John Finklea

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John Finklea

Born about 1753 in Georgetown District, South Carolina
Died about 1821 in Big Swamp, Marion District, South Carolina
Thomas Finklea left a will but cannot be found.It is referred to in the deed of sale from John Finklea to John Porter, dated 27 December 1787 and state that the property became John's by " the last will and testament of Thomas Finkley.Thomas's son John Finklea and his wife Margaret sold 125 acres on Jeffrey's Creek on 27 December 1787.This was land he had inherited from his father.

27 December 1787

John sold 125 acres on Jeffries Creek on 27 December 1787 that he had inherited from his father, Thomas Finklea.

13 January 1801
State of South Carolina, Marion District

John Finklea sold land to Joel Fore for $400. Description of the land is as follows:“all that plantation or tract of land containing three hundred acrss more or les s and bound by lands of Samuel Cox, Fredrrick Fore, Giles Powers, and other; and situated on the west side of Catfish swamp and on the east side of Buckholes Bay.John Finklea, Jr. was a witness.

25 February 1802

Know all men by these present that we Willis Finklea and John Finklea of Liberty County and Marion District in the State aforesaid have granted to and in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred and Twenty dollars to us paid by Thomas T. Wickham of the County, District, and the State aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold and delivered and by these present do grant, bargain, sell and deliver unto the said Thomas T. Wickham all that plantation whereon the said John Finklea now resides, situated on the westside of Catfish Creek.The said plantation is composed of two separate tracts of land joining one another,one containing one hundred and fifty acres is taken out of a tract of three hundred and fifty acres that Abraham Due purchased from William Athenson which the said Due conveyed to Reese Jones and the said Jones to James Johnston and the said Johnston to Samuel Cox and the said Cox to the said Willis Finklea.Situated, lying and being on Catfish Swamp and bounding northwardly by John Smith and Frederick Jones’s land, north westwardly and eastwardly by Catfish Swamp, and southwardly by a line of masked trees which divides it from Frederick Jones's land.The other, a small tract or parcel of land containing seven acres taken out of a tract of two hundred acres that Ruebin Due purchased from John Smith and is also situated on Catfish Swamp, fitting and bounding on the southside by the lands of the said Reubin Due and northwardly by the said Finklea’s land, making in the whole of the two purchases one hundred and fifty seven acres, together with all and singutar the rights xxxx xxxxx, and xxxx to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns forever, and we do hereby bind ourselves, heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all said singular the said premises unto the said Thomas T. Wickham his heirs and assigns against ourselves and heirs and against every person whosoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof.Witness our hands and seals this 25th day of February 1802 and in the twenty-fifth year of the independence of the United States of America. Signed by Willis Finklea, Sr. and John Finklea.Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Hardy Crawford, Barnaby Watson, and Willis Finklea, Jr.By Richard Taylor, one of the justices of the court does hereby certify unto all whom it May concern that Mary Finklea, wife of the within named John Finklea, did this day appear before him and, upon being privately and separately examined by him, did declare that she did freely and voluntary and without any compunction About or fear of any person whomsoever, renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Thomas T Wickham his heirs and assigns, all her interest and estate and also all her right and claim of dower of in or to all and singular the premises within mentioned and released unto the within named Thomas T. Wickham.Given under my hand and seal this 31st day of July 1802.

3 January 1803
State of South Carolina, Marion District

John Finklea bought 260 acres of land from William Gregg for $216.The land was next to John Finklea’s property.William Finklea was a witness.

23 day June 1804
State of South Carolina, Marion District, Liberty County

John Finklea, Sr. bought from John Thompson for Twenty-seven pounds sterling.Description of the land is as follows: “all that plantation or tract of land containing 100 acres or less as the above plat represents with such shape, marks, trees and boundaries lying on the northside of Jefferies Creek and on the cross branch and being the place now in said Finklea's possession.Binding on Burche’s land of one side and on Col. Baxter’s that was and on the estate of Cox on the other on said Finklea's land agreeable to the plat.”Signed by John Finklea.William Finklea was a witness.

10 February 1810
Marion County, South Carolina Deed Book H, Pages 135 - 136

Know all men by these presents that I, John Finklea, of said state and district planter are held and firmly bound unto Willis Finklea Jr. of said state and district in consideration of $300 to me in hand paid by the said Willis, I do bargain, sell and deliver all that plantation or tract of land containing 200 acres more or less and hath such shape and form as appear by a plat or plats there of it being part of the tracts of land granted to Slotam Bess and Willis Finklea just situated on the east side of Catfish Creek in Marion District bounded at this time on the north side by John Jones land east side by Jesse Brant Sr. land; south by Willis Finklea’s land; west by Frederick J ones' land and the estate of Doctor Wickham.Witness my hand and seal this the 10th day of February 1810.Signed by John Finklea in the presence of Jessie Bryant and Amos Tart.

I, Amos Tart, one of the justices of the court for said district do hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Mary Finklea the wife of the within named John Finklea did this day appear before me and on being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she does freely, voluntarily and without fear of any person or persons whomsoever renounce, release and forever relinquish unto the within named Willis Finklea, his heirs and assigns all her rights, interests and estate and also all her rights and claim of dower or to all and singular the premises within named.

17 April 1817
State of South Carolina, Marion District

John Finklea and Jesse Briant, Sr. sold land to John Jones for $20.75.Description of land is as follows:“all that tract of land containing 30 acres by the said Finklea and by the said Briant 20 acres, it being part of a tract of land surveyed for Willis Fincklea, 4 October 1791, beginning on said John Jones’s land on the lower end on a blackjack and running northeast to a red oak stand, from there to a pine stand near the Crawfish pond, then to a branch, then oversaid branch 20 acres; this 20 acres, the land which the said Briant sells, from where the branch goes into a bay taking the high bushes to a pine corner thence to a pine stand, it a ______ at James Crawford’s line taking said line down the branch to a gum corner on said Jones’s land, the said land next to three sweatgums on the northeast side of Catfish in the state aforesaid, it being part of a tract of 969 acres surveyed for Willis Finklea of Craven County by Hugh Giles, 4 October 1791.Signed by John Finklea and Jesse Briant.Willis Finklea was a witness.

7 September 1818
State of South Carolina

John Finklea bought from William Taylor for $132.Description of the land is as follows:“one third part of of a plantation or tract of land, late the property of Martin ???? conveyed from Elizabeth ???? to me containing in the whole 200 acres granted to Lamore Dupree 25 February 1739 and hath such form and marks as _______________ and lying and being on Tobey’ s Creek.”

3 February 1849
Bill for Account and Relief

The orator, James Haselden, shows that James G. Crawford, late of Marion District, executed a will on 12 May 1846 and died soon thereafter, appointing the orator executor. Will was admitted to probate 7 July 1846.Will mentions children of my deceased sister Mary (Mercy) Finklea (children not named), brothers Stephen Crawford, Samuel Crawford, Samuel F. Crawford, and sister Rhoda Godbold.

28 July 1849
Bill for injunction and relief

Orators McDonald and Crawford show that on 12 May 1846, James G. Crawford, late of Marion District, made his will and shortly thereafter, died.Item:My executors to keep my negroes and other property (except such items as he may deem it advantageous to sell) until crop be gathered, then to sell all my crop, stock and plantation tools, household and kitchen furniture, etc., except the negroes, for the payment of my debts.If not sufficient, to sell sufficient of my lands.Mentions children of his deceased sister Mary Finklea, brothers Stephen Crawford and Willis G. Crawford, slaves for 15 years, then to the children of Willis G. Crawford; Samuel F. Gibson in trust for sister Rhoda Godbold.Executor friend James Haselden.12 May 1846.Proved 7 July 1846.Willis G. Crawford is insolvent and has never filed a return of his actings and doings.His seven children, beneficiaries of trust, are: H.B. Crawford, Thomas G. Crawford, Rhoda Crawford, Margaret Crawford, Willis Crawford, William Crawford, and Gibson Crawford.

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Margaret ???

Children

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John Finklea

Born about 1775
Died sometime in 1817

Marion County Microfilm Roll #482

John Fincklea, Jr.
John Finklea, Sr. – Administrator
Will dated 24 June 1817.
Witnesses:Lemuel Bryant, Charles Finklea, and John Finklea, Sr.
Proved 24 March 1818 by Lemuel Bryant before Thomas Hearlee, Ordy.
Wife:Elizabeth Finklea
Father:John Finklea, Sr.

 

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Elizabeth ????

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William Finklea

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Charles Finklea

Born between 1790 and 1800

Marion County Microfilm Roll # 140

Charles Finklea applied for letters of administration of estate of David Cummins, decd., 16 Dec. 1816.
Published by William Avant
Administration Bond 6 January 1817.
Charles Finkley, Administrator
Bondsmen: Charles Finkley, John Finkley Sr. and John Finkley Jr
Witness: Gospero Sweet. Recorded Bond Book A, page 104
Warrant of Appraisement 6 January 1817
Appraisers: John Finklea, Sr., Larry Cain, Larry Hyman. Sworn 24 Jany 1817 before Turner Bryantq J. P.
Appraisement 24 January 1817.

1820 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

2 males under 10 years of age
1 male 26 - 45 years of age
1 female 16 to 26 years of age

1830 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

1 male less than 5 years of age
1 male 5 to 10 years of age
1 male 10 to 15 years of age
1 male 30 to 40 years of age
1 female 30 to 40 years of age

1840 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

Ann Finklea
2 males 10 to 15 years of age
1 male 20 to 30 years of age
1 female 5 to 10 years of age
1 female 40 to 50 years of age

1850 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

Ann Finklea, age 51, living alone
shown next to the household of Thomas W. Finklea, age 32, which also contained Willis Finklea, age 21, and Mary Finklea, age 18.

 

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Nancy Ann ????

Born between 1790 and 1800

8 February 1859
Marion County Equity Roll #348

Bill of Equity filed by William H. Fountain .vs. Distributees of James R. Hinds.Fountain alledges that in 1852 he made an agreement with Hinds whereby Hinds would buy a certain tract of land, containing 118 acres in Marion District from the widow and heirs of Charles Finklea.Hinds would then let Fountain take possession of the land, farm it, and pay for it, and after he had paid for it, Hinds would then give Fountain good title to the property. Befoe completion of the deal Hinds died and Fountain sued to recover the land. As part of the transaction, Hinds did acquire the tract of land from the widow and children of Charles Finklea, including Nancy Ann Finklea, the widow.Mary Curry, her daughter, and Willis Finklea, a son.A deed was given by Nancy Ann Finklea, Mary Curry, and Willis Finklea according to the records in the Equity Office in Marion County, South Carolina, but currently con not be located.

Other Info

On the 1850 census of Marion County, South Carolina the family of David Currie, age 60, born in Marion County is show along with his wife Elizabeth, age 60, also born in Marion County; sons, John, age 26, and David (dwelling 376, family 379).Enumerated at dwelling 387, family 390 was John W. Finklea; at dwelling 388, family 392 was O;Neal Munn, who was married to Prudence Finklea; at dwelling 389, family 392 was Ann Fnklea; at dwelling 390, family 393 was Willis and Mary Finklea..The folks in dwellings 387 and 388 were children and Willis Finklea, the brother of Charles Finklea.

In the court record given above notice that Mary Finklea is referred to as Mary Curry.In the 1860 Marion County Census, the household of John Curry, age 35, included his wife, M. M. Curry, age 23, and children.While to age of M. M. Curry (23) does not match that shown shown in the 1850 census, it is most likely that this is Ann Finklea's daughter.

1830 Census for Marion County, South Carolina:

Mary M. Finklea
1 male under 5 years
1 male 20 to 30 years
1 female 5 to 10 years
1 female 30 to 40 years
1 female 60 to 70 years. (next to Charles Finklea in census)

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Willis Finklea

Born about 1790, Georgetown District, South Carolina
Died about October 1845, Big Swamp, South Carolina

Marion County Microfilm Roll #277

Willis Finklea (Big Swamp)
John W. Finklea, Administrator
Citation: John W. Finklea made suit for letters of Administration, 3 Nov, 1845
Administration Bond dated 17 November 1845, $2000
Bondsmen: John W. Finklea, Jane Finklea, Wm. Hyman, Neill Munn, and James W. Coleman. Witness: C. D. Evans. Recorded Book B, page 62 and 63
Warrant of Appraisement dated 17 Nov. 1845
Appraisers: Wm. Hyman, Cannon Gibbs and Bartholomew Cain sworn 1 Dec. 1845 before J. T. Bostick

Sale (no date) Purchasers: Jane Finklea, H. Culpepper, J. W. Finklea, S. Finklea, Neill Munn, R. R. Brooks, Jas. Coleman, R. W. Timmons, J. T. Bostick, Elijah Porter, J. R. Poston, B. Turner, Wim. Hyman, J. Coleman, Joel Fryer, J. Daniels, R. W. Timmons, Isaac Poston, Saml. Finklea, J. S. Coleman, S. B. Burket, T. W. Poston, B. 0. Cain, J. Cockfield, John Hanna, Jas. R. Poston, John Poston, L. R. Timmons, M. Finklea and S. Finklea. Filed 29 Dec. 1845. Account Current: William Hyman, Larry Hyman, Elijah Hix, James Coleman and Celia Poston. John W. Finklea, administrator of Willis Finklea and guardian of Samuel Finklea and Samuel J. Finklea. Guardianship bond $1000. Bondamen: J. W. Finklea, Jane Finklea. Witness: J. T. Bostick 9 Feb. 1846. Bond Book B, page 76. Account Current 1846 and 1847. Share of S. J. Finklea in his father's estate. by his share of Margaret Poston. Return 1849. Pd. Jas. R. Lewis for tutition and W. Hyman for watch. Petition of Margaret A. Finklea and Samuel Finklea that J. C. Finklea be appointed their guardian. 9 February 1846. Test: J. T. Bostick. Guardianshin Bond 9 February 1846. $1000. John W. Finklea guardian of Margaret A. Finklea Bond Book B, page 76 and 77.

Writ of Partition
J. W. Finklea appilicant vs Jane Finklea and others, Commissioners: R. W. Timmons, Battann Cain, Larry Hyman, William M. Hyman and James R. Hinds
Go upon lands described in writ of partition wherein John W. Finklea, applicant and Jane Finklea,James Coleman and wife, Mary, Neill Munn and wife, Prewey, Margaret Finklea and Samuel Finklea, defts, and to divide the same between parties in interest according to their interest allowing to Jane Finklea one third and the remaining two thirds between James Coleman and wife, Neill Munn and wife, Prewery, Margaret Finklea, and Samuel Finklea and J. W. Finklea. 9 February. 1846

 

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Jane Coleman

 

 

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John W. Finklea

Born about 1816

1850 Census of Marion County, South Carolina

John W. Finklea (34 years)
Dorothy Finklea (34 years)
William Finklea (10 years)
George Finklea (8 years)
John Finklea (5 years)
Samuel Finklea (1 year)
Thomas Jones (30 years)

 

 

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Samuel Finklea

 

 

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Samuel J. Finklea

Born about 1800

1820 Census for Marion County

1 male under 10 years of age
1 female under 10 years of age
1 male 16 to 26 years of age
1 female 26 to 45 years of age.

1830 Census for Marion County

3 males under 5
2 males 5 to 10
1 female 10 to 15
1 male 30 to 40
1 female 20 to 30

1840 Census for Marion County

1 male 5 to 10 years of age
2 females 5 to 10 years of age
2 males 10 to 15 years of age
2 males 15 to 20 years of age
1 male 40 to 50 years of age
1 female 40 to 50 years of age.

1850 Census for Marion County

Samuel J. Finklea (18 years)
Mary Finklea (18 years)
Jane Finklea (50 years)

21 January 1852
Bill for Injunction

Samuel J. Finklea and Frances C., his wife, show that on 25 March 1830, Thomas U. Jones, father of the oratrix, executed a deed for 250 acres more or less to his five children: Frances C. Jones, Eliza A. Jones, Ferdinand Jones, Orison Jones, and Frederick Jones. Thomas U. Jones has lived upon and cultivated lands described in the deed. In 1851, being desirous of moving west, he made an agreement in writing with John H. Moody to sell him lands at $12.00 an acre.The oratrix, than a single woman, on condition that she get her proportionate share (1/5 of sale) on 25 October 1851 signed deed for land to John H. Moody.Since, orator and oritrix have been married.The sister and brothers of Francis C. have demanded their share of the money, which Thomas U. Jones has refused to pay.He is deeply in debt.He has left the district.

 

 

 

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Frances C. Jones

Married late 1851

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Amelia Finklea

 

 

 

 

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Mary Finklea

 

 

 

 

 

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James Coleman

 

 

 

 

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Prudance (Pewery) Finklea

 

 

 

 

 

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Neill Munn

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Elleck Finklea

22 June 1805
State of South Carolina, Marion District

Charles Meloy sold one negro girl named Rose to Elleck Finklea for $400.

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