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Posted by: Stan Cowan Date: February 23, 1998 at 20:36:59
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George, thank you for starting this forum! I see already that I have several “cousins” that I never knew of.

I am in possession of a copy of a book entitled “Findley Genealogy”, subtitled “David Findley 1762-1849”, by Mrs. Robert A. Hughes, dated 1967. This is a paper-bound book of 349 typewritten pages and has no publication data, leading me to think that it was privately printed and distributed among family members. All of the following information is from this book. I am taking the liberty of listing the entire line beginning with myself. It is a rather long list, but this is a very interesting family. Several of the names mentioned in other postings in this forum are included. (All of the data from the 8th generation back is quoted by Mrs. Hughes from “Torrence and Allied Families” by Robert M. Torrence, 1938)

I have a great deal of other information; unfortunately it isn’t in a form that I can easily share over the Internet. I will try to answer questions if I can.

1. Stanley W. Cowan (1936-) (m. Carolyne A. Grimshaw)
2. Donald W. Cowan (1908-1997) (m. Opal I. Newton)
3. Mabel O. Wherry (1884-1975) (m. Arthur M. Cowan)
4. Etta L. Acheson (1865-1918) (m. James A. Wherry)
5. Martha Findley (1822-1902) (m. John Acheson)
6. Abel Findley (1795-1876) (m. (1) Mary Irwin, mother of Martha, (2) Jane Watt)
7. David Findley (1762-1849) (m. Janet (Jane) Mitchell)
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David and his father came to Pennsylvania from No. Ireland in 1773.
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8. William Findley (?-1758) (m. (1) Jane Holland Steele, (2) Martha Drennan, mother of David) (The Hon. William Findley (1741-1821) was the son of William and Jane Findley.)
9. John Findley (?-1704) (m. Margaret Osborne)
10. William Findley (?-1721) (m. Jane Wordell)
11. James Finley/Findley (?-?) (m. Margaret McKay)
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James Finley was bapt. 5/16/1629 in Inchervie, Fife, Scotland. He left Scotland for Londonderry, N. Ireland because of persecution of Presbyterians in Scotland. He changed his the spelling of his name to Findley because of the large number of Finleys in Ireland.
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12. Thomas Finley (1604-1683) (m. Agnes Goodlate) (Dean of the Guild of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Balchristie, Fife)
13. James Finley (?-1620) (m. Barbara Huntar)
14. James Finley (?-1597) (m. Elizabeth Warrender) (Dean of the Guild of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Balchristie, Fife)
15. Andrew Finlay (?-bef. 1547) (m. Janet Hay)
16. John Finlay (?-1507) (m. Joneta Rogers)
17. John Finlay (?-1461) (m. Mary MacRae)
18. John Finlay (?-1445) (m. Eleanor Stewart)
19. Andrew Finlay (?-?) (m. Isabell Dempster)
20. Archibald Finlay (?-?) (m. Margaret Robertson) (ancestor of the Finlays of Balchristie, Fife)
21. Fearchar (?-?) (m. ? MacDonachadh) (Chief of Clan Fionnladh, a sept of the great confederation, Clan Chatton)
22. Eochiod (or Euginius or Shaw McDubh) (?-1223)
23. Fergus McFinlay
24. Ruari (Rory) McFinlay (Thane of Cromarty in 1152)
25. MacBoetha McFinlay (m. Bethoca McBrad) (Thane of Cromarty 1060-1096)
26. McBida McFinlay (MacBeth, King of Scotland 1039-1056) (abt. 1005-1056) (m. Gruach)
27. Finlegh (or Finley) McRuaidhri (m. Donada) (chief of Clan Fionnladh)
28. Malcolm II (King of Scotland 1005-1034) (m. Aelifu) (parents of Donada)



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