FINNEY, Spencer L.

Male 1834 - 1901  (66 years)


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  • Name FINNEY, Spencer L. 
    Born 16 Feb 1834  Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891: SPENCER L. FINNEY merchant, was born in Buffalo valley, Union county, Pennsvlvania, February 16, 1834, son of James and Elizabeth (Johnson] Finney, farmers by occupation.

      His father was a Republican in politics, and filled various township offices in Union county. About 1864 he removed to Milton, where he died in 1876 his wife died in 1872. They reared seven children : Elizabeth, wife of John S. Lawson, of Milton; Mary H.; Spencer L.; Margaret S., widow of J. H. Haines, of Genesee county, New York; Eleanor, wife of B. Young of Mifflinburg, Union county, and James R., of Lawrence, Kansas.

      Mr. Finney was reared on the homestead farm and received his education at the township schools, and at the old academy on Broadway hill, Milton, Pennsylvania. At the age of eighteen years he came to Milton and entered the store of William Heinen & Brother as clerk, and has since been engaged in mercantile pursuits. He established his present business in May, 1856, starting in a small way, and had become one of the prosperous merchants of Milton when the fire of 1880 burned him out, with a loss of twenty thousand dollars above all insurance. He immediately rebuilt his present store room, where he conducts one of the leading mercantile establishments in Milton.

      He is a stockholder in the Milton Knitting Company and the Milton Trust and Safe Deposit Company, of which he is one of the examining committee. Politically he is a Republican, and has served as chief burgess of Milton two terms and as member of the town council fifteen years.

      In September, 1856, he married Sarah W., daughter of Elias Wertman, of Columbia county. Mr. and Mrs. Finney are members of the Presbyterian church, in which he has served as trustee and librarian many years, and has been a ruling elder for about twenty years. He is a member of Henry Wilson Post. G. A. R. of Milton. In 1862 he served as corporal in Captain Thaddeus Bogle's company of Emergency Men that went out to assist in repelling the rebel invasion of that year, but saw no further active service.

      NOTE: His store was four lots north of the engine house on the west side of S. Front Street. It can be seen on the map of 1870.
    Census (desc) 1850  White Deer Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (desc) 1860  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    working as merchant 
    Census (desc) 1870  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    working as a dry goods merchant 
    Census (desc) 1880  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    living with his sister Elizabeth and working as a dry goods merchant 
    _UID 157119D411DB7B4AB3CDB66A878831FC0049 
    Died 1901  Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1901  Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Hope Cemetery 
    Person ID I3828  Milton Families
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2016 

    Father FINNEY, James,   b. 25 Jun 1801, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1876, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother JOHNSON, Elizabeth,   b. 1800, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1824 
    Family ID F1144  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WERTMAN, Sarah W.,   b. 26 Sep 1838, Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1923, Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1856 
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F1147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 995.

    2. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 36.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 4.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 17 N Ward.