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John Pettus FINLEY
Hester CLARK
Husband:  John Pettus FINLEY
Birth:  ca. 1785, Montgomery [now Wythe] Co., VA
Death:  1860/1
Will signed:  16 Jul 1860, Christian Co., KY
Will proved:  21 Jan 1861, Christian Co., KY
Father:  William FINLEY
Mother:  Mary PETTUS
Marriage:  28 Nov 1805, Christian Co., KY
Wife:  Hester CLARK
Birth:  ca. 1788, Saluda River, Pendleton [now Anderson] Co., SC
Death:  1830-40 
Father:  Capt. Benjamin L. CLARK
Mother:  Patience DILLINGHAM
Children born in Christian Co., KY:
  1.  Milton Ogden FINLEY, b. 1806; m. Mary WEARE
  2.  (Son A) FINLEY, b. 1807-10
  3.  (Son B) FINLEY, b. 1807-10
  4.  (Son C) FINLEY, b. 1810-20
  5.  (Son D) FINLEY, b. 1810-20
  6.  (Son E) FINLEY, b. 1810-20
  7.  Margaret P. FINLEY, b. ca. 1812
  8.  (Daughter A) FINLEY, b. 1820
  9.  (Son F) FINLEY, b. 1820
10.  (Daughter B) FINLEY, b. 1825-30

Without knowing the birthdates of any of the known children, except Milton, it's impossible to tell which-is-which among the above.
.  John FINLEY 
Dabney B. FINLEY
.  Clark FINLEY
.  Hester M. FINLEY
.  Susan Hester FINLEY, m. Mr. WARE

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, Virginia

Sources:

1.  Family Group Sheets compiled by Georgie Tolleson and Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati.

2.  Carmen J. Finley.  1995.  "John Finley of Montgomery/Wythe County, Virginia: additional children identified."  The Virginia Genealogist 39(1):3-21; 39(2):94-103; 39(3):202-212; 39(4):282-294 (online at the Sonoma County CAGenWeb site).

3a.  Christian County, KY.  Marriage Bonds 1-A, 1797-1817, White.  (LDS Film No. 0465562), p. 49:
Finley, John Clark, Hester 23 Nov 1805 28 Nov 1805 Jesse Brooks

3b.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Finley, John Clark Hester 26 Nov 1805 Christian Co.

4.  1810 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #51 of 65; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1810 KY Christian Co. Roll 9 p. 103/475 Ln. 1 John Finley 30100-00100-03
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1800-1810 = Son B
= Son A
= Milton (b. 1806)
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = John (b. 1785)
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Hester (b. ca. 1788)
3 slaves all ages in or bef. 1810 = ? ? ?

5.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #X; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 KY Christian Co. Roll - p. 32 Ln. - - 330010-10010 -
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 9 or under 1810-1820 = Son E
= Son D
= Son C
3 males 10-15 1804-1810 = Son B
= Son A
= Milton (b. 1806)
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = John (b. 1785)
1 female 9 or under 1810-1820 = Daughter
1 female 26-44 1775-1794 = Hester (b. ca. 1788)

6a.  1830 Census Index (online at GenealogyLibrary.com):
1830 Finley, John P. KY Christian Co. p. 27

6b.  Christian County Genealogical Society (Hopkinsville, KY).  1995.  Christian County, KY, Census Records, 1820-1830-1840.  Simmons Historical Publ., Melber, KY.  On p. 39 (of the book, not the census):
1830 Finley John P. 010 210 100 - 102 000 100
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 5-9 1820-1825 = Son F (b. 1820)
2 males 15-19 1810-1815 = Son D or E
= Son C or D
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = Son B
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = John (b. 1785)
1 female 4 or under 1825-1830 = Daughter B
2 females 10-14 1815-1820 = Daughter A (b. 1820)
= Margaret (b. ca. 1812)
1 female 40-49 1780-1790 = Hester (b. ca. 1788)
One of the sons born 1810-20 (viz., C, D, or E) died before 1830.

7.  1840 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #15-16 of 94 [image 16 is missing at Ancestry.com, but present at Genealogy.com]; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 KY Christian Co. Roll 107 pp. 197B-198A Ln. 18 John P Finley 000 010 020 - 000 000 000 000 000 - 000 010 301100-203000 0500000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 white male 20-29 1810-1820 = Son F? (b. 1820)
2 white males 50-59 1780-1790 = John (b. 1785)
= ?
 
1 female free colored 55-99 1740-1784 = ?
3 male slaves 9 or under 1830-1840 = ? ? ?
1 male slave 24-35 1804-1816 = ?
1 male slave 36-54 1785-1804 = ?
2 female slaves 9 or under 1830-1840 = ? ?
3 female slaves 24-35 1804-1816 = ? ? ?
5 persons employed in agriculture
It's hard to say who might be living with John.  Listed four lines above Judith A. (JONES) WOODSON, widow of Obadiah WOODSON, who is listed one line above Abraham VENABLE; and listed 13 lines below William POOR. 

8.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 119):  District. No. 2, Christian Co., p. 360A, 7/7, enumerated 5 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John P. Finley 65 M   Farmer 7190 Virginia
Living alone.

9.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #230 of 267):  Hopkinsville P.O., Christian Co., KY, Roll M653_362, p. 760, PN 111, 767/767, enumerated 8 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
John P Finley 75 M   Farmer 11285 4500 Virginia
Living alone. 

10.  Will of Col. Henry Clark

11.  Mary Clark's web site:  Genealogy of the Clark Family.

12a.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

12b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).

12c.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Pedigree Resource File (index to CDs, online at FamilySearch.org).

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