|George Albert FINLEY
George Albert FINLEY 2
George married Virginia Lee STRONG, daughter of Eli STRONG and Elizabeth K. BARRY, on 7 Mar 1889 in Vernon County, Missouri.1 (Virginia Lee STRONG was born on 19 Oct 1866 in Moniteau County, Missouri,3 4 5 died on 18 Jan 1891 in Vernon County, Missouri 3 5 and was buried in Richland/Wall Cemetery, Richards, Vernon County, Missouri 5.)
1 Index to Marriages, 1881-1925, Vernon County, Missouri, FHL Film 960,809, Bk E:172. Virginia is presumed to be the Jennie L. Strong who married George A. Finley in Vernon County, Missouri on 7 Mar 1889 (Bk E:172). The Jennie Strong who married William V. Herrick on 21 Oct 1885 (Bk D:93) was a daughter of Thomas L. Strong, an unrelated line.
2 Family Records of Sharron Roundtree. Sharron is great great granddaughter of Eli Strong as follows: Eli Strong > Virginia Lee (Strong) Finley > Ethel Dixie (Finley) Sanford > Virginia Emily (Sanford) Collins > Sharron (Collins) Roundtree. Those interested in the family of Eli and Elizabeth (Barry) Strong are encouraged to contact Sharry. She provided invaluable information to this author as he tried to sort out what happened to Eli's descendants. She has many original letters written by her grandmother and many original family photos collected by her grandmother. Many of these involve her cousins, including the author's grandfather and grandaunts. Sharry's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Her postal address is P O Box 776114, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Her telephone number is 970-870-1004.
3 Family Records of Sharron Roundtree.
4 Strong Family Bible. It would appear the Strong Family Bible may have originally belonged to Eli and Elizabeth Strong, for the births of their children appear to have been entered before the births of the children of J. R. and Polly Strong. This bible may have been the bible that was purchased in 1876 from the Estate of Eli Strong, Dec'd by Sarah Legg, mother of Elizabeth (Barry) Strong and Polly (Legg) Strong, which upon her death probably passed to Polly. Beginning with the birth of Eli and Elizabeth's daughter, Betty, in 1873 (Elizabeth died a week later), the entries appear to have been made by Polly until she died in 1916, at which time the handwriting noticeably changes and thereafter is presumed to be that of Bertha (Strong) Young, Polly's youngest daughter and the possessor of the bible, or at least the Family Record pages, at the time of her death in 1963. It thus appears that before Polly started maintaining the Family Records, the bible only contained entries for the family of Eli and Elizabeth Strong. Once Polly took over, she appears to have added the entries for the J. R. and Polly Strong family. [While Elizabeth's and Polly's handwriting is similar, there are some subtle differences. For example, the "B" in "Born" begins with a loop in the case of the entries for the family of Eli and Elizabeth, while it begins with a straight stroke for the family of J. R. and Polly. Also, the names of J. R. and Polly's children are listed separately in a column on the first page that was originally intended for deaths.] One possible exception to this scenario concerns the marriage information for Eli and Elizabeth - that may have been added by Polly at the same time she added her own marriage information. The handwriting for both marriage entries seems to be identical and it also matches the death entries for Eli and Elizabeth, which were probably made by Polly. Moreover, both marriage entries spell "married" as "maried." The Family Record pages have been removed from the bible, which appears to no longer exist. Originally, these pages immediately followed the end of the Old Testament. It is not known when or by whom the Family Record pages were removed. They may or may not have still been part of the bible when Bertha Dell Young nee Strong died in 1963. After Bertha's death, only the Family Record pages were passed on to her grand-nephew, Robert E. Strong, Jr.
Charles L. Bernard, Cemetery Directory of Vernon County, Missouri (Vernon County Historical Society, 1979).