Tom:Thanks for your information. We may be getting close!. Interesting that your ancestor married a Susan Wallace, because the Griffith Survey (1850) of land owners and renters shows a David Finlay renting 43 acres of land and 12 acres of water from James Hamilton in the Townland of Disert. Another major landowner in Disert was Hugh Wallace.
(Disert was a farm T.L.about a mile from the town of Killashandra. James Hamilton owned most of the town, and Hamilton Castle, but Hugh Wallace, or his representative owned a lot of land in this area). A David F. was also renting the largest property on the main st. of Killashandra.
In a census record dated 1831-1841, two David Finlays are shown with families in Killashandra: 1,David Lake F.,Eliz. Margaret,James A.F.,George F., and 2.David F., Mrs. M.A.F.,Mary Anne F., Allen F., Sarah Anne F.
Although there were numerous David.F's in other neighbouring parishes of Co. Cavan,Killashandra would seem to be a target area, because of the Wallace connection.
Interesting that Your ancestor married a servant, because some Finlays, because of land ownership were part of the "gentry", and marriages were often "arranged" within families.Running off with a servant was likely a no-no!
My ancestor David who left Ireland and married in Scotland in 1820 had a daughter Amelia, who returned to Ireland to marry another David F...probably a cousin. She died in 1888, and the newspaper account of her death refers to her as "Emma". The names are variations of "Emily" and were sometimes interchanged.It is interesting that "Emma" appears in your ancestry.
I suspect that the only way to tie down some of these questions is to plod through Irish graveyards..not always a pleasant pastime when the weather is bad! Hope this helps. DF
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