James A. Henning was born on the old homestead, two and one-half miles southeast of Knottsville. He received a common-school education. Married Jan. 9, 1872, Miss Kate Vanmeter, daughter of Josiah Vanmeter, of Owensboro. She was born in Hardin County, Ky. They have five children – James I., Ada C., Mary F., Anna M. and Felix L. Mr. Henning owns 344 acres of valuable land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He has also been buying tobacco for the past three years, and has been very successful. Mr. Henning and family are Catholics. William Henning, the father of the above, was born in Nelson County, Ky., Jan. 17, 1811, and is a son of Ezekiel Henning, a native of Maryland, who brought his family to this county in 1821, and settled near Knottsville. He was in the battle of New Orleans. Mr. Henning was married Sept. 11, 1834, to Mrs. Sally Wells, by whom he had nine children, five living – Harvey E., Lyman, James A., Elnora and Robert. Mrs. Henning died Oct. 25, 1853 and he married, Oct. 25, 1854, Mary A. Mattingly, by whom he has four children – Sarah E., Ida A., John L. and William L. Mr. Henning has been a life-long Catholic.
Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Print.