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Maj John Finley
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Birth: Jul. 7, 1748
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1837, USA

Pioneer, surveyor, who came to Kentucky in 1773. Discovered Upper Blue (Salt) Licks, surveyed land to Kentucky River near present-day Frankfort. Commissioned Major in 1773 for notable service in the Revolutionary War. Judge Advocate of NW Territory in 1792. Came to Kentucky with his family in 1796 from Pennsylvania. Farmed a 1000 acre land grant. Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1800 - 1804.
Major Finley was the first white man to explore Kentucky. He returned to the Yadkinville, NC area after his first exploration, and spent two years convincing Daniel Boone to return with him to further explore Kentucky. Major Finley led the expedition with Daniel Boone, and a few others, and together they explored Kentucky, fighting Indians and braving other dangers.
Major Finley married Hannah Duncan, and together they reared eight children. 
Family links: 
  Hannah Duncan Finley (1768 - 1840)*
  Samuel Berkley Finley (1800 - 1842)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Battle Run Cemetery is # 0181 in Fleming County, Kentucky. It is just off Ky Highway 57 in an area of the Upper Blue Licks area, and may be at Hill Top, somewhere on the property where Major Finley's home was located. KY Historical Marker # 789
Battle Run Cemetery
Fleming County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Susan Murray
Record added: Feb 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85290996
Maj John Finley
Added by: Susan Murray
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Thanks for serving our country! I am proud that you are my 6th great grandfather!
- Natalie Whittington
 Added: Feb. 22, 2016
4th Great Grand Uncle, Thank You for our Freedom. Rest in Peace
- Sandra Brinckerhoff
 Added: Apr. 7, 2015

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