One of the Earliest Settlers
Jeremiah Sweeney, born in 1812, in County Cork, Ireland, came to the United States about the year 1850. He worked his way westward along the Great Lakes to Chicago, west to the Mississippi River and arrived in Dakota County in late 1854, with his wife, Johanna Toomey.
Land Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota Territory, October 17, 1855:
"In the matter of the application of Jeremiah Sweeney of Dacotah Co Min Ter to preempt the Northwest quarter of Section Thirty five Township 27 of range 24 in the district of land subject to sale at this office, the said applicant offered proof in support of his said application.
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In the summer of 1860 a census was taken of agricultural products in Burnsville Township which reported that Jeremiah Sweeney had improved 30 of his 160 acres. The cash value of his farm was $800.00 and the value of his farm implements, $15. He had five milch cows, four "working" oxen, one other "cattle" and 13 swine. The value of his livestock being $275. During that year he had harvested 150 bushels of wheat, 80 bushels of oats, 240 bushels of "Irish" potatoes, 15 tons of hay and he made 500 pounds of butter. The value of animals slaughtered during the year was $80. Sweeney's neighbors included James Connelly, Timothy McNamara, Thomas Hogan, James O'Hare, Terrence McGovern, and other familiar names as Burns, Dillon, Dowdon, O'Regan and Foley.
The farm was sold to James Connelly in January of 1881. After leaving the farm, Jeremiah lived with the Ryans in St. Paul until his death on November 3, 1885.