The Finney surname and generations in America are believed to have originated in Northern Ireland, and at least one brother emigrated to America around year 1800.
Alexander Finney is believed to have been of Presbyterian heritage, and immigrated into Southwestern Virginia after the American Revolutionary War ended in 1783 and perhaps around 1799 came to the Boutecourt County area of the future Roanoke County. Prior to the revolution, lands such as Boutecourt County were owned and populated mostly by Cherokee natives with property rights (including land and slave ownership) enforced by British colonial by treaties and authorities of Episcopalian heritage in Eastern Virginia.
Research indicates there were several, perhaps 10 or more Finney young men on the tax roles of Boutecourt County in the 1799-1800 period; and they branched out to acquire property in Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama.
And there is no evidence these young men brought wives with them from Ireland or Scotland. In fact, most women available to them were Cherokee and a mixture of African Cherokee by virtue of slavery. It is unrealistic to imagine that adventurous young men in their prime of life lived without sexual intercourse.
Family search data reflects that Alexander Finney married in 1804 and fathered a son born in 1805 whose mother was Margaret Carter, indicating he had accumulated sufficient property and wealth to marry one of the distinguished Carter family offspring albeit she is not listed in the below reference of prominent Carters unless perhaps she was Mary Carter.
Roanoke County was formed by Virginia Legislature in 1836, apparently populated by a sufficient number of White settlers in aftermath of Cherokee Removal Laws of President Andrew Jackson.
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