Henry Martin Tanner

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Henry Martin Tanner

Birthplace: San Bernardino, Los Angeles, now San Bernardino County, California, United States
Death: March 21, 1935 (82)
Gilbert, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Place of Burial: Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sidney Tanner and Julia Ann Tanner
Husband of Eliza Ellen Tanner and Emma Ellen Stapley
Father of Martin Ray Tanner; Thomas William Tanner; Julia Alice Fish; Mary Ida Rogers; Rollin C Tanner and 9 others
Brother of Private; Private; Naomi Ruth Tanner; Private; Private and 2 others
Half brother of William Neyman "Charlie" Tanner; Howard Harper "Handsome Hap" Tanner; Rachel Adelia Ferguson; Allen Benedict Tanner; Lydia Burk and 6 others

Occupation: LDS missionary to England, Sunday School Superintendent, St. Joseph Ward bishopric, farmer, freighter, stock raiser
Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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About Henry Martin Tanner

Henry Martin Tanner, son of Sidney Tanner (1809 - 1895) and Julia Ann Shepherd (1829 - 1899), was born 11 June 1852, San Bernardino, California. He lived in San Bernardino until six years of age -- then lived in Beaver, Utah for 18 years, and during this time he worked on the farm, looked after the stock and freighted with teams. He accompanied his father to California on some of his freighting trips.

He married Eliza Ellen Parkinson (1857 - 1930), daughter of Thomas Parkinson (1830 - 1906) and Mary Ann Bryant (1826 - 1905), on 25 January 1877. Just one month later, having been called by James S. Brown to pioneer Arizona, he and his wife left Beaver on 21 February 1877 with one wagon, five horses and three cows. The group of pioneers arrived in Joseph City about 1 May 1877. After dinner, the Bushmans decided to stay, but the Hunts and Tanners started on to New Mexico where they had decided to locate. Sunset and Joseph City did not look good to them. However, after traveling up the Rio Puerco and seeing the sand blowing across the road, the Tanners decided that Joseph City was at least preferable to this, and turned back.

In the spring of 1888 Henry was called to England to fill a mission, but was released in about ten months due to poor health. Missionary to England 1888-90; superintendent of Sunday schools, Arizona, 1889-97; member bishopric of St. Joseph ward since 1878.

In his declining years, he received great satisfaction by being with his children who all greatly loved and respected him. He and his two wives had seventeen children, eleven by Eliza and six by Emma, and all except three grew to maturity.

Marriages and Children

  1. Eliza Parkinson (daughter of Thomas Parkinson and Mary Ann Bryant of Beaver, pioneers 1858), married on 25 January 1877 at St. George, Utah. She was born 8 September 1857. Their children:
    1. Martin Ray born January 22, 1878, married Prudence Miller;
    2. Thomas William born January 25, 1880, married Marian Miller;
    3. Julia Alice born March 4, 1882, married John L. Fish;
    4. Mary Ida born February 25, 1884, married Jesse H. Rogers;
    5. Rollin C. born February 9, 1886, married Anna Harbracht;
    6. Hazel born August 8, 1888, married Harbert Cooper;
    7. Marion Lyman born August 7, 1890;
    8. Arthur born September 19, 1892;
    9. Leroy Shepherd born January 12, 1895;
    10. George Parkinson born January 26, 1897;
    11. Donnette born March 31, 1899.
  2. Emma E. Stapley (daughter of Charles Stapley of Toquerville, Utah, pioneer 1858), married on 24 March 1886 at St. George, Utah. She was born 30 November 1862. Their children were:
    1. Eva born October 29, 1891;
    2. Horace born August 2, 1894;
    3. Clifford born September 23, 1896;
    4. Golden J. born December 29, 1899;
    5. Charles Stapley born January 10, 1890, died March 14, 1896;
    6. Francis Sidney born May 23, 1904.


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Henry Martin Tanner's Timeline

June 11, 1852
San Bernardino, Los Angeles, now San Bernardino County, California, United States
January 22, 1878
Age 25
Yavapai County, Arizona, United States
January 25, 1880
Age 27
Joseph City, Navajo, AZ, USA
March 6, 1882
Age 29
Joseph City, Navajo, Arizona, United States
February 25, 1884
Age 31
Joseph City, Navajo, AZ, USA
February 9, 1886
Age 33
Joseph City, Navajo, AZ, USA
August 5, 1888
Age 36
Joseph City, Navajo, AZ, USA
July 27, 1889
Age 37
Snowflake, Navajo, AZ, USA