History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania Chicago : A. Warner Co., 1889 Cushing, Thomas, 1821.
pg. 353 “SAMUEL F. FINLEY, dry-goods merchant, McKeesport, was born in Elizabeth, this county, May 23, 1856, a son of ABRAHAM and JANE C. (SEAMON) FINLEY, who settled in ELIZABETH about 1842.His father, a boat-builder by trade, followed that vocation for years, and during the civil war was in the (pg. 354) quartermaster’s department under GEN. JAMES A.. EKIN.Shortly after the close of the war he died at his home in Elizabeth.His family consisted of 7 children: LIDIE S. (MRS. CHARLES A. SMITH), MARY A. (MRS. JOHN W. OVERENA), LIZZIE J., LOTTIE B., ROBERT S., SAMUEL F. and ANNIE C. (MRS. REV. R. C. WOLF).SAMUEL F. was reared and educated in Elizabeth... In September, 1879, he came to McKeesport... He married, March 25, 1884, SONOMA S., daughter of REV. DR. J. A. and SARAH A. (ARCHIBALD) SWANEY, of this county, and by her has two children: PHEBE L. and PAUL K.MR. FINLEY is an active member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, and a strong advocate of prohibition.”