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Elizabeth Wereley
No. 130

Hello Sweeneys!

I am Elizabeth Wereley from Easton, Pennsylvania USA and my grandmother was a Sweeney, Mary Bernice Elizabeth Sweeney Godwin. We have traced her family back to her great-grandfather Michael Francis Sweeney born August 31, 1802 in Kilglass, County Sligo, Ireland and died in February 13, 1894 in Cherry, Sullivan County, PA USA. He married Catherine Sweeney (maiden name same!) born December 24, 1811 Kilglass County Sligo, Ireland and died June 24, 1877 in Sullivan County PA USA somewhere between 1829 - 1830 in County Sligo, Ireland. They immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1830. Michael worked on the Rideau Canal between the St Lawerence River and Ottawa Canada until its completion. They then followed canal workers thru the states of Maine, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Michael apparently worked as a canal digger until they eventually settled in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. After settling down, he made a living as a farmer. We believe Michael's father's name was Owen and his mother's name to have been Catherine Hebren. Two of Michael's brothers joined him in Pennsylvania; they were Patrick born c. 1815 in Kilglass, County Sligo,Ireland, Martin born c 1811 also in Kilglass, County Sligo,Ireland, and James birthdate unknown. The family centered around Bradford and Sullivan Counties in Pennsylvania, extending in later years to Towanda Pennsylvania, and Corning and Elmira New York.
Any assistance in locating information on Michael's parents or other siblings or on Catherine's parents would be greatly appreciated.

James Gooch
No. 131

My GGrandmother Hattie Mildred Sweeney was born in Henry County ,TN on 10 Feb 1899 (Spouse: Davy William Eaves) she died on April 18, 1982 in 78613 Cedar Park, Williamson, TX. Her parents were: Father: Charles Thomas Sweeney (birth and death info, unknown) Mother: Mammy Counsel (birth and death info, unknown)

If someone has info on these two please contact me.

Michael J. Sweeney
No. 132

My name is Michael J. Sweeney, and I am from Houston Texas.
I have been doing genealogy research for the past twelve years. In the last few years I have been working on my Irish roots. My great grandfather was Edward Sweeney who married Bridget Madigan on Feb 13, 1831 in the parish of Coolcappagh, townland of Cooltomin, Ireland. They had seven children, the youngest was Michael Sweeney, my grandfather, born Sep. 29,1849. He came to the United States, by himself, in the mid 1800's. He worked in Washington D.C. first for the Post Office beginning in 1867 then the Dept. of Interior in 1870. Somehow he made his way to Sedalia Missouri and began work for the KATY railroad in 1872, starting as a clerk. There he met Mary Ida Delamater and they married Jan. 20, 1876. He remained with the railroad the rest of his life, becoming vice president at one time. He died in Houston on Dec. 21, 1911.

Brendan J. Rush
No. 133

Brendan Rush

Born: Boston MA, 7-31-67
Mother: Lorraine McSweeney, Boston b.1938 Daughter of Edward P. McSweeney, Boston b. 3-17-00, Son of William McSweeney, Boston or Ireland.

Edward P. McSweeney, born on St. Patrick's Day in Boston in 1900. Engineer for the Metropolitan District Commission. There is now an Edward P. McSweeney Park in Dorchester (Irish Neighborhood of Boston) by Malibu Beach on Morrissey BLVD, which is marked by a huge peice of granite that has his name and the shamrock. He worked for the MDC for 65 years he passed in 1988. He was responsible for much of the designing of bridges throughout Massachusetts.

Arthur McSweeney, Edwards Youngest Brotehr died inEurope during WWII.

His Father William married a Mary McCabe of Boston or Ireland.

Brendan J. Rush

Shirl Gore
No. 134

Hello to all the Sweeney Clan
My name is Shirley (nee Sweeney) Gore,I am from Australia. I am looking for information on my 3 times Great Grandparents Timothy Sweeney born about 1797 in Cork, Ireland not sure exactly where. He was a farmer and he married Johannah Piggott in 1837 Ireland, on his death certificate it states his father's name was Michael. Timothy and Johannah had two sons, the first son being my 2 times Great Grandfather Michael Sweeney born 1837/39 in Cork Ireland and second son was John Sweeney born about 1840 Cork. From what I have found out Johanna and son Michael arrived Australia on the Dorigo in 1860 and I cannot find when Timothy and son John arrived but according to Timothy's death certificate he was in the Colony (Australia) for 28 years and the date of his death was 7th December 1875 at Campbelltown NSW Australia.
I Have also heard that Timothy could of dropped Mac from the Sweeney name, but I am not sure of this.
I do Hope someone can help me
Good luck to all who are searching for their families
Shirl (nee Sweeney) Gore

Molly Flanagan
No. 135

Here is what I have found about the Sweeney side in my family.

Thomas Sweeney
Born: 5 Nov 1875
Died: Jan 1963 in Illinois
Immigrated to the USA from Killeshandra Sept. 12, 1894 on a ship named the Teutonic which departed from Liverpool.
Occupation is listed as Shop Boy.

Rose Sweeney
Born: 28 Feb 1875
Died: Nov. 1972 in California (San Francisco) she moved to from Illinois to California right after Thomas died.
She was also born in Ireland but I have not found when she immigrated to the US. Her maiden name was McAllister.

Bridget Mary Sweeney
Born: 30 May 1903 in New York City
Died: 28 Jan 1974 in Portland, Oregon
She was put into an orphanage in Sept. 1903 (New York Foundling Home) and was sent on an orphan train to be adopted in 1906 or 1907.
Her birth certificate indicates that she had an older brother or sister at the time of her birth.

I wished I had more information.

Molly Flanagan

William Sweeney
No. 136

Looking for info re: ggrandfather who was Den(n)is Sweeney,son of Jeremiah Sweeney and Bridget Shea. Supposedly born in Co. Kerry about 1860. Arrived Boston,MAssachusetts,USA about March 1876. While in Massachusetts he married Catherine Kinnear who was from Co. Clare, born about 1860, daughter of Patrick Kinnear and Bridget Kitt. Dennis may have dropped the "Mc" or "Mac" from the name.

Patricia Smith
No. 137

Hi, My name is Patricia Smith. I was traveling through Ireland when I saw the sign for Sweeney clan reunion. My great-grandmothers name was Margaret Sweeney, also known as Maggie Sweeney. She was born in the town of Carrigart, county of Donegal in 1863. I am told that her birthday was January 1. She came to America in 1880 when she was 17 years old and landed at the port of Philadelphia. In the early 1890's she married Albert Bright. They had two children, Anna May, born May 30,1895 and Joseph born May 2, 1900.
Her mothers maiden name was McFadden. Her sisters name was Mary Sweeney, she married a Donnelly in America. She talked of minding sheep in the meadow. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith
No. 138

I live in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. I am looking for my great grandmother who was born in Carrigart , county of Donegal. Her name was Margaret Sweeney, she was also known as Maggie Sweeney. She was born in 1863, I was told that her birthday was Jan. 1 . Her sisters name was Mary Sweeney. Her mothers maiden name was McFadden. She came to America in 1880, she was 17 years old and landed at the port of Philadelphia. She talked of tending sheep in the meadow. In the early 1890'S , she married Albert Bright. They had two children. Anna May was born on May 30 , 1895 and Joseph was born May 2, 1900. Her sister's married name was Donnelly. I was traveling in Ireland when I saw the sign for the Sweeney clan reunion. Thank you for any help.

Click Here
No. 139

Hello Sweeney clan! I am looking for the Pennsylvania connection in our family. My great grandfather came to the US in about 1858. He was in PA for a while before moving to San Francisco where he eventually settled and opened a successful stockyards there. I'm guessing that one of his brothers might have settled in PA before he got there. His brothers were James and Edward (and possibly Hugh). He also had three sisters, Nora, Bridget and Kate.
After a time, he sold his SF business and purchased a piece of land in Donegal. He moved his family back to Ireland to the Carrowcannon House. They remained for 8-10 years. He worked for land reform and was imprisoned for 18 months. Then my grandfather and the eldest sister returned to the US.
They stayed in PA for a year or two and my great aunt went to school at Mt. de Chantal in WV, close to Philadelphia. Any help or sonnections would be greatly appreciated.

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