I got a little mixed up with the schedule of topics for #52ancestors and overlooked week 8 when the theme was “Family Photos” . I didn’t want to miss out on the topic however because it’s a good opportunity to share one of the very few photographs relating to my own Heenan family.
Here is a picture of Mary Catherine Heenan and her children.
Mary Catherine was the fourth child (and the first daughter) of my great great grandparents Patrick Heenan and Ellen O’Brien. She was born in Rhymney, an iron making town in South Wales, in 1873. Patrick and Ellen had settled here in 1867/1868 from their homeland of Kilbehenny in County Limerick, Ireland.
When Mary Catherine was born, the couple were living in Church Street in the south of the town and Patrick was working in the iron works as a “fireman”. Their daughter was baptised at St John’s Roman Catholic Church in Rhymney on December 13, 1873.
She married Jeremiah Woods in the same church on Dec 9, 1893 and they too made their home in Rhymney. Jeremiah and Catherine went on to have three children.
In this picture we can see on the right her daughter Bridget Heenan who was born about 1894. From the ages of the children stated in the 1901 census I think the middle child is Jeremiah Woods who was born around 1900 and the child on the left is Thomas Woods, born in about 1896.
The photograph is not dated but I’m surmising that it was taken in the early 1900s – possibly around 1902 or 1903.
Mary Catherine died in Rhymney in 1938. She is buried with her husband who died in 1954, in the cemetery in Rhymney.