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William Boston Finney (1853-1927)
Posted by: Sam Waters (ID *****0472) Date: December 22, 2011 at 09:19:49
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I believe that the W.B. Finney buried in the Finney family cemetery in Estill Co., KY is the son of Esquire Finney and Nancy Mary(?) Prunty.

The case for Esquire Finney and Nancy Prunty being the parents of William Finney is purely circumstantial. Nancy's headstone marks her death in 1852, and W.B.'s lists his birth as 1853, but both appear to be replacement headstones so the dates may be incorrect. All are buried in the Finney family cemetery in Estill Co., KY. In the 1880 census, W.B. list his mother's birthplace as Virginia, and Nancy Prunty was the only of Esquire's 3 wives born in Virginia.

Obviously, W.B. would have to have been a very late child for the Finneys if Esquire and Nancy are his parents. Nancy would have been 45/46, or 52/53, depending on whether the death record year of birth or the headstone year is used.

W.B. does not show up in any census data before 1880, so his parentage is difficult to determine. Given that Esquire was married 3 times, that he had a farm, and that Thomas Finney would have been only two years old when the most often reported death date for Nancy of 1850 is used, it seems very unlikely that Esquire would not have remarried for 6 years, which the reported date to Nancy Swope. It therefore seems that her actual death date would be later than 1850. The headstone reports 1852. W.B.'s birth date of late 1853 would seem a more likely placement for Nancy's death date. Might she have died in childbirth given her age? Does anyone have any information to add?

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