Biography of Cyrus Finley (1841- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 538.

Cyrus FINLEY, a leading merchant of Briscoe, was born in Lincoln County, December 4, 1841, and is one of ten children, eight living, born to Cyrus and Jane (SHANNON) FINLEY, whose births occurred in Virginia and Kentucky, in 1799 and 1809, and who died in Missouri in 1861 and 1887, respectively. The father’s parents died when he was a child, and he was taken to Kentucky by an uncle. There he afterward met and married Miss SHANNON, and in 1829 came to Lincoln County, Mo. Young Cyrus FINLEY attended the old subscription schools of Missouri, and assisted his parents in tilling the farm. After attaining his majority, he began doing for himself, and farmed and followed mercantile pursuits in Illinois for some time; then returned to Missouri, where tilling the soil occupied his attention until 1883. At that date he erected his large storeroom at Briscoe, where he has since been in partnership with Mr. BROYLES, the firm name being FINLEY & BROYLES for sometime, but is now FINLEY, EVERSMEYER & Co. In 1884 he married to Sarah M. FINLEY, who was born in the county, December 20, 1856. They have one daughter. Mr. FINLEY is a Democrat, and is postmaster of Briscoe. Mrs. FINLEY is a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Betty Lavy Krieg, 30 Jul 2001.  Link change or update: 24 September 2001

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