William Elza Sweeney
The Life Of W.E. Sweeney
William Elza Sweeney was born December 4, 1877 in Paris, Kentucky. He was the son of John Steele and Alice Monin Sweeney. W.E. grew up in a Christian home. His father, J. S. Sweeney was a gospel preacher, and also grandfather, G. E. Sweeney, were gospel preachers.
He was educated at Kentucky University. In 1899 he was graduated from the law department of the University of Louisville. During the Spanish War, he served in Company I, Second Kentucky U.S. Volunteer Infantry.
He practiced law in the states of Kentucky, Wyoming and in Chicago, Illinois. Sweeney was twice elected as Prosecuting Attorney.
He began preaching in 1908. Through the years he preached in Evansville, Indiana; Danville, Indiana; Baltimore, Maryland, and in Johnson City, Tennessee.
William married Mary Gooch Anderson in Clifton Forge, Virginia in 1916. Together they had four children, Mary, Susan, Margaret and William E., Jr.
W.E. Sweeney passed from this life May 23, 1963. He is buried in the family plot at Paris, Kentucky.
Directions To The Burial Site of the Sweeneys
The Sweeneys are buried in the cemetery at Paris, Kentucky. Heading northeast out of Lexington on the Paris Pike. (Hwy.27/68). As you enter from the south end of town, look for a white wall on the left that looks like the front of a castle. This is the entrance into the cemetery. Enter the cemetery past the offices and stay to the right. The road will dead end (no pun intended!). Turn to the right, and right back to the left. Then proceed toward the rear of the cemetery. Turn to the right, and right back to the left. Then proceed toward the rear of the cemetery counting to the third left turn. Just before the third left turn, stop the car. Up on the rise to the left is the Sweeney plot. At least three generations of Sweeneys are buried there, J. S. Sweeney, was E. S.'s father, and G. E. Sweeney was his grandfather, both of which were preachers. Four siblings are also there including two of which were preachers, E.S. Sweeney, and of course W.E. Sweeney.
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