Mary Ann Sweeney

Brief Life History of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Sweeney was born on 5 July 1821, in Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Michael Sweeney, was 45 and her mother, Martha Steele, was 38. She married Elijah William Gettle on 27 April 1846, in Spring Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Spring Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States for about 30 years. She died on 2 September 1890, in Pleasant Gap, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Pleasant Gap, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Elijah William Gettle
Mary Ann Sweeney
Marriage: 27 April 1846
Hannah Gettle
Julia M. Gettel
William McClure Gettle
Rachel Gettle
Urilla Margaret "Rilla" Gettle
Elijah Gettle

Sources (5)

  • Mary A Gettill in household of Eliza W Gettill, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary A. Sweeny Gettle, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mary A Gettel in household of Elijah W Gettel, "United States Census, 1850"

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Name Meaning

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 .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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