John Finley was born in Knox County, Ohio, in 1806, came to Ashland County with his father in 1809, and settled on the farm now owned by Seibert & Austin, in Mohican Township. In 1827 he married Sarah Baird, of Plain Township, Wayne county Ohio. He was engaged in farming all his life.
In Politics he was an old-line Whig until the Republican Party was organized, when he became a Republican, and voted with the party until his death, which occurred in 1865.
His wife still survives him, and resides with her son, Luther C., in Lake Township. John Finley was the father of seven children, Abner, who married Elizabeth Smith; Elizabeth, who married Isaac Rainey; Lusette, wife of Wesley Chesroun; Mary, deceased, who was the wife of Sparks Burd; Luther, who married Ann Plank, and afterwards married Anna M. Kithcart, and then Eliza J. Hootman; and Sarah, the wife of N. Richey.