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...

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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