|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1800|
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 1864|
Pioneer, farmer, school teacher, auctioneer.
A native of Madison (now part of Garrard) County, Kentucky, Abner settled in the forks of the Chariton River when Missouri was still a territory. He married Rebecca Jordan Parks in Chariton County, Missouri, on 22 October 1826. Together they had 14 children, four of whom died young. The last of Abner and Rebecca's surviving children, Milt, died in 1946.
In 1826 Abner began teaching at one of the earliest schools in Salisbury township, located in the southeast quarter of section 19, on what is now Windmill Road, near New Hope cemetery.
In the Big Neck War of 1827, he served as an elected officer in the local militia company commanded by Major Daniel Ashby. His title of Captain dated from this military experience.
In 1829, Abner purchased 80 acres of farmland in Township 53 North, Range 18 West, Section 22 (eastern half of southwest quarter). This land is just off what is now Bill Bass Avenue, southwest of Price's Bridge. At the turn of the 20th century, this land was owned by Abner's daughter, Diantha, and her husband, Grant Burge Hurt.
Abner was murdered late in the Civil War. With Sterling Price's Confederate army retreating across Missouri and local Rebel partisans, such as Bloody Bill Anderson, dead or dispersed, Northern guerillas felt emboldened to settle old scores with the Southern citizenry in Chariton County. Coming from a slave holding family and having a son in the Confederate army, Abner was a likely target.
On 31 October 1864, Northern troops visited Finnell's farmhouse, asking for food and water. When Abner's 11-year old daughter, Diantha, went inside to comply with their wish, Abner, discerning the soldiers' real intentions, sprinted for his barn nearby. The soldiers pursued him on horseback and shot him through the head. He was unarmed. According to family lore, Abner's youngest children witnessed their father's death.
Finnell was one of several citizens, mostly old men and boys, killed by the same band of Northern irregulars the same week, including his neighbor Moses Hurt.
Abner was originally buried in the family graveyard near his farm (Finnell Cemetery #2). After the war, his body was reinterred in newly established Asbury Cemetery to join his children and relatives.
At the time of his unexpected death, Abner owned 286 acres of farmland in Keytesville township. He died without a will. By law, his widow, Rebecca, received 1/3 of Abner's land. She continued to live at the Finnell home until her death. The rest of Abner's real estate was divided among their children.
The Finnell house no longer stands. That section is now owned and farmed by Norbert Gebhardt.
Charles Finnell (1762 - 1842)
Rebecca Jordan Parks Finnell (1811 - 1888)
Lucinda Finnell Leonard (1827 - 1911)*
Charles H Finnell (1830 - 1859)*
William Peterson Finnell (1833 - 1909)*
Jasper Newton Finnell (1838 - 1917)*
Sarah Catherine Finnell (1840 - 1853)*
Etheldred Finnell (1843 - 1907)*
Mary Eleanor Finnell McFarland (1846 - 1924)*
John Leonard Finnell (1847 - 1929)*
Susan Pratt Finnell Blankenship (1849 - 1941)*
Diantha Taylor Finnell Hurt (1853 - 1942)*
Milton Leffrige Finnell (1855 - 1946)*
Mary Finnell Logan (1787 - 1855)*
John Finnell (1794 - 1856)*
Abner Finnell (1800 - 1864)
Martha Finnell Mayo (1804 - 1890)*
63 years, 11 months, 24 days
Asbury Methodist Cemetery
Maintained by: DVF
Originally Created by: C. Coy
Record added: Nov 24, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6951646