G. Waterhouse went to the Baltimore, MD area in October of
1806 to represent Moses, Rosanna, and Salley
/ Sarah Roddey, as well as the children of James Ryon, in
their part of the settlement of the Daniel McComiskey estate,
he had to visit a John Finley
of Chambersburg, PA to settle a related matter:
27, 1806: One of which [i.e. one of the shares
of the estate] had
been previously settled for and paid to John of
Chambersburg [PA], or
its vicinity, who pretended [appears, from the perspective
of Richard G. Waterhouse, to have been a scam] to have
authority or control of it vested in him by Sarah Roddey, the
Devisee. Notwithstanding, I sold and executed Deeds of
Release to John McComiskey for Eight of said Legatees.
Made preparation for an early start next morning. Young
Daniel McComiskey having to accompany me to John Finley's.
Wednesday, October 28 & 29, 1806: Waterhouse
traveled four miles to see an Esquire Lemmons (probably a
Justice of the Peace) and another eight miles to Esquire
as well as a few more miles into York County, PA, before
returning back to the home of John Finley.
October 30, 1806: Breakfasted
with old Mr. Finley, who treated us very politely & shewed
us his new invented machine for peeling Apples. Returned
to Chambersburg accompanied by John Finley, who agreed to refund
the Legacy, or what he had received in lieu thereof for and in
behalf of Sarah Roddey (Alias) Sarah Prewit; and gave his
note of hand to Young Daniel McComiskey for the same - being
October 31, 1806: Mr.
McComiskey gave the Note on John Finley, to an Officer to
collect. Who cited him to trial next day.
November 1, 1806: John
Finley appeared before the Magistrate and confessed Judgement on
his note of $30 given to Daniel McComiskey. Left town at
12 o'clock. Crossed the South mountain to Mr. Vorts.
Finley's relationship to the Roddy & McComiskey families?
There seems to have
been some kinship relationship between John Finley of
Chambersburg, PA and the Daniel McComisky, Sr. and Phillip
Roddy families. In some way and for some reason, John
Finley gained control over Sarah / Salley Roddy's share in the
Daniel McComisky estate.
McComiskey's (son of Daniel McComisky, Sr.) 1819 will
mentioned a John
McComeskey Finley as being a nephew to John McComiskey.*
Since this John McComeskey Finley had "McComeskey"
as his middle name, it would appear that his mother's maiden
name was McComeskey. Thus, it is likely that John
McComeskey Finley's mother was the daughter of Daniel
McComiskey, Sr. and, thus, she was the sister of John
McComiskey, Mary McComiskey Roddy, and the other children of
Daniel McComiskey, Sr.
*Source: Page 261 of Richard Green Waterhouse
(1775-1827) by Elizabeth Waterhouse Layman (Wolfe City,
TX: Henington Publishing Company, 1996)
this John McComeskey Finley (mentioned in the John McComiskey
will) was the son of the John Finley and a
yet-to-be-determined daughter of Daniel McComiskey, Sr. If
this is true, it would mean that Sarah / Salley Roddy of
Knoxville was the niece of the John Finley who took control of
her share of the inheritance.
A John Finley married
Margaret Kerr in Knox Co, TN on November 13, 1793.
(Source: Page 367 of Tennessee Records: Bible Records and
Marriage Bonds compiled by Acklen, Vaught, Bouton, Jetton,
& Ogden; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., 1980)
- First: Was this the
Chambersburg, PA "John Finley?"
- Second: Had this "Margaret"
Kerr been previously married and was her maiden name
(1) The Finley family of Chambersburg, PA had
connections with a Kerr (Carr) family who lived near them in
PA.* Perhaps Margaret McComisky married a Mr.
Kerr first, then married John Finley in 1793. Perhaps
they even knew each other prior to their moves to Tennessee.
John Finleys of Knox County, Tennessee," page 39 of Volume
9 (1), April 1993 of Tennessee Ancestors)
(2) John Finley of Chambersburg, PA owned land near the Daniel Haston family (and Phillip Roddy's
family) in the area south of the Holston River. He was
the nephew of Captain Patrick Jack, who may have lived in that
area. He was also probably the John Finley who served on
some juries with Daniel Haston (see Daniel's
Finley's Knox County, TN Sojourn
1795, there was a John Finley who lived in Knoxville,
TN. He purchased
a very large tract of land from Patrick Jack of Franklin
County, PA (Chambersburg, PA area). This land had been
granted to Patrick Jack by Little Carpenter, a Cherokee
Chief. Captain Patrick Jack was related to the Finley
family of Franklin County, PA by marriage. His wife,
Martha, was the daughter of a John Finley of Letterkenny,
PA. This John Finley died in 1783 or so. He had a
son, John Finley, who inherited the mansion plantation in
Letterkenny, as per a "Finley" vertical file
document in the PA State Library (Genealogy section).
Letterkenny, PA is just north of Chambersburg, PA.
1807 there was a lot
ownership dispute related to lot #10 in Knoxville,
TN. John Finley (Findly) was named in the dispute as
...resided in or
about Knoxville the whole of the year 1796 and about the
tenth day of March 1797 he left Knoxville and went to
Franklin County in Pennsylvania where his father resides, then
intending to return to Knoxville...
Richard G. Waterhouse
mentions a John Finley in his journal as one who owed him
$1.50 on a promissory note that was due on December 11,
1803. This would appear to have been a transaction that
occurred in the Knox County, TN area.
From the above
information, it seems reasonable to infer that the John
Finley, with whom Richard G. Waterhouse interacted on his 1806
journey to the Baltimore, MD area, was a relative of Sarah /
Salley Roddy. He, apparently had lived in the Knox
County, TN area earlier and probably interacted with the Roddy
family while he lived in Knox County. He and Sarah /
Salley Roddy possibly made some arrangement through which he
would represent her in the settlement of Daniel McComiskey,
Sr.'s estate. However, it appears that he did secure her
share of the settlement but failed to convey it to her, the
rightful owner. Thus, Richard G. Waterhouse secured the
settlement for her, from this same John Finley.
There may have been as many as three different men by the name
of John Finley in the Knoxville area in the late 1790s &
early 1800s. Thus, it is difficult to know how many of
the "John Finley" document references for that area
and that era were associated with the John Finley who was in
some way related to the McComiskey and Roddy families.
Carmen J. Finley has written an excellent article on the
Finleys of Knox County, TN."
additional documents related to the John Finley family, use
this excellent databased web site created by Carmen J.