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Henrie Daniel

Henrie Daniel

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History of Daniel & Amanda Bradley Henrie
Written 1955 for Daughters of Utah Pioneers
By Callie O. Morley -- great-grand daughter
At times the name Henrie has been spelled 39 different ways, the most notable beingHenry, Henery, Hendry, Henerie and Henrie. William, the heir of the Utah line, choseHenrie as his way of spelling it when he came west, and all of his descendants haveretained it.Daniel Henrie was born 15 November 1824 at Miami, Hamilton County, Ohio, toWilliam and Myra Mayall Henrie.He was of Scotch Irish descent, his progenitors having fled from Ayrshire, Scotland to North Ireland in the 13
Century because of religious persecution. In the 17
centurythey were mostly settled around Colerain when religious persecutions again broke andJean and Michial Henrie who were the first to start the line in America sailed from Newbury, Ireland and landed at Perth Amboy, New Jersey. From there we follow sixgenerations of a family who produced many leaders for a new land when it was fightingfor its life. William Henrie became a very influential man around Lancaster County,Pennsylvania. His activities in behalf of the colonies as Commissary of the regiment of troops and member of the Continental Congress later in 1784 are notable, and those of hisson Michial as a general in the Revolutionary War are matters of history.Michial's son, Daniel, was a noted government surveyor, having had a part in thesurveying of the Mason Dixon line.Daniel's second son, William Henrie, was born in West Virginia, settled in Ohio, marriedMyra Mayall, migrated westward with the "Mormons" to Jackson County, Missouri, thento Nauvoo and later to Utah as a member of the first Brigham Young Company to enter Salt Lake Valley. (For a more detailed account of these progenitors read the history of Wm and Myra Mayall Henrie which I wrote and precedes this story.)When Daniel first came into the world his parents were already part of the greatwestward movement. William, the father, had left his widowed mother and two sisters ontheir estate at Millers Run, Wood County, West Virginia, and his mother, Myra Mayallwhose parents were from Saddleworth, York, England, and whose step father was JamesRadcliff, (founder of Radcliff College at Boston, Mass. ???) had her way westward toCincinnati where she married William, 17 November 1824. (???)They settled on a large tract of land at Miami, Ohio and proceeded to build a saw mill,grist mill, till the land and raise fine horses. Seven children were born to them. They wereDaniel, James, Joseph, Margaret, Sara, Samuel and Mary.Up to the time Daniel was about 10 years old his family was engrossed in the struggles of making a living and forging ahead when there became much talk of a new religion
headed by Joseph Smith Jr., commonly called Mormonism. The Henries were Methodistsand did not pay too much attention to the rumors until Parley P. Pratt and Samuel Smithcame to their home preaching the Latter Day Saints or Mormon doctrine. They wereimpressed with the gospel message and felt that it was true, but were reluctant to join thegroup. However, many cottage meetings were held in their home. They were counciledfurther in the principles of the gospel, asked to help the brethren in the building of thestakes of Zion and furthering the cause both spiritually and materially.They were not baptized into the church however, until after they had met the prophet,Joseph Smith. When he came to their home they said he possessed a magnetic personalitythat was so great that it almost seemed that a power drew you toward him with bothhands.All members of the family except Daniel were baptized into the church 17 July 1842.Over a period of the last 10 years feeling and persecution of the Mormons raised to afever pitch, birck bats were thrown through windows, walls were torn down, homes wereset on fire, and LDS members were chased by mobs, tarred and feathered, and held up to public mockery as figures of contempt. Daily papers carried articles of ridicule, and manymembers holding high authority in the church were forced to flee to Jackson County,Missouri.As soon as they could after their baptism, the Henrie family began to dispose of their holdings. Loading as much of their machinery, tools, and household things as they couldinto wagons, they went their second son James and some hired men overland to the newchurch settlement at Jackson County, Missouri, while the rest of the family exceptDaniel, proceeded by boat down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to the same place.Daniel was left behind to dispose of any unfinished business, and upon its completion hefollowed them west to Nauvoo where the family had gone when they were driven fromJackson County with the other saints.They bought a fam belonging to Joseph Smith, and it was located in the middle of twoother pieces of land owned by him. Every day the prophet would pass by their home anddrop in for a friendly chat, a glass of cold butter milk, a hot biscuit or anything mother Myra might have on hand. All of the Henrie boys admired and loved him because he wasa good athlete as well as a spiritual leader. All of the Henrie boys were strong and wirey.They loved to wrestle, throw weights, foot race and high jump.Daniel told of one instance when he walked up to one of their high corral gates. He said itmeasured up to his chin, he backed up, took a running jump and cleared it easily. His brothers performed the same feat. The Prophet loved to participate in these sports andalthough the Henrie boys often outran him or beat him in other things, when he thought itwas his turn to win, and he really tried, he could out do them all. He was their friend, butalso a leader of men in the ways of God. He always pronounced a blessing upon thefamily before he left the place.As we know from church history, Nauvoo was made into a beautiful city by the Saints, but many people who dwelt there were warped by false notions of hate and greed,
 persecution of the saints became a ritual, with the wicked inflicting hardships, mobviolence, confiscation of property, tar and feathering of individuals, burning of homes,lynching and finally murder when the Prophet and his brother Hyram were martyred.The Henrie family like all of the other saints lived through these perilous times and didwhat they could. They helped build the Nauvoo temple, hauling rocks, mixing mortar,using the hammer and saw, standing watch or whatever was required of them. They builtand ran a gist mill, grew grain for flower and raised cattle, and continued to raise manyfine horses. Brother Taylor borrowed one of these horses for the Prophet's last trip to theCarthage jail, the trip from which he did not return alive. The Henries were among themany mourners at the Prophet's funeral and spoke of seeing Emma kneeling at the side ohere husband's casket before the services.After this event things worsened materially for the saints, persecutions not only continued but internal strife as to who had the authority of leadership was a threat to their survival.When a meeting for all the members of the church was called to determine who was to bethe new Latter-day Saint leader, William and his sons Daniel, James, Joseph and Samuelall were in attendance, but when Brigham Young stepped forward to present his claims tothe position, and the mantle of Joseph fell upon him, all those present took it as a sign or manifestation that this man was the chosen leader.The Henrie family talked of this miracle for days and they were not alone, hundreds of  people saw and testified to it.It was the final thing that made Daniel seek membership in the church. He was baptizedin the Mississippi River 16 July 1845 (Temple record). He testified many times to whathe saw in this meeting, but many years later in Panguitch, Utah where they had met for afamily reunion those same four brothers, Daniel, James, Joseph and Samuel all arose totheir feet and told of seeing and hearing this soul stirring event. They said they were wideawake, there was no hokus-pokus about it. It was true and it was real and an unforgettabletestimony of the gospel.When conditions became so bad the saints could endure them no longer, and BrighamYoung advised them to move to Iowa, they hurriedly packed as many of their belongingsas possible and crossed the ice in the dead of winter to make a camp on Sugar Creek.Their was ice on the river, but some of the cattle Daniel was in charge of went throughthe ice and headed down stream. Daniel jumped into the water and tried to head them back in the right direction, but the water was so cold he began to get cramps and had toturn back.The Henries established themselves with the others when they reached Nebraska andwent in to Winter Quarters. Here Daniel was made official captain of the night watch for all the community corralled cattle. They had to herd these cattle all night long to keepIndians, thieves and marauders away, but Daniel liked the job because he liked cattle andhorses, and it left him free part of the day to plant grain, make repairs on wagonharnesses or for whatever was needed for the forth coming big immigration westward.

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