By the Bridge

The Swantons of County Cork,
Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY

by Ginni Swanton

George Swanton,
Ellen Sweeney,
George Swanton Chart

On June 28, 1870, George Swanton, the son of James Swanton and Cate Carty Swanton, married Ellen Sweeney, the daughter of William Sweeney , farmer, in the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Enniskeane. Their marriage was witnessed by James Swanton and Patrick Daly, and was performed by Father Daniel Coveney.

When he and Ellen married, George Swanton was 27 years old and was a bachelor farmer living in Castletown in the parish of Kinneigh. Ellen Sweeney was 24 years old, and was a spinster living in Shanaclough, a townland in the parish of Kinneigh.

After their marriage, George and Ellen Sweeny Swanton lived in the village of Coppeen. George and Ellen had the following children:

Swanton House at Lissicorrane
Swanton House in Lissicorrane

Ellen Swanton emigrated to Boston, where she married John J. Feeney on February 12, 1907. They were married by Philip F. Sexton, a Catholic priest at 55 Broadway, South Boston. This was John Feeney’s second marriage.

In 1911, John Swanton (Ellen’s son?) was 18 and worked as a farm servant for Richard Lynch, a Catholic farmer in the townland of Annaharlick, in the parish of Kinneigh.

William Swanton (b. January 28, 1876) was confirmed in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Enniskeane in 1890, at the age of 14. When he was 23, he immigrated to Boston in 1899. In June of 1900, he worked as a day laborer and lived at 82 Freeport Street with his cousin, Patrick Sweeney, Patrick’s wife, Mary, and their sons, Dennis and Thomas Sweeney.

Patrick Sweeney had been born in Ireland in 1867 and had immigrated to the United States in 1890, where he worked as a city laborer. He was a naturalized citizen. Patrick’s wife, Mary, was 28 and she had been born in Ireland. She had immigrated to the United States in 1893. Dennis was 2 years old, and Thomas was 1, and they had both been born in Massachusetts.

Johanna Swanton (b. December 15, 1878) immigrated to Boston. In 1922, she lived at 2 Lincoln Place in South Boston with her half sister, Mary Anne Swanton Scanlon Johanna died, unmarried, in Boston, on August 9, 1922.

Johanna (Hannah) Swanton's Will

I haven’t been able to find any information about James Swanton (born January 15, 1874, Coppeen,) or John Swanton (born March 3, 1877).

Ellen Sweeney Swanton died on April 3, 1880 in Coppeen of pneumonia , just 4 days after the birth of her daughter Hanora on March 30.

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