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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Fallen officer memorialized, almost a century later

Kenneth Taylor, Larry Taylor, Dave Taylor
Fallen officer memorialized, almost a century later (LINK)

Source: Easter Shore News (The Daily Times)

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Review of the Sea Gate Bed and Breakfast

I recently stayed at the Sea Gate Bed and Breakfast for a memorial Service I attended in Cape Charles, VA. My second great grandfather was killed in 1918 while working as a police officer in the town. He had not been remembered until recently.

The bed and breakfast is wonderfully located just off the beaches of Cape Charles. The house was built in 1912 and has ample space for several guests. 

The BB has a wonderful porch to sit on and the house is appropriately decorated to match the old town of Cape Charles. It is also within walking distance to the “Main St.” of Cape Charles, which is Mason Ave. There are small shops and eateries on Mason Ave. 

Every morning you are served a wonderful breakfast by the owner of the BB that surpasses any breakfast you would get at a normal hotel or somewhere like Denny’s. During your breakfast you can read the newspaper while listening to soft classical music. I really cannot express to you how nice the breakfast was. 

I stayed in the Blue Room, which had it’s own bathroom (shower), queen bed, TV (cable), reading chair, desk, night stands and plenty of mirrors. 

The owner is very kind and is very easy to talk to. If you are going to stay in Cape Charles, VA, The Sea Gate Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay.

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3 Shot by Negro at Cape Charles

Police Sergeant Taylor's wounds Critical - Sailors Guard Town
Special to the Washington Post

Cape Charles, VA., Nov 29, [1918] - James Nottingham, aged 29, was shot through the groin, and Artis Scott, aged 21, was shot through the leg at a negro dance hall here last night. Nottingham's condition is serious. Both are colored mess attendants at the Cherrystone Naval Base. Nottingham's home is in Norfolk, where he was taken for treatment. The shooting, which is said to have resulted over the jealousy of a woman, was done by Jerry Warren, a negro.

Early this morning a squad of sailors from the naval base, headed by Ogden Lescallette, a warrant officer from the naval base, and town police sergeant, James Taylor, started in search of Warren. While the sailors stood on guard the officers entered a house in the negro settlement which was known as the negro's rendezvous. As Sergt. Taylor entered a room Warren opened fire. Taylor was shot through the arm, leg and stomach, the bullet passing through his body. His conditional is critical.

As the negro was making his getaway Officer Lescallette shot the gun from his hand. Picking up the weapon the negro fled. Although sailors pursued, firing as they ran, he succeeded in escaping. As the negro is believed to be in hiding here the town is being guarded by a cordon of sailors and marines. Sergt. Taylor has done police duty in this town for fifteen years, and is well known on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Officer Lescallette is a native of Crisfield, Md.

Source: The Washington Post (1877-1922); Nov 30, 1918; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877-1993) pg. 3

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Warren to Die in Chair

Convicted of Murder of Sergt. J. A. Taylor at Cape Charles 
Special to the Washington Post

Cape Charles, VA., Dec 21, [1918] - Jerry Warren, who shot and killed Sergt. James A. Taylor on thanksgiving and was captured several days later in Wilmington, Del., was tried here yesterday and, upon a verdict of first degree murder, was sentenced to die in the electric chair on June 25 next.

Source: The Washington Post (1877-1922); Dec 22, 1918; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877-1993) pg. 7

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Benjamin B. Bouchelle Obituary - 1927

Benjamin B. Bouchelle, a former resident of this city, died this morning after some months illness and the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Bowles of 3424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. An operation over a year ago caused the ill effects from which Mr. Bouchelle died at the age of 70.
He was a member of the Chester Council, No. 36 _ of _ A. and also the Philadelphia Electric Quarter Century Club.
He is survived by his sons and daughters, Mrs. Bowles, Miss Marie Bouchelle of Philadelphia; Paul Bouchelle, Mrs. Charles Sweeny and Mrs. Florence Hoffecker, of Chester, and Benjamin Bouchelle, of Bortondale. For many years he was employed at the Beacon Light Company plant.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Hoffecker, at 1616 Upland St., this city. Internment will be private.

Ella C. Bouchelle Obituary - 1945

Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Clever Bouchelle, 75, formerly of Chester, who died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Bowles, 3440 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Friday, will be held in Philadelphia at the convenience of the family.
Mrs. Bouchelle, widow of Benjamin Bouchelle, formerly employed here by the Philadelphia Electric Company, was born and raised in this city, moving to Philadelphia about 20 years ago. Survivors include, in addition to Mrs. Bowles, two other daughters, Mrs. William Hoffecker, of 200 Garvin Boulevard, Sharon Hill, and Mrs. Ella Sweeny, 1401 Melrose avenue, this city, and a son, Benjamin, of West Grove.

Sarah H. Sweeny Obituary - 1924

SWEENY-On July 8th, 1924. Sarah H., beloved wife of Charles R. Sweeny. The Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services on Friday after-noon at 2 o'clock, from the residence of her son-in-law, A. R. Mahoney, 809 West Fifth Street. Friends may call on Thursday evening.
Internment at Lawn Croft Cemetery.