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William/Catherine [Nichols] Henning descendants, IL
Posted by: Casey Mulligan (ID *****4254) Date: June 15, 2002 at 09:25:09
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I inferred from some other posts that there is interest in William/Catherine [Nichols] Henning descendants. On my part, I am interested in their ancestors and/or the exact location (within Granville) of their grave. Here's what I know:

My grandmother, buried last week in Putnam Co., IL, was born Grace Henning. I believe that William and Catherine were her great-grandparents, and I have created a www page with some of their descendants (those closer to Grace): http://www.src.uchicago.edu/users/cbm4/coolmann/jackancestor2/

Why do I believe that William and Catherine were her great-grandparents? One crucial (and very credible) piece of information indicates that John William Henning was her grandfather. She told me this on several occasions, plus a number of stories about his life. Maybe the most memorable is how John and wife Jane (Mann) Henning died on the same day (according to my grandmother, and their mutual headstone, the date was 1/15/07): "Wife Jane was the organizer of the house. The day she died, he went out to the barn and died of a broken heart." At various time c. 1900, the Putnam country record wrote about Elisha Henning (Grace's father. My mother knew him personally) and referred to him as the son of John Henning of Hennepin, IL.

So the only real question is whether John Henning was the son of William and Catherine. I believe this to be the case, for 5 reasons:
(1) Eldon Roberson (on worldconnect.rootsweb.com) quotes from the Putcom Co. News (newspaper article, (sic) 'It's Like This', written 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 Katherine 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 by 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 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."
(2) My grandmother often talked about Scottish ancestors who came to America via Ireland.
(3) Although I do not know their sources, Eldon Roberson and others on rootsweb list the children of William as (sorry, this list does not yet appear on my www page): Thomas, William, James, Jane, John, Hugh, Robert, Mary, Sarah, George, Elizabeth, Samuel, and Anna.
(4) I vaguely remember my grandmother mentioning that John and Jane were married in PA, although I could easily be mixed up because we have a lot of relatives who came to IL via PA.
(5) Putnam Co. is not that big, so I am doubtful that there is another William-John father-son pair buried there from that era.

There is still at least a little room for doubt, based on my two recent trips to Putnam Co. First, none of my living Henning relatives (among those I asked) were aware that any Hennings from that era were buried in Granville. I could not find William and Catherine's headstones in the old Granville cemetery (the current cemetery was started in 1863), although the headstones there are in VERY poor shape. Since that time, I saw reported on rootsweb that many of William's children were buried in Granville since 1863, so I probably should have been looking for a Henning section of the current cemetery. One Putnam Co., resident also suggested that the "Union Grove" cemetery might have been considered Granville in those days, and I should look there, although no Hennings appear on the recently-compiled list of legible headstones. I probably also should look on some of the Henning farms.

In summary, I have a pretty good guess about William and Catherine's descendants, and you can see them on my www page. I have digital pictures of Henning headstones in Putnam Co (not on my www page yet), which I can email to you if you like.


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