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Myra Henrie (Mayall)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Thurston Clough, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Panguitch, Garfield, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Panguitch City Cemetery, Garfield County, Utah, United States
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Daughter of Unknown father of Myra Mayall and Margaret Mayall
Wife of William Henrie
Mother of Daniel Henrie; James Henrie; Joseph Henrie, Sr; Margaret Daley; Sarah Henrie and 16 others

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About Myra Henrie (Mayall)

Myra Mayall Henrie (1803 - 1893), daughter Margaret Mayall (1778 - 1838), was born 1 November 1803 at Thurston Clough, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England. Her mother later married James Radcliffe (1786 - 1864), who became Myra's stepfather. Myra's biological father is unknown; it appears that her mother was not married at the time of her birth. Myra married William Henrie (1799 - 1883) on 17 November 1824 at Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. She died at the age of 89 on3 February 1893 at Panguitch, Garfield County, Utah Territory, and was buried there on 5 February 1893.

Children of Willliam and Myra Henrie

  1. Daniel Henrie (15 November 1825 Miami, Hamilton, Ohio - 28 June 1914 Manti, Sanpete, Utah) Buried 1 July 1914 Manti, Sanpete, Utah. Married (1) Amanda Bradley on 29 October 1849 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah (2) Susan Coleman on 17 June 1856 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah (3) Susan Elizabeth Woodbury on 11 April 1872 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
  2. James Henrie (18 September 1827 Miami, Hamilton, Ohio - 12 February 1916 Panguitch, Garfield, Utah) Buried 14 February 1916 Panguitch, Garfield, Utah. Married (1) Rhoana Weltha Hatch on 28 December 1850 Bountiful, Davis, Utah (2) Christena Schow (3) Gedske Schow on 18 June 1879
  3. Joseph Henrie (20 April 1829 Miami, Hamilton, Ohio - 18 January 1907) married (1) Susannah Lasley (2) Susan Duncan on 29 January 1851
  4. Margaret Henrie (26 August 1831 Colerain, Hamilton, Ohio - 26 July 1896 Riverside, Riverside, California) married Moses Daley on 2 November 1852 Bountiful, Davis, Utah
  5. Sarah Henrie (6 June 1834 Colerain, Hamilton, Ohio - 6 October 1836 Blue Rock, Hamilton, Ohio)
  6. Samuel Henrie (27 July 1836 Blue Rock, Hamilton, Ohio - 9 December 1919 Panguitch, Garfield, Utah) married Hannah Isabella Ellis on 1 December 1861 Bountiful, Davis, Utah
  7. Mary Henrie (22 July 1839 Colerain, Hamilton, Ohio - 29 June 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; scarlet fever)

Biographical Sketch

More than a decade before Myra's birth, her uncle Samuel Mayall had risked his life stowing away aboard a ship to the United States; he built the first woolen mill in the United States in 1791 in Gray, Cumberland County, Maine. His family followed later.

Myra’s mother, Margaret Mayall, married James Radcliff when Myra was a child. Although the date and circumstances are unknown, Myra migrated to the United States, and met William Henrie. They married in Ohio on 17 November 1824. They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842 and soon after moved to join the main body of the church in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.

The Henries purchased property from Joseph Smith and came to know him intimately as neighbors. Son James said that Myra sometimes served the prophet buttermilk or a baked potato, and they often played games with him. Family tradition claims that Joseph borrowed a horse from the Henries for John Taylor to ride to Carthage. Other stories say the horse whinnied as it passed the Henrie farm, and Joseph raised his hat and blessed the family.

Myra spent a year at Winter Quarters while William accompanied Brigham Young to the Salt Lake Valley in the original pioneer company; their eldest son Daniel joined the Mormon Battalion. When all had reached the valley, William continued to explore the area, even as far as southern Utah with the Parley P. Pratt expedition of 1849.

The Henries established a homestead in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah. In 1865 they were called to help found a new settlement in Panaca, Utah (later Nevada). After long years of pioneering, William refused to leave Bountiful; he needed to stay put for a season. Myra, however, heeded the call and accompanied two of her married sons and their families to the small outpost. Myra taught school in Panaca and Panguitch, Utah, in both places helping to run a co-op and serving as Relief Society president.

Myra and William remained faithful to each other for the rest of their lives, although apart. Theirs is an unusual, fascinating, poignant family history.

Sources and Further Information

  • The Red Book by henrie.org should be considered the definitive work on Henrie descendants in the United States.
  • The information on her birth is embroidered in green yarn on a simple paper sampler, now owned by a descendant.
  • Ben Butter and Natalie Butter, “The Mayall Woolen Mill First in the United States,” Down East: The Magazine of Maine, September 1970, 29–35, 312.
  • Manetta Prince Henrie, Ancestry and Descendants of William Henrie, 1799–1883, ed. Ryan Henrie (Provo, UT: privately printed, 1954), 8, http://henrie.org/red_book/red_book.pdf.
  • Callie O. Morley, “William and Myra Mayall Henrie,” Typescript, 1955, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah. A history written by a great-granddaughter of William and Myra. Evidently Morley interviewed a number of people to obtain information. Her biography is compelling, but there are some errors, and this account has not been fully verified.
  • Thelma Miller Higbee, “Stories of the associations of the William Henrie Family with the prophe[t] Joseph Smith as told to me by my aunt Mary Henrie Cooper,” n.d., Church History Library.
  • Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 1845–46, 1:179, Church History Library.
  • “William Henrie,” Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847–68, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accessed November 21, 2011, http://mormontrail.lds.org; Over the Rim: The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition of Southern Utah, 1849–50, ed. William B. Smart and Donna T. Smart (Logan: Utah State University Press, 1999).

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Myra Mayall Henrie's Timeline

1803
November 1, 1803
Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
1824
November 17, 1824
Age 21
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States
1825
November 15, 1825
Age 22
Hamilton, Steuben County, Indiana, United States
1827
September 18, 1827
Age 23
Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
1829
April 20, 1829
Age 25
Miami, Hamilton, Ohio, United States
1831
August 28, 1831
Age 27
Colerain, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
1834
June 6, 1834
Age 30
1836
July 27, 1836
Age 32
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
1839
June 22, 1839
Age 35
1854
December 29, 1854
Age 51