My gr. Grandfather was George Sweeney (“sweeney” spelled with many variations in the PA censuses from 1840 through 1880) who was of Scotch/Irish ancestry and presumably was a Presbyterian. The info I first received about George was from a Pittsburgh genealogist, Jean Sandsenbaugher Morris in 1984. She located George in the 1860 West Deer Twp., Allegheny Co., PA, who was listed as age 35 along with his wife, Satia Ann Criner, listed as age 37, and Sarah Ann, age 12, Mary Ann, age 10, Margaret Belle, age 6, Samuel age 4, and Jacob Henry age 2. Later born to this family were Robert G. Sweeney born c. 1861, and my grandfather, James Edward Sweeney born c. 1863. The genealogist found Satiah’s father’s (John Criner) will and put Satiah as being born July 12, 1821 in Middlesex Twp., Butler Co., PA and the will listed her husband, George Sweeney, and granddaughter Sarahann (spelling garbled in will). The genealogist could not find where George Sweeney was born or who his father was, but from the censuses he was born after July 1822. George was still listed with his family in the 1880 census, but is lost after that census which was from the West Deer Twp., Allegheny Co., PA. Satiah Ann, his “widow” was found living with her daughter Margaret Bell Thompson in Fawn Twp., of Allegheny Co., and Satiah died in May 1910 at age 89. She was buried in the Pleasant Unity Church graveyard in Fawn Twp. George Sweeney's death and burial are unknown to me.
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I would certainly appreciate any information regarding this family.
George J. Sweeney, D.D.S., retired, Lincoln, NE