Henning Family Genealogy

   The name "Henning" is North German, Dutch, and Danish: from a pet form of Hans or Heinrich, but possibly in some cases a variant of the Scottish name Hanning. The Scottish version is a habitational name from a place near Selkirk called Haining (‘piece of enclosed ground’). The earliest known occurrence of the surname is around 1630. The Scottish coat of arms is pictured. It's a red shield with three red escallops on a gold fess between three gold mascles, within a gold border engrailed on which there are torteaux. 'Mascles' are lozenges that are perforated or voided, and represent the links that composed chain armour, and may also represent the mesh of a net. If shown to represent a mesh of net it denotes persuasion; if shown to represent the links in chain armour it denotes protection. The escallops are the badge of pilgrims going to the Holy Land.
   The Henning family was first found in Norfolk where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: William Henning settled in Virginia in 1654; Michael Henning settled in Charleston in 1766; Thomas Henning settler in Maryland in 1731.
   Our lineage to this family can be traced to SUSANNA HENNING, born @ 1802 in Portage Co., Ohio. "Women in the Western Reserve before 1850" lists Mary, wife of Joseph Munyon, in Ravenna, OH and coming to OH from CT. This data is proof that this Joseph is the 1820 census is Joseph b 1747 in CT. Also listed is Laura Knapp, wife of Augustus Munyan, in Portage County, OH and coming to OH from Northampton, MA. Also listed is Mrs. Amaza (sic) Munyaon, of Ravenna, OH.
   "Amaza" was the youngest son of Joseph Jr. and Mary. His name was actually AMASA J. MUNYAN, was born in 1800, in Thompson, Windham, Connecticut. He married Susanna on the 6th of January, 1821, in Portage county, Ohio (Portage County Marriages; Vol 1, 1808-1950 FHL film #0891357 Vol 3). Here are their children:


  • ELIZA ANN MUNYAN b: ABT 1822 in Ravenna, Portage, Ohio.
  • JULIA ANN MUNYAN b: ABT 1824 in Ravenna, Portage, Ohio.
  • MARY ANN MUNYAN b: ABT 1826 in Ravenna, Portage, Ohio.

    SUSANNA HENNING (b: ABT 1802) married AMASA J. MUNYAN (b. 1800) and begat...

    MARY ANN MUNYON (1823 - 1899) married WILLIAM POTTER (1819 - 1894) and begat...

    LOUISA EDITH POTTER (1856 - 1891) who married ABRAHAM CANE WINTERS (1829 - 1893) and begat...

    NELLE WINTERS (1885 - 1974) who married WILLIAM PRITCHARD (1880 - 1958) and begat...

    DOROTHY PRITCHARD (b. 1918) who married ERWIN WENK (1910 - 1982) and begat...

    MARTHA WENK (b. 1940) who married CARLETON MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) and begat...

    JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).


  • Marriage Records of Lynn, Essex, MA; FHL film #0547549 1635-1885 "Thompsons First Families" compiled by E. D. Larned; Munyan Families;
  • FHL film #2972 and "Commemorative Biographical Record of Windham and Tolland Counties; pg 122 8; FHL film #982,349; Also Ancestral File; Family History Library, LDS Church