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Henry Martin Harmon

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Little Elk, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: December 7, 1895 (63)
Afton, Uinta, Wyoming, USA
Place of Burial: Afton, Lincoln, Wyoming, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Alpheus Harmon and Hulda Dimrus Harmon-Bassett
Husband of Susan Harmon and Mary Alzina Sperry
Father of Susan Elizabeth Dixon; Henry Martin Harmon; George Harmon; William Ammon Harmon; Allen Ithamor Harmon and 21 others
Brother of Caroline Lincoln; Edwin Harmon; Elizabeth Harmon; Ebenezer Harmon; Alma Harmon and 5 others
Half brother of Loren Elias Bassett, II and Edwin David Bassett

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About Henry Martin Harmon

Milo Andrus Company (1855), Age 23

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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.



Alpheus Harmon (1798 - 1842)


Hulda Dimrus Vaughn Bassett (1808 - 1886)



Susan Marler Harmon (1839 - 1905)


Mary Alzina Sperry Harmon (1854 - 1932)



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

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