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?

Free Pedigree Chart - 5 Generation

Free 5 Generation Pedigree Chart...

Genealogy and ebay - Episode #2

As the first espisode of Genealogy and ebay mentioned, there are treasures to be found on ebay regarding your family history. The second item I recently found was a 1859-1860 Chester, PA
Borough Directory. My fourth great grandfather is listed in this directory, so it was a nice little find on ebay. I have yet to find anything directly handled by my ancestors, but I still have several searches saved on ebay and will continue to monitor them. I usually find very old cdv photos of peoples families on ebay. Many of these photos go unsold because many do not think to look on ebay for these types of items.
After opening this book there was a note written by a Samuel Nuttall. In the note he wrote that no one was to steal this book. If they stole the book and they died, God would ask them where the book was. If they did not know where the book was the Lord was going to send them down below (hell). Seems pretty harsh for a city directory.

When Your Wrong

Sometimes one can spend hours of searching for information on an ancestor only to be corrected months or even years later. It's a good thing because you receive the correct information, but it's frustrating because you find you wasted quite a bit of time. Thankfully, I didn't waste much time in this case.

In my case, I had received information about the address in which my second great grandfather lived. It came from the city council minutes in Capes Charles, VA. It was during my visit to the city and I was able to snap some pictures of the house.

I didn't question whether or not this was his residence and I cannot recall asking to see the proof in writing. Months down the road I received and email from a friends that talked with an individual who had photos of my grandfathers house. Of course it was not the house I had taken pictures of. I went into investigation mode and noticed the house on the right in the picture. The house on the right of the picture above was not on google earth (street view), so I had to email an individual from Cape Charles that I knew. I asked him to take a picture of the house on the right of the picture I took. I was somewhat surprised at the result. Below is the picture given by one of the sons of my second great grandfather. Then the picture next to it is the picture of the house my friend took of the house next door to the picture above. It looks like we were wrong.

Do I have documented evidence that this was his house? Yes. There are also many other houses in Cape Charles, VA that look like this. But I do know that house numbers could have been different in the early 1900's. The fact that this house was right next to the house the council minutes said was a fascinating coincidence. I do have in writing that their house was on Mason Ave, which these houses are on. Therefore, I am almost positive I have the correct house. The owner of the old photo lived in the house above, so I have a pretty reliable source.

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Chester Couple Married 66 Years - 1931

It isn't so much the lack of love as fast living, that is responsible for so many divorces in these times, is the opinion of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Sweeny, of 217 West Fifth St, who are today quietly celebrating the sixty-sixth anniversary of their wedding. The couple were married July 9, 1865, in the Methodist parsonage on Welsh Street, shortly after Mr. Sweeny had returned from service in the Civil War. The parsonage where they were united in wedlock has long given place to more modern structures, and memories have become vague of those times long ago when this city was slightly larger that a good sized village, but Mr. and Mrs. Sweeny, like the brook in Tennyson's famous poem, seem to, "go on forever."

Mr. Sweeny is 89 and Mrs. Sweeny is 84. Both are in excellent health despite their age and Mr. Sweeny works every day as a guard at the Delaware County Trust Company in the Crozer building, a position he has held for over thirty years.

Three sons were born to the couple, all of whom are living. They are, Charles R. Sweeny, Jr., 65; William B. Sweeny, 63; and John Sweeny, 59. There are eighteen grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, representing five generations.
"It was always my desire to be a great-great grandmother." said Mrs. Sweeny this morning. "and now that I have realized my desires it gives me as much satisfaction as though I had amassed millions of dollars."

Grey-haired, aged, but ____, the elderly couple still stand staunch and ___ with life, widened by experience and happy.

Rap Fast Living

 Both believe the present generation is living "too fast."

"Our opinion isn't occasioned by our lack of modernity and this generation's ideas, but we have seen and know both, and believe the old way of living is much better," they say.
"When we were young," Mrs. Sweeny said this morning, "we played hard and worked hard, and got plenty of sleep, which, after all, is the most beneficial factor of good health. But now, poeple think they must stay up until past midnight in order to have a complete day."
Mrs. Sweeny abhors the fact that women have taken to smoking and drinking. She doesn't believe it is just the thing to do and moreover, contends that is subtracts extremely from the innate dignity of women.

"When I was a girl, and indeed, up until several years ago, women who smoked were not tolerated in good society, but now that's all changed. If you don't smoke, you're liable to be a wall-flower, and no young girl wants to be that."

There is nothing prudish about Mr. and Mrs. Sweeny. Longevity has rewarded them with a sounded philosophy of life which they hold to be best for them. They criticize the present generation only in that the views of those who count themselves members of this "age" conflict so sharply with their views.

There will be no celebration today. As they term it, "we got tired of celebrations long ago," and the day will be passed quietly in their peaceful home, where they have lived for the past 24 years.

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Bank Officer 90 Years Young - 1932

Chester Times - March 10, 1932 

Bank Officer 90 Years Young

Chas R. Sweeny Receives Gifts of Flowers From Fellow Employees

Ninety years ago today, a baby son was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Sweeny, of Darby. 

left- Charles Sweeny, Sr. 
Today, the entire personnel of the Delaware County Trust Company recalled the event by presenting the "baby" with three baskets of flowers in honor of his birthday. 

The "baby," Charles R. Sweeny, known to thousands of bank depositors and residents of this city, is ninety years young. Yes, he's even thinking about planning for some sort of celebration ten years hence, when he will reach the century mark. 

"Charlie" Sweeny, the affable special officer of the banking institution, is also rounding out his forty-fourth year of service with the bank, but retirement is never given a thought as he says, "I feel good today as I did the day I got the job." 

Possessing keen mental faculties and seemingly as alert as a man 50 years younger, Mr Sweeny was kept busy this morning shaking the hands of his numerous friends and a broad smile crept over his face as he would glance at the flowers, which he is going to take home to his wife, who is five years his junior. 

The old veteran became reminiscent hen interviewed by a times reporter. He recalled the day when his family moved to Chester in 1847, Market street at that time was little more than a fairly hardened cow path. 

He first went to work for James Campbell who conducted a cotton mill on the site of the present police station. His home then was on the lot occupied by the law offices of .edward and Hinkson in the rear of the old Chester Times building. 

He worked for the father of his present boss, Colonel James A. G. Campbell until he was seventeen. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War he joined up with the 34th Pennsylvania Volunteers, but only served three months in the army, later enlisting in the Navy. During the remainder of the war, he was detailed to serve with the blockade fleet in Mobile Bay and was one of the first to walk on the walls of Fort Sumter at the evacuation of Charleston. 

He is one of the six surviving members of the four hundred who banded together after the war and formed Wilde Post, No. 25, G. A. R. "We don't do much anymore," he said in discussing this organization, "because the best we can get out to a meeting is three or four and, anyway, the younger veterans are gradually taking up the duties that we started years ago." 

A quiet celebration will be staged at his home, 217 West Fifth street tonight. It is expected that two of his three living sons, Charles, of this city, and William, of Wilmington, Del., will be present. Another son, John is a resident of St. Petersburg, Fla. 
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Bank Employee 89 Years Old - 1931

Chester Times - March 10, 1931 

Bank Employee 89 Years Old 

"Uncle Charlie" Sweeny is Receiving Felicitations of Legions of Friends

Hale and hardy, sound both in mind and body, Charles R. Sweeny today celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday by attending to his duties at the Delaware County Trust Company where he has bee employed for the past forty-four years. 

Numerous floral tributes and cards of congratulations were in evidence at Mr. Sweeny's desk, and he was kept busy throughout the morning receiving the felicitations of many well-wishers, including many of the leading citizens of Chester. 

Charles Sweeny, Sr.
Delaware County Trust Co.
At 1 o'clock he left his office to join his wife in their home at 217 West Fifth street, where they will pass the remainder of the day in quiet celebration of the event. The couple have been wedded sixty-six years and Mrs. Sweeny will celebrate her eighty-fifth birthday on April 9. 

His appearance belying his age , "Uncle Charlie," as he is known at the bank, was exceedingly happy this morning as he was greeted by hundreds of persons who wished him well-being and happiness. 

"Do you know," he told a times reporter, "I believe the secret of my long life has been happiness. From my youth I've always made it a point not to worry about anything. 

"Of course," he continued, "I lead a simple life. I don't drink or swear. Although I smoke occasionally." He admitted this last pleasure almost sheepishly. 

Mr. Sweeny was born in Darby in 1842, and moved, with his family, to Chester at the age of five. He has resided here ever since. In 1865 he married and three children, Charles, Now 65, William, 63, and John, 60, were born to the couple. Mr. and Mrs. Sweeny are now great-great grandparents. 

Reminiscences of the Civil War, in which he actively campaigned, were recalled vividly by Mr. Sweeny this morning. He was in the service in time to see the first shot fired at Fort Sumter, and he witnessed the evacuation of Charleston, S. C., among many other incidents. 

Following his service as a Private with the Thirty-seventh Pennsylvania Division, he entered the Navy and served until several years after the Civil War. Today, Mr. Sweeny is the dean of the five surviving members of the Wilde Post, No. 25, G. A. R.

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Now Connected to Linkedin

Today I discovered and found it to be a very good networking tool that can be beneficial to The goal here is to connect family members, so if I find one long lost cousin that I can share information with, it is worth it.

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Genealogy and ebay

For quite awhile now I have had several saved searches on ebay related to my family name and locations they lived. I have still to find actual photos of family members, but I finally ran across something worth bidding on. I found and early 1900s photograph of St. James Episcopal church in Kingsessing, Philadelphia, PA. This is an actual photo post card that they used in this time period. William Sweeny and Catharine Roe were married at this location in the year 1840. Almost daily I see very old documents (deeds, wills, ect.) related to someones family. I will continue to monitor ebay hoping to find treasures related to my genealogy. Auctioneers have been using ebay as a resource to auction off goods that should stay in your family.

National Law Enforcement Memorial, Washington D.C.

Sgt. James A. Taylor's name on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.