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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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