Heafys in County Waterford, Ireland
Thomas Heafy was born in 1839 in Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland, to Thomas and Mary Meehan Heafy. He had a number of siblings, some of whom emigrated to the U.S. Tom came to New York in 1860 and later married Alice Morrissey (born 1847), a native of Lismore, County Waterford. The couple later moved to Yonkers, a NYC suburb in Westchester County. They had 10 children, starting with young Tom (who became a priest) and including my grandmother, Alicia Heafy, b. 1879 in Yonkers. All the children were educated. Ed was a pharmacist; Frank became a politician and was known in NY State GOP circles. My grandmother had two sisters, Teresa (Tessie) and Mary (Minnie). I have tracked the descendants of some of her brothers. But recently, looking at some family photos from my cousin Ken Krauer, I found a picture of a Lt. George Heafy, A World War II paratrooper who was killed in action in Belgium Jan. 9, 1945. He is buried in Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium. Cousin Ken did not know how George was related. I had never heard of him, nor of the Joseph Heafy who - according to a WWII website - was the informant to the website and was George's brother. Neither Ken nor I had ever heard of Joseph Heafy, either. We are assuming both George and Joseph were chldren of one of our grandmother's brothers. They would have been the right age to enter the military during WW II. Does anyone know? Anyone related to these Heafys?
on 2009-12-16 20:52:39
Anne Brady is a 100 percent descendant of Irish immigrants. Her father's four grandparents and mother's eight great-grandparents originated in the Emerald Isle. She has had many years of experience in tracking those elusive "Ould Ones."