McSweeney Family Genealogy Forum
William McSweeney probably came to England to work on the Great Western Route, or perhaps the canal, sometime in the decade before 1841. His son, Henry was born in Paddington that year and 25 years later, in 1866, married Margaret O'Donogue, who was born in Ireland, the daughter of Daniel. Both William McSweeney and daniel O'Donogue were listed as labourers and were dead by the time of Henry and Margaret's wedding, in the Roman Catholic Sardinian Church in Soho, London.
Henry and Margaret had two daughters and a son, namely Mary Ann, William and Sarah. William was born in 1868 and joined the army. He married Ellen Crankshaw and they had four sons and a daughter, namely William, Henry, Fred, Albert-Edward and his twin sister Ellen. William and Fred, like their father William, both died in the first world war, Frederick pre-deceasing his father by two years. Albert Edward married Helen Dowsett, the daughter of James Thomas Dowsett, a dustman who lived in Blackfriars road and was still alive in 1922 when Albert and Helen married. They had two sons and a daughter, Albert (Alby), James Terence (my father) and Elizabeth (Betty).
I believe Alby had two sons and a daughter, while Betty had two daughters and a son. My father (Terry) married Hermione Compton and had me and my two brothers, Dominic and Alexander. My father died in 1972, aged 40 and I have been estranged from his family since that time. I am researching a family history and trying to trace relatives of any of the above mentioned McSweeneys or O'Donoghue's. Thanks and best wishes to McSweeneys and their relatives everywhere. Julian
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