Who was John J Heaps?

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I have a brick wall in my husband's family line.  I've tried Ancestry and Familysearch to no avail.

The family stories say John Heaps' name was originally Heap.  Supposedly he came from England.  He left his wife Annie and disappeared.

Years ago my husband got a phone call from a person "out west" who had this John Heaps in his ancestry and was doing research to find out where he came from.  My husband doesn't remember where the guy was calling from.  

  I can document their marriage and Annie's immigration from Ireland but I just can't find any reference to John or what happened to Annie after he left her.  It doesn't help that the last name has multiple spellings.

Census records say he was from England, but his son's birth says he was from Guisborough, NS (Nova Scotia assuming).  There is a record for John Heaps with a family in Nova Scotia but the dates just don't line up.  

Any help or clues will be appreciated.
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in Genealogy Help by Kim Williams G2G6 Mach 3 (31.9k points)

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