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James Bradley Finley

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Name  James Finley

Died  1856
James Bradley Finley Rev James Bradley Finley 1781 1857 Find A Grave Memorial
Books  Autobiography of Rev James B, History of the Wyandott, Sketches of Western Methodism, Autobiography of REV James B, Life Among the Indians: Or - Perso

James Bradley Finley (July 1, 1781 North Carolina - Sept. 6, 1856 Cincinnati, Ohio) was an American clergyman.



When he was born, his father was working as a missionary. The family settled in Virginia, and later emigrated to Ohio. A move to Kentucky was frustrated by land pirates, and the family returned to Ohio. James grew up as a backwoodsman, familiar with forests, their lore and their inhabitants. His father ran a school during the stay in Kentucky, and there James was schooled in the classics. James also studied medicine, and began a practice in 1800. Upon his 1801 marriage to Hannah Strane, he built a cabin and returned to the backwoods life.

He joined the Ohio conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1809. From 1816 to 1821 he was presiding elder of the Steubenville, Ohio, and Lebanon districts. In 1821 he was sent as missionary to the Wyandot people, where he remained six years. Retaining the superintendency of this mission for two years, he subsequently continued in the itinerant ministry as pastor and presiding elder till 1845, when he was appointed chaplain of the Ohio Penitentiary. He retained this office till 1849. During his later years he acted as conference missionary and pastor of churches in southern Ohio.


His chief works are:

  • Autobiography (Cincinnati, 1854)
  • Wyandotte Mission
  • Sketches of Western Methodism (1857)
  • Life among the Indians (1857)
  • Memorials of Prison Life (1860)
  • References

    James Bradley Finley Wikipedia

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