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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John Finney, a native of Bowling Green, Ky., was born in 1822, and was the tenth in the family of eleven children born to John and Elizabeth (Heart) Finney, the former of whom, whose parents were natives of Virginia, was himself a native of Kentucky, and a farmer by occupation. Mrs. Elizabeth Finney, was a daughter of John Heart. John Finney, subject of this sketch, immigrated with his parents to Warren County, Mo., in 1832, and to Franklin County in 1845, settling first at Berger Station. He owns 750 acres of cultivated land where he resides, well stocked and equipped for farming. In 1845 he married Miss Louisa Roark, a native of Franklin County, and a daughter of William and Nancy (Breeding) Roark, the latter a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Napper) Breeding, natives of East Tennessee. Mr. Breeding was a noted hunter and trapper, and took great delight in the chases and trappings. One John Breeding settled on Berger Creek, this county, about 1795; his son, William Breeding, was in the celebrated Indian fight on the Galena River, with Daniel Boone, and was wounded while looking out of one of the port holes of the boat; he died in Oregon, aged upwards of eighty years. William Roark was a son of James and Nancy (Finney) Roark. To Mr. and Mrs. John Finney seven children have been born, viz.: William R., Nancy J., John M., James H., Elijah, Zimri M., Benjamin F. (deceased). Mr. Finney is a Democrat politically, and a Master Mason.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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