Athough the picture below is just a cool picture of the relocated Old Dutch Cemetery, if you click on it it will take you to an interesting history of the earliest Catholic cemeteries of New York City.
The article was published in1900 in Historical Records and Studies, Volume 1 By United States Catholic Historical Society
A bit of a brick wall with my 2nd GGF William R Heenan. I am pretty sure he was born about 1834 in New York City. So I decided to start looking at Catholic churches that were in existence at that point hoping I could perhaps at some point locate a baptism certificate. Here is what I found:
Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village – St. Joseph’s Parish was founded by Bishop John
Dubois in 1829. The church was built in 1833–34. Early church records indicate that St.
Joseph’s first congregants were predominantly Irish-Americans.
St. Mary Church (Grand Street, Manhattan) – Established in 1826 to serve Irish immigrants living
in the neighborhood. The church itself was built in 1832-33. Before their
sanctuary was built, services were held in a former Presbyterian church on
Sheriff Street. The original portion is the second oldest Roman Catholic
structure in the city, after St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, which was built in
St. Paul Church (New York City) – Located in the East Harlem neighborhood of
Manhattan. Bishop John Dubois decided to establish a parish on 117th Street and
asked Rev. Michael Curran to take charge. His knowledge of Gaelic served him
well among his widely scattered parishioners. The cornerstone of St. Paul’s
church was set June 29, 1835. St Paul’s Parish began its existence in 1834
embracing the whole upper area of old New York from New Rochelle to downtown
Manhattan. At that time Harlem was little more than a wilderness.
Church of the Transfiguration, Roman Catholic
(Manhattan) – The church was built in
1801 in the Georgian style of architecture for the Zion English Lutheran Church,
a Lutheran congregation. The building was sold in 1853 to the Roman Catholic
Church of the Immigrants parish, which had been founded in 1827 by the Rev.
Felix Varela y Morales to minister to the poor Irish in the Five Points.
St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral – Built between 1809 and 1815. The cornerstone of St.
Patrick’s was laid on June 8, 1809. Construction took just under five years,
with the sanctuary being dedicated on May 14, 1815. In 1836, the cathedral was
the subject of an attempted sack after tensions between Irish Catholics and
anti-Catholic Know-Nothing nativists led to several riots and other physical
St. Peter Catholic Church (Manhattan) – The original church was built in 1785-86. It was used for worship until 1834 when it was replaced by the present structure. FatherWilliam O’Brien was the first pastor. In August 2015 the St. Peter’s parish mergedwith Our Lady of the Rosary.
Side Note: The first New York
chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians was established in 1836 at St. James