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John D. Finley
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Birth: Jun. 5, 1823
Orange County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1910
Sonoma County
California, USA

John Finley of Indiana wed Keziah Head of Tennessee on September 5, 1844, in Pine Ridge, Montgomery County, Arkansas. A story in the family by Samuel Emanuel Finley's daughter Grace says he was educated at Ocean View School, and was 6 years old when he crossed the plains with his parents. There were many hardships, and they were once surrounded by the Indians and kept prisoners two days and nights. Finally one man escaped, stole a horse from the Indians and went to a fort and brought the Cavalry to their rescue. Daughter Nancy is the first California born child in May 1854.
John and Keziah's children were: Samuel Emanuel Finley; John William Finley (1848 1850); John Jay Finley; Henry Head Finley; Nancy Caroline (Finley) Keithly; Elizabeth Finetta (Finley) Head (1858 1887); James Preston Finley; Marenda A Finley; Jefferson Davis Finley; Andrew Jackson Finley; William D. Finley; Martha E. Finley; and Alvin Wesley Finley (August 18, 1870, Bodega, California - November 26, 1950, Palo Alto, California).
The California Death Index states John was 88 years of age. Other sources have death as November 29, 1910. 
Family links: 
  Keziah Head Finley (1828 - 1903)*
  Samuel Emanuel Finley (1846 - 1918)*
  John Jay Finley (1850 - 1931)*
  Henry Head Finley (1852 - 1918)*
  Nancy Caroline Finley Keithly (1854 - 1953)*
  Finetta Finley Head (1858 - 1887)*
  James Preston Finley (1860 - 1934)*
  Marenda A Finley (1860 - 1860)*
  Jefferson Davis Finley (1862 - 1918)*
  Andrew Jackson Finley (1863 - 1929)*
  William D. Finley (1866 - 1890)*
  Martha E. Finley (1868 - 1868)*
*Calculated relationship
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JUNE 5, 1823
NOV. 28, 1910
Note: Upright grey granite stone, good condition.
Spring Hill Cemetery
Sonoma County
California, USA
Maintained by: E McPherson
Originally Created by: Dorri Safford
Record added: Aug 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15552335
John D. Finley
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John D. Finley
Added by: Dorri Safford
John D. Finley
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- Jeanie Leete
 Added: Sep. 21, 2013

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