|Sweney Family Notes|
|Alexander Montgomery Sweney was born in Ireland in 1787 and came to America with his parents in 1790 and settled in Northumberland County, PA. He married Mary Kehr, born October 23, 1795, in 1812. Montgomery was a printer and editor, and established the "The Miltonian" in 1816. The town of Milton is situated on the west branch of the Suquehanna River. They came to Illinois in 1838 and settled on a farm near Marietta and Ellisville, Fulton County, Illinois. In 1846 he and his three sons, having been taught the printers trade, published the Galena Sentinel, at Galena. Montgomery returned to Lee, Township, Fulton County, IL and farmed the remainder of his life. He died January 30, 1867 and is buried in the Rigdon Cemetery. He was a War of 1812 veteran in Capt Byer's Unit of the Pennsylvania Militia.
Mary M. Kehr Sweney was of Swiss and Italian parentage. Her ancestors having been Hugenots, and her father was an elder in the Presbyterian church. Her life was not particularly eventful above that of others, but she discharged the high duties of wife and mother faithfully and conscientiously, meeting all the duties and bearing all the burdens and trials of life with Christian fortitude and patient resignation. "She fought the good fight", and wears the crown. After the death of her husband she moved to be with her daughter in Minnesota and died August 5, 1882 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, Minnesota. They had the following children: Major K., William W., Charles, Caroline, Sarah, and Henry Augustus.
Charles Sweney was born in Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania November 23, 1820. He married Rebecca Leinbach, born in Turot, Northumberland Co., PA on June 19, 1829. They married April 30, 1849. From 1847 to 1852 Charles published the Daily Morning Jeffersonian in Galena, IL. He then returned to Fulton County and farmed. He and Rebecca had three children: Mary Arabella, Charles Clarence and Elizabeth Gertrude. Charles was a staunch Democrat and some have asserted his sympathy was with the south during the war. His moral failings led to a divorce from Rebecca in 1862. Charles moved to Fredonia, KS in 1869 and practiced law. His obituary states that he was "an enthusiastic Fredonian, as were many other citizens, and was ready to fight for the town, not only with voice but muscle." He died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Sarah Smith April 1899. He is buried in the Fredonian Cemetery without a marker. Rebecca Leinbach Sweney, following their divorce, married William Warriner on November 11, 1864. After much searching, we were able to find Rebecca's marker in the old Prairie City Cemetery and reset the stone. Rebecca died on October 4, 1865.
Mary Arabella Sweney (see Alden Family Notes)