Biography of John Finlay
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Finlay, John, was born in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, November 26, 1833, and was educated in the public schools. June 20, 1856, he married Catherine Muir, by whom he had seven children: James, John, jr., William M., Margaret O., Robert, Francis G., and one who died in infancy. In April, 1869, the family came to the United States and located in Elmira, N. Y. Mr. Finlay has been in the employ of the Northern Central Railroad Company twenty one years and a locomotive engineer for eighteen years. John Finlay, jr., was born at the old home in Scotland, November 28, 1860, and is a graduate of the Elmira Free Academy. He entered the employ of the Northern Central Railroad Company in July, 1880, and was promoted to the position of engineer in 1887. He married, November 29, 1881, Mattie L., only daughter of William and Martha L. Teal, of Elmira. They have had three children: Willie T., who died at the age of five years, and Lester W. and Grace L., who survive.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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