Appeals to the Privy Council

Report No. 02_1774_00

Finney v Bickerton

Finney v Byrne


Case Name Short

Finney v Bickerton

Finney v Byrne

Case Name Long

David, Robert, Elizabeth and Ann Dorothy Finney v Henry Bickerton et al

David, Robert, Elizabeth and Ann Dorothy Finney v James Byrne et al


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation 

v.5 [306] p.402–403 – 28 October 1774 – entry 1

PC Register Citation 

George III v.11 (May 1774 – May 1775) p.237: PC 2/118/237


Colonial Courts

Supreme Court for the Delaware counties – April term 1773


Bickerton, Henry

Byrne, James

Finney, Ann Dorothy

Finney, David

Finney, Elizabeth

Finney, Robert

Martin, Mary (deceased widow of Patrick Martin)

Martin, Patrick (deceased husband of Mary Martin)


Land dispute among possible heirs with respondents Byrne, et al., according to Smith, claiming “as brothers and sisters of the half-blood of the intestate by virtue of a colonial act which was contrary to the common law and had not received royal approbation,” attempting to advance Winthrop v Lechmere as applicable.


Finney v Byrne was never argued due to the Revolutionary War, according to Smith (p.653).


During this period the lower Delaware counties were in fact a part of the colony of Pennsylvania, but they retained a fair amount of autonomy, including their own Supreme Court.

References in Smith, Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Plantations

Table of Cases (Finney v Byrne)


Printed Cases

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Privy Council Documents in PC 1 at The National Archives at Kew

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