Posted By:Annie Crenshaw
Subject:Samuel G. FINNEY born 1844 Engl - died 1924 Jacksonville, Duval Co., Florida
Post Date:August 17, 2011 at 18:59:59
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Searching for any additional data on Samuel Greenway FINNEY who died in 1924 in Duval County. He was a native of England who lived in Canada and California before living in Louisiana and then Jacksonville, Florida.

In the 1880 Louisiana census and 1900 Duval Co. census, Samuel G. Finney's first wife Cornelia (Imboden), whom he married in 1873, was with him. She died in 1909, and in the 1910 and 1920 censuses, his young second wife was "Effie," born in Louisiana with parents born in Ireland or England. What was Effie's full name and maiden name? She died before Samuel (which would be about 1921-1923) but her name doesn't appear in Florida death indexes. She left two young sons: Ivan and Raymond Mark, who were put into an orphanage in Georgia.

Samuel G. Finney's only child by his first wife Cornelia was James Imoboden Finney, who became a noted publisher in Tennessee. A 1913 biographical volume included this about James Finney's father Samuel: "Samuel G. Finney, Jr., educated at Brighton, England, was commissioned a lieutenant in the British army and was detailed for service in Canada, but some time after he had come over he resigned his commission. During the war between the states, in 1861-65, he went to California, where he became a member of the state militia but did not see active service. After the close of the Civil war he went to Louisiana, where he engaged in cotton planting and where in 1873 he was married to Cornelia Imboden, who was born in West Carroll parish, Louisiana, in 1839 and who departed life in 1909. To this union was born one son, James Imboden Finney of this review. In 1883 they removed from Louisiana to Warren county, Tennessee, where the elder Mr. Finney followed fanning until 1894. Removing from thence to Jacksonville, Florida, he engaged in the culture of oranges for a few years, but finally retired from active business life, though at present he holds interest in a brick manufacturing plant at Jacksonville. Politically he is a Democrat, and his religious belief is that of the Episcopal church, of which he is a communicant."

We haven't yet found an obituary for Samuel G. Finney (1924) or his wife Effie (c. 1921-1923), and were told by a Florida genealogist that Jacksonville newspapers of the 1920s were illegible. Have found no Duval Co. newspapers of that era on-line yet, either.

Did Samuel Finney leave a will? Did his estate administration include payments to the orphanage where his young sons had been placed? When exactly did his second wife Effie die, and where is she buried? We're researching and writing for whatever records can be found. Any help, lookups or contacts with descendants would be greatly appreciated!