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Over the "Brick Wall" - A Happy Ending - How DNA Helped
Posted by: gerald finney (ID *****2442) Date: October 24, 2010 at 08:12:31
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For many years I have sought the parents of my Tuscarawas ancestor but did not have any luck. After fifteen years of searching, including a trip to Tuscarawas in 2008, I could not find any document listing the parents of Isaac B. Finney.

I had no idea if Isaac was related to the Finney's in Washington Township or the Finney’s in Wayne Township. Due to Isaac's last residence and burial was in Washington Township I had thought he would fit into the family of James Finney of Washington Township but I could never find a connection. Then I researched the Finney's of Wayne Township and found a James Finney who was related to other Finney's in Holmes County but once again I could not find any documented evidence.

Oral family history had taught me that one of my Finney ancestors had lost his families inheritance due to theft from siblings and a banker. I could never find anything in regards to lost inheritance or banks....

...then I discovered the tool of Y-DNA for genealogy and I am glad that I did! It turns out I matched 62 out of 67 markers with another Finney who lived in Illinois. Contact with this person found he is descended from a Robert Finney who came to America in 1720 in Chester Co. Pa.

A little more research and I discovered the James Finney of Wayne Township is a Great Grandson of Robert Finney. Even more digging revealed that this James Finney lost his fathers inheritance in Meadville, PA. James Finney had a half sister Jennet or Janet and she had married into the Mead family and one of her children was the banker who stole James Finney's father’s inheritance. I found records from the court cases to confirm the information. James Finney lost the court case and his fathers inheritance.

Y-DNA testing and the oral history passed down the family has allowed me to locate the parent of Isaac B. Finney. Isaac’s father was this James Finney of Wayne Township. It appears this James Finney was married three times and had several children and was often out of touch with his family. Now all I have to do is try to find some type of document which can confirm this information. I am also now in the process of locating other descendents of James Finney children and see if they will take the Y-DNA test at my expense to confirm findings.

Gerald Finney

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