Rebecca, It is so exciting to actually converse with someone who has family stories that have been handed down.Before I started digging, my family had no knowledge of Finley or Williams prior to William Finley, son of David and Catharine.I too am hopeful that together we can generate new leads.
I appreciate your help with Finley/Findley/Fendley in Centre county, Pennsylvania.I have not done much searching there.Most of my searching has been in Huntingdon county, PA, just to the south of Centre county.I believe I found my Archibald Findley in Huntingdon county.Here is a timeline for you, just in case it will help.There were other Findleys in Huntingdon county at the time, but these were the ones that I identified as having been in the northern part.
ARCHIBALD FINDLEY TIMELINE
1787 – Archibald Findley and John Findley, in Oneida twp, Huntingdon co, PA, owned no land 1790 -- Achabald Fendly(101)Huntingdon co, PA census, page 6 John Fendley(113)Huntingdon co, PA census, page 10 1797-- Archibald – bought land (from William Lyon) in Huntingdon co, PA (Note:David Williams’ wife’s name was Margaret Lyons) 1797-- Archibald – sold land Huntingdon co, PA 1798 --Archibald Finley (of Half Moon Valley)– bought town lot In Alexandria, Huntingdon co, PA 1800 (census) – Huntingdon co, PA(categories: <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+) All of these townships are in northern Huntingdon county. Archibald Finlay(0101000000)Franklin twp John Findley(0001000101)Warriorsmark twp Patrick Finlay(0001010010)West twp 1801 – Archibald Finley sold town lot in Alexandria 1803 – Archibald – sold land Huntingdon co, PA 1810 – Huntingdon co, PA (census) Possibly Archibald, but if so he had inherited a bigger family A Finley(32010?0100)Allegheny twp 1817 --Archibald’s son Daniel, born in Wayne co, OH(per Fulton co, Indiana History) 1820 – Archibald and family in Perry twp, Wayne co, OH(census) 1830 – Archibald and family in Chester twp, Wayne co, OH (census) 1840 – Archibald and family in Chester twp, Wayne co, OH (census)
In creating this timeline for you, I discovered that the FINLEY/WILLIAMS link may be through the LYONS family.I do believe synergy is working already!