Name variations include: Finnimore, Finemore, Finnemore, Finimore
Samuel Finnamore was born about 1821 in Luffincott, Devonshire, son of Thomas Finnamore and Mary Carter. He was baptised on 21st October 1821 at Luffincott. Luffincott is a small village of less than 100 residents in the Hundred of Black Torrington and the Deanery of Holsworthy. Samuel was a farm labourer [c] quarryman [h] and Orchardist [e]. He was of the Church of England faith. Samuel could read but not write. He signed his marriage certificate with an X. [c& i]
Mary Ann Gray: No birth or baptism has been found. According to her shipping records Mary Ann was born about 1819 in Plymouth Devonshire, daughter of Samuel Gray and Mary [possibly Mary Gill who married Samuel Gray, a mariner, on 30th December 1817 at St Charles Church, Plymouth]. Mary Ann was a housemaid and cook [servant]. She could read and write. She was of the Church of England faith.[c] NOTE: Mary is not Mary Jane the daughter of Samuel Gray and Mary Heywood of Moretonhampstead. This Mary married Edward Rossiter. Not Mary Ann Gray baptised in St Charles Plymouth 1821 parents William and Betsy - no parents listed on FS.
1841 Census: Samuel Finemore aged 15, agricultural labourer, is living in the home of William and Margaret Botterell at Hele, St Giles on the Heath, Devon. Ages were rounded down to the nearest five years in the 1841 census. St Giles on the Heath is three miles from Luffincott and is the address given when Samuel married in October of that year. Mary Gray is at the Rectory, home of Rev. Franke Parker [Clergyman] in Luffincott. Mary, aged 20, is a female servant.
Marriage: Samuel and Mary Ann were married on 20th October 1841 in Luffincott Parish Church after Banns. Samuel was a minor, occupation labourer, residing at St Giles on the Heath. Mary Ann was of full age, a servant, residing in Luffincott. Rev Franke Parker, Rector, Mary's employer, performed the service. Witnesses were Phillipps Donnithorne Dayman, Elizabeth M Dayman and Mary Giddy. Mary Giddy is also a servant at the Rectory in the 1841 census and was probably a friend of Mary's. At the time of their marriage both their fathers were recorded as being deceased. Both fathers were also recorded as being labourers - certificate held.
Immigration: Samuel and Mary Ann travelled to Australia in 1849 aboard the Agenoria departing Plymouth on 7th February and taking 107 days, arriving on 25th May 1849 with their three children., Elizabeth, John and Mary Jane. On board were 256 passengers. Samuel and Mary state they have no relatives in the colony.
Their children include:
Finnamore: Elizabeth, born 1842, Plymouth, Devonshire.[c] Probable birth reg June Q 1842, Camelford Reg District, Vol 9 Page 50.[b] Married David Ogden. [son of Samuel Ogden and Maria Arndell Tunks] in on 26th March 1867 at St Paul's Pennant Hills [m] Elizabeth died at Canterbury NSW in 1900 [ref 5128/1900] David died in 1915 at Granville. It appears they had no children.
Finnamore: John, born about 1845 in Treknow Cornwall [c]. Probable birth registration June Q 1845 Camelford Reg Dist, Vol 9 page 47 [b] Died before 1865 as per Samuel's death certificate. Probably died before 1853 [birth of brother John Henry] Possible death registration V18491006 34B/1849 John Finnimore - infant. Confirmed as per burial information. John Finnemore, infant son of Mary Ann aged 4 years buried 21st September 1849, buried St Anne's Church of Engalnd, Ryde. [FS - Aust Cemetery Inscriptions]
Finnamore: Mary Jane, born 12th June 1848 in Treknow in North Cornwell [c]. Certificate held - My Great x 2 Grandmother
Finnamore, Ellen born 24th February 1851 baptised 15th March 1851 by minister N Turner in the Register of the Wesleyan baptisms solemnised in the Parramatta circuit in the county of Cumberland NSW. Father Samuel was a labourer residing at Ryde. Surname registered as Finnigan although this birth is confirmed per Samuel's death certificate. [Trans held]
Finnamore, John Henry born 3rd August 1853 Hunters Hill, Sydney , Baptised 21st August 1853 by George A Turner C of E Hunter's Hill. Registration V18531457 39A/1853. [Trans Held] Parents shown as James and Mary A Finamore - a probable mistranscription of the original entry. Baby John was baptised on the same day as his mother Mary was buried. John Henry Fennimore[sic] aged 9 was admitted to the Sydney Benevolent Society, by John Caldwell esquire on 6th July 1863; reason being that his mother was dead, his father was in the lunatic asylum and he had been living with Mrs Hatton at Kissing Point who he states ill used him. John Henry absconded on the 9th July 1863. Possible death in 1926 John H Finemore at Adelong 10756/1926
Death: Mary Ann Finnimore [sic] aged 31 of Hunters Hill died on 19th August 1853, just 16 days after the birth of baby John Henry. It is likely her death was childbirth related. She was buried on 21st August 1853 by George E Turner Minister, Hunter's Hill, Church of England Parish, the same day as baby John Henry was baptised. [Trans Held]
Arrest and Hospitalisation:
The following account appears in the Empire newspaper dated Monday 13th May 1861: Samuel Finnamore was charged with vagrancy, having no settled place of abode and appearing of unsound mind, was sent to gaol for one month.
Samuel was arrested for pauparcy on 11th May 1861 and admitted to Parramatta Gaol. He was sentenced to 1 month imprisonment but was declared insane by two medical practitioners and sent to Parramatta Lunatic asylum on 25th May 1861. His admission report in 1861 states he is 35 years old, protestant, a widow with four children the youngest aged 6. His occupation is labourer. Melancholia is given as the form of mental disorder caused by mental anxiety and lack of proper food and ???. The approach of the disorder was pa[rtial?]. Personal restraints were not employed. It was not known if Samuel had suffered any symptoms before. The disease was described as 'casual' as opposed to hereditary or constitutional. He had no peculiar habits, did not attempt to injure himself or others, nor did he refuse food. Medical means employed were a milk and food diet. His body was described as being in good health. No address is given for that of his friends/family. It is marked 'nil'. Samuel had three pence on him when he was admitted.
Death: Samuel Finnamore died 28th December 1865 aged 40, at the Lunatic Asylum Parramatta and is buried in the All Saints Cemetery 29th December 1865. Cause of death was mania with paralysis and ? [possibly spetic?] from disease of the elbow. He had suffered from the illness for 4 1/2 years. [Trans Held]