FINNEY

Robert Finney fought under the standard of William of Orange in Ireland in 1689 as one of the defenders of Londonderry.

Robert Finney was “…born in Ireland about 1668, came to America with his wife, Dorothea, and children as early as 1720, and settled in New London township. He purchased from Michael Harlan, in 1722, the ‘Thunder Hill’ tract of 900 acres, for which a patent was afterwards granted him, dated Aug 4, 1733. Tradition states that he was one of the defenders of Londonderry, and in the battle of the Boyne, 1690, he was wounded and left upon the field as dead. Regaining consciousness in the night, and finding a horse grazing near, he mounted and rode away. It is also said that at the burial of some one, years after his sepulture, his skull was discovered with a hole in it, showing where the wound had been.

Another oft-repeated tradition is to the effect that before leaving Ireland he dreamed that he had emigrated and purchased land in America, and when he actually came he recognized in ‘Thunder Hill’ the home of his dream.

Upon a corner of this tract he and his wife were buried, and the spot was reserved for a family burying-ground. He died in March, 1755, and his wife in May, 1752.”

Robert Finney & Dorothea French