Descendants of William Sweeny of Chester, PA

Chester, PA, near Philadelphia, is no longer the best area to live, but used to be a thriving city where many of my ancestors originated from.

Descendants of Anthony Chamness

Chamness Family of Williamson County, Illinois

The Death of Sergeant James Alfred Taylor

Cape Charles, Virginia police sergeant dies from a gunshot would trying to capture a killer.

John Sweeny of Lewes, Sussex, Delaware

John Sweeny could be the father of William Sweeny of Chester, PA. John's will leaves William out, but does that mean he is not his father?

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Descendants of Tully W. Taylor




Generation 1

1.
Catherine Taylor
Tully W. Taylor-1 was born in 1800 in Worcester County, Maryland. He died on 11 Sep 1840 in Sussex County, Delaware. He married Elizabeth.She was born in 1805.

Child of Tully W. Taylor and Elizabeth is:


2.
i.
Charles Taylor, B: 25 May 1827 in Worcester County, Maryland, D: 24 Dec 1903 in Accomack County, Virginia, M: Hulda A. Bull, 17 Mar 1852 in Sussex County, Delaware; Particular Baptist Church.



Generation 2

2.
Charles Taylor-2(Tully W.-1) was born on 25 May 1827 in Worcester County, Maryland. He died on 24 Dec 1903 in Accomack County, Virginia. He married Hulda A. Bull on 17 Mar 1852 in Sussex County, Delaware (Particular Baptist Church), daughter of John Bull and Sally. She was born on 31 Dec 1832 in Sussex County, Delaware.


Children of Charles Taylor and Hulda A. Bull are:


i.
Mary Anne Taylor, B: 1855, D: 1942.




ii.
Nancy Jane Taylor, B: 1859, D: 1928.




iii.
Charles Franklin Taylor, B: 1864, D: 1926.



3.
iv.
James Alfred Taylor, B: 21 Jul 1856 in Sussex County, Delaware[1, 2], D: 29 Nov 1918 in Norfolk, Virginia, M: Elizabeth Higgins, 08 Jan 1894 in Northampton County, Virginia.



Generation 3

3.
James Alfred Taylor-3(Charles-2, Tully W.-1)[1, 2] was born on 21 Jul 1856 in Sussex County, Delaware[1, 2]. He died on 29 Nov 1918 in Norfolk, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Higgins on 08 Jan 1894 in Northampton County, Virginia, daughter of Charles Higgins and Charlotte Meyers. She was born on 07 Mar 1875 in Wilmington, Delaware. She died on 29 Jan 1936 in Chester, Pennsylvania.


Notes for James Alfred Taylor:
James A. Taylor, was a well known and very efficient police officer in Cape Charles, VA. He was shot and killed by Jerry Warren, a man he attempted to arrest. He was taken to Norfolk Hospital that afternoon, where he died two hours after his arrival. On that Thursday night there was a row at a festival with which the people were celebrating and two sailors attempting to restore order were shot by Warren and one of them seriously wounded. About 5 O'Clock Friday morning a squad of sailors sent from the island and guided by Taylor, surrounded the hut in the suburbs to which Warren had fled. Taylor with his usual intrepidity entered the house first and received three shots from Warren, the last and fatal one in the abdomen. Sergeant Taylor was born in Delaware (1856) and as a boy moved to Chincoteague Island with his family. He entered the Life Saving Service and was for many years, stationed at Smiths Island. In 1893 he came to Cape Charles, where his first wife was dying. He married the second time and leaves a widow and 8 children, the youngest ten years old. He was buried on Monday from the Catholic Church to which he became a convert in 1890 and continued always a practical and active member. He was one of the trustees of the Cape Charles Church. Deep regret at his death is felt, not only in this town, but throuhout the county, as he had been always not only an officer whose place it will be difficult to fill, but in every way a highly respected and upright man. [Note: Jerry Warren, charged with killing Sergt. James Taylor of Cape Charles, on November 30th last and shooting two sailors, was tried before Judge James Fletcher, at Eastville on Thursday and sentenced to be electrocuted June 27th.] (Eastern Shore Herald Obit-7 Dec 1918).1 His body was interred at Cape Charles Cemetary, Northhampton County, VA. His tombstone shows him as James A. Taylor, 21 Jul 1856 - 29 Nov 1918, erected by the Mayor & Council of Cape Charles.

Jean Merritt Mihalyka (compiler)., Gravestone Inscriptions in Northampton County, Virginia (Richmond, VA: Virginia State Library, 1984).



Children of James Alfred Taylor and Elizabeth Higgins are:


i.
Charles Taylor, B: 1897, D: 1970.




ii.
Joseph Taylor, B: 1899, D: 1969.




iii.
Annie Taylor, B: 1900, D: 1968.



4.
iv.
Alfred Curtis Taylor, B: 26 Feb 1902 in Cape Charles, Virginia[3], D: Nov 1978 in Chester, Pennsylvania[3], M: Mary L. "Nora" Drummond, 1930.



5.
v.
Isaac J. Taylor, B: 1903, D: 1988.




vi.
Mary J. Taylor, B: 1905, D: 1979.




vii.
Elnora Taylor, B: 1908.




viii.
Tully Taylor, B: 1910, D: 1934.



Generation 4

4.
Alfred Curtis Taylor-4(James Alfred-3, Charles-2, Tully W.-1)[3] was born on 26 Feb 1902 in Cape Charles, Virginia[3]. He died in Nov 1978 in Chester, Pennsylvania[3]. He married Mary L. "Nora" Drummond in 1930, daughter of John F. Drummond and Mary Jane Tapman. She was born in Aug 1907 in Accomack County, Virginia. She died in Mar 1945 in Chester, Pennsylvania.


Children of Alfred Curtis Taylor and Mary L. "Nora" Drummond are:

7.
i.
Catherine Taylor, B: 15 Aug 1925 in Saint Charles, Virginia[4], D: 23 Jul 1977 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois[4], M: Paul Evans Sweeny, 12 Jan 1946.



6.
ii.
Alfred Taylor.



7.
Isaac J. Taylor-4(James Alfred-3, Charles-2, Tully W.-1) was born in 1903. He died in 1988. He married Martha Ulrich.


Children of Isaac J. Taylor and Martha Ulrich are:


i.
Kenneth Taylor, B: 1937.




ii.
Lawrence Taylor, B: 1941.



8.
iii.
Dale Thomas Taylor, B: 1946.




iv.
David Walter Taylor, B: 1946.



Generation 5

5.
Alfred Taylor-5(Alfred Curtis-4, James Alfred-3, Charles-2, Tully W.-1). He married Amy.


Children of Alfred Taylor and Amy are:


i.
Billy Taylor.




ii.
Chris Taylor.




iii.
Linda Taylor.



6.
Catherine Taylor-5(Alfred Curtis-4, James Alfred-3, Charles-2, Tully W.-1)[4] was born on 15 Aug 1925 in Saint Charles, Virginia[4]. She died on 23 Jul 1977 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois[4]. She married Paul Evans Sweeny on 12 Jan 1946, son of Charles Roe Sweeny III and Ella May Bouchelle. 

1914 Sweeny Family Photo



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Charles Roe Sweeny, Sr. - 4 Generation Photograph



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Descendants of Wiley Robertson



Joseph A. Robertson
Generation 1

1.
Wiley Robertson-1. He married Winfred Thorne.


Child of Wiley Robertson and Winfred Thorne is:

2.
i.
Joseph A. Robertson, B: 10 Apr 1814, D: 09 Jan 1883 in Williamson , Illinois.



Generation 2

2.
Joseph A. Robertson-2(Wiley-1) was born on 10 Apr 1814. He died on 09 Jan 1883 in Williamson , Illinois. He married Esther S. Perry, daughter of William J. Perry and Sarah Moake. She was born on 25 Mar 1815 in Williamson , Illinois. She died in 1844 in Williamson , Illinois.


Child of Joseph A. Robertson and Esther S. Perry is:

3.
i.
Louisa E. Robertson, B: 09 Jun 1841 in Williamson, Illinois, D: 08 Mar 1901, M: James Lemen Chamness, 24 Jun 1856.



Generation 3

3.
Louisa E. Robertson-3(Joseph A.-2, Wiley-1) was born on 09 Jun 1841 in Williamson, Illinois. She died on 08 Mar 1901. She married James Lemen Chamness on 24 Jun 1856, son of Jonathan Parish Chamness and Nancy Bright. He was born on 27 Aug 1837 in Illinois. He died on 05 Jan 1863.


Notes for James Lemen Chamness:
James L. Chamness
Regiment Name: 128 Illinois Infantry
Side: Union
Company: B
Soldier's Rank_In: Pvt.
Soldier's Rank_Out: Pvt.
Film Number: M539 roll 15

My grandfather has a record which states James Chamness was 1 of the approximately 700 that deserted the 128th Infantry Regiment. The 128th Regiment was assigned to 16th Army Corps, District of Columbus, Ky. November 1862 - April 1863. The 16th Army Corps was formed in Dec 1862 and left for Tennessee shortly after the 128th left Illinois for Tennessee in November 1862. These troops were stationed in the vicinity of Memphis, La Grange, and Corinth Tennessee until June, 1863.

An Account of the 128th Infantry Regiment:

Joseph A. Logan, US Congressman from Benton, Franklin County, IL
originally supported the southern states' rights to own slaves. But once
the talk turned to secession, Logan withdrew his support and openly and
violently opposed secession. He was instrumental in raising several
companies of Union soldiers in Franklin, Williamson, and St. Clair
Counties. Unfortunately, his former law partner, William Joshua Allen,
was a high mucky-muck in the KGC who was later arrested for
sedition. Because of this, some of Logan's initial recruits for the Union
army were viewed with open suspicion and scorn, and hounded and ridiculed
by violent diatribes in the papers and by armed and hostile
unionists. The 128th Illinois Infantry, in which three of my ancestors
enlisted, was formed immediately after one of Logan's recruiting speeches, and two of its officers were KGC members.

The 128th were sent up to Springfield, most of them with only the clothes
on their backs and only a few had rifles, expecting to be outfitted when
they were mustered in. During the march up to Camp Butler in Springfield,
they were constantly verbally abused by the citizens of the areas they
passed through, and by the newspapers of the day, who accused them of
being a "fifth column" (subversives) for the Confederates. When they got
to Springfield, whether by deliberate design, or innocent accident, there
were no barracks or other shelter for them, and no food, uniforms, shoes,
guns or ammunition. They were furloughed home until the situation could
be rectified, and forced to re-march through the same hostile
countryside. When they were finally called up to muster, more than 700 of
the 860 men refused, effectively becoming deserters. The decimated 128th
lasted for five months and fought in only one battle before it was
disbanded, and the officers cashiered for gross incompetency. The
deserters were rounded up by bounty hunters.

One of my ancestors, Archibald Odum, of Benton, IL was one of the
deserters, and was captured by a bounty hunter who was paid $6.00 for his
troubles. Arch, along with some of the other captured deserters and most
of the loyal former 128th members, was sent to the 9th Illinois infantry,
where he served with his brothers Thomas and Wiley. Arch was wounded when
mounting up for a patrol. While convalescing, he was on duty in the
kitchens. He was delivering dinner to the pickets, when they were all
captured by a rebel patrol. Arch was sent to Andersonville Prison, where
he was joined by his brother, Wiley who was captured in a separate
incident. Arch survived and was released at the end of the war, but he
was a skeleton, his gums black and his body covered with scars from
scurvy, and he suffered life-long from rheumatism and chronic
diarrhea. Brother Wiley died of starvation and scurvy and is buried in
the prison graveyard.



Child of Louisa E. Robertson and James Lemen Chamness is:

4.
i.
Johnathan Parish Chamness, B: 02 Nov 1857 in Williamson, Illinois, D: 20 Nov 1926 in Williamson, Illinois, M: Julia A. Conley, 30 Nov 1876 in Williamson, Illinois.



Generation 4

4.
Johnathan Parish Chamness-4(Louisa E.-3, Joseph A.-2, Wiley-1) was born on 02 Nov 1857 in Williamson, Illinois. He died on 20 Nov 1926 in Williamson, Illinois. He married Julia A. Conley on 30 Nov 1876 in Williamson, Illinois, daughter of Hardy S. Conley and Matilda Jones. She was born on 24 Jan 1857. She died on 31 May 1939.


Children of Johnathan Parish Chamness and Julia A. Conley are:


i.
Lula Chamness, B: 1879.




ii.
Walter Chamness, B: 1882.




iii.
Stella Chamness, B: 1885.




iv.
James Earl Chamness, B: 1887.




v.
Marry Chamness, B: 1889.




vi.
Ruth Chamness, B: 1892.




vii.
Ethel Chamness, B: 1896.




viii.
Gurtrude Ann Chamness, B: 18 Oct 1877 in Spillertown, Illinois, D: 05 Aug 1973 in Marion, Illinois, M: Milton Holloway Simmons, 06 Dec 1904.


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