John E. Sweetman
(Abt 1848-1873)


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Ann Shannon

John E. Sweetman 127

  • Born: Abt 1848 124
  • Marriage: Ann Shannon
  • Died: 11 Oct 1873, Oswego, Oswego County, NY about age 25 25,124

bullet  General Notes:

Note that there was a family of Sweetnams living in Kilbronogue, Ballydehob, Schull, West Cork, County of Cork. Austen (sic) Sweetnam lived - and appear near on the 1901 census - a family of Hegartys (Ellen Hegarty), John Philip Willis, John J. Willis, and James Willis. Austin Sweetnam owned the property on which Ellen Hegarty lived. A G.B. Sweetnam (sic) was the curate at the Church of Ireland church in Schull. A Dr. Stephen Sweetman was the registraar of births/deaths in Skull in 1875. Austin appears also in the County Cork city directory for 1875 (

At the findmypast website, they have 3 records of an Anne/Annie/Anna Marie marrying a "Thomas" Sweetnam in 1892, 1895, and 1898. All took place in Schull. All come from the record set of "Irish Marriages 1845-1958."

From an Irish website:

"Though frequently recorded as "Sweetman" in official records, family history sources suggest the Sweetnam spelling is the correct one. In the 1870s John (Swetman) Sweetnam of Skibbereen owned over 200 acres in county Cork while Stephen (Sweetman) Sweetnam MD, held over 220 acres in the Schull area. Members of this family held lands in the parishes of Abbeystrowry and Aghadown, barony of West Carbery, at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Many were clergymen or medical practitioners. See

House Name / DescriptionTownlandCivil ParishPLUDEDBaronyCountyMap Ref
Mardyke House (H2490)
John Sweetman was leasing this property from the Townsend estate at the time of Griffith's Valuation when it was valued at 13 5s. In 1814 Leet refers to it as the seat of Thomas Baldwin. It is no longer extant.Coronea Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork Lat/Lon: 51.54735

OSI Ref:
W118335 Discovery map #89. OS Sheet #141.
Betsborough (H2504)
At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Adam Newman was leasing this property to Henry Newman, when it was valued at 19 5s. It is still extant. Family history records for the Sweetnam family indicate that Samuel Sweetnam took over Betsborough while Thomas Sweetnam was agent to the Newman estate. Henry Newman of Betsborough, Skibbereen, owned 877 acres in the 1870s.Gortnamucklagh Abbeystrowry Skibbereen Killeenleagh West Carbury (East) Cork Lat/Lon: 51.58044

OSI Ref:
W108372 Discovery map #89. OS Sheet #141?.
Greenpark (H2539)
James Callaghan was leasing this property to Matthew Sweetman at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at 9 15s. In 1837 Lewis refers to "Greenpark" as the seat of John Gallway. A building still exists at the site.Drisheen Aghadown Skibbereen Skibbereen Rural 309 West Carbery (East) Cork Lat/Lon: 51.54519

OSI Ref:
W095333 Discovery map #89. OS Sheet #141.
Archival sources

National Archives of Ireland: Copy of genealogical table of family of Sweetnam, Cloghane, parish of Caheragh, nr Skibbereen, Co Cork, 1812-1988. 999/542
National Library of Ireland: Abstract of deed of 25 Sept., 1844, between Rev. Alleyn Evanson of Fourmilewater, and Stephen Sweetman and Maria Sweetman als. Long, his wife, with Trustee, Richard James Long, 1844. Genealogical Office: Ms.144, pp.33 & 37-8
Contemporary printed sources

Many of these resources are now available online. For a list with Web links please see the Online Printed Sources Links

GRIFFITH'S VALUATION OF IRELAND'[Primary Valuation of Tenements]', 1850-1858. : Barony of West Carbery (East):4 (Coronea), 25 (Drisheen)
PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS. Return of owners of land of one acre and upwards, in the several counties .... in Ireland. HC 1876, LXXX: 135
Modern printed sources

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Name: Sweetnam. 71

Residence, 30 Jul 1870, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 24 Living here are John "Sweetnam" and Ann and Thomas H., who is 1/2 year old.

Death, 11 Oct 1873, Oswego, Oswego County, NY. 124 Oswego The Daily Times 10-11-1873 "Fatal Accident. A Man Crushed to Death at the D.L. & W. Shops -- Verdict of the Coroner's Jury.
A fatal accident occurred at the shops of the D.L. & W. railroad company shortly after five o'clock this morning, resulting in the death of John Sweetman, a young man in the employ of the road.
It appears that the work of making up the early train from this city had commenced and an engine with baggage and smoking cars attached had run down to the shops where a coach was kept. Sweetman was employed as a wiper at the shops, and was assisting in making up the train. Michael Forau, who was running the engine, testifies that Sweetman was told to look out for the brakes; that after being signaled twice, he (Forau) backed the train up and shortly after Marselius Bidwell came running to him and said Sweetman was hurt. They both went to him, reaching him about three minutes after the accident. He was lying about four feet from the railroad track. They offered him water but he did not take it. Thoe, Chapman, who was also present, testifies that Sweetman asked to be lifted up, but after that never spoke. He lived but a short time.
The circumstances seem to show that Sweetman was standing in the doorway of the shop, and when the car was run out was crushed between the steps of the car and the building. The breast was crushed somewhat. Dr. B. DeWitt examined the body and made the following statement:
"I have carefully examined the body of John Sweetman and am of the opinion that he came to his death from internal injuries. There was external appearances of severe injuries, but not sufficient to cause death."
The body was carried into the shop and this forenoon Coroner Barnes summoned the following jury and held an inquest:
B. DeWitt, John Gardenier, S.M. Elmer, John Donovan, John Barnet, W.S. Spence.
The jury rendered a verdict as follows:
"It is the opinion of this jury, from the evidence given, that the deceased came to his death by being accidently caught between a passenger coach and the door post of the car shop of the D.L. & W. railroad on the 11th day of October, 1873. No blame is attached to any person."
John Sweetman was a man aged about 25 years and had been in the employ of the company for about five months. He was an industrious young man, and has a family consisting of a wife and two young children, who live on Ellen street. His death is a most suddent and severe blow."

Probate. I can't find any evidence of any probate records for this person in Cook County on Ancestry -- 12/15.


John married Ann Shannon, daughter of Thomas Shannon and Mary Willis. (Ann Shannon was born about 1850 in Ireland 25 and died after 11 Apr 1914 14,1141.)

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