|Birth: ||unknown, Ireland|
|Death: ||Nov. 17, 1891|
C S A
Aged 68 Years
J. M. Sweeney, An Old Printer,
Sailor and Soldier.
J. M. Sweeney, an old printer, died this morning at the city hospital of pneumonia.
He was a native of Ireland and learned his trade in Edinburgh, Scotland. He had served as
a seaman and he went though the late civil war under the confederate flag. While in
service, he received a wound in the leg, which gave him trouble and pain the rest of his
life. He was a man with a history, and at one time, was well to do. He lived at Jefferson
a number of years, where he worked on the Jimplicute, and while there, his wife died,
leaving him a little girl. Then reverses came, the old man drank, his little savings were
swept away and he went from pillar to post. Thoughts of his little girl always filled his
mind, and tears would fill the old man's eyes when he talked of his past happy days. In
going from town to town, he would sometimes hold a "sit" long enough to save
money enough to send the little one, who was with a friend in Jefferson, a present and
these little occasions of good fortune seemed to be the delight of his weary life. He
cared not to live, he used to say, but the thread of life carried him into old age. His
last work was done in the government print office of the Choctaw Nation where he assisted
in getting in type, the code of laws of the nation.
He was a good workman, a true friend and generous to a fault. He died last night at
the hospital and this morning, a ticket was sent to him from Camp Sterling Price for h is
transportation to the Confederate Home at Austin, but the old man's soul had departed for
its eternal home.
His remains will be buried under the auspices of the Dallas Typographical Union in
their lot in Trinity Cemetery.
- November 18, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 3.
above information from contributor Sherry: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=47010546
Plot: Block #11
Created by: Kelli Smythe
Record added: May 16, 2009
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