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  1. I am James Heenan’s great-granddaughter. He came over to NYC at 15 from Ireland with a younger brother. This was in the mid to late 1800’s.He worked with horses in NJ before becoming quite successful in banking. Owned a townhome in Park Slope Brooklyn and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetary along with my grandfather,father etc. Cassidy was my great-grandmother’s maiden name.The 6th street townhome was also my grandfather Francis Coe Heenan’s home, also a banker, grandmother Nora Riley was from Lafayette IN. My late father also called it home, Francis Maurice Heenan’s was his name.It was sold in the late 1960’s. Anna and Mary Heenan were teachers and my father’s aunts. The family was very involved with St Saviour’s Catholic Church in PS Brooklyn.Unclear on James’ Irish origins, county etc.

    • Hi Kathleen, thanks so much for visiting and telling us about your great grandfather. This article was written by Walter – I’m sure he would love to hear from you if you are connected somehow. I’m not sure if that is the case though?

      Do you know where in Ireland your great grandfather came from?

  2. Hi Kathleen. I am the author of the post. Thank you for your feedback. I have come across the names Francis Coe Heenan and Nora Riley multiple times in my research but they have never fit into my tree. Since James came to the US in the mid to late 1800’s and I have traced my direct paternal line back to Philip about 1810-1820 in New York City, any connection is prior to that time back in Ireland.

    Are you on ancestry.com? My tree is here: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/104982407


  3. Hi Walt, Francis Coe Heenan and Nora Riley were my grandparents. My parents are passed, but I think James came from a small town northwest of Waterford that begins with a B. sorry I can’t be more specific. Kathleen

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