Elizabeth (Finley) Patterson Gibson: a brick wall

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Calling all Finley researchers!

I kinda asked this question before in a much shorter form, and someone mentioned that I put the evidence out there and see what folks think, so here goes...

My ancestress, Elizabeth Finley is a brick wall. I'm pretty sure that she is a granddaughter of Robert Finley and Sarah Breckenridge Finley of Blount County, Tenn., but not sure enough to make the connection in WT.

My basis for this is some of the Kerrs (Elizabeth's son by her first marriage married a daughter of brick wall Old Jesse Kerr from a previous query), Pattersons and Finleys were living in the same county (Blount) at about the same time. Robert and Sarah would have been the right age for one of their sons to be Elizabeth's father.

Robert, probably the son of John Finley and Thankful Doak Finley, married Sarah Breckenridge about 1777 in Augusta County, Va., He received 5 shillings from his father's estate in a will written 17 Aug 1791. Robert was in Blount County by 1800 where he first appeares on the tax records. He died after January 1820 in Blount County.


Robert b. abt 1780, d. bef. 1843 Lee Co., Iowa
William, b. abt 1785 unconfirmed date
Joseph, b. abt 1788 unconfirmed date
James, b. 1796 Blount County, d. 1784 Brown Co., Kansas
John, b. 1800 Blount County, d. 1864 Lee Co., Iowa

My Elizabeth was born about 1817, so any of the above sons of Robert could have been the father. Of course, she might also have been a daughter of one of Robert's daughters and born out of wedlock.

In my personal database, I have Elizabeth's father as son Finley, and then Robert and Sarah as the parents of this son. Her first husband was Gabriel Patterson who died shortly after the birth of his only son, my gg-grandfather. She subsequently married Henry Polk Gibson and had a passle of kids.

I need some advice on how to proceed on this. To proceed or not to proceed? that is the question (Sorry, I just had to do that.) I do not want to enter this into WT with out some advice, as I think this would not be in line with WT standards, especially as the sources are slim, and I have no name or dates for a proported father for Elizabeth.

Thanks ahead of tiime for your input. Your assistance is much appreciated!
WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Gibson
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Look at this, William Finley Jr, 1791-1855

Wife,  Mary Shannon,1796-1855. District 9,Carroll Tenn.

Also in 1850=Census.
by Wayne Morgan G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Pip Sheppard

Carroll County is a long way off from East Tennessee, but this is still a possibility. If Elizabeth is a daughter, and if she married before they moved, then this could very well work out. Thanks, Wayne, for the lead. I’ll be looking into that. 


Hi there,

The interesting accents led to a wide variation in spelling of names at the early 19th century. West Virginia wasn't invented until after the Civil War. So at the time Tennessee was also known as both the state of Transylvania and the state of Franklin prior to 1796. If a female got married, look at a male sibling marrying into the sibling of the spouse's family. Pennsylvania is the place I know has an Elizabeth Pattison. She got married in Virginia, but actually it was North Carolina after Knoxville, TN  Battle of Kings Mountain. The Gibsons marry many Wheelers and Nichols and can be spotted in TX in military records of the 1840s. I'm thinking Alamo and Ross here. There's more I'll post records if you'd like? Thanks, Megan

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