Sweeney, Doctor Franklin, Pvt. – Co. C, 8th KY Cavalry

Doctor Franklin Sweeney was born October 23, 1835 in Liberty, Casey County, Kentucky.  He was one of 13 children of Benjamin Sweeney and Sarah Tucker Northcutt.  Doctor married Sarah Margaret Allen on July 7, 1859 at Liberty, Casey, County, Kentucky.  She was born March 15, 1841 in Casey County, KY, and died February 23, 1888 in Casey County, KY.  According to the census of 1860, Doctor Franklin Sweeney was a farmer.  Doctor was his given name, not his profession.

He enlisted in the Union Army on July 28, 1862 in either Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky or Casey County as a private and served in Captain Whipp’s Company C of the 8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry.  He mustered out September 17, 1863 in Lebanon, Kentucky.

Doctor Franklin Sweeney and his wife Sarah had at least 15 children. Their daughter Susan Jane Sweeney (1872-1962) is the child from whom the Tent 22 member descends.

After Sarah’s death in 1888, Doctor married Nancy Louisianna (Lucy Ann) Watson October 27,  1891 in Casey County, Kentucky.  She was born in March 21, 1868 or 1869 and died January 31, 1926 in Casey County, Kentucky.

Five more children were born to this couple.

Doctor Franklin Sweeney died April 16, 1902, and is buried in Brush Creek Cemetery, Casey County, Kentucky.

Doc Franklin Sweeney, photo by Rochelle Riordan

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