Henry Benner was born 18 May 1800 in Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States to Daniel Benner (1769-1853) and Catherine Ettleman (1763-1853) and died 4 June 1880 Fremont County, Iowa, United States of unspecified causes. He married Sophia Underwood (1803-1833) 12 October 1828 in Stark County, Ohio. He married Susan Ettleman (1815-1900) 1835 in Stark County, Ohio.

Very little is known of Henry Benner. His name appears in the History of the Church only twice. once in a listing of those who participated in Zion's Camp and again in a listing of those called to the original First Quorum of the Seventy.

Henry was a younger brother of Elias Benner. Both served in Zion's Camp. Elias became one of the early martyrs of the Church a few years later, being killed by a murderous mob in the Haun's Mill Massacre.

Religious Awakening (LDS)[]

Early missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

1830 edition of the Book of Mormon.

The 1830's saw a great Protestant religious revival sweep across the United States that was called the "Second Great Awakening" and was characterized by much emotional preaching, spiritual and social reform movements and a surge in membership growth for a great many Christian denominations.

This period also saw the rise of a new Church of Christ that was organized in early 1830 by its young prophet-leader, Joseph Smith (1805-1844), and after 1838 was formally named The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This church group was frequently called the "Mormon Church" or "Latter-day Saints" (LDS) for its belief in a new set of holy scriptures called "The Book of Mormon". For better or worse, this new religion generated a lot of attention in this region.

Missionaries of this church taught that it was not a reform movement or protest movement but a "restoration" of the original church with completeness of the full of doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ including the ministering of angels, the restored priesthood, lost scripture, revelations, prophecy, living apostles, the gifts of the spirit and much more. This message had profound impact on many who subsequently left all to follow the Prophet and the Church. In many cases their faith was so strong as to push these early converts to endure many difficult hardships and sacrifices and to eventually journey over a thousand miles westward to settle in the Great Salt Lake Valley. (See also New Religion (LDS 1830).)[1][2]

Zions Camp Participant[]

This Judith Mehr rendition depicts struggles endured by members of Zion's Camp, an expeditionary force to help Church members in Jackson County redeem their brethren.

One of the most interesting episodes in the early history of LDS Church was the march of Zion's Camp (1834). The members of the Church in Missouri were being persecuted, and the Prophet Joseph made it a matter of prayer and received a revelation on February 24, 1834. The Lord instructed the Prophet to assemble at least one hundred young and middle-aged men and to go to the land of Zion, or Missouri. (See D&C 130:19–34.)

Zion’s Camp, a group of approximately one hundred and fifty men, gathered at Kirtland, Ohio, in the spring of 1834 and marched to Jackson County, Missouri. By the time they reached Missouri, the camp had increased to approximately two hundred men.

"In the company of Elias Benner on the march of Zion's Camp 11 May 1834 was Frederick Forney age 21, Philip Ettleman age 43, and Henry Benner age 34. Frederick Forney was almost certainly the first member of the Forney family to become a member of the LDS Church. George Forney of whom you reference at the time was only 14 years of age when his older brother Frederic departed on the march of Zion's Camp. (Most certainly all part of the Benner-Forney family group)

"Elias Benner’s wife Mary Clapper died June 15, 1830 in the same year he married Christina Cramer. Elias died October 30, 1838, killed by mob at Haun's Mill."[3] (Note: Zions Camp rosters do not include Elias Benner, only Henry.)

LDS Quorum of Seventy[]


Created by the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith (1805-1844) in early 1835, the Quorum of Seventy was to act as traveling and presiding ministers for the newly created The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of these men performed notable works for the early church, living near then church headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. The Quorum of Seventy itself did not meet as a governing body of the church and was not renewed until reorganized by the church in 1976.

Missouri Persecutions[]

We may assume that following Zion's Camp he returned to the Kirtland, Ohio area. Here in 1836 he receives a license to preach.

31 March 1836 JS and Frederick G. Williams, License, for Henry Benner, Kirtland Township, Geauga Co. OH 31 Mar. 1836.

But even if so, he must have returned to Missouri, for we find Henry Benner among those who filed redress petitions seeking reimbursement from the government for the losses suffered during the Missouri persecutions. Henry Benner summed his losses at $550.00.

Marriage and Family[]

1st Marriage: Sophia Underwood[]

2nd Marriage: Susan Ettleman[]


Offspring of Henry Benner and Sophia Underwood (1803-1833)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Catherine Benner (1826-1910)
Isaac Benner (1828-1830)

Offspring of Henry Benner and Susan Ettleman (1815-1900)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Samuel Benner (1836-1906)
Philip Benner (1837-1915)
Mary Ann Benner (1842-1906) 13 March 1842 Franklin County, Illinois, United States 14 July 1906 Bartlett, Fremont County, Iowa, United States Moroni Hiram Ettleman (1838-1913)
Clara Ann Benner (1844-1919)
Elizabeth Benner (1844-1920)
George Franklin Benner (1849-1894)
Francis M Benner (1852-1920)
Linda Emaline Benner (1855-1920)


Vital Records[]

Thurman Gravestone[]


  • Location : Thurman Cemetery


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