There's an interesting story of the family of John HENEY John came to Bytown from Killeshandra, County Cavan, in 1843 and eventually founded Heney Fuels in Ottawa. Heney Fuels supplied the Parliament Buildings with firewood in the early days and later their trucks were a familiar sight on the streets of Ottawa. Other related surnames are McManus, Wade and O'Connor. The web site of John J. Heney (Great_Great Grandson) also contains a lot of thorough information on County Cavan. Many of the Protestant pioneers in the Ottawa area came from Cavan. A lesser number of Roman Catholics also came from Cavan (See "The McCabe List").
June 3, 2003: Update by John Heney: John Heney (1821-1909) arrived in Bytown in 1844 after a short stay in Quebec City, having travelled all the way from the village of Killeshandra in County Cavan, Ireland. Originally a shoemaker, he eventually ran his own business on Clarence Street. In 1868 he branched off into the fuel business, originally supplying cordwood to the Parliament Buildings. What would eventually grow to become John Heney & Son evolved from cordwood to coal and then to furnace oil, not disappearing from the streets of Ottawa until 1974. Other related surnames linked to the Heneys are McManus, Wade, Gough and O'Connor. A Catholic of firey red hair, John was known to the citizens of Ottawa as "Red John" to distinguish himself from the Protestant "Buffalo" John Heney who was his first employer in Bytown. "Red John" sat on Ottawa City Council for By Ward for almost forty years, eventually losing in his one bid for the office of mayor in 1890. He was knighted by Pope Leo XIII; there is a Heney stained glass window and another one to him in the Notre Dame Basilica on Sussex Drive. One of John's great-great grandsons -- John Heney -- has an abiding interest in Ottawa history and has compiled a history page on his family for the Killeshandra village website in Ireland (see link above). John, who lives in Ottawa, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and welcomes your queries. Many of the Protestant pioneers in the Ottawa area came from Cavan. A lesser number of Roman Catholics also came from Cavan (See "The McCabe List"). ... John Heney E-Mail: email@example.com
July 28, 2003: Here is another John Heney
March 6, 2010 John J. Heney has written a book called John Heney & Son - The Canadian Saga of an Ottawa Irish Family For details about the availability of the book see http://www.bytown.net/heneybook.htm
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