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I am trying to search the possible parish/location where my great-great grandfather, Martin Sweeney/Sweney, was born.  He was born in 1818 in Tipperary (as far as I know) and emigrated to the USA and lived in Maysville, Kentucky and Paris, Kentucky.  In Kentucky, he married Mary Malone, born on 15 August 1843 in Ireland (possibly Co. Cork).  They had ten children.  Martin died in Paris, Kentucky, on 13 May,1899.  Mary Malone Sweeney/Sweney died on 30 March 1933, also in Paris, Kentucky.  Any information on either Martin, Mary, or their descendants would be greatly appreciated.  


Sunday 22nd Jan 2023, 06:33PM

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  • Julie: Not knowing Martin's parents names will make it difficult to confirm a record. Also, not all parishes in Co.Tipperary have baptismal records back to 1818. I searched on two different subscription sites and both sites had the same possible record for your Martin. There was a Martin Sweeny who was baptized November 15 18118 in the Templemore RC church in Co. Tipperary. Father was William Sweeny and mother was Anne Ryan. They lived in Templemore. Have you considered taking a DNA test? Maybe you will have matches who might know more about your Sweeny/Malone connections. Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 22nd Jan 2023, 07:08PM
  • Ancestry shows an obituary in the Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, Kentucky, Thursday, March 30, 1933) for Mary Malone Sweeney. It indicates that she was born in Co. Kerry.
    FindaGrave shows the headstone for Martin Sweeney, which states he was a native of Co. Tipperary:
    Name: Martin Sweeney
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 1818
    Death Date: 13 May 1899
    Death Place: Bourbon County, Kentucky
    Cemetery: Mount Olivet Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky


    Sunday 22nd Jan 2023, 09:23PM
  • RootsIreland has this Mary Malone in Kerry: Mary Malone Baptism: 27-Apr-1842 Born in Rahinane Roman Catholic Parish/District: Dingle,Co. Kerry Father: John Malone Mother: Catherine Brien Witnesses: Denis Brien Catherine Shea


    Sunday 22nd Jan 2023, 09:28PM
  • Thanks very much to you both for your replies. Roger, I have done the Ancestry DNA test and am doing research on that site. I will investigate William Sweeny and Anne Ryan from Templemore. Thanks for that great tip. Patricia, I have that same information for Martin Sweeney on Find a Grave, Thank you very much for the obituary info on Mary Malone Sweeney. She is definitely my great-great grandmother as the obituary lists her children correctly. I have seen references to both Cork and Kerry for her, but as the obituary states Kerry, that is probably her correct birthplace. Following your information, I have also seen a shorter obituary for her in the Lexington Herald, which states that her parents were John Malone and Catherine O'Brien. Thank you both again. All this is very helpful information.


    Monday 23rd Jan 2023, 05:48PM
  • Glad to know the replies were helpful, Julie. Good luck with your research.



    Tuesday 24th Jan 2023, 04:49PM

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