Sweeney (Sweeny) History

From
Old and New Westmoreland, Vol. IV
By
Capt. Fenwick Y. Hedley
The American Historical Society, Inc.

 John Braden Sweeney – In tracing the carreer of a man who has always led the life of a prosperous farmer there is not infrequently a lack of variety of incident, but in the case of Mr. Sweeney this is not so. As a veteran of the Civil War he furnishes to the biographer a record of exceptional interest, and in his later life he has been an active citizen, always ready to do his part in local affairs and filling with credit the office of supervisor.
 Barnabas Sweeney, grandfather of John Braden Sweeney, emigrated from the North of Ireland to the United States, settling in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he passed his life as a farmer. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Sweeney married and he and his wife were the parents of the following children; Barnabas, a physician; James, married Isabella Braden; Leslie Todd Hunter, mentioned below; George; John; Mary; and Nancy.

Old and New Westmoreland, Vol. III

 E. Arthur Sweeny – Since the year 1900 Mr. Sweeny has been associated with journalism in Greensburg, and since 1909 has been in the public eye as editor of the “Greensburg Morning Review,” Westmoreland’s only morning daily newspaper. He has won honorable position among the journalists of Western Pennsylvania, and is fairly representative of the progressive modern newspaper man of the small cities to whose energy and public spirit too much credit for community progress cannot be given. He is a great-grandson of Barnabas Sweeny, who came from Litterkennie, Ireland, about 1790, locating near Tarentum, in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. James Sweeny, son of Barnabas Sweeny, was a farmer of Derry township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and there his son, Edward B. Sweeny, was born and grew to manhood.

History of Pittsburgh and Environs
Fleming, George Thorton, 1855-1913
The American Historical Society, Inc.

 John Francis Sweeny was born in Derry township, Westmoreland county, Pa. He is a son of the late James Sweeny, the latter being one of the eleven children of Barnabas Sweeny, who, at the age of twenty, came from Letterkinnie, in the North of Ireland, about the year 1790. He settled in the Tuscarora Valley, in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, where he soon met and married Margaret Todhunter, a daughter of Abraham Todhunter, a soldier of the American Revolution. Soon thereafter, at the solicitation of some relatives who had moved to Allegheny county, they crossed the mountains and settled in Tarentum, where their entire family were reared to maturity.

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