Finley House (1839-1899)

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Finley House
Born: 1 Aug 1839 in Oxford, Ontario, Canada
Died: 25 May 1899 Corwith Twp., Otsego, Michigan
Father: James J. House
Mother: Tryphena Malcolm
Siblings: Daniel House
Joseph House
Peter House
Nancy House
Finley House
Lemuel House
Jeremiah House
John House
Chauncey F. Howse
Rebecca Jane House
Almira House

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County, 1884, p. 313:

Finley House, farmer, section 25, Buel Township, was born Aug. 1, 1839, in Oxford County, Canada, and is the son of James J. and Triphena (Malcolm) House. The former was born in the State of New York, of Pennsyvania Dutch descent, and is now a resident of Buel Township. He is 83 years of age. The mother died Jan. 28, 1884, and at the time of her death was 73 years old. She was born in Canada, of Scotch parentage.

The family included eight sons and four daughters, as follows: Daniel, Joseph (died from the results of hardship in the army); Peter (died while in the army); Lemuel; Jeremiah (died in the army); Chauncey, John (died at the age of six years); Maria (deceased); Nancy, Rebecca, and Almira House (deceased).

The family came to Sanilac County, Feb. 1, 1862 where Mr. House located 160 acres of land in Buel Township. He sold this to his brother Lemuel and bought 80 acres, where he has since resided. He is a Republican in political principle and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is unmarried.


  • 1851 Canada West Census, Twp. of Dereham, County of Oxford, ED 2, page 57, Line 31-41:
Jas House
Finlay House, ----, b. Canada W., New Co Methodist, 13, male, single
  • 1861 Canada West Census, Twp. of Dereham, County of Oxford, ED 4, page 92, lines 41-46:
J. House
F. House, Labourer, b. U Canada, NC Methodist, 21, male
  • 1870 Federal Census, Buell, Sanilac, Michigan, page 5, dwelling 36, family 36, enumerated 22 Jun 1870:
House, James
, Finlay, 31, male, Farm laborer, CAN
  • 1880 Federal Census, Buel, Sanilac, Michigan, page 17, dwelling 103, family 106, enumerated 14 Jun 1880:
Howes, James
, Finley, son, single, Male, white, 40, CAN, Farmer, NY, CAN 
  • Otsego County, Michigan, Record of Deaths, vol 1, p. 43, #27:
Findley House
male, white, single,
age: 59y 9m 23d,
Occupation: Farmer
Died: 25 May 1899 Corwith twp.
Cause: Paralysis
Born: Canada
Father: James J. House of New York
Mother: Triphena Malcomb of Canada
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County, 1884, p. 313
  • Will: Michigan, Wills and Probate Records, 1784-1980
Name: Finley House
Probate Date: 16 Jun 1899
Probate Place: Otsego, Michigan, USA
Inferred Death Year: Abt 1899
Inferred Death Place: Michigan, USA
Item Description: Packets, 75-157, 1893-1901
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Petition Papers 2
Order Papers 3–4
Petition Papers 5–6
Order Papers 7–8