Henry Martin Harmon (1832 - 1895)

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Birthplace: Little Elk, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Died in Afton, Uinta, Wyoming, USA
Managed by: Rebecca Sue Berg
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About Henry Martin Harmon

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Birth: Jun. 19, 1832 Little Elk Erie County Pennsylvania, USA

Death: Dec. 7, 1895 Afton Lincoln County Wyoming, USA

Burial: Afton Cemetery Afton Lincoln County Wyoming, USA

Witness to Martyrdom of Prophet Joseph Smith -- Twelve year old Henry Martin Harmon was a resident of Carthage, Illinois on the fateful day of June 27, 1844. Two years earlier his father, Alpheus, froze to death while returning to Nauvoo from a mission for the Church, leaving a widow Hulda, and nine small children. The family had lived in Carthage since his mother's marriage to Loren Bassett, a non-member.

Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum had been in the Carthage Jail for several days and rumors were rampant that the Smiths would never be allowed to leave the jail alive. Mobs were reported organizing to attack the jail. Perhaps it was to watch for mobs that Henry stationed himself in the cupola of the courthouse. From there he saw the anti-Mormon mob make its appearance from the west.

Leaving the courthouse, he arrived at the jail at about the same time the mobsters did. Their faces were painted black and most of them wore the uniform of the militia from the neighboring town of Warsaw.

Henry reported, "I saw the mob rush upon the guards who were stationed at the jail, when the guards fired on them, a scuffle ensued. Some of the mob went into the jail and I heard reports of the guns fired inside. Joseph Smith came to the window, and then went back, and in a few moments appeared again, and leaped from the window, when the mob fired upon him and he fell dead. The fifer of the Warsaw company came running into the jail yard as Joseph fell dead, and brandishing his fife over Joseph, triumphantly exclaimed, 'You were the ruination of my father. I will have revenge', and struck him several times on the head with his pewter fife, then fled with the company toward Warsaw".

Henry returned home to tell his mother of the tragic scene he had witnessed. Years later, Henry Martin Harmon told his sorrowful story again, this time to a recorder in the Church Historian's office in Salt Lake City, where his testimony has been preserved.


Parents:

 

Alpheus Harmon (1798 - 1842)

 

Hulda Dimrus Vaughn Bassett (1808 - 1886)

Spouses:

 

Susan Marler Harmon (1839 - 1905)

 

Mary Alzina Sperry Harmon (1854 - 1932)


Children:

 

Henry Martin Harmon (1860 - 1924)

 

Appleton Milo Harmon (1872 - 1957)

 

Harriet Matilda Harmon Crapo (1874 - 1959)

 

Orba Ann Harmon Crapo (1878 - 1941)

 

Orson Elmer Harmon (1882 - 1951)

 

Henriette Harmon Pead (1896 - 1932)



      
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Henry Martin Harmon's Timeline

1832
June 17, 1832
Little Elk, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
1856
March 2, 1856
Age 23
North Ogden, Weber, Ut
1858
March 28, 1858
Age 25
Lemhi, Lemhi, Id
1860
June 6, 1860
Age 27
North Ogden, Weber, Ut
1863
January 23, 1863
Age 30
Providence, Cache, Ut
1864
November 10, 1864
Age 32
Providence, Cache, Utah, USA
1867
April 12, 1867
Age 34
Clarkston, Cache, Ut
1869
September 14, 1869
Age 37
Clifton, Oneida, Id
1872
January 21, 1872
Age 39
Clifton, Frnkln, Id
1874
September 7, 1874
Age 42
Clifton, Oneida, Id