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(updated July 16, 2016)
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The meaning of the crest is: “The Right of Scholars”.
The research into the Heffernan family has been absolutely fascinating. I had begun this journey trying to figure out my mysterious great-grandfather Lawrence Doherty. Thanks to lots of help from Michael Gibson, Dorothy Payne, Roots Ireland, Waterford Heritage Services, Paul Heffernan, John Heffernan, and more recently, Phil Little, I have an overwhelming amount of information on Heffernans. Thanks to Phil for the Western Canada branch. And in doing so, I found Lawrence’s parents, uncle, aunt and nephews. We also have another aunt, Patrick Heffernan’s wife, Margaret Doherty, although this hasn’t been proven.
Patrick Heffernan, my ancestor, (ggg grandfather), born about 1800 in Kilworth, County Cork, Ireland, came to Canada on “The Regulus” in May 1825 as part of the Peter Robinson settlers. He and his wife, Margaret Doherty (1800-1883), who was from just across the border in Ballyporeen Parish in Tipperary County, settled in Otonabee Township on the E 1/2 Lot 29, Concession 9. He sold this farm to a Mr. Baxter and moved to Asphodel Township to the farm on the W 1/2 Concession 4, south of Highway 7 where his son, William, succeeded him.
John Heffernan, Patrick’s brother, born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland in 1792, came to Canada with his wife, Elizabeth Kingston, in 1845. They stayed with Patrick and Margaret until they bought their own property in Otonabee. In September 1846, John bought 50 acres for 87.10 pounds on the north west half of Lot 25, Concession 9, Township of Otonabee.
John & Elizabeth Heffernan’s daughter, Johannah Elizabeth Heffernan, married my paternal great-grandfather, Lawrence Doherty. She died after giving birth to their fourth child and subsequently, Lawrence married Hanorah Mahoney, my paternal great grandmother. To make matters more interesting, Patrick and Margaret Heffernan are my maternal great-great grandparents. Heffernans are married into the McGillens, the Dohertys and the Gibsons. So you can see that my interest in the Heffernans is great. When I made my discovery that the Dohertys and Heffernans were also linked closely in Ireland (just across the border from Tipperary to Cork!), it all made sense.
We found a wonderful autobiography of John Heffernan(1858-1942) on ancestry.ca on Jim Kelly’s family tree. A picture of his family is shown below.
Note to family members: This file has been privatized. This means that the personal data of all living individuals has been made private. The software is not foolproof so if I don’t have sufficient information (eg birth dates), a person’s name may be included even though they are still living. I welcome all enquiries, corrections, additions. E-mail Me if you wish to get more information
Thanks to all family members who provided the following pictures.
My maternal grandparents, James Gibson (1877-1957) and Catherine Heffernan (1883-1958) as I remember them
My maternal grandmother, Catherine Heffernan (1883-1958)
My mother Ellen Elizabeth (Nellie) Gibson (1914-2009) and grandmother, Catherine “Kate” Heffernan (1883-1958)
Catherine “Kate” Heffernan (1883-1958)
My great aunts, Mary Heffernan Mennell (1884-1976) (seated) and sister Gertrude Heffernan Embury(1898-1986)
My great aunts, Gertrude Heffernan Embury(1898-1986) and her sister, Loretta Heffernan Kinney (1895-1987)
Loretta Kinney (in black dress) with baby Bernice Kinney
My maternal great grandfather, Michael Heffernan (1853-1940)
Charlotte Edith “Ada” Heffernan Little (1882-1962)
Charlotte Edith “Ada” Heffernan Little (1882-1962)
Anna Heffernan Fox (1885-1959) and Charlotte Edith “Ada” Heffernan Little (1882-1962)
Joseph “Joe” Heffernan (1878-1953), Charlotte Edith “Ada” Heffernan Little (1882-1962), Will Heffernan (1872-?), Anna Heffernan (1885-1959)
Hanorah Heffernan (1862-1953)
James Francis Heffernan (1892-1938)
Johanna “Hannah” Heffernan Drain (1862-1953), Mary Mennell (1884-1976), John Mennell (1893-1953), Gertrude Callaghan Heffernan (1904-1997), James Drain, (1857-?) Seated: my great-grandfather, Michael Heffernan (1853-1940)
William “Willie” Heffernan (1882- 1928)
Elizabeth Ellen “Nell” Cotter Heffernan (1885-1950), Patrick Joseph “Joe” Heffernan (1891-1959) and daughter, Josephine Heffernan Dumais
Imelda Monica Heffernan Belfry (1924-2009)
Peter McGillen (1872-1918) & Catherine Ann Heffernan McGillen (1871-1962)
Johanna Heffernan Casey (1867-1909) & David Casey (1863-1943)
Bridget Murphy Heffernan (1862-1930), wife of William Heffernan (1843-1927)
Theresa Bridget Heffernan (1892-1948)
John Joseph Heffernan (1897-1994) with two of his grandchildren
John Heffernan (1858-1942), son of Michael Heffernan and Mary Curtin, taken in 1910 with his family: Helen Hannah Heffernan, John Heffernan, Chester Archibald “Archie” Heffernan, Johnny Francis Heffernan, Ernest James Heffernan, Marguerite Ethel Heffernan, Elinor Frances Newell, William Lawrence Heffernan, & Robert Michael Heffernan, in Williston, North Dakota