Interesting to read your post.
I hadn't read all the other posts in this thread - will go and do that tonight.
For some reason, I was confident years ago of that lineage back to Heas / Hayes but maybe it's not right
All the best
Heas may be right. I haven't yet found a marriage for a Catherine Heas to a Barnett/Barnet/Barnay etc, either in Ireland or England, but there are one or two to a Brien. I am hoping to find a way of explaining the weird cocktail of Hayes/Shanahan/Brien that we're presented with, but I can't help feeling I'll be out of luck.
I have found a family tree that has Catherine Beer nee Barnett on it and there is a photograph of her . On the tree Catherine Beer [ nee Barnett ] has her mother listed as Hayes . I took a peak at the 1911 census and found the writing quite interesting of who filled in the form for the census . It seems that Joseph Benjamin Beer filled out the census form ; the writing slants to the left and has the writer ' invading ' the space of the next line , which just happens to be his wifes name AKA Catherine Beer [ nee Barnet ] ! There is a picture of Joseph Benjamin Beer , he resembles the recent photo fit of JTR - he even has a neck tie on ! Quite spooky . Is anyone on here able to check 1911 census and have a quick look at the graphology .
I gather that JTR would have known MJK due to facial mutilations and this guy was practically her brother in law ! He was a coal porter , any ideas about what times he may have worked ? Would he have had a legitimate reason to be on the streets during the times of the killings ? He must have been covered in black soot , could this have concealed blood ?