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.

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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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John Sweeny of Lewes, Sussex, Delaware



When searching for ancestors, one of the hardest things to do is find the ancestor that began your families history in America. My family and I have been searching for William Sweeny's father for quite some time. My cousin Tom Sweeny has been such a great help in this search and seems to be more educated in the history of John Sweeny than most. The document that has been a great guide to this search is the William Blizzard Sweeny, Descendant Information File (40 pages, Handwritten 1941) found on the files page of this website. 

One thought that comes to mind is the fact that William B. Sweeny had direct communication with Charles R. Sweeny, the son of William Sweeny. The document states that William Sweeny was born in Milford, Delaware and was a pilot on a sailing vessel. He died by reason of drowning. Earlier in his life William was a coach maker in Phila, Penna. John Sweeny of Lewes, Delaware had an occupation of carpenter and also had a son that was a carpenter (Arthur West Sweeny). My cousin Tom Sweeny made a statement, "In the cases of the Conwells, Wests, Burtons & Blizzards (Captain William Henry Blizzard is buried about 20 feet away from John) all of these families produced a number of sea captains and river pilots." In the 1941 document with information on William, it states he was a pilot on a sailing vessel after being a coach maker in Chester, PA.  William died in a drowning accident in Lewes, DE. A dad who was a carpenter (William's coach making skills) and friends that were captains and sailing pilots (William drowning as a pilot) shows that likelyhood that John is Williams father. 

John is listed as 56 years old at his death in 1853. That puts his birth at about 1797. The 1941 document states Williams father came over during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 as a "very young man."

William Sweeny married Catharine Roe (b. 1822) in 1840. After examining the 1830, 1840, 1850 census records, I found that it their is slight fluctuation in the number of children in John's family. Some of the children shown in the 1850 census (first year names are listed) match up with the numbers show on the 1830/40 census, but some don't. William most likely would not show on the 1840 census because he moved to Darby, Penna. He would show in the 1830 as about a 10 year old male. Their is one on the 1830 that disappears on the 1840. Could this be William who had moved and married in 1840? It is very possible. 

The only thing holding back my declaration is the fact that many of my family believe Williams father was married to an Elizabeth Derrickson. She is listed as possibly his mother with question marks at the Chester Rural Cemetery where William is buried and Elizabeth is listed as his grandmother by Agnes Sweeny (daughter of Harry Sweeny, the son of William)...

Yet another problem added to the mix is what my fourth cousin stated, "What is interesting is that Charles Roe Sweeny's father-in-law William Henry Blizzard was born in Delaware and was a River Pilot. Maybe there was confusion over whose father was born in Delaware and what his occupation was." Also on many of the census' that mention William Sweeny, it states he was born in PA, not DE. Charles Roe Sweeny, Sr. (William's eldest) is on several census' that say his father was born in PA. I know census' are not always 100% proof, but how could William Blizzard Sweeny and Katie May write a document in 1941 (and they had direct contact with reliable sources) and confuse Charles' father-in-law and Charles' father? I think this is highly unlikely, but not completely unlikely. The search goes on...


Roman G. Hillesheim Obituary



Roman G. Hillesheim, 89, of Sleepy Eye died on Monday, September  5, 2011, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center.

Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye, on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, September  9, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The Clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Roman was born to Frank & Catherine (Goblirsch) Hillesheim on March 12, 1922, in Stark Township. On Oct. 12, 1943, he was united in marriage to Angela Huiras. After marriage he drove bulk truck for Brown County Oil and later farmed in Stark Township. Angela passed away on Jan. 31, 1994. In October 1995, he married Marlee (Gulden) Huiras. Roman enjoyed playing cards, entertaining with his concertina, was an excellent metal and woodworking craftsman and was especially proud of serving as caretaker of the Iberia Cemetery. 

Roman is survived by his sons, Jerome (Nancy) of Lake Crystal, Paul (Laurie) of Sleepy Eye, Richard (Jill) of Mankato, John of Springfield, Phil (Winnie) of Yuma, AZ, Robert & special friend, Patricia of Sleepy Eye, Roman, Jr. (Carolyn) of Moss Point, MS; daughters, Rita (Tom) Christoffel of Westford, MA, Kathy (Chuck) Krzmarzick and Marlene (Doug) Pelzel of Sleepy Eye, Annette (Gary) Braun of Madelia, Jeanne (Tom) Guldager of Howell, NJ, and Lori (Dan) Braun of Sleepy Eye; 28 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Bernice (Leo) Ludwig of Comfrey, Bernette (Clifford) Schumacher of Sleepy Eye; sisters-in-law, Alice (Linus) Hillesheim of New Ulm, Donna (Albert) Hillesheim of Clements, Betty (Lawrence) Doran of Everly, Iowa; aunt, Mary Turbes of Sleepy Eye; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, spouses, Angela and Marlee; brothers, Walter, Albert, Leslie, Linus, Lawrence; sisters, Loretta Roige and Veronica Groebner; sisters-in-law, Florence 

(Walter) and Angie (Leslie) Hillesheim; and brothers-in-law, Ray Roiger and Walter Groebner.

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