I'm sending you my notes files on James Finley from my home address this Sunday morning. Give me a call today and we can discuss them. However anyone else researching James Finley can access them as well. You will see very quickly that I'm not sure the James Finley listed in these land records are the same person from the land records. I know the James Finley who buys 400 acreas on 12 Mile Creek is our James Finley. There's a transcript of James Finley's will included also for what it's worth.
I'm directly related to the Shields, Sloans, Browns, Shaffers, Tyes, Conders, Robinsons, Hoods, Finley's, Biggers, Petries, Bosts, Snells, Leggitts, Wolfs, Fishers, and Files just to name a few in my direct line. So if you are a long time descendant of Mecklenburg and Union Counties North Carolina you are probably a cousin of mine.
Robert, from the land records there's no question that James Finley is married to a Margaret but is that ours. There;'s connections to Robert Finley and Thomas Finley also but I'm not sure that the James Finley listed in Rocky River is the same James as the one who lives there 10 years earlier on 12 Mile Creek. That'sthe problem.
Pg 180-182L 16 Oct 1777, James FINDLEY, Husbandman, of Mecklenburg. Thomas FINDLEY, of same, farmer, for 40 pounds proc. money ... 193 acres on Roicky RIver, part of 12,500 acre grant to Ambrose HARDING... James FINDLEY (seal), Margaret FINDLEY (seal), witness Robert FINDLEY, Joseph FINDLEYm Jurat. (no recorded date).
!Will of James FINLEY 16 Jan 1806 probated Jan 1808. Being sick and weak in body, I give to my son William 50 acres of land adj to John GORDON, Aaron McWHORTER, and the creek; to my son-in-law Thomas WHITE the land he now lives on or about 100 acres; to my daugter Jannet there remainder of my land I now live on as well as a parcel of 40 acres lying adjacent; and to my son Charles and my daughter Martha, wife of Daniel ROBERTSON, having given to them formerly I make no provisions here.
I give to my daughter Jannet all my horses, cattle and hogs, plantation tools and farming utensils, my household and kitchen furnature, all outstanding debts due to me, and all other property not specifically bequeathed to others. Out of this bequeth to Jannet she is to make the following payments: to my sons James, John and George 1 dollar each if they come to claim it within 12 months after my decease; to my daugther (unnamed) wife of William CHAPEL, 1 dollar, and to Henry HARGETT, my former son-in-law, 1 dollar. Sole exr: Daughter Jannet. Witnessed William DOSTER, Samuel GORDON, and John McCORKLE. Isaac ALEXANDER, CMC.
Land Records Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
pg 154 Dated 18 Dec 1769 John MITCHEL and wife Elizabeth of Salsbury 25 pounds money 205 acres part of the 12,500 acre grant to Ambrose HARDING ESQ. adj MCCUISTON, MOFFIT, ANDREWS, John FINLEYs.
page 162 Dated 18 Dec 1769, John MITCHEL and wife Elizabeth to John FINLEY of Mecklenburg County 25 pounds money for 198 acres on Rocky Creek adj to John SHIELDS.
page 162 Dated 18 Dec 1769 John MITCHEL and wife Elizabeth of Rowan County, 198 acres on Rocky Creek to James FINLEY of Mecklenburg County, part of the 12,500 acre grant to Ambrose HARDING.
page 175 Dated 1771 John SHIELDS and wife Margaret to David BRADFORD 205 acres adjent to John FINLEY, MCCUISTION, Margaret SHIELDS.
page 201 dated 16 Oct 1777 James FINLEY Husbandman of Mecklenburg County to Thomas FINLEY for 40 pounds money. A grant of 193 acres on Rocky Creek part of the 12,5000 acre grant of Ambrose HARDING. Signed James FINLEY and Margaret FINLEY, Robert FINLEY, Joseph FINLEY (Jurat).
!Will of Anthony ROSS of Mecklenburg County, lists in passing Jean FINLEY receiving 20 pounds money or the equivallent of a new horse.
!land record 1767 James FINLEY receives 400 acres lying on the branch of 12 mile creek joining William LIGGETT and William SMALL.
There is some confusion as to the one land record dated 16 Oct 1777 in Mecklenburg County, and who the parties are. Thomas appears to be the son of George FINLEY from Guilford County, who settled in Mecklenburg for a few years before moving on to South Carolina a distant cousin of James. George in Guilford County, is probably James' first cousin. Most of this evidence is circumstantial because everyone in the family names their children after each other. There is another possibility.
Recorded in the IGI (film 444912 1 May 1965) lists a James son of James and wife Margaret JOHNSON FINLEY born 18 Nov 1740, in Rising Sun, Cecil, Maryland, with each of his siblings born in Maryland except for John and Robert were born in Cumberland, and Chester County Pennsylvania. However there isn't any records so far that brings this family to North Carolina but I believe they are very close to my James.
!Land Record pg 111-117 1 Apr 1770, John MITCHELL and wife Elizabeth of Salisbury, Rowan County, Merchant, to Andrew MITCHELL of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 100 pounds process money ... 12 trancts containing 13,189 Acres consisting of (1) 110 acres on waters of Rocky River on the Barony line joining Moses ANDREWS, Archibald RAMSEY. (2) 230 acres exclusive of 189 acres to James FINLEY, on the Barony Line adj. Archibald RAMSEY, John FINLEY, Thomas SHIELDS, John SHIELDS, DYSARTS (3) 190 acres on the Barony line adj. Wallis, James DYSARTS, John SHIELDS, MCCUISTONS, PATTERSON. (4) 100 acrs adj Caleb BARR, James BARR, Samuel HUGES, Mr. CHAMBERS, Joseph PATTERSON. (5) 76 acrs on the Barony Line adj. MCCUISTON, Robert MOFFET. (6) 20 acreson E side of LEWIS branch adj BARRS, PICKENS, LEWIS. etc.
At Raleigh North Carolina, page 339 #3280 29 Dec 1794 Charles FINLEY enters 100 acres; border his father's open line near the west corner, towards his own land, and near Ned RICHARDSON.
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