Facts and Events
||Stephen Michael Sweeney
||11 Aug 1889
||Paddington, London, England34 Hampden Street
||5 Apr 1891
||Paddington, London, England2 Alfred Street
||31 Mar 1901
||Oban, Argyll, ScotlandCraigavaar
||5 Apr 1911
||Paddington, London, England87 Sutherland Avenue
||17 Sep 1918
||Farnborough, Hampshire, EnglandOur Lady Help of Christians
to Edith Dorothy Higgins
||27 Jan 1966
||West Twyford, Middlesex, EnglandTwyford Abbey
Stephen Sweeney was born on 11th August 1889 at 34 Hampden Street in the Paddington area of London. He was the son of Margaret Sweeney, formerly Rice, and her husband Stephen Sweeney, a carpenter. Young Stephen was the third of four children, but his younger sister Catherine died when she was only three years old, leaving Stephen effectively the youngest, with two older sisters, Mary and Margaret (Daisy).
In 1895, when Stephen was only six years old, his father died. Stephen's grandfather, James Rice, came down from Scotland to live with his widowed daughter and her family. Family tradition has it that James Rice's employer had been the Marquis of Bute, who supported the family. This cannot be proven, but it does seem the family managed to live relatively comfortably, beyond what might be expected. One example is that Stephen was sent to boarding school at Oban in Scotland, where he appears in the 1901 census.
Stephen returned to London, where in 1905 he started working for the Great Western Railway as a clerk in the goods department at Paddington station. His initial salary was £20, rising over the next three years to £50, a relatively comfortable salary for the time.
From at least 1910 to 1915 Stephen's mother and sisters ran a boarding house at 87 Sutherland Avenue in Paddington, which was a large town house in a fairly well regarded area. Stephen appears there in the 1911 census. One of the boarders also staying in the house on census night was Dora Higgins from Walthamstow. Towards the end of the First World War, Stephen and Dora (which was short for Edith Dorothy) were married at Farnborough in Kent. By this time Stephen's family had moved to 5 Peploe Road in the Kensal Rise area of London, which was administratively part of Willesden.
Stephen and Dora had one daughter, Margaret Mary, in 1920. Dora died in 1954 in the Reading area. Stephen outlived her by just over eleven years and died at Twyford Abbey in Ealing on 27th January 1966, aged 76. His address immediately before his death had been Flat 2, 69 Marlborough Place, in the St John's Wood area of London. He left an estate of over £10,000, which was administered by his daughter.
- ↑ Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
Registration District: Paddington
Sub-registration district: St Mary Paddington
When and where born: 11 Aug 1889, 34 Hampden Street
Father: Stephen Sweeney, Carpenter (journeyman)
Mother: Margaret Sweeney formerly Rice
Informant: M. Sweeney, Mother, 34 Hampden Street
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 1; Folio 48; Page 20, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.
Address: 2 Alfred Road, Paddington, London
5 or more rooms occupied
Stephen Sweeney, head, married, male, 36 [1854/5], Joiner, employed, b. Scotland
Margaret Sweeney, wife, married, female, 38 [1852/3], b. Scotland
Mary J. Sweeney, daughter, female, 8 [1882/3], b. Brixton, London
Margaret Sweeney, daughter, female, 3 [1887/8], b. Paddington, London
Stephen Sweeney, son, male, 1 [1889/90], b. Paddington, London
- ↑ General Register Office for Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. (Edinburgh), 523/00 002/00 018, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.
Address: Craigavaar, Oban, Kilmore & Kilbride, Argyll
[house headed by three nuns, with many boarders who were 7-14 year old boys, including:]
Stephen Sweeney, boarder, male, 11 [1889/90], Scholar, b. England
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 36; Schedule 87, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.
Class RG14; Piece 36; Schedule 87
Address: 87 Sutherland Avenue, Paddington, London
Ten rooms occupied
Margaret Sweeney, head, female, 58 [1852/3], widow, Boarding house keeper, employer, b. Whithorn, Wigtownshire
Mary Sweeney, daughter, female, 28 [1882/3], single, Assistant to above, b. Brixton, London
Margaret Sweeney, daughter, female, 23 [1887/8], single, Assistant to above, b. Paddington, London
Stephen Sweeney, son, male, 21 [1889/90], single, Railway clerk, worker, b. Paddington, London
Bride Connolly, boarder, female, 30 [1880/1], single, Elementary school teacher - L.C.C., worker, b. Moher, Roscommon
Dora Higgins, boarder, female, 22 [1888/9], single, Elementary school teacher - L.C.C., worker, b. Walthamstow, London
Bryan G. O'Donnell, boarder, male, 21 [1889/90], single, Insurance clerk, worker, b. Kilmallock, Limerick
Mary Phippen, visitor, female, 50 [1860/1], widow, Housekeeper (domestic), b. Whithorn, Wigtownshire
- ↑ Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
d. Stephen M. SWEENEY, March Quarter 1966, Ealing Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 41, aged 76 [1889/90]
- ↑ England and Wales. National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858 onwards. (First Avenue House 42-49 High Holborn London WC1V 6NP 020-7947-6939), Primary quality.
SWEENEY Stephen Michael of Flat 2 69 Marlborough Place London N.W.8 died 27 January 1966 at Twyford Abbey Ealing London Administration London 27 April to Margaret Mary Sweeney spinster £10 201.
- UK. Railway Employment Records, 1833-1956, Primary quality.
Name: Sweeney, Stephen
Date of birth: 1889 Aug 11
Entered the Service: 1905 Mar 9
Commencing Salary: £20
Increased Salary, and Date of its Commencement:
1906 9 Mch: £30
1907 9 Mch: £40
1908 9 Mch: £50