John Heenan was a tailor in London when he walked up the aisle with Mary Morris in St Anne’s Church in the Soho district of London on January 24, 1801
John Heenan was aged about 44 at the time and a widower. He has previously been married to Jane Mills, who had died aged 50 of convulsions the previous January. She was buried at the same church. It is not known whether there had been any children resulting from this marriage which had lasted eight years.
Prior to his second marriage, John Heenan and Mary Morris entered into a marriage bond in which they declared themselves to be bound to each other and asserting that there were no legal obstacles to the marriage. The bond was sworn upon with the payment of £200 to the Church.
John Heenan was described as being a widower resident in the parish of Saint Ann, Westminster in the county of Middlesex and a tailor (the bond uses the spelling of Taylor). Mary Morris is described as a spinster.
The bride would appear to have been pregnant at the time of the marriage because a daughter was born in March the same year.
The couple had five and possibly six children:
Maria Heenan, born 11 March 1801. Died May 1805
James Dennis Heenan, born 30 Sept 1803. Died September 1803
John Emmanuel Heenan, born 24 October 1808. He became a solicitors’ managing clerk. He died July 1877
James Heenan, born 14 Aug 1810. He became a tobacconist who owned a shop in the upmarket Regent Street in London. He died in 1874. More information about James Heenan can be found in the article I wrote for this site.
Benjamin Heenan, born 10 July 1812. Like his elder brother John Emmanuel he was occupied in the law, becoming a solicitors’ clerk. He died in Dec 1877.
There may have been another child called Sarah Heenan but I have not yet been able to confirm this information.
John Heenan died in March 1813 and was buried in St Anne’s parish. The burial record says he died as a result of cancer. There were two addresses given for him at the time: King Street and also number 32 Princes Road, St Mary, Lambeth. His tailor’s business which had operated at Kings Street, Soho together with a James Walsh, was dissolved in November 1815.
Mary Morris was left with three, possibly four children upon his death, aged between one and ten years old. Understandably within a four years she re-married -her new husband was a widower by the name of James Luckett.
Marriage Bonds and Allegations. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives.; Ref number DL/A/D/24/MS10091E/114; entry in London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921 database at ancestry.co.uk
London Gazette; 12 Nov 1814; issue number 16956, page 2245; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/16956/page/2245?mainwebsite=1
London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DL/T/087/001; entry in London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 database at ancestry.com
Westminster Archives: Westminster Marriages collection at findmypast.co.uk. Image reference FG114GBPRS_WSMTN_5108428_00053