My older relatives were also always told that all l-a-y Finlays were related, but--given the casualness of spelling conventions at the time of immigration--this can't be true.
I have Daniel Finlay, b. Scotland?, lived in Bladen Co., North Carolina, moved to Tennessee.No further info.
His son was James Finlay, b. Tennessee, resettled near Brandon, Mississippi, where practiced law, was a judge, and had a plantation called Oak Grove.Died in the 1860s, married to Cada Lewis.
His son was George Preston Finlay, b. Perry Co., Mississippi, raised in Brandon.After taking law degree, he moved to Texas (Port Lavaca) in 1853, and married Carrie Rea, who I think was a Texas girl (dau. of Horsley Rea).
I know quite a bit about George, but little about his father and grandfather, etc.I am told that there is some information in "Notable men of Mississippi", but have been able to acquire a copy.
Note:I do have more complete dates for George and James, but am writing this away from home, from memory.
George was my great-great-grandfather.Merry Christmas, all Finlay cousins!