Biography of John D. Sweeney
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JOHN DAVID SWEENEY, a leading contractor and builder of Pittsburg [sic], was born February 9, 1859, in Tyler county, West Virginia, son of Daniel Sweeney, who was also born in West Virginia, and combined the callings of miller, millwright and surveyor, also dealing extensively in lumber. He was a staunch Democrat, He married Mary Anna Wells, of West Virginia, and their children were: Laura, born in 1852, died December 31, 1906, wife of William W. Patton, of Orange California, children, Chalmers D., Lesta, Daniel C., Florence, Harry, Cart, Mabel and Olive; Eli Absalom, born March 19, 1854, married October 19, 1892, Anna Louise, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Bandi) Bandi, of New Martinsville, West Virginia; James N., born in 1856; Thomas, who died aged sixteen years; John David, of whom later; Oliver C., married Alice Mccoy, of Pereley, Tyler county, West Virginia, children, Howard, Elsie, Pauline, Myron and Eli Absaloin; and Amanda Ruffner. James N., third child and second son of this family, married Anna Smith, of West Virginia, children, Rodney, Mollie, Florence and Homer. Mrs. Sweeney died in 1891, and within a reasonable time Mr. Sweeney married Belle Barrett, of Tyler county, West Virginia, children, Louise Inez, Irene, Harry, Lillie and Ruby. Mrs. Sweeney, the mother, died May 2, 1901.

John David Sweeney, son of Daniel and Mary Anna (Wells) Sweeney, received his preparatory education in the public schools of his neighborhood, passing thence to the Fairmont (West Virginia) Normal School, and afterward entering the University of Morgantown, West Virginia. For twelve years he was principal of the normal school of Athens, Mercer county, West Virginia, and in 1901 came to Pittsburg [sic], where he has since been engaged in the general contracting and building business. For one term he represented the people of his native county in the legislature. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and the Knights of Pythias, and in politics affiliates with the Democrats. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Sweeney married, December 25, 1893, Mary Maud Reid, and they are the parents of four children: Mary Louise, born October 12, 1894; Maud Ethel, born September 25, 1896; Anna Wilson, born July 22, 1901; and Virginia Ruth, horn September 18, 1903. Mrs. Sweeney is a daughter of William Albert Reid, who during the Civil war served as Captain of Company A, Seventeenth Virginia Cavalry, participating in many battles, among them those of Gettysburg and Lookout Mountain. He married Phoebe Louise Hare, and their children were: Walter Scott, married Catharine Hardy, children, Inez and Gladys; Mary Maud, wife of John David Sweeney; Rupert, died in infancy; and Minnie, wife of Edward French, of the vicinity of Parisburg, Virginia, childrem, William Edward, John Reid Harriet Louise and Prances.

A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company

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