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I very much appreciate your post and the opportunity to share information. Until I read it, I did not realize there were more than two (2) Carlos S. Findlays. This is from my family’s research:

CARLOS SCOTT FINDLAY, Sr., born 1872, was the son of Peter Leath FINDLEY and his second wife, Helena F. KENDALL, my GGParents. CARLOS SCOTT FINDLAY, Sr. married Clara Frances FOY. Their children were Carlos Scott Findlay, Jr., (b. 8 Mar 1899), Thelma Finley [sic] (b. 1901 in Latty, Paulding Co.), and Ulric Findlay (b. 1906 in Findlay, Hancock Co.). Helena Kendall Findley’s mother was Mary Scott RICKMAN (b. ca. 1808 in OH), hence the use of “Scott” for a middle name.

CARLOS SYLVANES FINDLEY, according to his WWI and WWII draft registrations, was born in Delphos 20 Apr. 1890. His wife, as you stated, was named Effie. He appears to be listed as a nephew in 1900 in the family of Joseph STEWART and Lenora Lucas STEWART, h/w, as “Carolis Findley”, age 9. [The STEWART family is prominent in the FINDLAY line.] The 1930 census for Toledo enumerated Carlos Sylvanes as “Carl S.” with sons Robert and Donald, aged 19 and 18, respectively. A niece, Dean Goings, age 6, was also in residence. I have not found him in 1910 and 1920 censuses.

The SAMUEL J. FINLEY who married your GGAunt MARY JANE MAXWELL on 9-10-1861 in Fayette Co., was the son of RANDOLPH FINLEY (b. Wythe Co., VA, 6-13-1803; d. 8-16-1844, Ironton, Lawrence Co.) Samuel and Mary’s son, THOMAS, b. 1865, OH, is enumerated in Paulding Twp 1900 with wife Ida May (nee STEWART) on the same page as “Carolis”. Randolph, possibly a/k/a Randal, may have been a direct descendant of RACHAEL FINLEY [Finley vs. Draper] who won her freedom in 1820. Her first cousin, HANNAH FINDLEY [Fender vs Marr], b. ca. 1743, after winning her freedom in 1786, migrated to Floyd Co., IN, ca. 1830.

It appears to me that the two families, although very similar, are most likely distantly related.

BTW, the James and Gideon Hill families were living in close proximity to the Finleys in Wythe in 1850.

Hope this can help someone.

Terry T (in NJ)
Researching Af-Am FINDLEY/FINLEY families wherever and whenever they may have lived.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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