteen dollars and seven cents which I had received of Mr. Charles Finklea, October 19, 1805 and was to be credited on a certain bond of that date and was neglected by me. Signed by Elizabeth Smith.

16 November, 1809

Elizabeth Finklea, widow of Thomas Finklea, deceased, releases unto Ann Sanders all her claim of Dower in land SE Jefferies Creek that Thomas Finklea sold to Able Goodwin.

Land Purchase

Richard Howard sold land to Thomas Finklea, Jr. for $1,452. Description of the land is as follows: “all that plantation or part of five tracts of land containing 788 acres situated on the southwest side of Great Peedee River adjacent to Mars Bluff.” Witnesses were Ann Jolly and James Holland.

7 May, 1801: Marion County, South Carolina Deed Books A through K.

Richard Howard of Marion District to Thomas Finklea, Jr. of same place for $1452 part of 5 tracts containing 788 acres more or less on the SW side of the Great Pee Dee River adjacent to Mars Bluff. Plats to former titles herewith. Signed: Richard Howard. Witnesses: Ann Jolly and James Holland. 24 October 1801.

 

124311

Amelia Elizabeth Finklea

 

124312

Mary Elizabeth Finklea

 

124313

Frances (Frankey) Finklea

 

124314

Martha Finklea

1244

John Finklea

1790 South Carolina Census

John Finklea
one male born before 1774
one male born after 1774 {from the 1800 census this son was born between 1785 and 1790}
three females

1800 South Carolina Census

John Finklea, Sr.
two males born between 1790 to 1800 {born after the 1790 census}
two males born between 1785 to 1790 {one of these born just after the 1790 census}
one males born between 1756 to 1774
one female born between 1790 to 1800
one female born between 1785 to 1790
one female born between 1756 to 1774

1810 South Carolina Census

John Finklea
two males born between 1795 and 1800
one male born between 1785 and 1794
one male born between 1784 and 1766
one male born before 1765
one female born between 1800 and 1810
one female born between 1795 and 1800
one female born between 1766 and 1784
one female born before 1765

1820 South Carolina Census

John Finklea
two males born between 1810 and 1820
one male born between 1804 and 1820
one male born between 1802 and 1804
one male born between 1794 and 1804
two males born before 1775
one female born between 1810 and 1820
one female born before 1775

 

The will of Thomas Finckley, Sr. has not been found, but it is referred to in the deed of sale of 125 acres of property on Jeffrey's Creek from John and Margaret Finklea to John Porter on 27 December, 1787. The transfer document states that the property became John's by the last will and testament of Thomas Finkley.

27 December 1787

John Finklea sold 125 acres on Jeffries Creek that he had inherited from his father, Thomas Finklea.

13 January 1801: State of South Carolina, Marion District

John Finklea sold land to Joel Fore for $400. Description of the land is as follows: “all that plantation or tract of land containing three hundred acres more or less and bound by lands of Samuel Cox, Frederick Fore, Giles Powers, and other and situated on the west side of Catfish swamp and on the east side of Buckholes Bay. John Finklea, Jr. was a witness.

25 February 1802

Know all men by these present that we Willis Finklea and John Finklea of Liberty County and Marion District in the State aforesaid have granted to and in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred and Twenty dollars to us paid by Thomas T. Wickham of the County, District, and the State aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold and delivered and by these present do grant, bargain, sell and deliver unto the said Thomas T. Wickham all that plantation whereon the said John Finklea now resides, situated on the westside of Catfish Creek. The said plantation is composed of two separate tracts of land joining one another,one containing one hundred and fifty acres is taken out of a tract of three hundred and fifty acres that Abraham Due purchased from William Athenson which the said Due conveyed to Reese Jones and the said Jones to James Johnston and the said Johnston to Samuel Cox and the said Cox to the said Willis Finklea. Situated, lying and being on Catfish Swamp and bounding northwardly by John Smith and Frederick Jones’s land, north westwardly and eastwardly by Catfish Swamp , and southwardly by a line of masked trees which divides it from Frederick Jones's land. The other, a small tract or parcel of land containing seven acres taken out of a tract of two hundred acres that Ruebin Due purchased from John Smith and is also situated on Catfish Swamp, fitting and bounding on the southside by the lands of the said Reubin Due and northwardly by the said Finklea’s land, making in the whole of the two purchases one hundred and fifty seven acres, together with all and singular the rights xxxx xxxxx, and xxxx to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns forever, and we do hereby bind ourselves, heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all said singular the said premises unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns against ourselves and heirs and against every person whosoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness our hands and seals this 25th day of February 1802 and in the twenty-fifth year of the independence of the United States of America. Signed by Willis Finklea, Sr. and John Finklea. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Hardy Crawford, Barnaby Watson, and Willis Finklea, Jr. By Richard Taylor, one of the justices of the court does hereby certify unto all whom it May concern that Mary Finklea, wife of the within named John Finklea, did this day appear before him and, upon being privately and separately examined by him, did declare that she did freely and voluntary and without any compunction About or fear of any person whomsoever, renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Thomas T Wickham his heirs and assigns, all her interest and estate and also all her right and claim of dower of in or to all and singular the premises within mentioned and released unto the within named Thomas T. Wickham. Given under my hand and seal this 31st day of July 1802.

3 January 1803: State of South Carolina, Marion District

John Finklea bought 260 acres of land from William Gregg for $216. The land was next to John Finklea’s property. William Finklea was a witness.

23 day June 1804: State of South Carolina, Marion District, Liberty County

John Finklea, Sr. bought from John Thompson for Twenty-seven pounds sterling. Description of the land is as follows: “all that plantation or tract of land containing 100 acres or less as the above plat represents with such shape, marks, trees and boundaries lying on the northside of Jefferies Creek and on the cross branch and being the place now in said Finklea's possession. Binding on Burche’s land of one side and on Col. Baxter’s that was and on the estate of Cox on the other on said Finklea's land agreeable to the plat. Signed by John Finklea. William Finklea was a witness.

9 April, 1808: Marion County, SC Deed Book F, Items 175 - 176

John Finkley of Marion District, planter, to Edward Burch and Joseph Burch, planters, of same place for $600 a tract on Jeffery Creek part on both sides of Creek containing 2 tracts one purchased of John Thompson where John Finkley now lives the other bought of William Gregg, Jr., both joining. The one purchased of Thompson contains 106 acres more or less lying over said Creek and on the cross branch binding on Burches land on one side and Col. Baxters land formerly now Alexander Gregg's then on Cox's land and on the other sides by said Finklea's land. The other tract purchased from William Gregg contains 285 acres more or less except 50 acres sold to James Kiff at the NE corner beginning at said corner down lowest line until he gets his compliment across to Alexander Gregg, Sr. line at the boggy branch. Such shapes as above plat represents marked No.1 in the general Platt bounded SE Joseph Burches's land, NE John Finkley's and Bartley Clarks' NW by a tract of land No.3. Also by a tract Marked No. 2 belonging to Alexander Gregg. Jr. SW John Cooper now Ducan Browns' land. Signed: John Finklea. Witness: Turner Bryan, John Long, Daniel Polk. Presented before Robert Gregg, JQ on 6 August, 1808. Margaret (X) Finklea, wife of John Finkley approved sale before James Harrell, QU, 31 July, 1813.

10 February 1810: Marion County, SC Deed Book H, Items 135 - 136

Know all men by these presents that I, John Finklea, of said state and District planter are held and firmly bound unto Willis Finklea Jr. of said state and District in consideration of $300 to me in hand paid by the said Willis Finklea, Jr. I do bargain, sell and deliver all that plantation or tract of land containing 200 acres more or less and hath such shape and form as appear by a plat or plats there of it being part of the tracts of land granted to Slotam Bess and Willis Finklea just situated on the east side of Catfish Creek in Marion District bounded at this time on the north side by John Jones land east side by Jesse Bryant, Sr. land south by Willis Finklea’s land west by Frederick Jones' land and the estate of Doctor Wickham. Witness my hand and seal this the 10th day of February 1810. Signed by John Finklea in the presence of Jessie Bryant and Amos Tart.

I, Amos Tart, one of the justices of the court for said District do hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Mary Finklea the wife of the within named John Finklea did this day appear before me and on being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she does freely, voluntarily and without fear of any person or persons whomsoever renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Willis Finklea, his heirs and assigns all her rights, interests and estate and also all her rights and claim of dower or to all and singular the premises within named.

17 April 1817: State of South Carolina, Marion District

John Finklea and Jesse Bryant, Sr. sold land to John Jones for $20.75. Description of land is as follows: “all that tract of land containing 30 acres by the said Finklea and by the said Bryant 20 acres, it being part of a tract of land surveyed for Willis Fincklea, 4 October 1791, beginning on said John Jones’s land on the lower end on a blackjack and running northeast to a red oak stand, from there to a pine stand near the Crawfish pond, then to a branch, then over said branch 20 acres this 20 acres, the land which the said Briant sells, from where the branch goes into a bay taking the high bushes to a pine corner thence to a pine stand, it a ______ at James Crawford’s line taking said line down the branch to a gum corner on said Jones’s land, the said land next to three sweat gums on the northeast side of Catfish in the state aforesaid, it being part of a tract of 969 acres surveyed for Willis Finklea of Craven County by Hugh Giles, 4 October 1791. Signed by John Finklea and Jesse Briant. Willis Finklea was a witness.

7 September 1818: State of South Carolina

John Finklea bought from William Taylor for $132. Description of the land is as follows:“one third part of a plantation or tract of land, late the property of Martin ???? conveyed from Elizabeth ???? to me containing in the whole 200 acres granted to Lamore Dupree 25 February 1739 and hath such form and marks as _______________ and lying and being on Tobey’ s Creek.”

22 September, 1821

 

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Mary Margaret Crawford

1830 South Carolina Census

Mary M. Finklea
one male under 5 years {1825 to 1830
one male 20 to 30 years {1800 to 1810}
one female 5 to 10 years {1825 to 1830}
one female 30 to 40 years {1790 to 1800}
one female 60 to 70 years (1760 to 1770} (next to Charles Finklea in census)

 

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John Finklea

Died about 1818

1800 Marion County, SC Census

John Finklea, Jr.
one male born between 1790 and 1800 {John, Jr.}
one male born between 1775 and 1784 {John, Sr.}
one female born between 1775 and 1784 {Elizabeth}

24 June 1817: Marion County Probate Record #482: Will of John Fincklea, Jr.

John Finklea, Sr. appointed Administrator. Will dated 24 June 1817. Witnesses were Lemuel Bryant, Charles Finklea, and John Finklea, Sr. Proved 24 March 1818. Shows wife to be Elizabeth Finklea and the father to be John Finklea, Sr.

24 June 1817: Will of John Finklea

In the name of God, Amen. I John Finklea, Jr. of the State of South Carolina in the District of Marion, being afflicted in body, but in perfet mind and memory, do constitute and ordain this to be my last will and testament and dispose of my estate in manner following: that is to say after paying off all my just debts. I give my beloved wife Elizabeath Finklea five head of cattle to dispose of as she thinks proper; also five head of hogs, one horse plow and gear and my plantation tools and two feather beds and furniture and all the rest of my household and kitchen furneture and one hundred acres of land with all the rest of my estate that I have not before mentioned. I also appoint my beloved father John Finklea, exor to this my last will as testament and I hereby disnul and revolk all other former wills before by me made ratifying and confirming this to and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this the 24 day of June, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen. John (X) Finklea. Witnesses: Lemuel Bryan, Charles Finklea {his brother}, John Finklea, Sr. {his father}, Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 115, July 28, 1818.

 

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Elizabeth Bryan(t)

 

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John Finklea

1820 South Carolina Census

John Finklea
one male born between 1784 and 1804
one female born between 1784 and 1804

 

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William Finklea

 

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Charles Finklea

Born between 1790 and 1800

Marion County Microfilm Roll # 140

Charles Finklea applied for letters of administration of estate of David Cummins, deceased.
16 December,. 1816. Administration Bond 6 January 1817. Charles Finkley, Administrator. Bondsmen: Charles Finkley, John Finkley Sr. and John Finkley Jr. Recorded Bond Book A, page 104. Warrant of Appraisement 6 January 1817.

1820 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

2 males under 10 years of age
1 male 26 - 45 years of age
1 female 16 to 26 years of age

1830 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

1 male less than 5 years of age
1 male 5 to 10 years of age
1 male 10 to 15 years of age
1 male 30 to 40 years of age
1 female 30 to 40 years of age

1840 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

Ann Finklea
2 males 10 to 15 years of age
1 male 20 to 30 years of age
1 female 5 to 10 years of age
1 female 40 to 50 years of age

1850 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

Ann Finklea, age 51, living alone
shown next to the household of Thomas W. Finklea, age 32, which also contained Willis Finklea, age 21, and Mary Finklea, age 18.

 

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Nancy Ann Crawford

8 February 1859: Marion County Equity Roll #348

Bill of Equity filed by William H. Fountain .vs. Distributes of James R. Hinds. Fountain alleges that in 1852 he made an agreement with Hinds whereby Hinds would buy a certain tract of land, containing 118 acres in Marion District from the widow and heirs of Charles Finklea. Hinds would then let Fountain take possession of the land, farm it, and pay for it, and after he had paid for it, Hinds would then give Fountain good title to the property. Before completion of the deal Hinds died and Fountain sued to recover the land. As part of the transaction, Hinds did acquire the tract of land from the widow and children of Charles Finklea, including Nancy Ann Finklea, the widow. Mary Curry, her daughter, and Willis Finklea, a son. A deed was given by Nancy Ann Finklea, Mary Curry, and Willis Finklea according to the records in the Equity Office in Marion County, South Carolina, but currently con not be located.

14 August, 1861: Marion County, SC Equity Roll #308

Henry Easterling, Trustee and wife vs. Thomas C. Crawford et al.
Bill for Account, Partition and Relief filed 14 August, 1861. Orator Henry Easterling, Trustee and oratrix Rhoda Easterling, his wife show that on 12 May, 1846 James C. Crawford, late of Marion District, made his will. James Haselden was appointed sole executor. Will was admitted to probate 7 July 1846. Will mentions: children of deceased sister Nancy Finklea; brothers Stephen Crawford, Willis G. Crawford and his children; and Samuel F. Gibson in trust for sister Rhoda Easterling. Executor, James Haselden. 12 May 1846. Necessary to sell a portion of land to pay debts before dispensing legacies. Willis G. Crawford died 1850 leaving at time of his death the oratrix Rhoda Easterling, Hardy B. Crawford, Thomas C. Crawford, Willis B. Crawford, Margaret Crawford, William H. Crawford, and Gideon G. G. Crawford and his widow, Sarah Crawford, children at time of his death, all minors. Willis B. Crawford, one of the children of Willis G. Crawford died leaving a widow Mary and in or about one month later a posthumous son named Willis B. Crawford was born. Partition Estate of Willis G. Crawford: lot 1, Gideon G. Crawford; lot 2, Rhoda Easterling, wife of Henry Easterling; lot 3, William H. Crawford; lot 4, Margaret E. Crawford; lot 5, Thomas G. Crawford; lot 6, Hardy B. Crawford; lot 7, Willis B. Crawford, son of Willis B. Crawford, deceased.

Other Info

On the 1850 census of Marion County, South Carolina the family of David Currie, age 60, born in Marion County is shown along with his wife Elizabeth, age 60, also born in Marion County sons, John, age 26, and David (dwelling 376, family 379). Enumerated at dwelling 387, family 390 was John W. Finklea at dwelling 388, family 392 was O'Neal Munn, who was married to Prudence Finklea at dwelling 389, family 392 was Ann Fnklea at dwelling 390, family 393 was Willis and Mary Finklea. The folks in dwellings 387 and 388 were children and Willis Finklea, the brother of Charles Finklea.

 

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Mary Finklea

 

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???? Curry

 

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Willis Finklea

 

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Willis Finklea

Died 1845

Marion County Microfilm Roll #277: Estate of Willis Finklea

John W. Finklea made suit for letters of Administration, 3 Nov, 1845. Administration Bond dated 17 November 1845, $2000. Bondsmen were John W. Finklea, Jane Finklea, William Hyman, Neill Munn, and James W. Coleman. Recorded Book B, page 62 and 63. Warrant of Appraisement dated 17 Nov. 1845. John W. Finklea, administrator of Willis Finklea estate and appointed guardian of Margaret A. Finklea and Samuel J. Finklea on 9 February. 1846. Bond Book B, page 76. Share of S. J. Finklea in his father's estate by his share of Margaret Poston. Petition of Margaret A. Finklea and Samuel Finklea that J. W. Finklea be appointed their guardian - 9 February 1846. John W. Finklea appointed guardian of Margaret A. Finklea, Bond Book B, page 76 and 77. Writ of Partition - J. W. Finklea applicant vs Jane Finklea and others, Commissioners to go upon lands described in writ of partition wherein John W. Finklea, applicant, and Jane Finklea, James Coleman and wife, Mary, Neill Munn and wife, Prewey, Margaret Finklea and Samuel Finklea, defendants, and to divide the same between parties in interest according to their interest allowing to Jane Finklea one third and the remaining two thirds between James Coleman and wife, Neill Munn and wife, Prewery, Margaret Finklea, and Samuel Finklea and J. W. Finklea. 9 February. 1846

Summons: 2 February 1846, To: Mrs. Jane Finklea, James Coleman and wife, Mary, Neill Munn and wife, Prewery, Margaret Finklea, Samuel Finklea legal heirs of Willis Finklea. Land on Big Swamp bounded by lands of Larry Cain, John Coleman, Josiah Poston and Batt. Cain. One third to widow Jane Finklea and two thirds in equal portions to J. W. Finklea, James Coleman and wife Mary, Neill Munn and wife, Prewery, Margaret Finklea and Samuel Finklea. 2 February, 1846. We do accept with summons and consent to division of land of late Willis Finklea 5 Feb, 1846. I accept the appointment of guardian of Margaret A. E. Finklea and Samuel Finklea. Land No. 1: 200 acres No. 2: 440 acres, and No. 3: 233 acres for a total of 873 acres . Jane Finklea 200 acres James Coleman 114 acres 129 acres to John W. Finklea 161 acres to Neill Munn 114 acres to Margaret Finklea and 145 acres to Samuel Finklea. 2 February, 1846: Probate of Will of Willis Finklea Summons issued to: Mrs. Jane Finklea, James Coleman and wife, Mary, Neill Munn and wife, Prewery, Margaret Finklea, Samuel Finklea legal heirs of Willis Finklea. We do accept with summons and consent to division of land of late Willis Finklea.

 

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Jane Coleman

Roll #170 Prudence Coleman Letters of Administration

H. Culpepper, administrator. Petition of Henry Culpeper sheweth that Prudence Coleman died intestate and is desirous of letters of administration on goods and chattels. Issue Citation 27 September 1841. Petition of Henry Culpepper sheweth that Prudence Coleman lately died intestate leaving your petitioner, John Coleman, Willis Finklea, Josiah Poston, Benjimin Turner, Samuel Poston, James Coleman, Benjamin Coleman, Mary Baxley and Margaret Bryant (who resides without the limits of this state, her legal heirs and representatives. He applies for sale or division 29 October 1841. Bondsmen were Henry Culpepper, William Fryer, and Willis Finklea. Recorded in Book B, pages 45 and 46. Return and settlement of estate: Margaret Bryant, Willis Finklea, John S. Coleman, Josiah Poston, Heirs of Benjamin Coleman {3 heirs claiming 1 share}, Samuel Poston, Henry Culpepper and Benjimin Turner {8 heirs}. In the Court of Ordinary filed 29 October 1841 Es Parte Henry Culpepper. Petition of Henry Culpepper sheweth that Prudence Coleman died lately leaving your petitioner; John Coleman; Willis Finklea; Josiah Poston; Benjamin Turner; Samuel Poston; James Coleman; Benjamin Coleman; Mary Baxley; and Margaret Bryant. 29 October 1841. Henry Culpepper vs John Coleman, Willis Finklea, and others. Order of sale of real estate of Prudence Coleman 15 January 1844. Land on west side of Great Pee Dee on Big Swamp, 800 acres formerly belonging to Mrs. Prudence Coleman now sold for division. Summons dated 29 October 1841. To: John Coleman , Willis Finklea, Josiah Poston, Benjimin Turner, Samuel Poston , James Coleman, Benjamin Coleman, Mary Baxley, and Margaret Bryant legal heirs and representatives.

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Samuel J. Finklea

1820 Census for Marion County

1 male under 10 years of age [1810 to 1820]
1 male 16 to 26 years of age [1794 to 1804]
1 female under 10 years of age [1810 to 1820]
1 female 26 to 45 years of age [1775 to 1794]

1830 Census for Marion County

3 males under 5 [1825 to 1830]
2 males 5 to 10 [1820 to 1825]
1 female 10 to 15 [1815 to 1820]
1 male 30 to 40 [1790 to 1800]
1 female 20 to 30 [1800 to 1810]

1840 Census for Marion County

1 male 5 to 10 years of age [1830 to 1835]
2 females 5 to 10 years of age [1830 to 1835]
2 males 10 to 15 years of age [1825 to 1830]
2 males 15 to 20 years of age [1820 to 1825]
1 male 40 to 50 years of age [1790 to 1800]
1 female 40 to 50 years of age [1790 to 1800]

25 March 1830: Frances C. Jone's Father

Bill for Injunction. Samuel J. Finklea and Frances C., his wife, show that on 25 March 1830, Thomas U. Jones, father of the oratrix, executed a deed for 250 acres more or less to his five children: Frances C. Jones, Eliza A. Jones, Ferdinand Jones, Orison Jones, and Frederick Jones. Thomas U. Jones has lived upon and cultivated lands described in the deed. In 1851, being desirous of moving west, he made an agreement in writing with John H. Moody to sell him lands at $12 an acre. The oratrix, than a single woman, on condition that she get her proportionate share (1/5 of sale) on 25 October 1851 signed deed for land to John H. Moody. Since, orator and oritrix have been married, the sister and brothers of Francis C. have demanded their share of the money, which Thomas U. Jones has refused to pay. He is deeply in debt and has left the District.

 

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Frances C. Jones

Born about 1800

 

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Samuel J. Finklea

Born about 1832

1850 Census for Marion County

Samuel J. Finklea (18 years)
Mary Finklea (18 years)
Jane Finklea (50 years)

 

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Mary Finklea

Born about 1832

 

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John W. Finklea

Born about 1816

1850 Marion County, SC Census

John W. Finklea ... 34 ... 1816
Dorothy Finklea ... 34 ... 1816
William Finklea ... 10 ... 1840
George Finklea ... 8 ... 1842
John Finklea ... 5 ... 1845
Samuel Finklea ... 1 ... 1849
Thomas Jones ... 30 ... 1820

 

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Dorothy Hyman

Born about 1816

25 January 1861

Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #1537. Will of John W. Hyman. To John W. Finklea, at the death of my wife, Martha Hyman; Malaci Jones; Weathy Hutchinson; Martha Turner, wife of John Turner; J. L. Hyman; and Cary Hyman. Equally divided between J. W. Finklea; Mary Cain; Eaton Hyman; Benjamin Hyman; and Thomas Hyman; and the two children of Claton Flowers, namely Elizabeth M. Flowers and Robert N. Flowers. J. W. Finklea appointed executor of the will.

 

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William E. Finklea

Born about 1840

25 January 1881

Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #1584. William E. Finklea, who was executor of his father's will (father: John W. Finklea) petitions to court as follows: William E. Finklea shows that John Hyman died 25 January 1861, leaving a will and was soon after proved by John W. Finklea who was also appointed executor. John W. Finklea was shown to be the father of William E. Finklea. The petition shows that John W. Finklea departed this life intestate and William E. Finklea has duly administered upon the estate of John W. Finklea but has been informed and believes that the estate of John W. Finklea can not be settled until the administration of the estate of John Hyman by him be settled. William E. Finklea desires that the court be appointed administor de bonis non of the estate of John Hyman with the will annexed. Citation for administer de bonis non with will annexed, 19 December, 1881. J. Albert Smith CCCP. Published 20 December, 1881 in the Marion Star and posted on the courthouse door.

23 October 1876

Petition for Guardianship. William E. Finklea petitioned to be made guardian of Elijah M. Hyman, a minor under the age of 14 years. "William E. Finklea is a suitable and proper person to act as guardian and I further that I am the mother of said minor." M. V. Barnes. Guardianship bond date 23 October 1876 was $500. Bondsmen were: W. E. Finklea, J. L. Finklea, and G. C. Finklea.

 

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Frances Caroline Coleman

13 December 1884

Marion County, South Carolina Probate Roll #2095. Will of J. S. Coleman. Will identifies F. Caroline Coleman, wife, and children: Mary Coleman, Robert Coleman, Martha Coleman, John Coleman, Henry Coleman, Jasper Coleman, Newton Coleman, Della Coleman, Albert Coleman, Lewis Coleman, Sallie Coleman, Armstrong Coleman, Samuel Coleman, and Liston Coleman. Appoints William E. Finklea and wife Frances Caroline Coleman as guardians of the children. Appoints William E. Finklea and John W. Coleman as executors. Dated 1 November 1884.

 

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George Finklea

Born about 1842

 

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John Finklea

Born about 1845

 

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Samuel Finklea

Born about 1849

 

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Mary Finklea

 

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James Coleman

 

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Prudance (Prewey) Finklea

 

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Neill Munn

 

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Margaret Amelia Finklea

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Elizabeth Finklea

Married 8 September 1774

 

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William Green

??????

Elleck Finklea

22 June 1805

Marion District, South Carolina. Charles Meloy sold one Negro girl named Rose to Elleck Finklea for $400.

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