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Sarah A. Wrigley collection

 Collection — Folder: S1466
Identifier: S1466

Scope and Contents

This collection includes four legal documents regarding the political offices held by John Finley in 1832 and 1837 in Indiana, concerning Finley's election to the office of clerk for the Wayne County Circuit Court over Samuel Hannah in August of 1837 and his 1832 appointment as marshall of the sixth district of Indiana in charge of collecting votes for the electoral college election from Governor Noah Noble.


  • 1832-1837


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note/Historical Note/Administrative History

John Finley was born to Andrew and Ann (McClure) Finley on January 11, 1797 in Brownsburg, Virginia. Finley had two younger siblings, Andrew and Jane, and two older siblings, Elizabeth and William. He married his second wife, Julia Hanson, on April 9, 1829 in Marion, Indiana and they had four children together: Sarah A., Julia H., John H., and Mary Frances. Finley held several political offices in Indiana after moving there in 1821, including Justice of the Peace, member of the Indiana General Assembly (1828-1831), clerk of the Wayne County Circuit Court (1837-1844), and mayor of Richmond, Indiana (1852-1866). He also owned and edited the Richmond Palladiumnewspaper from 1833 to 1837. Finley died on December 23, 1866 in Richmond, Indiana.

John Finley's daughter, Sarah A. Finley (1830-1920), married Benjamin Wrigley and had two sons, Luke H. and Roy. On September 5, 1864, Sarah A. Wrigley became the librarian of the newly opened Morrisson Library in Richmond, Indiana, a post she held until 1903.

Noah Noble was born to Dr. Thomas II and Elizabeth Claire Betty (Sedgwick) Noble on January 14, 1794 on Long Marsh Plantation in Berryville, Virginia. Noble was one of twelve children. His family migrated to Kentucky in the early 1800s, where Noble lived until relocating to Brookville, Indiana in 1816, earning a living from land speculation and his wool-carding business. On November 8, 1819, Noble married Catherine Stull Van Swearingen in Frederick, Virginia. Noble first took political office in 1820, serving as sheriff of Franklin County (1820-1824). In 1824, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, became a receiver of public money for the Indianapolis land office (1825-1829) and served as a commissioner for the Michigan Road project in 1830. Most notably, Noble served as Governor of the State of Indiana from 1831 to 1837. He died on February 8, 1844 in Indianapolis, Indiana and was interned at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Sources: "John Finley." 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2009. Accessed July 16, 2015. "Sarah A. Wrigley." 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2010. Accessed July 16, 2015. "Sarah A. Finley." Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007.In entry for Luke H Wrigley and Lutie E Prickett, 16 Nov 1887; citing Albion, , Indiana, county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,704,898. Accessed July 16, 2015. "John Finley." Find A Grave Index, September 6, 2009. Accessed July 16, 2015.

"Indiana Governor Noah Noble (1794-1844)." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed July 16, 2015.

Morrisson-Reeves Library. "John Finley (1797-1866)." Biography Index. Accessed July 16, 2015.

National Governors Asssociation. "Indiana Governor Noah Noble." Former Governor's Bios, 2011. Accessed July 16, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Sarah A. Wrigley on 1935/11/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/01 by Hannah Vaughn. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/01 by Hannah Vaughn. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/16 by Brittany Kropf.


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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.