Sunday, September 16, 2007

Henry Martin Tanner

b. 11 June 1852 San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California
m. 25 January 1877 St. George, Washington, Utah
d. 21 March 1935 Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona
b. 24 March 1935 Joseph City, Navajo, Arizona
Wives: (1) Eliza Ellen Parkinson, (2) Emma Stapley
Father: Sydney Tanner; Mother: Julia Ann Shepherd

Since Henry Tanner took the opportunity to write his own life story, I'll include it in its entirety. He notes that his hearing is poor; how many of us inherited that gene? After this post, I will do a few posts on Henry and Eliza Tanner.

So here is Henry Tanner in his own words...

My grandfather, John Tanner, was born August 15, 1778, Hopkinton, Rhode Island. Was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Previous to his baptism into the Church he was a cripple and at the time of his baptism he was healed by the power of the Lord. He was very well fixed financially and during the early days of the Church he donated freely to the Church.

He crossed the plains in the Amasa Lyman Company and arrived in Utah 1 October 1849 and settled in South Cottonwood, Salt Lake County, where he died April 13, 1850.

Sidney Tanner, my father, was born 1 April 1809 at Bolton, Warren County, New York. He first married Louisa Conlee March 1, 1830. They had eight children. He married the 2nd time Julia Ann Shepherd, daughter of Samuel and Roxey Leny Ray Shepherd. She was born March 24, 1829, at Willoughby, Ohio. My father died December 5, 1895, at Beaver City, Utah, and my mother died in the fall of 1899 at the same place.

I (Henry Tanner) son of Sidney and Julia Ann Shepherd Tanner was born 11 June 1852 at San Bernardino, California. Lived in San Bernardino until six years of age then went to Beaver County, Utah and spent the remainder of my youth until 24 years of age. This was a farming district and I run my father’s farm while he freighted.

I married Eliza Ellen Parkinson, January 25, 1877, at St. George, Utah. Having been called by James S. Brown, to pioneer Arizona, my wife and I left Beaver, February 21, 1877, with one wagon, five horses, three cows. After a hard journey of eleven weeks we arrived at Allen’s Camp, now Joseph City, Arizona, May 2, 1877. We left Beaver in company with John Hunt and family and in Southern Utah were joined with other companies among whom was John Bushman and wife, Mary Peterson Bushman.

Since our arrival in Joseph City we have took an active part in helping to build dams, to get water for irrigation and also took part in Church capacities such as serving as a counselor to Bishop John Bushman from 1878 to 1915 and also superintendent of the Sunday School from 1889 to 1897.

I was called to England in 1888 to fill a mission, but on account of my health was released in about ten months.

At the time of this writing (December 1924) am still residing in Joseph City and enjoy fair health although my hearing is poor.

Tanner, Henry M. "The Autobiography of Henry Martin Tanner." 1924. The picture of Henry in a hat is from Pioneers and Prominent Men and is probably from when he served his mission in England.

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