James Sweeney
and Sarah Ratliff

James Sweeney (aka Swinney) b abt 1805 VA; s/o Vincent Swinney and Elizabeth Betsy Swiney and Unknown. James Sweeney m. 23 Nov 1829 Pike Co KY to Sarah Ratliff b abt 1807 VA; d/o William Bigger Ratliff and Martha Patsy Thornsberry. Children of James Sweeney and Sarah Ratliff;

1. Spencer Sweeney b abt 1834 KY d 4 Feb 1901 Lawrence Co KY; military service, Private, Co D, 39th KY Mounted Infantry, Civil War; m. 6 Dec 1855 Pike Co KY to Mary Moore b abt 1837 KY.

2. Willis R Sweeney b 1837 KY

3. Moses Sweeney b 1838 KY; m. Nancy A Unknown b abt 1836 VA. Children of Moses Sweeney and Nancy A Unknown; i. Arlena Swinney b abt 1856 ii. Louisa Swinney b abt 1858 iii. Henry Swinney b abt 1863 iv. Arazella Swinney b abt 1866 v. Grant Swinney b abt 1868

4. Tabitha Sweeney b 1839 KY d 12 Apr 1917 Collins Ridge, McDowell Co WV; m. abt 1855 to Jacob H Rowe b 8 Jan 1833 Giles Co VA d 11 Apr 1911 McDowell Co WV; s/o James Jacob Rowe and Sarah Diamond.

5. Elizabeth Sweeney b 1843 KY

6. Martha Sweeney b 1845 KY

7. Anna E Sweeney b 1847 KY

8. James Sweeney b 1850 KY; m. Malinda Potter b abt 1844 Pike Co KY; d/o Richard Potter and Mary Ramey.


James SWEENEY/SWINEY was son of "Betsy" Elizabeth ? SWINEY who md 2nd William GIBSON/GIPSON. James had a son named Willis Riley SWINEY. James had a sister named Tabitha SWINEY who md in 1829 Pike Co. KY to Charles MILLER, he was not on 1850 census, so presumed dead, or disappeared. Tabitha evidently had one or more illegitimate children. One was James Riley ROBERTS whose father was James ROBERTS, Jr. On Russell Co. Census it states she was born in Scott Co. VA. James Riley ROBERTS md Matilda CAUDILL and moved to McDowell Co. WV: source - rdvsr@aol.com


1850 Pike Co KY Census
16 181 181 Sweeney, Jas 45 M Farmer 200 VA X
17 181 181 Sweeney Sarah 43 F VA X
18 181 181 Sweeney Spencer 16 M Labourer KY
19 181 181 Sweeney Willis R 13 M KY
20 181 181 Sweeney Moses 12 M KY
21 181 181 Sweeney Tabitha 11 F KY
22 181 181 Sweeney Elizabeth 7 F KY
23 181 181 Sweeney Martha 5 F KY
24 181 181 Sweeney Anna E 3 F KY
25 181 181 Sweeney James 4/12 M KY


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