Terence Sweeney
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Terence Sweeney (abt. 1816 - 1869)

Terence Sweeney
Born about in Clooney, Clare, Irelandmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married 10 Oct 1841 in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 53 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
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Terence Sweeney was a Bounty Immigrant to New South Wales.
Ireland Native
Terence Sweeney was born in Ireland.
Flag of Moyriesk, Clare
Terence Sweeney migrated from Moyriesk, Clare to Australia in 1839.
Flag of Australia in 1839

Terence SWEENEY.[1]

Terence emigrated to Australia as an assessed immigrant on the Roxborough Castle with his sister Mary. They departed from Plymouth in Devon, England and arrived in Sydney on 26th May 1839. He was brought out by a Mr Marshall, occupation, farm overseer, age 23. His character was certified as good, by persons in County Cork. Bodily health, strength, and probable usefulness also stated as good. Roman Catholic and was able to read and write.

Terence states in the shipping indents that he is a native of Clones, County Clare. Clones is actually in County Monaghan so it is likely there is a transcription error and the town he is actually referring to is something with a similiar name in County Clare. His sister Mary states she is from Moyriesk a townland in County Clare. Pete Schermerhorn has advised that "Firstly.......both Clon- and Cloon- have the same source, i.e., cluain, which is Irish for several things but usually for a meadow or pasture/grassy area. So Clones could also be Cloones. That's only "step one". Clooney is the parish adjacent to Doora, and the parish containing that small part of Moyriesk. In fact, the townland of Clooney has a more than mile-long common border with Moyriesk and the village of Clooney - at the northern end of Clooney townland - is still less than a mile from Moyriesk. And this village is the location of an RC church. Even though the RC parish "boundary" would seem to place Clooney and Moyriesk townlands in different parishes, the Clooney church is much closer to Moyriesk than the "proper" churches of Doora parish." So, given the information supplied by his sister Mary, it is highly likely for the place he refers to actually be Clooney.

On 10th Oct 1841 Terence and Anne DUAN were married in St Patricks Cathedral at Parramatta by Minister Joseph Platt, of Parramatta, presumably they met through both working for Mr Marshall. Witnesses to the marriage were James Christian and Eliza Hall who don't appear to be relatives of either of the couple. It would appear both were from Ennicorthy, Wexford. Eliza HALL came out on the same ship as Anne DUAN, the Isabella. James CHRISTIAN (according to a story on an Ancestry FamilyTree) came to Sydney from Enniscorthy as well and was living in Liverpool New South Wales in 1841 so he could easily have been witness to Terence and Anne'’s wedding. Perhaps he knew Eliza in Ireland. Interestingly, he also later became involved in the hotel business in the 1850’s, similar to Terence.

The Australian marriage index suggests Terence's wife is named Anne DOWEN but the name Anne DUAN is clearly stated on the marriage certificate. According to the NSW birth index the couple had three children in New South Wales, Henry, Mary and Terence.

It appears that sometime after the birth of Terence in 1848, the couple travelled to the United States. They are found living in San Francisco with son Terence, now 4 and baby James, aged 4 months, born in California. Their daughter Mary had died in abt 1845, but it is not known what became of Henry. The couple must have returned to Australia by 1854, when their son James was born. Another Australian is with them in San Francisco, George Phillips. It is not known if he is a friend or relation, or together by chance (If you know the answer to this question, please contact Veronica Williams).

Terence appears in the 1869 Sands Directory living at 579 Kent St, Sydney listed as a dealer. It appears however that he died later that year, after a long and painful illness. He was buried on 27 June 1869 in the Catholic Section of Rookwood Cemetery with his wife and son James.

The following notices appeared in local newspapers:-

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 14 July 1869, page 8 SWEENEY-June 26th, at his residence, Kent and Liverpool Streets, after a long and painful illness, Terence Sweeney, aged 50 years, leaving a wife and 3 children to lament their loss.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 25 February 1896, page SWEENEY. -February 14 1896, at her late residence, Crescent Street, Balmain, Anne relict of the late Terence Sweeney, in her 76th year. R.I.P.

Thy will be done
Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of
Who died 6 Jun 1869
Aged 50 years
Also his beloved wife
Who died 14 Feb 1896
Aged 76 years
Also their beloved son
James Augustus
Who died 18 Dec 1888
Aged 36 years
It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray
For the dead that they may be loosed from their sins
Requiescant in pace
Erected by their affectionate sons TE and JW Sweeney


The paternal and maternal lines are confirmed back to the shared ancestors John SWEENEY and Johanna HANRAHAN. [2]


  1. Veronica Williams created WikiTree profile Sweeney-661 through the import of CASSIDY and SWEENEY 4_2013-08-13_2013-08-16.ged on Aug 16, 2013.
  2. Gedmatch triangulated group confirmation of relationships between Joan Coates GEDmatch T485376, Michael Stevens GEDmatch T410351, Private Cassidy GEDmatch T439388 and Private Mowbray A063438 shared segments of approx 10.7 cM segment on chromosome 12 from 127.3 to 129.4, August 2016.
  • Sands Directories Sydney and New South Wales, Australia, 1858-1933 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009), www.ancestry.com.au, Database online.
  • Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Compiled from publicly available sources.Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Database online.
  • Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald 1842-1954, www.trove.nla.gov.au, SMH (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday 25 February 1896, page 1.
  • Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald 1842-1954, www.trove.nla.gov.au, SMH (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 14 June 1878, page 1.
  • BDM - NSW, www.bdm.nsw.gov.au, SWEENEY Terence F - Death - NSW 30/1912.
  • Cemetery visit, Veronica Williams, Rookwood Catholic Cemetery. SWEENEY Terence, Ann and James Augustus. Visit 31 Jan 2013.
  • New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896, NSW State Records, Database online.
  • California State Census, 1852 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), www.ancestry.com.au, Database online.
  • BDM - Certificates, SWEENEY to DOWEN - marriage 41 Vol 146 - St Patricks Parramatta.
  • Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald 1842-1954, www.trove.nla.gov.au, SMH (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 14 July 1869, page 8.
  • BDM - NSW, www.bdm.nsw.gov.au, SWEENEY to Dowen marriage - V184141 146/1841.

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