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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Charles Sweeny and Ella Bouchelle Married

30 Years Ago

Miss Ella M. Bouchelle, of Twentieth street and Edgmont Avenue and Charles R. Sweeny, 3rd, of this city, were married yesterday afternoon by Rev. C. Lee Gaul at the parsonage of Trinity M. E. Church. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. John Bowles, brother-in-law and sister of the bride.

Source: Chester Times, abt 1947

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Tracking William Sweeney’s Employment

1802 Philadelphia Directory
Painter, 16 Little Water

1805 Philadelphia Directory
Painter and Tavern Keeper, 46 Cedar

1810 Philadelphia Directory
Painter, 6 Dock

1813 Philadelphia Directory
Painter, 153 Cedar

1817 Philadelphia Directory
Painter, 153 and 176 Cedar

1819 – William Sweeny born (4th great-grandfather) All the employments from before 1819 and about 15 years after would possibly be Williams dad.

1829 Philadelphia Directory
House Carpenter, 287 S. 3rd

1830 Philadelphia Directory
House Carpenter, 63 Mulberry

1840 Philadelphia Directory
Watchman, 21 Helmuth

1845 Philadelphia Directory
Shoemaker, Murray
(Williams wife, Catharine Roe, had many family members in the shoemaking business)

1850 Philadelphia Directory
Laborer, Mulberry
1855 Philadelphia Directory
Laborer, William above Salmon

1856 Philadelphia Directory
Coachmaker, Kingsessing

1859 Chester Borough Directory
Box Maker, Larkin above Edgmont

1870 Chester Borough Directory
Wheelwright, Ulrick above 3rd (his son Charles R. Sweeney is listed as a caulker at the same address)

1873 Chester Borough Directory
Coachmaker, 305 W. Third

1873 – William Sweeney dies

We know that the last four jobs on this list are actual employments of William. William’s son Charles said that they moved to Chester in about 1857. This is shown in William ceasing to be shown in the Philadelphia directory after 1856 and then moving on to the Chester Borough Directory in 1859. 

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Searching for Hulda Taylor's (Bull) Grave

In response to a request to find the grave of Hulda Taylor at Mechanics Cemetery at Chincoteague Island, VA:

I searched the entire cemetery and could not find the grave

We looked at every grave, and there is no grave marked Hulda Taylor. I checked the online Chincoteague cemeteries listing, Island Bones, and she is not in the Mechanics listing. I checked there for Hulda Bull, just in case, but no. Perhaps she is in another cemetery. Jerri
Note: Huldas husband Charles Taylor is burried at Mechanics Cemetery.
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Ella E. Williams (Sweeney) 1931

The funeral of Mrs. Ella E. Williams, who died early yesterday morning, will take place from her former residence 506 Parker St, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in Chester Rural Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was the fifth to die within the immediate family within the past few years. She is survived by four brothers, Charles Sweeney, Samuel Sweeney, of Hagerstown, Md., John Sweeney, of Middletown road, and Harry Sweeney, of Wallingford. She is also survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ella Serad (spelling of Serad is questionable).

Source: Chester Times, March 28, 1931

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John R. Sweeney Obituary (1936)

John R. Sweeney died suddenly on Saturday morning at his home on Dutton’s Mill Road. He was a former resident of this city, where he was born January 15, 1865.

The deceased was employed by the Penn Steel Casting Company until 1920, when he retired from further activity and devoted himself to the duties of his country home.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Harriet T. Sweeney, and the following children; Miss Bessie M. Sweeney and Herbert T. Sweeney, who reside at home; Mrs. P.O. Burt, William Sweeney and John R. Sweeney of Chester; Mrs. Willard F. Davidson, of Elwyn; two brothers, William Sweeney of Hagerstown, Md., and Harry Sweeney, of Wallingford. There are nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at his late residence tomorrow afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock.

Interment will be at the Middletown Presbyterian cemetery. Friends may call Monday evening from 7 to 9 o’clock.

Source: Chester Times, Sep 16, 1935
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Samuel R. Sweeney Obituary (1936)

SWEENEY—At the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Burger, of Hagerstown, Md., on February 17, 1936. Samuel R. Sweeney, aged 88 years. Interment at Chester Rural Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, at 1:30 o'clock.

Source: Chester Times, Feb 19, 1936

Fight (July 17, 1882)

Samuel Sweeney was returning home from the city about half past ten Saturday evening, and when near Eighth and Kerlin streets was attacked by two men and struck with what was supposed to be a blackjack, and left on the street stunned and bleeding. After a while he came to. The men had meanwhile left, and no traces were found. Robbery was evidently no their aim. Mr. Sweeney was able to walk home.

Source: Chester Times, July 17, 1882

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Chas R. Sweeny, Sr. to Visit Florida (1926)

Charles R. Sweeny, Sr., of 217 West Fifith Street, Civil War veteran and one of the oldest residents in this city, will leave Chester tomorrow together with his wife, for West Palm Beach, Florida, where they will remain until Mr. Sweeny’s health improves. Mr. and Mrs. Sweeny will live with their son, John R. Sweeny, a former Chester resident.

Mr. Sweeny has an enviable war record. He enlisted in the Civil War in 1862 as a member of Company B, Sixteenth Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Militia and reenlisted in Company A, of the Thirty-seventh Regiment upon his discharge the next year. Upon fulfilling this second enlistment, he entered the Navy and was a member of the crews of the ships Princeton, Steamer Donegal, the New Hampshire and the gun boat Mary Sanford. He was honorably discharged in 1865.

Mr. Sweeny is an active member of the G.A.R., No. 25, and is the oldest employee of the Delaware County Trust Company. He became connected with that trust company just a short time after it was founded.

Source: Chester Times December 8, 1926

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The Missing Link

Mary E. "Nora" Taylor (Hollis) was recently a missing link in my family tree. Close relatives said her name was Nora and said they did not know her because she died at an early age. I was at a loss and needed her slot filled to complete a six generation pedigree. Come to find out, Nora's real name was Mary, yet most relatives called her Nora. I also knew that she was married to Curtis Alfred Taylor, who was my ggrandfather. Finally, I was searching Miles Files 9.0 and found what I needed to declare her my ggrandmother. Miles Files said that her name was Mary E. "Nora" Drummond who married Unknown Taylor, but also married Joseph Hollis. Her grave site has her listed as Nora E. Hollis in section D, Lot 6, Grave 1 in Chester Rural Cemetary. As soon as I saw the Unknown Taylor, the date of birth, and the place of birth (because my grandmother was born in VA), I knew I had found her. To seal the deal, Miles Files showed her having an early death of 37 yrs old, just as my relatives said. She was also the link that helped me trace her line to Charlemagne, King of the Franks (see related post).

Mary was born in August 1907 at Accomack Co, VA. She was the daughter of John F. Drummond and Mary Jane Tapman. She married Alfred Curtis Taylor circa 1930. Mary was living in 1936. She married Joseph Hollis circa 1940. Mary died in March 1945 at Chester, PA, at age 37.
Update - 02 Jul 2010: I made a phone call to Alfred Curtis Taylor's grandaughter. She verified all the information shown here as correct. Nora died at an early age due to tuberculosis. She died just a few years before effective tuberculosis treament was made readily available. She was known as a very beautiful woman.

Miles, M.K.. "Miles Files 9.0." Virginia Eastern Shore Public Library

Three Estates Filed

The will of Mrs. Sallie B. Sweeny, late of 1018 Kerlin Street, this city, probated at Media, leaves her estate, estimated at $10,000 to three sons, William B., John F., and Charles R. Sweeny, Jr. Mrs. Sweeny died on June 22.

Source: Chester Times

Attorney Named Administrator

Letters of administration have been issued at Media to Howard E. Hannum, local attorney, to administer the $2600 dollar estate of Charles R. Sweeny, late of Feltonville, who died on May 16. Surviving Mr. Sweeny are a son, Charles R. Sweeny, Jr., and four daughters, Sallie B Mason, Elsie M. Martin, Lillian W. Mahoney and Reba S. Smith.
Source: Chester Times

Obituary for Richard Yeoman

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Algona, with Pastor Brian Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Irvington, with military rites conducted by the VFW Post # 2541 and the Hagg-Turner American Legion Post #90 of Algona. Visitation will be 9-11 am Wednesday at the church.

Richard was born on July 3, 1938, to Mary Helen (Hudson) and Bernard Yeoman, spending most of his life in Algona and graduating from Algona High School in 1957. Two years later, in April 1959, he joined the United States Army. During his Army career he was a military police officer, drove for the motor pool, learned helicopter repair and served in Korea with the 45th Transportation Company, 55th Transportation Battalion. In 1964, he was one of the finalists for the Army Maintenance Tech of the Year award. He was honorably discharged in 1964, and returned to Algona. He had worked at Arnold Motor Supply and Faber Construction before settling into a career with AFECO (now Cozzini) for more than 30 years.

His sister introduced him to Nancy Leigh, and on Aug. 7, 1968, the couple married in St. James, Minn. They raised three children: Steven, Michael and Sheryl. Richard was an active member of the American Legion, VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America and AmVets. He was featured as a Hometown Hero in the Algona Upper Des Moines in 2012. Following his retirement, Richard began a hobby as a photographer, becoming the unofficial track photographer for Mineral City Speedway and for the past four years, a freelance photographer for the Algona Upper Des Moines. He documented the progress of projects for G Force Customs and the renovation of the Algona Depot for Train Wreck Winery. He also covered the North Iowa Off Road Group’s Ice Races for the Algona Upper Des Moines. He made sure everyone he photographed received a copy. Everyone at the newspaper will miss his talent and dedication. Richard was a jack-of-all-trades who never had an unkind word for anyone. He could, and did, make friends everywhere he went.

Richard passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at the age of 75, following a 13-year battle with cancer. He was a kind and honest man who loved God, his country and his family.

He will be missed by many friends, along with his wife, Nancy, of Algona; son Steven Yeoman and wife, Andrea, of Council Bluffs; son Michael Yeoman of Algona; and daughter Sheryl and husband, Bob Sweeny, of Polk City. Also left to cherish their memories of their grandpa are Shawn Yeoman; Ethan Uthof; and Cody, Mason, Austin and Blake Sweeny; and step-granddaughters Alex, Taylor and Kenna McKeighan. He is survived by one sister: Margaret Lieb and husband, Gene, of Waverly; and one sister-in-law, Mary Yeoman of Marion. He was preceded in death by his parents; little sister Anne Yeoman and brother David Yeoman.

Casketbearers for Richard are Steven and Michael Yeoman; Bob Sweeny; Dennis and Gary Leigh and Gene Lieb. Honorary casketbearers are his beloved grandchildren: Shawn, Cody, Ethan, Mason, Austin, Blake, Alex, Taylor and Kenna.