Person:Stephen Sweeney (2)

Stephen Sweeney
m. 18 Feb 1844
  1. Patrick Sweeney1845 -
  2. Michael Sweeney1846 - 1916
  3. Martin Sweeney1849 -
  4. Catherine Sweeneyabt 1852 - 1867
  5. Stephen Sweeney1853 - 1895
  6. Peter Sweeney1856 - 1935
  7. James Sweeney1860 - 1866
  8. Luke Sweeney1862 - 1935
  9. Andrew Sweeney1864 -
m. 2 Jun 1879
  1. Mary Jane Sweeney1882 - 1957
  2. Margaret Sweeney1887 - 1960
  3. Stephen Michael Sweeney1889 - 1966
  4. Catherine Eliza Sweeney1891 - 1894
Facts and Events
Name Stephen Sweeney
Gender Male
Birth[1] 22 Dec 1853 Sorbie, Wigtownshire, Scotland
Christening[1] 22 Jan 1854 Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, ScotlandCatholic Church
Census[2] 7 Apr 1861 Sorbie, Wigtownshire, Scotland
Census[3] 2 Apr 1871 Sorbie, Wigtownshire, ScotlandGarlieston Road
Marriage 2 Jun 1879 Kensington, Middlesex, EnglandSt Mary of the Angels
to Margaret Rice
Census[4] 3 Apr 1881 Lambeth, Surrey, England122 Mayall Road, Brixton
Census[5] 5 Apr 1891 Paddington, London, England2 Alfred Road
Death[6] 9 Sep 1895 Paddington, London, England4 Burnsdale Road


Stephen Sweeney was born on 22nd December 1853 in the parish of Sorbie, Wigtownshire. He was the fifth of nine children of an agricultural labourer named Michael Sweeney and his wife Mary Kilcawley. Michael and Mary were originally from County Sligo on the west coast of Ireland. They had married there at a place called Castleconor in 1844 and had had three children baptised at Castleconor in the 1840s, before moving to Scotland sometime between 1849 and 1851. Stephen was the couple's second child to have been born in Scotland. Stephen was baptised when he was one month old at the Catholic Church in the town of Newton Stewart, a few miles north of Sorbie.

Stephen grew up in Sorbie village. The family lived there in small cottages - in 1861 they had two rooms with windows and in 1871 they only had one room with windows. When Stephen was about thirteen the family was struck when two of his siblings died in quick succession - his brother James died aged six, then Stephen's only sister, Catherine, died aged fifteen.


As a young man, Stephen became a joiner and carpenter. When he was 25 he married a girl called Margaret Rice from Whithorn, the neighbouring parish to Sorbie. However, the couple did not marry in Scotland, but over 400 miles away in the London area.

After their marriage, Stephen and Margaret moved to Brixton, to the south of London, where they appear in the 1881 census. Margaret's brother James was boarding with the couple. Stephen and Margaret's first daughter was born in Brixton. Some time between 1881 and 1885 the family moved to Paddington, west London. The couple's other three children were born in Paddington, although their youngest daughter died aged 3. From at least 1885 to 1890, the family rented two unfurnished rooms on the parlour (ground) floor of 34 Hampden Street. The then moved to 2 Alfred Road, where the 1891 census finds them living relatively comfortably in a house of five or more rooms. They stayed there for a couple of years. By 1895, they were back in lodgings, renting two unfurnished first floor rooms at 4 Barnsdale Road.

Around the start of 1895, Stephen contracted phthisis (tuberculosis), which he suffered for nine months before his death on 9th September 1895. He was 41. At the time of Stephen's death, his wife Margaret was 43 and was left with their three surviving children aged between 6 and 13 to support.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roman Catholic Church. Newton Stewart Catholic Parish Registers. (Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Catholic Archives), Primary quality.
    Names of BaptizedNames of ParentsBornBaptizedNames of SponsorsPriest
    Stephenlaw[ful son of] Michael Sweeney and Mary An McAulyDec 22 1853A.D. 1854 Jan 22William Kelly and Mary McLeanJ.J. Buckley
  2. General Register Office for Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. (Edinburgh), 897/00 005/00 012, 7 Apr 1861, Primary quality.
    AddressSorbie, Wigtownshire
    Rooms with windows2
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    Michael Swenieheadmarriedmale371823/4Ag LabSligo, Ireland
    Mary Sweniewifemarriedfemale391821/2Sligo, Ireland
    Patrick Sweniesonmale141846/7Sligo, Ireland
    Michael Sweniesonmale121848/9Sligo, Ireland
    Cathrine Sweniedaughterfemale81852/3Sorbie, Wigtownshire
    Stephen Sweniesonmale61854/5Sorbie, Wigtownshire
    Peter Sweniesonmale41856/7Sorbie, Wigtownshire
    James Sweniesonmale11859/60Sorbie, Wigtownshire
  3. General Register Office for Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. (Edinburgh), 897/00 006/00 010, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.
    AddressGarlieston Road, Sorbie, Wigtownshire
    Rooms with windows1
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    Michael Sweeneyheadmarriedmale461824/5Ag LabIreland
    Mary Sweeneywifemarriedfemale481822/3Labourer's wifeIreland
    Stephen Sweeneysonunmarriedmale171853/4CarpenterSorbie, Wigtownshire
    Peter Sweeneysonmale131857/8Ag labSorbie, Wigtownshire
    Luke Sweeneysonmale71863/4ScholarSorbie, Wigtownshire
    Andrew Sweeneysonmale51865/6Sorbie, Wigtownshire
  4. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), RG11/622/98/65, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.
    Address122 Mayall Road, Brixton, Lambeth, Surrey
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    Stephen Sweeneyheadmarriedmale271853/4JoinerScotland
    Margaret Sweeneywifemarriedfemale281852/3NilScotland
    James Riceboarderunmarriedmale231857/8JoinerScotland
  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, RG12/1/48/20, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.
    Address2 Alfred Road, Paddington, London
    Rooms occupied5 or more
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationStatusBirthplace
    Stephen Sweeneyheadmarriedmale361854/5JoineremployedScotland
    Margaret Sweeneywifemarriedfemale381852/3Scotland
    Mary J. Sweeneydaughterfemale81882/3Brixton, London
    Margaret Sweeneydaughterfemale31887/8Paddington, London
    Stephen Sweeneysonmale11889/90Paddington, London
  6. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
    1895 DEATH in the Sub-District of Saint Mary Paddington in the County of London
    No.When and where diedName and surnameSexAgeOccupationCause of deathSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    190Ninth September 1895
    4 Burnsdale Road
    Stephen SweeneyMale40 yearsCarpenter (Journeyman)Phthisis 9 months Exhaustion Certified by G. Gardiner M.D.Margaret Sweeney Widow of deceased present at the Death, 4 Burnsdale RoadTenth September 1895Wm Kirk, Registrar
  7.   Paddington Electoral Register, 1885
    South Division, No. 1 Polling District
    Name: 4739 Sweeney, Stephen
    Rooms occupied: Parlour floor, unfurnished
    House and street: 34 Hampden-street
    Rent: 6s. a week
    Landlord: Mrs. Checksfield, 34 Hampden-street
  8.   Paddington Electoral Register, 1887
    South Division, No. 1 Polling District
    Name: 4873 Sweeney, Stephen
    Rooms occupied: Parlour floor, unfurnished
    House and street: 34 Hampden street
    Rent: 6s. a week
    Landlord: Wm. Cheeksfield, 34 Hampden street
  9.   Paddington Electoral Register, 1889
    South Division, No. 1 Polling District
    Name: 4701 Sweeney, Stephen
    Rooms occupied: 2 rooms ground floor, unfurnished
    House and street: 34 Hampden street
    Rent: 6s. per week
    Landlord: Mr. Checksfield, same address
  10.   Paddington Electoral Register, 1890
    South Division, No. 1 Polling District
    Name: 4866 Sweeney, Stephen
    Rooms occupied: 2 rooms ground floor, unfurnished
    House and street: 34 Hampden street
    Rent: 6s weekly
    Landlord: Mr. Checksfield, same address
  11.   Paddington Electoral Register, 1893
    South Division, No. 1 Polling District
    Name: 65 Sweeney, Stephen
    Abode: 2 Alfred road
    Nature of Qualification: dwelling house
    Name and Situation of Qualifying Property: 2 Alfred road

    (not at 2 Alfred Road or 4 Barnsdale Road in 1894 electoral register)
  12.   Paddington Electoral Register, 1895
    North Division, No. 5 Polling District, Harrow Road Ward
    Name: 2389 Sweeney, Stephen
    Rooms occupied: Two rooms first floor, unfurnished
    House and street: 4 Barnsdale-road
    Landlord: Mr. Hollis, same address