Andrew Finley was baptized in 1688, Amagh, Ireland and came to America in 1732, where he settled in Chester county, till going to Hopewell Twp, in York Co, ca 1740. His son, Andrew Finley, who was born in 1717 and died in 1807, was a wealthy landowner and knows as "The King of the Barrens". This was a huge area that had no trees, either from a natural fire (lightning?) or removed by the Indians. Regardless, it was a terrific saving of time and work, for it could be immediately planted with crops without the usual years of clearing. Andrew, the son, married Martha Ann McLain, but they had no children. Thus he left his estate to his relatives .
Andrew's bvrother, Major John Finley, was baptized in 1726 and married (1) Mary Young and (2) Martha. In 1779 he was the second highest taxpayer in Chanceford Twp, with many acres, slaves and cattle. John had only one child, a daughter, Sarah, who married col. John Laird. Her children are mentioned in the their uncle's will.
Andrew Finley will, 3-12-1806 Hopewell Twp, York co
In the name of God Amen I Andrew Finley of Hopewell Township York county in the State of Pennsylvania being in perfect health mine and memory thanks God therefore calling to mind the morality of my body knowing that is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I five and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I give to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion hereinafter names executors. Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of god. I give such worldly estates wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this life give and demise and dispose of the same in the manner and form following.
First, I devise and bequeath unto my niece Elliner Baxter the summ of two hundred pounds so that she may receive or draw the interest for 200 pounds, lawful money year and yearly during her natural life make or assign it to whom she pleases at her death. Sd Elliner Baxter likewise shall have liberty to live on the plantation whereon I how live term of 5 full years from the date hereof clear of all mollestation by any person or persons she the said Elliner is to have the milch cows.
Item I give and bequeath unto my niece Mary Laird the sum of 600 pounds lawfull money of the state aforesaid also the plantation I now live on in Hopewell townshop aforeaid and all my other lands thereunto to her and her heirs for ever and the ½ of all my household furnishings and ½ of all my books and is to be paid next after Eliner is paid out of my outstanding debts.
Item I give and bequeath unto Andrew Finley Laird the sum of 300 pounds specia my watch and sword and silver buckles and buttons all wearing apparel and my gun and no more.
Item I give and bequeath unto Finley laird the sum of 40 shillings money of the state aforesaid.
Item I give and bequeath unto Abigail Laird the sum of 400 pounds.
Item I will and bequeath unto Roseanne Baxter the sum of 400 pounds to be put in interest until she come of the ape of only 20 years she is to draw 6 pounds per year out of the interest and from sd 400 pounds until she comes the age of aforesaid.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Geans children one pound current money as it passes in the state within??? If they come for it.
Item I give and bequeath unto Agness Morrison the sum of 10 pounds and no more and it is my last will also that the remainder of all my estate be equally divided betwixt Mary Laird Abigail Laird and Roseanne Baxter my will that my escr. Put a tome stone over my grave and pay themselves of my estate I likewise constitute make and ordain Robert Gammill and Warrick both of Hopewell township aforsaid esecutors of this my last will and testament and Michael Morrison of the township aforesaid to be my gardeen of the whole of my aforesaid estate and I do hereby revoke and dusanull all and every other testament will and legacy and bequeaths esecutions by me in any way before enames willed of bequeathed testify confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witn whereof I have hereunto s et my hand and seal this 12 day of March the year of our Lord 1806.
Signed sealed and published and pronounced and declared Andrew Finley by me the said Andrew Finley as my last will and testament in the presence of us
Andrew Finley's marker the flat stone . is Andrew's marker in the . Round Hill Cemetery
early elders of the Round Hill Presbyterian Church
plaque of early Round Hill pastors