James Sweeney and Mary Jane Huey are my great great grandparents who arrive on the Mohongo from Derry in June 1853. Mary Jane's family were Protestant and James was Catholic. They are in Southern New Jersey with their first child in 1855 as farmers in Mannington Salem County.
Where did they marry, as they would have had to have consent for her to marry in the Catholic Church, I am told. James Sweeney was very possibly from NewtownStewart or Strabane and they could have easily slipped over the line into Donegal.
Mary Jane's family was Protestant but her Mother Letitia's parents James and Isabella Moorhead were Catholic so perhaps she converted. They purposely came to the Southern NJ area to farm and brought five barrels and a trunk off possessions with them, which for those days was a lot.
The Hueys and the Moorheads ( Muirhead) came to Ireland from Scotland some time before this. Moorheads for sure were living on that same border of Donegal and Tyrone in the 1630s. The English King allowed settlement of Scots to be in charge of the Irish in what was called the Plantation period. I am not sure where the Sweeneys although they were not Scots.
Mary Jane and James are buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Salem New Jersey, both died in 1878. The tombstone emblem suggests James was a member of the local grange in Salem, probably a founding member.
Their children moved further north into first Oldmans Township and then Centre Square. Their daughter Lizzie Sweeney Kirwan and her daughter Sadie Kirwan Carrow are buried in Old St. Joseph's Cemetery next to Lizzie's brother James. Lizzie Kirwan died young after giving birth prematurely after hearing that her husband had suffered a runaway accident. He was driving a team of horses and a load of produce and he lost his leg. Baby Maggie Kirwan followed her mother to the grave a month later.
Plantation Settlers County Donegal 1630s
Adair, Alexander, Allen x2, Arnett x2, Barkley, Barry, Bauld, Black, Blair, Boyd, Boyle x2, Brisbane, Brown, Bruce, Bryce, Buchanan, Burne, Calwell x2, Campbell x2, Carr x3, Cloggie, Colguhoun x2, Coohoone x2, Crawford, Cunningham x15, Dick, Donnell, Dougal, Dunne x3, Dunsayer, Ekyn, Ewart, Flemming, Forecheade, Fullerton, Fulton, Fyieff, Galt, Flabreth, Filmour, Glass, Glen, Gordon, Grynney, Hall, Hamilton x11, Harper, Henrison, Henry, Homes, Hood, Huggins, Hunter, Hutchins, Johnston, Julius, Kennedy, Kernes, Kilpatrick x2, Knox, Laycock, Leckie, Leitch, Leslie, Lindsay, Lockhard, Lodge, Machell, Machen, Martin, Maxwell, Montgomery, Moore, Moorhead, Murray, McAlison, McAuld, McCamuel, McClairne, McCullough, McErdy, McIlcheny, McIntyre, McKay, McKinney, McKym, McLintagh, McLoran, McMath, Nelson, Nesbitt, Orr, Patterson, Patoun, Patton, Peere (Perry), Pont, Purveyance, Rankin, Ritchie, Robin, Robson, Roger, Sawyer, Scott, Sempell, Semple x4, Simpson, Smelley, Smith x3, Smythe x2, Spence, Stephenson, Stevenson, Stevin, Stewart x4, Sutherland, Teyse (Tees), Thompson, Thomson, Valantyne, Vance, Watson, Wilson, Witherspoon, Wood x2, Young