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I am researching the Grand Traverse Co., MI area and I have connected the
Swaney's from Old Mission into my family tree. Here is an article I found
in the book Sprague's History of Grand Traverse and Leelanaw Counties
Michigan by Elvin L. Sprague and Mrs. George N. Smith. (Published 1903)
James Swaney is a brother of Chris (Nancy Kitchen) Swaney
A half century seems a long period in which to reside on one farm and
yet for more then that for fifty three years James Swaney has lived upon
the farm which is now his home. It was a wild tract of land when his
parents took up their abode here, and around them stretched the green
woods, sheltering wild game of various kinds. Only here and there had a
clearing been made to indicate the advance of civilization into the
western wilderness, but occasionally the blue smoke could be seen curling
upward from a pioneer cabin. Frontier conditions existed. The farmer
cultivated their land with implements which seem quite primitive compared
to those now in use, and then after harvesting their crops had to
transport them by team to market. As the years passed, however, the
cleared and cultivated areas of the county became greater and greater and
the county is now the abiding place of a contented and prosperous people
whose richly cultivated farms surround thriving towns and cities and all
of the comforts and conveniences of the older east have been introduced.
James Swaney has kept abreast with the progress of the times in his
work and is today accounted one of the leading agriculturist of the
community in which he has so long made his home. He still lives upon a
part of the original farm entered by his father, and to which he was
brought when only about a year old. He was born in Spring township,
Crawford county, Pennsylvania, August 10, 1848, a son of John and Rosanna
(McFadden) Swaney, the former born September 13 1806, the latter on the
10th of July, 1810. They were married in Pennsylvania and unto them were
born Eleven children, of whom James was the tenth. with their family they
came to the west in the fall of 1850, their destination being Grand
Traverse county. They settled upon the farm now owned and occupied by our
subject and there they remained until called to their final home, the
father devoting his attention to the cultivation of his land, assisted by
his sons. In the early days the family experienced may of the hardships
and trials of pioneer life, but as time passed the united efforts of the
children and parents made it possible to gain more of the comforts known
to the older east. The mother died September 2, 1868 and Mr. Swaney,
surviving her for two years. passed away on the 4th of October, 1870.
Upon the home farm in peninsula township, Grand Traverse County,
James Swaney was reared and here he has always lived, Working in the
fields from the time of his youth to the present, when he owns and
operates fifty acres of land, constituting one of the good farms of the
community. There are good buildings upon the place and modern equipments,
which facilitate the farm work and in the supervision of his property Mr.
Swaney shows a thorough and practical understanding of the best methods of
carrying on agricultural pursuits.
In Peninsula township, July 2, 1871, Mr. Swaney was married to Miss
Harriet Lardie, who was born in Milton, Holten county, Ontario, March 30,
1851, a daughter of George and Harriet (Courtu) Lardie, both natives of
Canada and well know farming people of Grand Traverse county. They
arrived in this county in 1859 and established their home in Peninsula
township, where Mr. Lardie is still living, but his wife passed away April
9, 1901, when about seventy years of age. They were the parents of
thirteen children, of whom Mrs. Swaney is the Eldest. Unto the marriage
of Mr. and Mrs. Swaney seven children have been born; John E., George F.,
Lewis H., Clara B., who died in infancy; Rose E., Sylvia I., and Hattie
Mr. Swaney and his family are members of the Catholic church, and in
his political views he is a Democrat, having always given his support to
the principles of that party. He has been elected on its ticket to the
office of township treasurer, has served as high way commissioner and has
also been officially connected with the schools. Advancement along line
of public good and improvement is sure to elicit his attention and as far
as possible he has given aid to measures for the general welfare There is
hardly any one in the entire county so familiar with its history, for he
has been a witness of all the changes which have occurred through fifty
three years. He has seen the building of the railroads, the introduction
of the telegraph and telephone, the institution of the present school
system and has noted the growth along material social, intellectual and
moral lines. Events in the pioneer epoch of the count's development have
left their impress on his mind and he can relate may interesting incidents
of the early days. His long residence in the county has made him widely
known and he has gained friendship and favor among those with whom he has
been associated because of his exemplification of may sterling virtues
which go to the making of honorable manhood.
My name is Francisco Eduardo Mac-Swiney Almazán and I'm from México. My
greatgrandfather came from Ireland, and I wanted to know if Mac-Swiney and
Mac-Sweeney are alike or the same? if it is I'll like to know more about
my family :)
Looking for connections
Neill MACSWEENEY b. abt 1750, Fanad,Donegal, spouse Madge O'BRESLIN b. abt
My name is Carole Sweeney from Columbus, Oh. My husband is Tim Sweeney
and we are looking to find out where his gg grandfather & grandmother came
from in Ireland. We traced back as far as we can go on this end.
I am looking for a Thomas Sweeney, born in Donegal County, I think, about
the year 1809. He married Bridget McCabe, who was born around 1811. They
had a daughter named Mary, who was born there also.
Not sure when they came to the USA, but they settled in Perry County in
Ohio. They went on to have Ann, John, Bridget, James, Thomas, Elizabeth,
Patrick and Hugh. Their oldest daughter, Mary, married E. Gormly and they
settled in Morgan County in Ohio.
Other than that, I have no more information. I would like to know where
Thomas & Bridget came from in Ireland.
My husband's great grandfather was James (one of Thomas & Bridget's sons.
James married Rose Martin and they are buried in New Lexington Cemetery in
Thomas & Bridget are buried in what they call "Irish Ridge" in Perry
Any more information would be appreciated.
Rodger Sweeney/ Hoopman
I am looking for family of Joseph Walker Sweeney (1918-2001). He passed
away in Vallejo, Solano Co., Ca. I am his son by an anulled marriage in
Sean Mac Suibhne
Michael SWEENEY and wife Bridget nee MCCART came to Cleveland Ohio 1840.
Joining them later, 1847 was Michael's sister Margaret and her husband
James SHARKEY along with his brother John and Jane CURRAN. All were
landowners in Euclid Ohio. I only know they were from Donegal. An 1869
death record of Margaret lists her birthplace with two names, what I think
is Clondavaddog and Glen. Both are in Donegal but I've no idea why both
are named. Later relatives over are Edward Sweeney. Any help appreciated.
i dont really know who im looking for, just come across this site, my name
is adele sweeney, im 18 nearly 19,i live in northampton, my grandparents
are winifred and thomas sweeney, they had 8 children, just wondered really
if anyone knows them or was looking for them.
Elizabeth Sweeney Weimer
My grandfather, Edward James Sweeney was originally from St. Johnstown
near Letterkenny, County Donegal. I think his father was also Edward, and
his mother was Susan Bradley. This is all of the information that I have
I am looking for the family of Joseph Walker Sweeney (1918-2001). He
passed away in Vallejo, Ca. I am a son by Virginia Biegler (born in 1946)
who would like to know about other family members and family history.
Rev. Richard E. Swinney II
It is indeed a sad day here as we have lost our Mother, Hazel Christine
Swinney Anderson. She died yesterday on the 7th after complications set in
with her heart. She fought a long and hard battle with cancer of the bone,
but the Lord decided that she had suffered enough. She is survived by 5
sons; Richard, David, Donald, John, and Bob, 11 grandchildren, and 14
great grand children, and her 2nd husband, Andy Anderson. May the Lord
watch over and keep her for always.
Her loving son; Rev. Richard E. Swinney II
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