March 19, 1885, Republican News, Mount Vernon, OH
A former resident of Knox County, died at Aberdeen, Miss. on Friday last. His remains arrived here Tuesday and were taken to Milfordton for interment.
From the History of Knox Co, OH by N.N. Hill (1881)
‘The ninth child, Finley, attended the district school; for nearly a year he attended the normal school under Professor John Ogden, in Worthing, Ohio. In the summer of 1879 he went to the Musical Normal school in Youngstown, Ohio, under the direction of Professor N. Coe Stewart, of Cleveland, Ohio. For a number of years he has made the study of music a speciality. He is the author of "Willie's Farewell," published in 1877, and by it he has the honor of being the first resident of Knox county who composed the words and music of a song and had it published. At present he is with his mother in Milfordton.’