When Martha Patsy Sweeney was born in April 1813, in Washington, Kentucky, United States, her father, Daniel Sweeney, was 36 and her mother, Elizabeth Jones, was 36. She married Michael Jones about 1844, in Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She lived in Larimer, Pueblo, Colorado, United States in 1870 and Clay Center Township, Clay, Kansas, United States in 1900. She died in 1901, in Clay, Kansas, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Washington, Kansas, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, Donal, Kieran, Eamonn, Paddy, Senan, Tadhg, Aileen, Assumpta, Brennan, Caitlin, Colm.
Irish and Scottish: shortened form of McSweeney , from Gaelic Mac Suibhne ‘son of Suibhne’, a personal name meaning ‘pleasant’. Loss of initial Mac in this surname seems to have been encouraged by the Irish variant Ó Suibhne. For the Scottish form Mac Shuibhne with loss of the final syllable and lenition of the personal name after Mac, compare McSween and McQueen .
Americanized form of French Choiniere .