Adam Pinkney Heffley

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Adam Pinkney Heffley

Also Known As: "Edouard"
Birthplace: United States of America
Death: Died in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Husband of Julia Tloumel-rken
Father of Charles Hefley; Alice Mary Heffley and Minnie Gordon
Brother of John W Hefley

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About Adam Pinkney Heffley


was an American gold prospector, packer, pioneer rancher, and horse breeder, in British Columbia, during the third quarter of the nineteeth century. It was the Cariboo Gold Rush that brought him to British Columbia in 1858 but he settled there in1865, at Bourdignon Creek near Kamloops [Heffley Creek],_Kamloops#Adam_Heffley


Adam Pinkney Heffley and his partners, Frank Laumeister and Henry Ingram [Cariboo Camels] brought twenty-three Bactrian camels to British Columbia from California, intending to use them to pack supplies to the Cariboo goldfields but the project failed, partly because the camels frightened the horses [Heffley Creek],_Kamloops#Adam_Heffley The camels were used on the Douglas Road and the Old Cariboo Road in 1862 and 1863 to haul freight during the Cariboo Gold Rush [Cariboo Camels]


Adam Pinkney Heffley settled at Bourdignon Creek in British Columbia in 1865. He added to his property when he took over Todd's and Bigham's preemptions at the end of 1869 and, thereafter, Bourdignon Creek became known as Heffley Creek. Following Heffley's death in 1872, his ranch and all its stock was purchased by John Thomas Edwards, and for a time, thereafter, Heffley Creek was sometimes spoken of locally as Edwards Creek. The name Heffley Creek won out in the end, though, when it was officially recognised with establishment of the post office there in 1905 [Heffley Creek],_Kamloops#Adam_Heffley


Adam Pinkney Heffley raised horses on his ranch at Heffley Creek. He was fond of racing his animals and it seems that a friendly rivalry developed between him and Cheif Louis Clexlixqen (c.1835-1915) of the Kamloops Indian Band Chief Louis Clexlixqen The competition between local ranchers was such that some began to import horses especially for racing and Heffley is reported to have imported a fine stallion shortly before he died [Early Horse Races in the Kamloops District]


Adam Pinkley Heffley is reported to have died of a heart attack in 1872 [Heffley Creek, Kamloops],_Kamloops#Adam_Heffley He died at Victoria in British Columbia before 22 June 1872 [See below for Notes by Ashley-Anne Churchill].


Adam Pinkney Heffley married Julie Tloumel-Rken after the custom of the country. She was otherwise known as Julia Laclaire and they had a daughter named Alice, who was four times married, and a son named Charles [Family Tree supplied by his granddaughter, twice great, Ashley-Anne Churchill].


There is reference to another daughter, named Minnie (not to be confused with granddaughter Minnie) in a letter to Hefley. [BC Archives, GR 0485] Minnie was taken away by someone (cannot make out name) to live with them in Victoria until she was 19, but in a later letter they told Adam that they took her back to her mother.

The letter is rough, saying Hefley was not truthful about the way Minnie's mother cared for her, and continues with:

"It may seem harsh but there is but one way to improve half breeds and that is to wean(?) them from their tribe altogether. This can only be done at a distance.

As for Minnie she has always behaved very well & has a good disposition & I am loath to part with her, at the same time I can see her mother is not satisfied (after all she is her mother) and I will not allow her to bring(?) complaints(?) here, which have no interest to me & are not fit for me or the child to hither to - Believe me."

Adam died in June of 1872 in Victoria, BC. He had to have died before June 22, as there is a letter in the archives intestate records collection dated that day requesting a pre-emption of his land, referring to him as deceased. All of his assets were sold at auction as he had no will and his children were deemed "illegitimate." A letter from his brother John (in the same archives collection) on August 20th the year before, indicates Adam sent him a Power of Attorney (even though there was no indication that Adam was ill, and the heart attack was "unexpected").

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Adam Pinkney Heffley's Timeline

United States of America
Age 33
Lillooet, Squamish-Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada
February 12, 1864
Age 34
Clinton, British Columbia, Canada
June 22, 1872
Age 42
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada