My 4x great-grandfather was John Finney NECK, born c. 1785 in Newton Abbot.
I'm slightly confused as to where the name "Finney" came from, but I have a
theory! It's largely based on the IGI, which I realise is not the most
reliable or exhaustive source of information. But until I (or rather my
cousin Angie!) get hold of some parish records, it's all I have to go on.
According to the IGI, a John NECK married Sarah HOCOMBE in Highweek in 1784.
Highweek is near Newton Abbot, so they could have been John Finney's
Also according to the IGI, a John NECK was bapt in Totnes in 1763, the son
of Matthew and Elizabeth NECK.
Finally, according to the IGI, a Matthew NECK m. Elizabeth PINHEY in Totnes
So could "Finney" actually be a corruption of "Pinhey"??
The problem is that the IGI has baptism records for no less than 12 children
of John and Sarah NECK. The fact that John Finney isn't amongst them doesn't
concern me .... I know he was born in Newton Abbot, and these other baptisms
took place in West Teignmouth. Presumably Newton Abbot isn't covered by the
IGI. What does trouble me though is that two of the children are William
Pinhey NECK and Richard Lear Pinhey NECK. How could John think his middle
name was Finney if he had two brothers with Pinhey as their middle names?
As I said, this is only a theory and it's probably complete rubbish, but I'd
welcome some thoughts nonetheless!
Mike Matthews, Bristol, England