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Henning Family

First Generation

John Adam Henning (ca. 1759-1824) was born in Germany, and is thought to have come to America as an aide to Cornwallis. He is said to have deserted after the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and took refuge in the Moravian community at Bethania.

His will, written November 1823 and probated March term 1824, names wife Elizabeth and the children listed below. Elizabeth's maiden name is given as George in a family history, but we don't know who her parents were.

Second Generation

Catharine Henning (d. before 1824); her daughters Rachel and Elizabeth are named in John Adam Henning's will.
    Their surname isn't mentioned in the will abstract.
Michael Henning
Sally Henning ---
Simon Henning (ca. 1784-after 1860) m. 1) Maria Magdalena Seiler (1782-1847), 2) Catherine Chitty (ca. 1805-after 1870) widow of Conrad Rominger
Mary Anna Henning (1787-1845) m. Peter Cline
Christina Magdalena Henning (1790-ca. 1840) m. Peter Huffman
Susanna Henning (ca. 1798-?) m. Joseph Seiler (1789-?)
Christian Henning (1800-1875). Did he marry Nancy Deits [Dietz?] in 1826?
Adam Henning (1804-1883) moved to Tennessee
William Henning (ca. 1808-?) m. Catherine _____
Gabriel Henning (ca. 1809-?) m. 1) Christina Aust (d. before 1842) - was she d/o Gottfried Aust?; 2) Celia Barber

Third Generation

Child of Simon Henning and (probably) Maria Magdalena Seiler
Amanda Henning (ca. 1828-?)


Children of Gabriel Henning and Christina Aust Delilah Henning (1833-1904) m. 1) Richard Nathaniel Styers (ca. 1836-?), 2) Edward T. Henning (1835-1904) - presumably a cousin, but who were his parents?
Julia Henning (ca. 1837-?). Did she marry John Ervin Shore?
Rebecca Catherine Henning (1837-1873) m. Timothy Boose (1832-1903)
Lauretta Henning (ca. 1840?)

Children of Gabriel Henning and Celia Barber
Fanny Henning (ca. 1843-?)
Clementine Henning (ca. 1846-?)


The Bennett gedcom (see Sources) names Elizabeth Henning (1819-1846) as John Adam and Elizabeth's last child. She is not named in the abstract of his will (Stokes Co. NC wills, Mrs. W.O. Absher). The abstract mentions that wife Elizabeth is to remain in the house and Plantation until the youngest son Gabriel becomes of age. While this doesn't exclude a daughter who is younger yet, we suspect that Elizabeth born 1819 is a granddaughter rather than daughter. Could she be the daughter of of John Adam's deceased daughter Catherine? Elizabeth did not marry but was reportedly the mother of three children. She died of burns suffered when her dress caught fire. The diary of Methodist ministers Michael and Peter Doub records that her funeral sermon was preached with the title "Repent lest ye likewise perish". We are putting Elizabeth's children in the next generation.

Fourth Generation

Child of Edward and Delila Henning
Paul Jackson Henning (1867-1930

Delilah also had two daughters from her first marriage, Martha Ophelia Styers and Mary S. Styers.


Children of Elizabeth Henning
Levina Henning (ca. 1842-?)
William Henning
Carrie May Henning

Levina is living with her uncle William Henning in 1850-1880. She was the mother of a daughter, Annie Elizabeth Henning (1871-1924) who married Houston James Tucker (1877-1927). Annie is reported to have had three children out of wedlock prior to this marriage.


Our first information on this family came from a gedcom "bennett.ged" posted to the now-defunct Sharing database in 1995. We have supplemented this with data from Stokes and Forsyth county wills, marriage, census, and cemetery records.

This page was created on December 12, 2003.

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