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Seeking Findley connections South Carolina -> Tennessee -> Missouri
Posted by: Janelle Smith Ozeran (ID *****8230) Date: September 15, 2011 at 19:16:44
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I’m seeking help with the following. Any clues would be appreciated: this is one of my longest standing brickwalls…

My 4th g-grandmother Rhoda FINDLEY,
b. abt. 25 January 1808 (tombstone math), Tennessee (census data)
m. Gillum Harrison WALKER, 27 March 1834, Howard Co, Missouri. (county record book)
d. August 1892, Mcleay, Marion, Oregon (obituary, tombstone)

Family lore says nothing about Rhoda’s father, but identifies her mother as a WRIGHT, an English emigrant whose parents died at sea, and who was afterward fostered by a Quaker family (where?). My great aunts who knew her said she spoke with “thees and thous”. They also said she was a doctor and midwife in Missouri and in Oregon.

My possible 4th g-aunt (possibly Jane) Mahala Findley
b. abt 1820, Missouri (1850 census)
m. John G.BURTON, 27 March 1834, Howard Co, Missouri. (county record book)
d. after 1876 (Missouri State census)

Directly below Rhoda Findley and Gillum H Walker’s marriage record is an entry for Mahala Walker and John G Burton, married on the same day by the same official. This couple latter named a son Gillum Harrison Burton, so I’m confident assuming Mahala and Rhoda were related, possibly sisters, although Mahala is about 12 years younger than Rhoda and born in Missouri (1850 census). If the 1850 census is right, Mahala was only 14 at her marriage, and the Burtons seem to have divorced soon after that census.

To complicate matters further, Gillum Walker and Rhoda Findley had a daughter named Malinda Ann Jane who married Edson Ross Kimsey, son of James Kimsey II and Hannah McCracken. The complication is that James' older brother Littleberry (Littlebury) might have married a Susannah Findley (b. abt 1790 SC) in Tennessee (first child John b. Tenessee 1810). And another Kimsey sibling, Eleanor, married a Samuel Findley, b. abt. 1806 SC. They were probably married in MO, where all of their children were born in Platte, Co. The Kimsey connections and migration patterns make me think these Findleys all belong together. Can someone help spot what I'm missing?


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