of Dumfries, Co Dumfriesshire Scotland and Ballymoney, Co Antrim Ireland to
Pennsylvania and LaSalle and Putnam Cos, IL


William Henning/Haining I, b c1786 Dumfriesshire, Scot; Immig 1847; d 15 Oct 1852 Granville IL; bur Granville Cem; m c1820, prob Co Antrim, IRE to Catherine "Katie" Nichols, b c1805/6 prob. Co Antrim IRE; d 16 Feb 1888 Granville IL; parents unknown at this time; children all baptized at Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Ireland:

+ 1.Thomas (poss. Cromic) Henning, bapt 17 Jan 1821; family tradition says that he went to Australia
+ 2. William Henning
+ 3. James Henning
+ 4. Jane Henning
+ 5. John Henning
+ 6. Hugh Henning
+ 7. Anna "Amanda" Henning
+ 8. Robert Henning
+ 9. Mary Henning
+ 10. Sarah Henning
+ 11. Samuel Henning
+ 12. George Henning
+ 13. Elizabeth "Eliza" Ann Henning

  1. William and Catherine [Nichols] Henning were immigrants from Ireland to Pennsylvania c 1848, following their sons who had immigrated a few years before. It is said that "William served for twelve years in the British Army, being with Wellington at the battle of Waterloo when Napoleon met his defeat that practically terminated his brilliant career. After leaving the Army, Mr. Henning rented land [in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Ireland] belonging to an Irish officer. In fact, he secured a life lease, which, however, he sold on coming to America".
  2. Putnam County News: (sic) 'It's Like This', by John Barron:
    "A survivor of the Battle of Waterloo is buried in the cemetery at Granville. He was William Henning, aide-de-camp to General Crummy under the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon in the 1815 battle that changed the course of history. A native of Dumfries, Scotland, after the battle he was awarded land in Antrim County, Northern Ireland near Belfast where he married Catherine Nichols. They had 13 children. Driven from Ireland by the potato famine of 1848, parents and family immigrated to the United States, first to work in the steel mills in Pheonixville, Pa.

    Most of the children married three years after arriving in Pennsylvania, the entire family including the parents, migrated to Illinois and settled south of Granville where they acquired various lands. One son, James, owned the land 2 ½ miles south of Granville on what is now the Fiedler farm. His father and mother, William and Katherine Henning, lived across the road from their son until William's death in 1888.

    Many descendants of this pioneer family still live in this area. Another son, John Henning, and his wife, Jane, lived on a farm south of Standard that remains in the family today.

    IDEAS ABOUT MARRIAGE, and maybe about love, too, were different earlier in this century than they may be today. For example, there was a belief in " 'til death do us part.' One day during the winter of 1907, after the couple had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary the year earlier and had retired to live in Hennepin, a doctor was called to examine Jane Henning's leg. It had developed gangrene. Her worried husband took the doctor aside after the examination. "Is Grandma going to live?" he asked. "No," said the doctor bluntly, "she is going to die." "If she does not live, I don't want to live either," John Henning said. He took to his bed with "dyspepsia."

    Three weeks later, at 9:00 a.m., John Henning died. Jane Henning died at 2:00 p.m. Later, both were buried on the same day in the cemetery at Hennepin. Their home is still in the family but is now unoccupied."
  3. Land Records: William Henning was leasing land on Secon Lower (283 Acres) and/or Secon Beg (208 Acres) north of Ballymoney in Co. Antrim, Ireland. Ballymoney was a market and post-town, and a parish chiefly in that of Upper Dunluce county of Antrim, and province of Ulster, 35 miles northwest of Belfast. This place was anciently the head of one of those Irish districts called Tuoghs, which were similar to the present baronies; and in a grant from the crown, by which it was given to Alexander MacDonnel, it was designated Tuogh Ballymoney, that is, "the district of the town in the bog," part of it being situated on a bog several feet in depth.

    The parish is bounded on the west by the river Bann, which passes within three miles of the town, and is intersected by the road from Belfast to Derry. Races were formerly held here and were in high repute; they have been discontinued for some years, and a steeple chase for a gold cup was substituted, which takes place in the middle of December. The trade consisted principally in the sale of linens manufactured in the neighborhood for which this town is chief depot. The linen market has long been established and of superior quality. A very extensive trade was carried on in grain, butter, pork and general provisions. The market for grain was first established in 1820. The market for provisions was established about 1790 which supplies pigs cured at home for Liverpool and other English markets. There was soap and candle and a tobacco manufactory, a tanyard, and a large brewery; and at Moore Fort, about 3 miles, was an extensive distillery; there was also a mill for spinning flax and a very extensive flourmill. The church, a large plain edifice with a tower and cupola, was built in 1782, near the site of an ancient church, of which there are still some remains.

    There are places of worship for Presbyterians in connection with the Synod of Ulster, for those of the Remonstrant Synod, Secedes and Covenanters. A school was established in 1813 by the trustees of Erasmus Smith's fund. On the estate of Major Rowan was a fine moat, commanding a very extensive view; there is also another at Moore Fort, and one in the townland of Cross. A double patera of gold, weighing 19 ounces and 10 drachms, of elegant form and curious workmanship, was discovered in this parish by a peasant a few years since.

    When researching the name Henning in Scotland or Dumfriesshire keep in mind the following spellings: Henning/ Henne/Henig/Henig/ Henn/ Hen/Heine/Haine/Hehn ect. From "Surnames of Scotland" - The name Hening-Haining-Haning-Hanning is found around Dumfriesshire and Haurck. When William Hanynh was retoured in lands in the parish and barony of Halywode in 1630 (Retours, Dumfries, 142), ..... John Hayning, portioner of Glengaber, was retoured heir of George Gayning in Glengaber, 1655 (ibid., 223)...... Robert Hynnem, book binder in Dumfries, 1671....... Adam Haining recorded at Clanchan of Girthon, 1771 (Kirkcudbright). .... There is a Haining near Selkirk, and a Hanyngstoun in Kirkcudbright."
  4. "Record's of Olden Times; or Fifty Years on the Prairie" - Organization of the Counties of Marshall and Putnam - Lacon, IL. Home
  5. "Journal Steam Printing Est. 1880" by Ellsworth Spencer
  6. "Past & Present of Marshall & Putnam Counties, Il" by Burt A Hawthorne
  7. "Biographical History of Bureau, Marshall & Putnam Co., Il" by J S Clark
  8. "The Biographical Record"
  9. "Plat Book of Marshall & Putnam Co Il", Alden, Ogle & Co
  10. "Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders of Putnam Co"
  11. "Senachwine Pioneer Days, Illinois Sesquicentennial Celebration, Putnam, Il" Lake Press. DePue
  12. "Reminiscences of Bureau County" by N. Matson
  13. Baptismal Records from Ballymoney, Ire.
  14. LDS Scottish Church Records: A William Henning was christened May 1787 Crossmichael, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, s/o Andrew Henning and Mary Ferguson, possibly our William.
  15. Caretaker of Granville Cemetery-Charles Neubaum.
  16. Judith Graham judi.graham@ns.sympatico.ca, Found many Henning's in Penpont Parish, towns of Dumfries, Lockerbie, Wigtown and KKD. Some Henning's in the Penport area worked on the Drumlanrig Estate for the Duke of Buccleuch, one as a head gardener.
  17. 1850, 25 Dec Land Record Putnam Co IL: Record #397358, Vol. Page No 033, a William Henning purchased 41 acres at $1.25 an acre described as NESE, Section 16, Twp 14N, Range 10E, Meridian 4, Arch. Vol. No. 819
  18. 1860 Census Granville Twp LaSalle Co IL (Sh 529, pg 88): Catherine Henning, Mother, age 54 b PA (not correct); living with her was James, Farmer, $980 value personal property, age 30 PA: Hugh, age 25 b PA; Samuel, age 21 b PA; Sarah, age 23 b PA; Eliza, age 17 b PA. (None were born in PA.)
  19. 1870 Census Granville, IL: Catherine with James, Robert and Samuel Henning but unreadable for ages.
  20. 1880 Census Granville, IL: Catherine Henning, age 75, b Ireland; parents b Ireland; listed with her sons, James, age 55; Robert, age 45, farmers both born in Ireland and a servant, George Hawthorne, age 22, born in PA.

Generation 2
William & Catherine [Nichols] Henning Family

2. William Henning II, Fraktur Scrivener, b c 2 Jan 1822 Co. Antrim, IRE; bapt 10 Jan 1822 Ballymoney, IRE; Immig 1847 age 25; d 14 May 1895 Granville, IL; m 28 Jul 1847 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Ireland (obituary has 4 Jun 1847) to Margaret Jane McLaughlin, b 3 Jun 1828 Philadelphia, PA (1827 in census); d 18 Feb 1908 Lostant IL (1900 on tombstone) (1907 in courthouse record); children:

21. Thomas Henning, b ca 1848 PA; d bef 1860 PA
+ 22. Hugh Henning
+ 23. Anne Henning
+ 24. William Henning
+ 25. James Henning
+ 26. Catherine Henning
27. Wyatt W. "Rick" Henning, b 25 Jun 1864 Safe Harbor, Lancaster Co PA; d 18 Oct 1937 in Streator Hospital; bur Lostant, LaSalle Co IL; never married;

  1. 1880 Census Hope Twp LaSalle Co IL with parents

  2. 1910 Census, Wyatt Henning, 45 PA, Tinsmith living with Henry C. Barton, age 63 and Rachael L. Henning age 54, b PA

  3. 1920 Census, Wyatt Henning, Plumber, living with Mark Henning and sister, Mary's family.

+ 28. John Henning
+ 29. Mary Henning
+ 30. Margaret Henning


  1. IGI: William Henning Christened 10 Jan 1822 Ballymoney, Co Antrim IRE

  2. "Rappahannock" sailed 11/11/1846 from Liverpool, a Margaret McLaughlin, age 17

  3. Ship Passenger Lists, "The Famine Immigrants" Vol II: William Henning, a peddler, age 24 and Margaret Henning, age 19, sailed from Liverpool 14 September 1847 on the ship, Montezuma, arriving in New York. They were in Eden Twp., IL in 1850 but returned to Safe Harbor, PA by the 1860 Census. Then they returned again to Illinois in 1870 but several of their children remained in Pennsylvania.

  4. "Antique Review" Jun 1996: Signed his work for Henry & Lavina Mylin as "237 West King St in Lancaster City, Pa. This was the sight of the Rising Sun Tavern (later the Anchor Hotel. Similarly, "333 East King St", a public house known variously as the German Tavern and the General Taylor during the mid to late 1800s. The third address, "124 Centennial Hotel," a hotel which was located at the corner of Strawberry and Vine St in Lancaster. Before 1879, it is likely that Henning found these taverns opportune places to drum up business. But, after 1879, it is clear that they also provided lodging when Henning returned to central Pennsylvania from Illinois. Thus, it might be said that Henning was, in one sense, profoundly itinerant and in another, not at all. That is to say, he traveled in order to work as a scrivener, but unlike most scriveners, that he traveled to a central location, both from Safe Harbor, Pa., and from Illinois…

  5. John Graham Notes: (sic) "William, after coming to Illinois, settled in Lostant, Illinois, and raised a large family. My mother, Margaret or Maggie, as everyone called her, kept in close touch with the family. We lived 5 miles out of Lostant on Aunt Jane Thornton's farm, and as a boy, I would drive old Pet, the horse, to take mother in to visit with her cousins, Kate Dugan and Mary Bangs, two of William's daughters. I do know that William Henning operated a grain elevator in Lostant. In uncle Jim's papers, I found that when William was in financial trouble with his elevator, Uncle Jim loaned him some money. I also knew that two of William's granddaughters, just my age, Queene Henning and Marjorie Bangs were two of the prettiest girls in Lostant."

  6. Ernest T. Schuleen of 1746 Bill View Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 and the Lancaster County Historical Society: 1862 - 1876 (sic) William Henning was listed under "Tenant", occupation - farmer, residing on land owned by W. M. Miller, except in 1868 when owner was listed as Reeves (Reeves, Abbott & Company owned the Safe Harbor Iron Works); 1877 William was listed as owner of 63 acres valued at $2725 and three horses and three cattle, occupied by self; 1878 same as before but the name given was William Hanning; 1879 no record of Henning or Hanning; 1880 listed as owned by William Hanning - occupied by Hugh Hanning; 1881 listed as owned by William Hanning and occupied by James Barton; 1882-1895 no listing of a Henning/Hanning.

  7. Putnam Record 4 Mar 1908: Obituary of Margaret - "From a lengthy obituary of Margaret Henning who died at Lostant Feb 18, 1908 we extract the facts below. The husband who was a brother of James, John and Robert Henning of this county died May 14, 1895. Margaret McLaughlin was born June 3, 1828 in Philadelphia PA and died at Lostant IL Feb 18, 1908 age 79 years 8 months and 15 days. When quite a young girl she was taken to Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, Ireland. At the age of 19 years she was married to William Henning June 4, 1847. Not long after their marriage they came to America. Ten children were born to this union. Eight children and one brother survive to mourn her death. Deceased united with the Presbyterian Church at the age of 14 years and united with the Lostant M.E. church by letter 29 years ago. Her cheerful disposition made her beloved by all who knew her. An ideal mother, always giving the bright and cheerful thoughts of her life to her children, brightening the rugged pathway by prayer. Her suffering is ended and she has fallen asleep; so gently that it needed but the whisper of an angel to welcome her home to her Father's house."

  8. Tonica News: 17 May 1895: Obituary of William Henning

  9. Tonica News: Oct 22, 1937: Obituary of Wyatt Henning

  10. Tonica News: Sept 1, 1899 "The death of Hugh Henning was reported as Aug 26, 1899"

  11. "History of McLean Co, Il", Farm in Sec 22.

  12. Letters from Dorothy [Bangs] Pletsch and Amanda Spitzer.

  13. Tombstone gives birth date as 10 Jan 1822

  14. Jane Barr Torres: <jetorres@indiana.edu> Henning List of researchers.

  15. 1850 Census Tonica, Eden Twp, IL #115, pg 233: Wm Henning, Farmer, age 22, b IRE; Margaret age 22 b PA; Thomas, age 2 b PA; and Hugh, age 1mo b IL.

  16. 1860 Census: an Emma McLaughlin, age 9, b. IRE living with J.G. Campbell and family from Ohio living next door to Tho McLaughlin, age 30, b. IRE and wife, Jane, age 20 b PA and child Mary E. b IL

  17. 1860 Census Conestoga, Lancaster Co., PA: William Henning, farmer, age 38 b IRE, value land $4000, value personal property $1300 and Margaret age 32 b PA, children: (no Thomas), Hugh, age 10 IL; Ann J, age 7 IL; William, age 4 PA; James, age 1 PA.

  18. 1880 Census Hope Twp, LaSalle Co IL: William age 57 b PA and Margaret, age 52 b PA and William 23, James 21, Kate 18, Wyatt 15, John 13, Mary 10 and Margaret 7, all born in PA.

  19. 1900 Census Hope Twp., LaSalle Co IL: Margaret J Henning, age 71, b Jun 1827 PA, with Mark Bangs, age 39, b Dec 1860 IL & Mary H Bangs, age 30, b Jan 1870 PA and Marjorie Bangs, age 6, b Jun 1893 IL, living with her.

3. James Henning, b 24 Sept 1823; bapt 10 Oct 1823 Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, IRE; Immig 1845 age 24; d 18 Nov 1910 Granville, IL; bur Granville Cem; never married.


  1. Baptismal Records from IGI of the Latter Days Saints and the church baptismal records from Ireland.

  2. Naturalization Declaration 1879 Putnam Co IL/Naturalization Final Oath 1881 Putnam Co IL.

  3. Will & Petition for Letters of Testimony and Final Disposition, real estate valued at $6500 and personal property at $3500, South Dakota land at $2560, after bill's were paid, the balance due to the heirs was $21,233 and the heirs were: Sarah Norris of Normal, IL $3966; Eliza Wolfe, Granville, IL $3966; Mary Bell of Lostant, IL $3966 (the will stated for $6000 each); Elisha G. Henning of Granville, IL $1260 (the will stated $6000); the following received $260 (the will stated $1000 each): Phebe Nauman of Tonica, IL; Margaret M. Graham of McNabb, IL; Josephine Taylor of Hennepin, IL; Ruth Ann Harper of Watonga, OK; Charles S. Malhorn of Vanwert IA; Mary Clemens of Norborne, MO; W. Edward Malhorn of Tonica IL; Margaret Starrett of Homestead, OK; Rachel Z Chesnut of Floyd IA; Jane T Chesnut of Floyd, IA; William Henning of Fairbury, IL; Robert Henning of Fairbury, IL; Edith Vawter of Lexington, IL; Mary Kays of McNabb, IL; Frances Norris of Hennepin, IL; Thomas C. Henning of Tonica, IL; John W. Henning of Hennepin, IL; Sarah J. Coulter of Minneapolis, KS; Herbert J. Henning of Grand Ridge, IL: M. Grace Pletsch of McNabb, IL; William Henning of Davis, WV; James Henning of Lostant, IL, John A. Henning of Lostant, IL; Margaret Dean of Nelson, IL; Mary Bangs of Lostant, IL; Wyatt Henning of Lostant, IL; Kate Dugan of Lostant, IL; and Ann Jane Barton of Columbia, PA; and the following received $65, Nellie Holmbeck of Beaver Creek, MN; Wesley Teason of Beaver Creek, MN; Maggie Whitney of Beaver Creek, MN; Wilmer Teason of Beaver Creek, MN; and the following received $52: Bess Henning of 71st Ave, Oaklane, Phila. PA; Margaretta Cloud of 6331 N Woodstock, Phila. PA; Mary H. Henning of 71st Ave, Oaklane, Phila. PA; William H. Henning of 71st Ave, Oaklane, Phila. PA; and Anna H. Henning of 71st Ave, Oaklane, Phila. PA; and the following received $32: Claude Brooker of Peru, IL; Myrtle Pierce of Chicago, IL; Gertrude Platt of Oglesby, IL; Azedia Daniels of Mountain View OK; Clarence Brooker of Tiskilwa IL; Jennie Conley of Sheffield, IL; Maude Swanzy of Ocala, FL; and Pearly Brooker of Pentwater, MI.

  4. Death Certificate, James Henning, Farmer since 1860 and Moulder from 1852-60, died age 86, 18 Nov 1910 of arteriole sclerosis and senile decay, born Sept 1824 IRE, 50 yrs in state and 58 yrs in U.S.

  5. "Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties, Ill" by John Spencer Burt and W. E. Hawthorne, pg 498.

  6. "Records of the Olden Times" pg 667: James Henning, A native of Ireland, born in County Antrim in 1826. In 1845 he immigrated with his parents and other members of the family to this country, locating first in Chester Co PA, whence he came to Putnam Co in 1849, returned to Penn., and located here permanently in 1855. He is a farmer, residing on Section 22, and owns 300 acres of land all under cultivation with good improvements, besides additional tract of 40 acres, which he recently purchased. He is one of the most enterprising farmers in the county.

  7. "Putnam County History" 1907, (sic) "James Henning, living upon a farm on section 22, Granville township, has reached the age of four score years, having been born in County Antrim, Ireland, 15 September 1826. He comes of Scotch-Irish ancestry, possessing the strong and sturdy qualities which have ever marked the people of that race. His parents were William and Catherine [Nichols] Henning, the former a native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and the latter of County Antrim, Ireland. For twelve years his father served in the British army, being with Wellington at the battle of Waterloo, when Napoleon met the defeat that practically terminated his brilliant career. After leaving the Army, Mr. Henning rented land belonging to an Irish officer. In fact, he secured a life lease, which, however, he sold on coming to America.

    Upon a farm in his native land, James Henning spent the days of his boyhood and youth to the age of nineteen years, when he accom- panyied his parents on their emigration to America. He at once proceeded to Pheonixville, Pennsylvania, where his brother, William was working in a mill, and the succeeding five years he was employed in the same establishment, during which time he mastered the business in all its departments and was paid from two and a half to three dollars per day for his services - a very good wage for that time. The mill, however, was closed down and thus in 1849, with the little capital which he had saved from his earnings, Mr. Henning left Pennsylvania and came to Illinois.

    After two years he located at Chemung, Henry county, where he was employed as a teamster, and in the gristmill and general store for a gentleman who was extensively engaged in business at that place. He afterward again spent two years as an employee in the mill at Pheonixville but his residence in Illinois has been continuous since 1874, covering a period of more than a half-century. His brother William also came to this state and for ten years was connected with the grain trade in Lostant, where his death occurred. Another brother, Robert, lives in Hennepin, while Samuel has always lived with our subject, and John lives in Hennepin.

    While Mr. Henning was living in McHenry county, his parents came to Putnam county, settling in Granville township, where his father died, and subsequently returning to this state, Mr. Henning joined his mother who made her home with him up to the time of her death. He began farming on rented land, first leasing land from Ralph Ware for three years. On the death of Mr. Ware, the farm, comprising three hundred and twenty acres, was divided into three parts, two of which Mr. Henning secured, thus becoming owner of two hundred and ten acres, for which he paid forty dollars per acre. Since that time he has greatly extended his landed possessions and he now owns four hundred and fifty acres in Putnam County besides a good tract in South Dakota. Although eighty years of age, he still has active management of this property but he has now placed it on the market for sale and when he disposes of it expects to retire from business life.

    Mr. Henning has given considerable attention to the raising of cattle and horses, feeding about a carload of the latter each year. He finds the breeding of heavy draft horses a profitable source of income, making a specialty of Clydesdale and Shire horses, and at different times making exhibits of his fine thoroughbreds at the various fairs. Corn is one of his principal crops and a glance at his place indicates to the passerby why this district has won its fame as a portion of the corn belt of the country. The soil and climate are principally adapted to this cereal and Mr. Henning has found in the raising of this crop one of his chief sources of income. Upon his place he sunk a well thirteen hundred and fifty feet deep, when he reached artesian water that is brought to the surface by a wind pump. He has a tank of three hundred barrels capacity, which he keeps full, and in this manner his stock is always well supplied. Mr. Henning has added to his place all of the modern equipment and accessories of a model farm of the twentieth century and has kept in touch with modern progress along agricultural lines and his advancement in the business world is certainly creditable. He has been both the architect and builder of his own fortunes and in all of his affairs has kept informed on the questions of the day and has loyal attachment for the land of his adoption, while here he has found a home and gained a competence, enjoying its advantages and its protection."

  8. John Graham Notes: (sic) "John Henning, born Sept. 5, 1824 and died Nov 18, 1910, the patriarch of the family. Never married. I think this man had two loves; his family and making money. His family helped him because he never married and needed them, but they were more than rewarded in many ways for their concern for him. As I indicated in my notes, about William and Catherine Henning, he had them come to Illinois and located them close by his own home and took into his home the unmarried members of the family. Robert stayed with him until he married. Sam and George made their home with him until they died.

    When his father, William, died, James purchased a lot in Granville cemetery where he placed a monument on which are inscribed the names of William, Catherine, Robert, Samuel, George and James. The original monument was placed in the corner of the lot and a new monument erected at James' death in 1910. I was 17 years old at the time of Uncle Jim's death.

    When Catherine died in 1888, four of Uncle Jim's nieces, Josie, Margaret, Sarah, and Phoebe, kept his house. These nieces were all daughters of John and Jane Henning and Margaret was my mother. As a boy, my folks visited and did business with Uncle Jim. He was a great horseman and father bought a fine team of roan mares from him. Uncle Jim dug a 700 foot deep well on his farm in which he struck gas and the gas burned off for many weeks.

    In 1908 he was alone after all his nieces had gotten married. He had no help and so Uncle Elisha, who had a heart of gold, took him into his home. He and Aunt Myrtle had six living children of their own, but he lived with them until his death in 1910. In his will, he set aside $6,000 and $1,000 each for the four nieces who had kept house for him." As you will see in the disposition of the will, this never occurred.

  9. Newspaper: (Much of this is repetitious), " 'Aged Sisters of Departed are well Provided for in the Disposition of the Will' - James Henning, one of the oldest and most substantial citizens of Putnam County, died at the home of his nephew, Elisha Henning, one mile north of town, on last Friday eve at about five o'clock, November 18th, 1910. Mr. Henning has gradually been growing weaker for several months and his end was expected. It was the wearing out of the physical and the fulfillment of natural law; he was gone the way of the earth.

  10. Personally, the writer found Mr. Henning a real friend in the hour of need and holds his memory sacred as of one who often favored him when it meant much to him. Many people in this community can testify that he often befriended them and they will bless his name today.

    From the obituary read at the funeral which was held at the Congregational church in Granville at eleven o'clock on Monday, Nov 21st and from notes furnished by his sister, Mrs. Bell, we glean the following facts about the life of the deceased: It began with the article from the county history and then continues....there were thirteen children in his father's family but James Henning never married. But three of his father's family now live; Mesdames Bell of Lostant, Norris of Normal and Wolfe of Granville, but there is a large number of nieces and nephews.

    Mr. Henning was reared in the Episcopal Church but united his efforts with the Presbyterian body and in his young manhood was a regular attendant on divine worship with that body, but in his later days did not go to church, choosing to be alone on he farm. He was a popular society man in younger days but turned away from all those things, as he grew older. He made his home with Elisha Henning the last two years of his life and showed his appreciation of his care in his will. He was laid to rest in the beautiful Granville cemetery, beside the brothers who preceded him.

    The following relatives, mostly nieces and nephews and their families from out of the community, were present at the funeral: Mrs. Mary Bell, Alfred H. Bell and family, Mrs. Olive J. Lambourn, Mrs. C. Mae Heusel, James Patterson and family, Mrs. Kate Dugan, Mrs. Mary Bangs and James Henning of Lostant; J.E. Taylor and family, Wesley Kays and family, Willard Norris and family of Hennepin; James Wolfe and family of Wenona; Robert Henning of Fairbury; Mrs. E. Vawter of Lexington; Ed Malhorn and wife of Tonica; Miss Kate Norris and Mrs. Carr of Normal; Mrs. Sadie Coulter of Minneapolis, KS and John Nauman, Frank Powell, Gus Nauman and family, and Leonard Pletsch and family."

  11. Newspaper: " 'James Henning's Will'...Leaves Large Estate in Hand of A.W. Hopkins: Relatives all well Remembered.....Everyone seems to be anxious to know how "Uncle Jim" Henning disposed of his large property interests so we have made inquiry of one who heard the reading of the will and while we do not claim this statement to be absolutely authentic, yet it is supposed to be the last will and testament of Mr. Henning. A.W. Hopkins was selected by the testator as the executor of the will with all the power necessary to carry out its provisions. We could not learn the amount of the personal holdings of the deceased but the total amount of his property is variously estimated at from $100,000 to $150,000. There are over 400 acres of good Illinois land and a farm in South Dakota besides the personal property.

    After the expenses of the funeral and the administration of the estate are paid each of the three sisters, Mrs. Wolfe of Granville, Mrs. Bell of Lostant and Mrs. Norris of Normal receives one-eighth of the property; from the remainder, the following bequests are made: To each of the four nieces, Margaret [Henning] Graham, Ruth [Henning] Harper, Josie [Henning] Taylor and Phoebe [Henning] Nauman $1000; to Elisha Henning for caring for the decedent in his old age $6000; to the American Bible Society $1000; to the Granville Cemetery Association $500 and the remainder to be equally divided among thirty-three nieces and nephews.

    As others are "figuring" on results, why not make a little tabulated estimate of this disposition of Mr. Henning's wealth? Supposing the estate to be $125,000, the mean between the high and the low estimates, and we have approximately the following:

    1. Physician and Undertaker 500

    2. Executor's Commission 5000

    3. 1/8 to Mrs. Wolfe 14937

    4. 1/8 to Mrs. Bell 14937

    5. 1/8 to Mrs. Norris 14937

    6. $1000 to four nieces 4000

    7. $6000 to Elisha Henning 6000

    8. American Bible Society 1000

    9. Granville Cemetery Assn 500

    10. To each of 33 heirs $1915 or 63187

    11. Well, as you can see, this wasn't the final outcome of the will.

  12. 1860 Census Granville Twp LaSalle Co IL (Sh 529, pg 88): James, Farmer, $980 value personal property, age 30 PA (not correct) and Catherine, his mother, age 54 b PA (not correct) and her children all born PA (not correct): Hugh, age 25; Samuel, age 21; Sarah, age 23; Eliza, age 17.

  13. 1870 Census Granville IL: has his mother and brother, Robert, living with James. Unreadable

  14. 1880 Census Granville, Putnam Co IL: James, bachelor, farmer, age 55 b Ire; Robert, bachelor, farmer, age 45 b Ire; Catherine, mother, age 75 b Ire; George Hawthorne, servant, age 22 b PA.

  15. 1900 Census Granville, IL: James, Farmer, age 73, b Sept 1826 IRE; Immig. 1843; Robert, Laborer, age 63, b Dec 1836 IRE, Immig 1847; and a niece, Grace, housekeeper, age 21, b Feb 1879.

  16. 1910 Census Granville IL: James, 84 IRE, Immig. 1845, living with the family of nephew, Elisha Henning.

4. Jane Henning, b c1825 (16 Mar 1826 in obituary); bapt 3 Mar 1825 Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, IRE; d 28 Sept 1909 Lostant, LaSalle Co IL; m 24 Oct 1850 Pheonixville, PA to James Thornton, Farmer, b 10 Jun 1827 or 15 Nov 1827 Cork, Co Cork, IRE; d 25 Dec 1894 Tonica, IL; both bur Brookside Cem-Tonica, IL; came to America 1847; in LaSalle Co IL in 1849; Granville 1855; Tonica 1857; Jane to Lostant 1895; no children.


  1. "Past & Present LaSalle Co., IL": 172 ½ acres on Section 5, P.O. Tonica valued at $10,000; Republican; military man; both born in Scotland".

  2. Tonica Newspaper 4 Jan 1895: "James Thornton - Born in Ireland, November, 1827. Came to America in 1847 and settled in Penn. He came to Illinois in 1855 and settled in Putnam Co IL. Died 26 Dec 1894. Married 1850.

  3. Newspaper 7 Jul 1899: "Martha Thornton...Born in northern Ireland of Scotch parents in 1811. She married David Gaily in 1846, died soon after their marriage leaving her with one daughter, with whom she came to Philadelphia, PA., in 1870. Her daughter died in Philadelphia. Martha went to Illinois to live with her brothers family, Mr. and Mrs. James Thornton. Her brother died several years ago. Mrs. Gaily was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She died 3 Jul 1899 in Lostant and is buried in Tonica."

  4. Newspaper 11 August 1899: "Mrs. James Thornton's brother is very ill in Chenoa."

  5. Newspaper 18 Aug 1899: "Mrs. James Thornton's brother in Fairbury, Hugh Henning, is very ill.

  6. Newspaper 1 Sept 1899: "Jane Thornton's brother, Hugh, died Sat., August 26."

  7. Picture: "An original picture of James and Jane Thornton is in the hands of Amanda Spitzer's daughter."

  8. Will of Jane Thornton: Petition of George F Bell, in matter of the Last Will and Testament of Mrs Jane Thornton, deceased, for Probate of Will and Letters Testamentary: To the Honorable A. T. Larden, Judge of the Probate Court of LaSalle County, in the State of Illinois. The petition of the undersigned George F Bell, respectfully represents that Mrs. Jane Thornton, late of the County of LaSalle aforesaid, departed this life at her home in Lostant, in said county, on or about the 28th day of September A.D. 1909, leaving a last Will and Testament and two Codicils, all duly signed, published and attested, as believed by your petitioners, and which by him is here with presented and attested to your Honor for Probate. That said Will is subscribed by Josephus Hiltabrand, who has departed this life, and Geo. A. McFerson of Tonica, LaSalle Co, Illinois, as witness to the execution thereof, and the said two codicils are subscribed by Ambrose Harth, and Daniel C. Richard, both of Lostant, LaSalle Co., Illinois, as witnesses to the execution thereof. That said testor in her said Last Will nominated and appointed Geo. F. Bell, your petitioner, Executor thereof, and that your petitioner is willing and ready to accept and undertake the office and trust confided to him. And this petition further shows that the said Mrs. Jane Thornton, died seized and possessed of Real Estate consisting of: The north half (1/2) of the Northwest Quarter (1/4) of Section 5 in township 31 North, Range 2 East of the Third Principal Meridian in the county of LaSalle and state of Illinois, estimated to be worth about $16,000 and personal estate consisting of $1042 in money and household goods estimated to be worth $100 making a total personal estate of $17,142. And that the names of all the heirs-at-law and the legatees of said deceased, with the place of residence of each, are as follows: Mary Bell, John A. Henning, James Henning, Kate Dugan, Wyatt Henning, Mary Bangs of Lostant IL; Sarah Norris of Normal IL; Eliza Wolfe, James Henning, and Elisha Henning of Granville, IL; Phoebe Neuman, Grace Pletsch, Thomas C. Henning, Maggie M. Graham and W. Edward Malhorn of Tonica, IL; Herbert J. Henning of Grand Ridge, IL; Maud Swanzy of Bureau IL; Claude Brooker of Peru, IL; Azedia Daniels of Mountain View OK; Gertrude Platt of Butterfield, MI; Pearly Brooker of Muskegon, IL; Jennie Conley of Manlius IL; Myrtle Pierce and Clarence Brooker of Utica, IL; Mary Clemons of Norborne MO; Maggie Starrett of Homestead, OK; Rachel Chesnut and Jane Chesnut of Floyd IA; Charles S. Malhorn of Van Vort IL; William and Robert Henning of Fairbury, IL; Edith Vawter of Lexington IL; Mary Kays, Josephine Taylor, John Henning and Francis Norris of Hennepin, IL; Ann Jane Barton of Columbia PA; Retta Cloud, Mary Henning, Willie Henning, Anna Henning, Bessie Henning of Phila. PA; William Henning of Davis, WV; Maggie Dean of Nelson IL; Ruth A Harper of Watonga MN; Nellie Holenback, Wesley Teason, Maggie Teason and Wilmer Teason of Beaver Creek, MN; Sarah J. Coulter of Minneapolis KS..........signed George F. Bell.

  9. John Graham Notes: Jane Henning, born 16 Mar 1826...Jane married James Thornton, 24 October 1850 at Pheonixville, PA and moved with her husband to a farm south of Granville in 1854 and in 1857 to a farm three miles southeast of Tonica where Mr. Thornton died 25 Dec 1894. Jane then moved to Lostant in 1895 and died there 28 Sept 1909. The Thornton's are buried in the Lostant Cemetery. Mr. Thornton was a military man. After Mr. Thornton died, Jane then rented her farm to my father, C. J. Graham, in 1897. The Graham's lived on the farm for ten years until 1907 when they bought a farm near Troy Grove, IL.

  10. During those 10 years as a boy on the Thornton farm, I was in the home of Aunt Jane, often. Mr. Thornton's sister lived with Aunt Jane. She was the first woman that I had ever seen smoking a clay pipe. Aunt Jane was a great lover of flowers and I have a picture of the farm home, showing her flowerbeds, including poppies, many poppies. Aunt Jane, Mr. Thornton and sister, Ann, are in the picture.

  11. Putnam Record Newspaper, Oct 6, 1909 from Jean Burger: "John Henning of Florid attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Jane Thornton last Thursday. Mrs. Thornton was a sister of the late John Henning of Hennepin."

  12. 1850 Census 3rd Ward Phil, PA: A Jane Henning, age 20 IRE, boarder, living with Boat Builder, Peter Walters and family.

  13. 1860 Census Granville IL: Jane, age 21 (1839) born PA (not correct), living on her brother James farm with her mother, Hugh, Sarah & Eliza.

  14. 1880 Census Richland, LaSalle, IL: James Thornton, Farmer, age 54, b 1826 Ire; Jane, age 51, b 1829 Ire

5. John William Henning, b 5 Dec 1829 (on Tombstone) (1830 in census) both questionable bapt 23 Sept 1827 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; d 15 Jan 1907 Hennepin, Putnam Co IL; both bur Riverside Cemetery Hennepin, IL; m 8 Jul 1856 Safe Harbor, PA to Jane Mann (or poss. ORR), b 10 May 1839 White Haven, Eng; d 18 Jan 1907; children born in Putnam Co IL; children:

+ 51. Thomas Crummie Henning
+ 52. Ruth Ann Henning
+ 53. Katherine Henning
+ 54. Josephine Henning
55. Sarah Jane Henning, b 11 Dec 1866 Putnam Co, IL; d 19 Feb 1946 Tonica IL of cancer, age 79yrs, 2mo, 8da; bur Minn. KS; m 12 Nov 1892 Minneapolis, KS to Dr. James McLeod Coulter, Dentist, son of William & Margaret Coulter of NY, b 2 Mar 1859 OH; d 24 Feb 1923 Minn. KS, age 63yrs, 11mo, 22da; no children of this marriage; James m(1) Achea C, b 1842 IL; children by first marr: William b 1870, Margaret b 1872, Hannah b 1875, Susan b 9/1879, Evan b 10/1883 KS-d age 19.

Ref: John Graham Notes: (sic) "Sarah Jane grew up on the Henning farm and attended Illinois State Normal School at Normal, IL. When the Henning's went to Oklahoma and we were living in Jewell, Kansas, Aunt Sadie came to Oklahoma to help take care of the Henning's and also came up to Jewell to help mother with babies, Harry and John. While in Kansas, she became acquainted with Dr. Coulter, a dentist, and they took up house keeping, later in Minneapolis, KS, where the doctor practiced dentistry, until his death in 1923. Dr. Coulter had a son by the name of Evans through a previous marriage. Aunt Sadie visited Illinois quite often until the death of her husband then she became companions to elderly ladies in KS and to Dr. Coulter's sisters. Eventually they moved to San Diego, CA and Aunt Sadie went with them. I visited them in 1931. Later in life, after the Coulter people had passed away, she came to Tonica to make a home with my parents where she became a companion to elderly ladies until the death of my mother in 1944, when she came into our home in Oct of 1945. She became ill with cancer and remained in Spring Valley hospital until she died Feb 10, 1946. I took her remains to Minn., KS and buried her there in the Coulter grave, beside her husband. Aunt Sadie was one of the most genteel, gracious and dignified ladies that I ever met."

56. Child, b 1869 IL
+ 57. Margaret Elizabeth Henning
58. John William Henning, Farmer, b 12/20 Oct 1870 Mt. Palatine, IL; d 14 Mar 1947 East Moline State Hospital of pneumonia and undiagnosed psychosis; age 75yrs, 4mo, 24da; late resident of Lostant IL; bur Riverside Cem; m 25 Jan 1898 Hennepin Congregational Church to Elizabeth "Lizzie" G. Cahill, d/o Dennis/ Margaret [Cuyers] Cahill, b May 1874 Utica IL; d 3 Nov 1946, age 72yrs, 5mo, 11da; child: 581. Girl, died at birth; bur Mt Palatine IL

Ref: John Graham Notes: (sic) "John Henning and Elizabeth Cahill were two very kind and gracious people, Aunt Liz as she was called, had a heart of gold, and I never saw such grief as she showed on the day they buried the baby in the Mt Palatine Cemetery. I probably was named after Uncle John William. May that is why he gave Harry and I an Indian pony. Never were two boys happier. Harry built and I helped him, a little corncrib, and an exact duplicate of a larger crib. We put all the red ears, etc., in the crib for the pony. Uncle John and Aunt Lizzie lived on the John Henning farm from the time his parents retired until my parents bought it in 1908. They then bought a farm near Florid and later retired to a small farm near the village of Hennepin."

"Past & Present of LaSalle Co Il": James Cahill, farmer; Sec 1, PO Garfield IL

+ 59. Phebe Leota Henning
+ 59a. Elisha George Henning
+ 59b. Herbert James Henning
+ 59c. Mary Grace Henning


  1. Donald Brooker, says that Jane Orr came from England at age 12, as per John Graham.

  2. John Graham Notes: (sic) "John Henning 15 Dec 1829-15 Jan 1907 - (m 8 Jul 1856) Jane Mann 10 May 1839-15 Jan 1907....John and Jane were married in Safe Harbor, PA. Jane Mann came to Safe Harbor in 1851 with her parents from White Haven, England. After they married, the Henning's came to Putnam County, Illinois in 1856. They farmed in Putnam and LaSalle Counties. In 1810 (I think he meant 1870), he purchased a farm near Mt. Palatine, Putnam Co., IL., where they lived until 1898 when they retired to Hennepin.

    There were 11 children born to this couple and they all grew to maturity and made homes of their own. There were 7 beautiful girls and 4 tall handsome boys. They all grew up on the Henning farm and helped their father and mother developed a beautiful homestead. They built their new home of 8 rooms in 1875 and a large barn in 1892, which held 16 head of horses, oat bins and 50 ton of hay. To add to their income, they bought another 80 acre farm near the village of Mt. Palatine.

    John Henning was a very industrious and intelligent man. When he wrote letters to his children in the West, he wrote beautiful letters and was very much interested in seeing that the children had a good education. In those days, the children attended the rural school and at community gatherings they held box socials and spelldowns. It was well known that at the spelldowns, the Henning children won most of the contests. I asked my mother why that was true. She told me that her father would line the 11 children against the wall at home and conduct spelldowns. Therefore, they became excellent spellers. My poor spelling can probably be attributed to the fact that when I was a boy, I asked my mother how to spell a word. It is my theory that if she would have sent me to a dictionary, I would have been a better speller.

    Grandmother was a tall lady, and a wonderful housekeeper and cook, as were her 7 daughters. Judge Taylor who married Aunt Josie, always said that the Henning girls were the best cooks in the country. Their motto was "cleanliness is next to Godliness." The Henning home in Hennepin always had an open house for the families of their 11 children. We lived 20 miles from Hennepin and often took the train to visit them, staying over Sunday and going to Sunday school and church with the Taylor boys.
    As country boys, Harry and I showed up with our shoes a little on the dull side. When Sunday came, Grandmother made no comment on the condition of our shoes, but took the shoes to the kitchen and polished them. Never again did the Graham boys show up at Grandmother's or any place else with our shoes not shined.

    When grandmother was 68 years of age, she developed gangrene of the foot. The village doctor McCormick was called in and he shook his head and said, "This is too much for me." They then called in a doctor from Peoria. Grandpa, for some months, or more, had sat in his old rocker by the hard cold stove in the dining room, complaining that he had dyspepsia. I think that in those days, 1907, most stomach trouble was called dyspepsia.

    After the doctor's conference, Grandpa said to Dr. Orr, "Doc, is Ma going to live?" The doctor, a gruff old fellow, said, "No, she is going to die." Grandpa answered, "If Ma is not going to live, I don't want to live either." He took to his bed and three weeks later to the day, he died at 9am and grandmother died at 2pm in the afternoon. Surely they had carried out their wedding vows, "Until death do us part." They are buried in the family lot in Riverside cemetery in Hennepin, IL."

  3. Family Bible Records

  4. Naturalization Declaration, age 35, 19 Dec 1864, signed John Hanning, migrated from the port of Liverpool 24 Sept 1848 arriving in Philadelphia 15 Nov 1848

  5. Final Oath Naturalization Putnam Co IL 23 Oct 1876, John, age 35.

  6. Family Group Picture

  7. Petition for Probate of Will: 1907 by Thomas C. Henning for John Henning, real estate valued at $45,000 and personal property valued at $9,500; heirs: C. Henning, Margaret M. Graham, Phebe Nauman, Herbert J Henning, Wilmer Teason of Tonica, IL; Ruth Ann Harper of Southward, OK; Sarah J. Coulter of Minneapolis, KS; Josephine Taylor of Hennepin, IL; John W. Henning of McNabb, IL; Elisha G. Henning, Grace Pletsch, Nellie Holnbeck, Wesley Teason and Maggie Teason of Granville, IL.

  8. 1870 Census Granville IL: John Henning 40 IRE; Jane 36 NY; Thomas C 11 IL; Ruth A 9 IL; Kate 7 IL; Josephine 5 IL; Sarah 3 IL; child (couldn't read name) 1 IL.

  9. 1880 Census Granville, Putnam Co., IL lists John, farmer, age 40, b. Ireland and Jane, age 38, b. NY and children all born in IL; Thomas C age 21, Ruth A age 18, Kate age 17, Josephine age 15, Sarah age 13, Margaret age 11, John age 9, Thebe age 7, Elisha age 5, Herbert age 3, and Gracie plus a Hugh Simington, age 16, b. IL, farmhand (a child of Robert & Isabelle's by her first marriage).

  10. 1900 Census Hennepin IL John, retired tanner, owns home free and clear, b Dec 1830 IRE; m 44 yrs; came to America 1847; Jane, b May 1839 ENG; 11 children; Herbert J, b Jan 1877 IL.

  11. 1900 Census Hennepin, IL, John, Retired Tanner, owns home free and clear, came to America 1837 (more like 1847) and Jane 1832.

  12. Resided in Jewell KS, Minn., KS, San Diego CA, Tonica IL

6. Hugh Henning, b 1 Feb 1833 (Tombstone) 2 Feb 1833 (Bible); bapt 3 April 1831 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; d 23 Aug (Bible), 24 Aug 1899 (Tombstone), 26 Aug 1899 (Obituary), of cancer in Carle Clinic, Urbana IL, res Fairbury, Livingston Co IL; m 6 April 1864 Putnam Co IL to Elizabeth B. McKay, b 4 Dec 1838 Scotland; d 1 Apr 1899 Fairbury, IL; bur Graceland Cem; children all born in Yates Twp, McLean Co IL:

+ 61. William Henning
+ 62. Robert Henning
63. Nettie B Henning, b 2 Jul 1868; d 16 Apr 1894, age 26, Fairbury, IL.
+ 64. Edith Elizabeth Henning
65. James Elmer Henning, b 17 Jan 1880; d 19 Apr 1902 of pulmonary tuberculosis at Fairbury, IL


  1. Application, Petition and Final Oath of citizenship 25 Oct 1860 Putnam County, IL, having lived in Illinois for ten years and the US 14 years.

  2. Putnam Record Newspaper: 6 April 1899: (sic) "Wednesday of last week Mr and Mrs John Henning boarded the steamer Rex for Peoria, from whence they proceeded to Fairbury, Ill., to visit Hugh Henning, a brother who is afflicted with cancer. Sunday their folks here were shocked by receiving a telegram announcing that the wife of Hugh Henning had died Saturday and would be buried Monday. This sudden death prolonged the stay of the visitors and they did not reach home until last Tuesday. The deceased lady was in usual health when they arrived but was taken ill that night and all efforts to relieve her proved futile."

  3. "McLean County Atlas 1874": Hugh Henning, Yates Twp near Weston, 160 acres Sec 22, T.26.N.R.S.E.

  4. 1850 Census Yates Twp, McLean Co IL: Hugh Henning, age 45 b. Ireland; Elizabeth age 40 b. Scotland; children all born in IL: William, age 15, Robert, age 13, Nettie, age 11, Edith, age 9, Jas E, age 5mo

  5. 1860 Census Granville IL: Hugh, age 25 (1835), b PA (not correct), living on his brother, James, farm with his mother, Catherine and Sarah, Jane and Eliza

  6. 1880 Census Yates Twp, McLean Co IL: Hugh 45 IRE, Elizabeth 40 Scot, William G 15 IL, Robert 11 IL, Nettie 11 IL, Edith 9 IL, Jas E 5mo IL

7. Anna "Amanda" Henning, b 15 May 1829 (tombstone say 1831)(John Graham says 15 May 1831); bapt 19 July 1829 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; Immig. 1847 to PA with family; d 8 Jun 1895 Tonica, LaSalle Co, IL; m(1) 5 Aug 1855 Safe Harbor, PA to William Rockfellow Malhorn, Stage Coach Owner/Carpenter, s/o Charles/Rachel Malhorn from NY, Carpenter, b 6 Aug 1833 Safe Harbor, Lancaster Co, PA; d 26 Oct 1903 Tonica, IL of Angina Pectoris; both bur Brookside Cem, Tonica; m(2) 7 Jul 1897 Tonica, IL to Amelia E. Elliott, b Oct 1837 NY; no children by second marriage.

Children of William & Amanda Malhorn:

+ 71. Alice Rebecca Malhorn
+ 72. Mary Elizabeth Malhorn
+ 73. Margaret Catherine Malhorn
+ 74. Rachel Zaidee Malhorn
+ 75. Charles Simon Malhorn
76. James Thornton Malhorn, b 19 Aug 1865 Tonica, IL; d 9 Jul 1888 Tonica, IL
+ 77. Jane Thornton Malhorn
78.William Henry Malhorn, b 9 Jun 1869 Tonica, IL; d 21 Aug 1899 Tonica, IL; bur Brookside Cem Tonica, IL; died in a train accident.
79.Nellie Clementine Malhorn, b 12 Oct 1871 Tonica, IL; d 5 Nov 1890 Tonica, IL., age 19, of TB.
79a.Walter Edwin Malhorn, Teamster, b 22 Apr 1873 Tonica, IL; d 11 Oct 1942 Lawson, MO; bur Brookside Cem, Tonica IL on Malhorn lot; m 1 Jan 1903 Tonica, IL to Jeanette [maiden name?]Hart, b 2 Jul 1854 Conesville, NY; d 3 May 1929; no children. Jeanette m(1) 31 May 1875 to James Hart, who d Oct 1898. They had one child, Ralph who died before 1898, bur in the Old Tonica Cem. and one son, William Hart (1876-1939) who was living in 1989.

Ref: From Carol Morris-Ed died at the home of his nephew, Lyle Clemens, where he was visiting in

Lawson, MO. John Bick of Granville Twp, IL was listed as a cousin. Ed's wife was already deceased and

they had no children according to info remembered by Samuel Chestnut's daughter, Lila. Info from Tonica

cemetery shows him buried on the north half of lot 95 which was owned by him and transferred or purchased

from Hugh Chesnut, also shows birth and death dates plus a William Hart is buried there too. William Hart

was born 1876 and died 21 Aug 1939.

79b. George Erwin Malhorn, b 3 Apr 1875 Tonica, IL; d 31 Jul 1875 Tonica, IL; bur Brookside Cem

Ref: From Carol Morris-Tonica cemetery shows him buried Brookside section, Lot 15, died 31 Jul 1895 at  age 4 months.


  1. Tonica News Aug 25, 1899: (sic) "Will left here last Sunday evening for Lawrence, Iowa, to visit his brother-in-law, Morgan Starrett. Tuesday evening a dispatch was received here by William Baldwin saying that a young man had been killed near Rolfe's Station, 18 miles east of Laurens, having on his person a letter written by William Baldwin and indicating that the deceased was William Malhorn of Tonica, IL. Another dispatch confirmed the identity of the person but gave no particulars as how the accident accrued. It was thought that Mr. Starrett could manage the matter and bring the body home but on Wednesday it was found necessary for Ed Malhorn to take the train for the scene of the disaster. Thursday morning a letter from J.H. Leiter, Editor of the Rolfe Tribune had the following particulars: We have received William Malhorn's grip, coat, vest and hat from Howarden, Iowa, where the freight train and the trainmen stopped. Before the corner this afternoon, Aug 22nd, the facts were brought out by the trainmen that Mr. Malhorn was riding on a flat car when the train left Rolfe, as the evening was warm and pleasant, he left his coat, vest and grip in the way car. His hat was found on the flat car where he had been riding. There is no way to tell how he got off the train and was killed. It happened about 1 ½ miles west of Rolfe about 10:00pm Monday night. Trains ran over the body all night until about 7:00am this morning when the section man found him. He is cut all to pieces and was scattered for rods up and down the track. He had a gold watch and $23 in his grip and some clothing. The whole community is shocked by the sad intelligence and it is hard to realize that another of Tonica's young men has met with a violent death from the cars. The remains are expected to arrive home in time to hold a funeral service at 11:00 today - Friday."

  2. Last Will and Testament of William Malhorn: Heirs were his second wife, Amelia E. [Elliott] Malhorn and the children by his first marriage to Anna Henning: (1) Alice Rebecca Malhorn who died prior to her fathers death on 17 May 1895 at Tiskilwa, IL; that she was married to Frank Brooker and that the following children were born to that marriage: Maude, Mrs Swanzy of Bureau Junction, IL; Claude Brooker of Princeton, IL; Azedia, Mrs Daniels of New Palestine, IN; Gertrude, Mrs William Platt of Oglesby, IL; Perley Brooker, born 12 Mar 1884, unmarried of Princeton, IL; Jennie Brooker, Mrs Conley, born 31 Oct 1885 of Sheffield, IL; Myrtle Brooker, unmarried, born 5 Mar 1890 of Bureau, IL; Clarence Brooker, unmarried, born 11 Nov 1902 of Princeton, IL (2) Mary Elizabeth, Mrs Jacob Clemmons of Norborne, MO; (3) Margaret Catherine, who was married to Mr Morgan Starrett now deceased of Homestead, OK; (4) Rachel Zaidee, Mrs Hugh Chesnut of Tonica, IL; (5) Charles Simon Malhorn marr. Edith E. Umberger of Arispe, IA; (6) James Thornton Malhorn departed this life childless or unmarried 9 Jul 1888; (7) Jane Thornton, Mrs James H. Chesnut of Lostant, IL; William Henry Malhorn departed this life childless and unmarried 25 Aug 1899; (8) Nellie Clementine Malhorn departed this life childless and unmarried 5 Nov 1890; Walter Edwin Malhorn married Mrs. Nettie Hart of Tonica, IL; George Erwin Malhorn departed this life childless and unmarried 3 Jul 1875."

  3. Ernest Schuleen of Lancaster, PA - "Journal Lancaster County Historical Society", Vol. 85, No 3: From the 24 Dec 1856 issue Lancaster Examiner & Herald: (sic) "Mr. Malhorn has started a new stage line between this city and Safe Harbor. It leaves Hess' Tavern, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00am and leaves C. Shenk's in the city Tuesday and Saturday at 2pm."; From the 18 March 1857 issue of the Herald: "Stages daily from Hess's Mansion House at 7am. Leave Lancaster at 1pm from S. Shenk's and Cooper's Hotels." The Pheonixville Iron Company and the Safe Harbor Iron Company were owned by the same people up to 1855 when they sold which may account for the Henning's/Malhorn's move.

  4. John Graham Notes: Anna Henning married William R. Malhorn at Safe Harbor, PA. The Malhorn's later moved to Tonica, IL. I do not remember meeting the first generation of the Malhorn's but I knew Ed Malhorn very well. He was a great friend of my uncle, Henning. I attended the country school with the children of one of the Malhorn girls who married one of the Chesnut men. I think there were 5 children of Hugh Chesnut. There were 2 girls whose names were Mary and Vera. I was sweet on Mary and my brother was sweet on Vera but the Chesnut moved to Iowa and on two occasions came back to Tonica to visit. Harry and I had good driving horses and buggies and we would squire the girls around to the parks, picnics and dances. My brother, Harry, made a trip to Iowa to visit the Chesnut's.

  5. Corr. from Carol Morris, 16307 Bates St, Bend OR 97707-1999: (Seen above, plus) Tonica cemetery indicates he William was buried at age 70 in Brookside section of Tonica cemetery in Lot 15 which was purchased b his father, Charles Malhorn on Dec 12, 1888.

  6. Death Certificate of William Rockfellow Malhorn, Carpenter, died of Angina Pectoris, on 26th Oct 1902 at Tonica, IL at age 70 yrs, 2mo, 20 days; lived in Illinois 41 years.

  7. I have a copy of William/Anna Malhorn family picture

  8. 1850 Census Safe Harbor, Conestoga Twp, Lancaster Co PA: Charles Malhorn, Carpenter, age 45, (b c1805 York Co) PA; Rachel, age 45 (b c1805 York Co) PA; William age 17 York Co PA; Henry age 14 York Co PA; Mary age 7 Lanc. Co PA; Elizabeth age 7 Lanc. Co PA; Abel age 4 Lanc. Co PA; Joseph b Lanc. Co PA

  9. 1860 Census Safe Harbor, Conestoga Twp, Lancaster Co PA lists William Malhorn, carpenter, age 26, born PA; Ann, age 26, born IRE; Rebecca, age 3, born PA; Mary E., age 2, born PA; Margaretta C., age 9mo, born PA.

  10. 1880 Census Tonica, Eden Twp, LaSalle Co IL: W. R. Malhorn, 45 PA (parents born NY), Carpenter; Annie, 45 PA (parents born Scot/Ire); Hugh, 19 PA; Charles, 17 IL; James T, 14 IL; Jane, 12 IL; William H, 10 IL; Nellie, 8 IL; and Walter, 6 IL.

8. Robert Henning, b 25 Aug 1832 (Census said b Dec 1836) (Obituary said 12 Nov 1833) IRE; bapt 17 Feb 1833 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; immigrated 1847 to PA with family, 1856 to IL; d 27 Feb 1908 Hennepin, IL; bur Granville Cem; m 1 Apr 1875 Putnam Co. IL to Isabelle [Flemming] Simington, d/o John & Martha [Walker] Fleming of Scotland/Eng, b 16 Sept 1840 (1842 census); d 15 Feb 1921 Hennepin, IL of valvular disease of the heart; bur Hennepin IL; Immig 1857; m(1) John Simington, d 30 Nov 1873 IL.

Children of Robert & Isabelle Henning:

+ 81. Mary Bell Henning
82. Margaret Frances Henning, b 15 Aug 1880 IL; d Feb 1981 prob McNabb, IL; m ca 20 Jul 1899 Peoria, IL to Willard "Willis" Coleman Norris, Farmer, b 1872 IL; d 28 Mar 1917 Hennepin, Putnam, IL; no children.


  1. Putnam Record News, July 20, 1899: (sic) "Might Be Called an Flopement - Two little lines of type in the Peoria Herald-Transcript last Monday caused quite a little sensation in Hennepin when that paper was received here. The lines were under the head of licensed to marry and read: 'Willard Norris, Hennepin, 27; Frances Henning, 19.' - To the majority of the people in Hennepin, this announcement was like a bomb bursting in their midst.Miss Henning left Hennepin last Saturday morning, as her friends who knew of her going, supposedly to go to Chicago, where she expected to secure employment and, outside of his own relatives, no one knew that Norris had left town. However, it seems the matter was all prearranged, and Miss Henning went to Bureau Junction in one of the hacks, and Norris went over in a private conveyance, met Miss Henning at Bureau and together they boarded a train for Peoria, where a license was procured and they were married at the residence of his uncle, Henry Haley, in Peoria. Miss Henning's most intimate friends, even her mother, never dreamed that she was going away to be married, but on the other hand, were fully convinced that she was going to Chicago, consequently the announcement was like a bolt of thunder to them.

    When Willard's father, Charles A. Norris, was in southwest Taney County, Missouri a few weeks ago, he purchased a tract of land and the newly married couple will go with him to that almost new country where the father and son will engage in stock raising and fruit farming." I put this in at this point as I do not know who this Frances Henning is related to."

  2. 1910 Census Hennepin, Putnam Co IL: Willard Norris, Farmer, 38 IL; Margaret F, 29 IL.

  3. 1920 Census Hennepin, IL: Frances living with her Mother.

  4. Children of Isabelle by first marriage: Hugh Simington, b 1863 Jennie Simington

  5. Putnam Record Newspaper, Mar 4, 1908: (sic) "Death of Robert Henning - Robert Henning, son of William and Catherine Henning, born Nov 12, 1833 in Antrim County, Ireland, and departed this life at his home in Hennepin, Feb 27, 1908, age 74 years, 3 months and 16 days. In the fall of 1856 he came to Putnam County, IL. He married to Mrs. Isabel Simington, Apr 1, 1875. To this union two children were born, Mrs Wesley Kays and Mrs Willard Norris, both whom are living. He also leaves one brother and four sisters. Internment was in the Granville cemetery. The relatives from a distance were Mrs. Frances Forney, Mrs. Minnie Lorens, and Miss Lillie Simington all from Chicago. The deceased was stricken with paralysis two years ago last January, and was almost helpless most of the time for about 18 months. Last September he was taken to the LaSalle hospital but that institution refused to take charge of him for the reason that the case was one which required treatment that they were not prepared to give and he was returned home and from that time until death relieved him he was perfectly helpless and required constant attention. His mind at all times was blank and he seemed to have lost all the facilities of reason and feeling but simply lived and breathed until death kindly came to his relief."

  6. Minor's Petition & Final Oath: Robert Henning 1892 Putnam Co., IL.

  7. Death Certificate: Isabelle Henning, b Sept 16, 1840 IRE, date of death Feb 15, 1921, age 80yrs, 4mo., 29da of heart disease and

  8. chronic bronchitis, parents as above.

  9. John Graham Notes: (sic) "Robert Henning 25 Aug 1833-27 Feb 1903, Robert Henning is one that many seem to think would never marry but you will find enclosed the showing that he did marry and a list of descendants. I think the reason for the confusion is in the fact that he married the widow of Simington and when Robert's wife died, she was buried with her first husband. When Robert died, he was buried in the Henning plot in Granville cemetery, with his parents and brothers. I never met Robert or his two daughters but I knew the Kays people who were located near Ottawa, IL., and the Grasser's were located in the town of McNabb, IL., where they ran a hardware store."

  10. Coroner's Report of John Simington, 30 Nov 1873, from Jean Berger: Apparently he had a field of potatoes and some man was digging potatoes, when John told him to he needed to be paid before he could take more potatoes. An argument started and the man hit John in the head. John apparently got an infection. The inquest stated his brain was swollen and infected.

  11. 1880 Census Hennepin Twp, Putnam Co IL: Robert, age 45, b IRE and Isabella, age 33 b IRE; children all born in IL: Mary D, age 16, b 1864, Mary B, age 4, b 1876 (Mary D may have been by her previous marriage).

  12. 1900 Census Granville, IL: Robert living with James, his brother.

  13. 1910 Census Hennepin on High/Hagle St: Isabelle, 67 ENG (parents from Scot/Eng), Immig 1857, 4 children 4 living; Jennie, Hugh Simington, butcher, 47 IL (b 1863, son from first marriage), Mary, Francis

  14. 1920 Census Hennepin Village, Putnam Co IL on Main St: Bell Henning, widow, age 79, b IRE (parents b IRE & ENG); Hugh Simonton, son, Butcher, age 54, single; and Frances Norris, widowed daughter, age 39, b IL.

9. Mary Henning, b 25 Aug 1833 (Tombstone 1835), (Census 1838); bapt 28 Sept 1834 Ballymoney Co Antrim, IRE; d 8 Mar 1919 Lostant, LaSalle Co. IL; m 1854 Lancaster, PA to John Garber Bell, s/o John & Hannah [Garber] Bell, Bell & Son millers, b 3 Dec 1829 Pheonixville, PA (Tonica News 9 Jun 1899 says Pottstown, PA); d 1 Jun 1899 Lostant, IL; both bur Hope Cemetery; Came from PA to IL in 1856; children:

91. Infant, who died shortly after birth
+ 92. Alfred Henry Bell
93. John William Bell, b c1859 Hennepin, IL; d c1861 IL, age 2 of diphtheria
+ 94. George Franklin Bell
+ 95. Addelida Thornton Bell
96. Mary Elizabeth Bell, b 12 Apr 1865 IL; d 1868 IL
+ 97. Hannah Lucretia Bell
98. Olive Jane Bell, b 26 Sept 1872 IL; d 21 Feb 1962 Denver, CO; bur Crown Hill Cem; m 12 Jun 1894 to Charles E. Lambourn, b 12 Apr 1867 N.W of Wenona, IL; d 28 Aug 1928 Denver, Co; no children

+ 99. Cora Mae Bell


  1. Picture: John G. Bell and one of John & Mary Bell, original with Amanda Spitzer's daughter.

  2. Daily News Tribune 14 Mar 1919 from Jean Burger: "Mary Henning, born County Antrim, Ireland 25 Aug 1835, married John G. Bell 1854 and 9 Jun 1899: John G. Bell, born Pottstown, PA 3 Dec 1829. He was a miller in Ottawa. Died 1 Jun 1899. Mrs. Morgan Starrett of Laurens, IA., attended the funeral. "

  3. John Graham Notes: (sic) "Mary Henning 25 Aug 1835-27 Aug 1903, Mary Henning married a Mr. Bell. The Bell's farmed on a place west of Lostant until they retired to Lostant. There was a large family, three of whom I knew - George was a teacher and studied law and was a very successful lawyer, Alfred was the postmaster in Lostant for many years - he was a great friend of my uncle Henning and that is why they are buried in Lostant rather than in Tonica. I were very unhappy about this because everyone who comes to look up the grave always comes to Tonica. No luck."

  4. "Record Of Olden Times & Fifty Years On The Prairie", p651: (sic) J.G. Bell, "This gentleman, senior member of the firm of Bell & Son, millers, of Hennepin, was born in Chester County, Pa., in 1829. He located in this county in 1856, followed farming one year, and then moved to Ottawa, where he engaged in the milling business until spring of 1879, when he and his son took the Union Mill of Hennepin, put it in thorough repair, and are now successfully running, with a capacity of sixty barrels per day. In 1854, Mr Bell married Mary Henning, a native of Ireland. They have six children: Alfred, Ada, George, Anna, Cora and Jane. The Bell's are members of the Lutheran church."

  5. Letters from Amanda Spitzer: (sic) "Mary Henning, my grandmother, married John Bell who was a miller. He cut French burr stones - big mill stones. He cut many and the stone dust or perhaps the flour dust, caused him to develop silicosis which bothered him in his later years. My grandmother, Mary [Henning] Bell, was the only grandparent I ever saw. She was something of a patriarch. My father, Alfred Henry Bell, was a teacher, farmer, grain dealer and postmaster. Way back when Uncle George studied law, folks read law. My Dad often helped him in his studies, so he knew a lot about law too and often worked with him searching titles. Uncle George did mostly Probate work."

  6. Petition of Probate from Jean Burger: The petition of Alfred H. and George F. Bell in the matter of the Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Mary Bell of LaSalle County who departed this life at her home in Lostant on or about 8th day of March 1919.....Mrs. Mary Bell died seized and possessed of Real Estate consisting of not any and her personal estate estimated to be worth $12,736. The names of all the heirs-in-law and devisees of said deceased are as follows: Alfred H. and Geo. F. Bell, Mrs. C. Mae Heusel of Lostant, IL; Mrs. Hannah L. , James M. and Royal Patterson of Seneca, IL; George F. Patterson of Walnut, IL; and Cassie B. Stoens of Hennepin, IL; Mrs. Olive J. Lambourn of 2921 Zenobia St., Denver, CO; William S. Hawthorne of 6846 S Sangamon St., Chicago, IL; John Hawthorne of 320 G & F Camp Hill, Y.M.C.A. Box 648, Newport News, VA; Mrs. Mamie Schatz of 1627 10th St, Peru, IL; and Mrs. Kathryn Welsh of Victoria, IL.

  7. 1860 Census Lostant, LaSalle Co IL: John G Bell, Miller, age 28 PA; Mary, age 25 PA (incorrect); Alfred, age 4 IL; John W, age 2 IL

  8. 1870 Census Hennepin, Putnam Co IL: John G Bell, miller, value land $1200, age 40 b PA and Mary, housekeeper, age 35 b Ireland, children born IL: Alfred age 13, George age 9, Addi age 7, and girl age 2.

  9. 1880 Census Bell Plain IL: Geo Bell age 61; Mary age 57; ch: William age 37, dau-in-law, Catherine age 25; grdson Frank age 5, grddau Grace age 2, Norval age 18?

  10. 1900 Census Lostant, IL: Mary Bell head of household. Immigrated 1847

  11. 1910 Census, Lostant, LaSalle Co, IL., Immigrated 1858(?), Mary Bell, age 73, b Ireland, m 56yrs, 8 children born, 5 living, living with son, George Bell.

10. Sarah T Henning, b 25 Dec 1835; bapt 31 Jan 1836 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; Immig 1847 with family; d 6 Dec 1914 Normal, McLean Co, IL; m 6 Nov 1866 Granville, IL to John H. Norris, b Jun 1830/2 IRE; d 4 Dec 1914 Normal, McLean Co, IL; children:

101. Fannie Bingham Norris, b Oct 1868 IL; died in a house fire in Normal, IL; m 7 Oct 1903 Normal, IL to Henry Carr, d poss 15 Feb 1929 Richmond Twp, McHenry, IL; no children.

102. John Norris, b 1871 IL; died before 1900
103. Kate Mamie Norris, b Dec 1872 IL; m Mr. Frye, of Peoria IL


  1. John Graham Notes: (sic) "The Norris folks were married in Granville, IL. Mr. Norris was a Civil War veteran who fought at Vicksburg. At the battle, he was shot through the stomach but survived. The Norris family moved to Normal where they had a fine nursery, just north of the University. When I was attending the University, I visited in their home. Their daughter, Katie, married a Mr. Frey and they moved to Peoria. I stayed with them one night when I was attending a teacher's institute in Peoria. If my memory does not fail me, I believe they had two sons. John and Sarah's house caught fire on Dec. 4, 1914. John died on the day of the fire, and Sarah died two days later, Dec 6, 1914. I was principal of the schools in Hennepin at the time. My uncle, J.E. Taylor, (Josie's husband) was president of the school board. I ask him for a day off and his son, George, and I went to the funeral and were pallbearers at Normal, IL. They were buried from the Presbyterian Church in Normal to the cemetery in Bloomington, IL."

  2. Bloomington Pantagrath From Jean Burger: "Mrs. John H. Norris, pioneer resident of Normal died at 11:00am Sunday at her home on University Street following a lingering illness, which covered a period of two years. Her husband died at 4:30 pm Friday morning and a double funeral was held from the Presbyterian Church in Normal at 1:00 Tuesday December 8th. Rev. W. D. Smith, for many years pastor of the local church, now of Sheldon, Illinois was in charge of the service, assisted by Rev. Henry Abraham.

    Mrs. Norris' maiden name was Sarah Henning. She was born in Ireland in 1836, coming to the United States when six years of age. Her parents settled in Norristown, Pa. and afterward moved to Granville, Illinois. She was married to John H. Norris shortly after the close of the Civil War. Out of the family of 13 brothers and sisters there are now living but two, Mrs. Mary Bell of Lostant and Mrs. Eliza Wolfe of Charles City, IA.

    The deceased came to Normal with her husband soon after their marriage and was well known. Mr. Norris was for many years one of the leading growers of fine fruit in Normal, making a big success of this business, which there was a large amount of fruit grown here by a number of men who spread the name of the town over the country.

    Mrs. Norris was a member of the Normal Presbyterian Church, and when able, was a regular attendant to its services. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Fannie Carr of Normal and Mrs. Katie M. Frey of Peoria. The old Norris homestead, at the corner of University and Willow streets, burned several weeks ago. Mr. and Mrs. Norris being seriously ill at the time. The shock was hard for them to over come but it is not thought that the burning had any serious effect. Both of the elderly people had been in failing health for two years and the fact that they died so closely together is a coincidence."

  3. John served in the Civil War at Vicksburg, VA; owned a nursery in Normal.

  4. "Roll of Honor" Vol 2 R929.3773 IL6R: Louis W Norris, Civil War Co B 104th IL Inf., d 1 Oct 1864, bur Old Cem Tonica, Lot 147, Row 11.

  5. 1860 Census Granville IL: Sarah, age 23 b PA (not correct) living on her brother James farm with her mother, Hugh, Jane, & Eliza.

  6. 1880 Census Normal Twp, McLean Co IL: John Norris, Fruit Farmer, age 50, b 1830 NJ; Sarah G, age 42 b 1838 Pa; Fannie, age 12, b 1868 IL; John, age 9, b 1871 IL; Kate, age 8, b 1872 IL

11. Samuel Henning, b 4 Oct 1837; bapt 29 Oct 1837 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; Immig 1847 with family; d 2 Jan 1899 Spring Valley, Bureau Co, IL; bur Granville. IL; never married.


  1. Final Oath of Citizenship from Jean Burger: Hennepin, IL 1872.

  2. Letters of Administration, etc: Samuel Henning who died in Spring Valley, Bureau Co., IL on 2nd January 1899. Real and Personal estate consisting of 80 acres (West half of south west of north of Sec 10 Lonn 82 (or 32) N R 1 W of 3rd Prm in Putnam Co., IL, valued at $6,400 and notes valued at $1338. Surviving him are Jim Henning; Robert Henning; Sarah Norris; Mary Bell; Eliza Wolff and heirs of William Henning and heirs of Ann Malhorn deceased.

  3. Putnam Record, Vol 31, #27 Jan 5, 1899 from Jean Burger: (sic) "Word has come to Hennepin on Tuesday that Samuel Henning who lived a short distance south of Granville had died in Spring Valley. He went to Spring Valley Monday with Frank Packingham and presumably started on a spree. The bartender told him he had no time to fool with him as he wanted to lock up, and pushed him out of the door. Henning lost his balance and fell, his head striking the pavement and his skull was fractured. He was taken to a hotel where he died two hours after the accident. Henning was a man of about 62 years old, and was addicted to periodical sprees. The coroner had an inquest and the jury said he died by accident. The funeral will take place today (Thursday) from the residence of James Henning. Internment at Granville Cemetery."

  4. John Graham Notes: (sic) "I knew very little about Samuel. He never married and is buried in the Henning cemetery plot in Granville. I do know that the Henning boys, being a tad bit Irish and full of ginger, did some drinking. They would go to a coalmining town about 5 miles north on the Illinois River called Spring Valley. It had more saloons than grocery stores. The neighbors said they could hear the boys coming home at night, singing their Irish songs. When we would go to Uncle Jim's, we generally did not see Sam. They would say that he was out in the tank house. I do not believe it was water he was drinking. I am sorry that I have not gotten his date of death."

  5. 1860 Census Granville, IL: Samuel living on his brother James farm with his mother, Hugh, Sarah and Eliza.

  6. 1870 Census Granville IL: Sam living with his mother, Catherine, brothers, James, and Robert.

  7. 1880 Census Granville, IL: Sam living with his brother, James.

12. George Henning, b 3 Dec 1839; bapt 4 Dec 1839 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; Immig 1847 with family; d 15 Mar 1863 Granville/Spring Valley, Putnam Co IL; never married.

Ref: John Graham Notes: (sic) "As you can see, George died very young. The story is that he went to Spring Valley one cold, March night and probably got too much firewater in him, got into a fight, the battle got rough, and was killed by a flying bottle. Samuel and George were just boys when they came to Illinois with their parents. Neither ever married and both are buried in the Henning plot in Granville."

13. Elizabeth Ann "Eliza" Henning, b 3 Apr 1842; bapt 20 Nov 1842 Ballymoney, Co Antrim, IRE; Immig. 1847; d 2 Nov 1922 Salem, Marion Co OR; m 21 Feb 1867 Granville, Putnam Co IL to Charles Julius Wolfe (Karl Julius Wolff), s/o George Christian Wilhelm and Maria [Noltenius] Wolff, b 26 Dec 1839 Betziesdorf, Hessen, Germany; d 13 Jul 1893 after being hit in the chest by a wagon tong while storing hay on his farm in Wenona, Marshall Co IL; see Wolfe/Wolff Family File.


2. William & Margaret [McLaughlin] Henning II Family

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