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Some time ago, I saw a picture of Carlos and Effie Goings/Goins Finley on a family website. Doug Harger, who often comments here, had posted it. I replied that I had a great grand aunt, Mary Maxwell who had married Samuel Finley. Doug replied that Samuel was grand-uncle of Carlos and that Carlos was grandson of Peter Leath Finley. So, yes Samuel and his children were related to you. I don't know Doug's source, but he always seems to be very well-informed.
I found Samuel and Mary's family in the 1870 census living in Defiance County, Ohio near the Mumford family, one of whom later married a cousin of Mary's. In the 1880 census, Samuel and Mary were in Paulding living near Martha and Gibson Southers/Southards. Granville Finley, described as grandson, lived with Martha and Gibson. Others in the area were Joneses, Upthegroves, Grants, all of whom were related to me either through blood or marriage.
I found the death certificate from 1918 of Goldie Geneva Vaughn, with Granville G.Finley and Lydia J. Powell listed as her parents. Granville was still in Paulding at the time; Goldie was living in Lorain, Ohio.
After the death of Samuel, Mary lived for a time in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 1910 census lists her daughter, Martha Talbot as head. An article about her brother, Campbell Maxwell, a Xenia, Ohio attorney and politician, describes Mary as living in Detroit. I do not know the date of that article, but she is listed as a survivor of Campbell in his 1920 obituary.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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