Philip Ettleman was born 2 March 1791 in Ayr Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States to Jacob Frederick Ettleman (1757-1846) and Chloe Ann Benner (1762-1829) and died 16 November 1854 Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Catherine Clapper (1796-1888) 15 April 1817 in Stark County, Ohio.


Philip Ettleman died when kicked by an ox while on his ranch in Box Elder County, Utah.

Zions Camp Participant

This Judith Mehr rendition depicts struggles endured by members of Zion's Camp, an expeditionary force to help Church members in Jackson County redeem their brethren.

One of the most interesting episodes in the early history of LDS Church was the march of Zion's Camp (1834). The members of the Church in Missouri were being persecuted, and the Prophet Joseph made it a matter of prayer and received a revelation on February 24, 1834. The Lord instructed the Prophet to assemble at least one hundred young and middle-aged men and to go to the land of Zion, or Missouri. (See D&C 130:19–34.)

Zion’s Camp, a group of approximately one hundred and fifty men, gathered at Kirtland, Ohio, in the spring of 1834 and marched to Jackson County, Missouri. By the time they reached Missouri, the camp had increased to approximately two hundred men.

"In the company of Elias Benner on the march of Zion's Camp 11 May 1834 was Frederick Forney (1813-1880) (age 21), Philip Ettleman age 43, and Henry Benner (1800-1880) age 34. Frederick Forney was almost certainly the first member of the Forney family to become a member of the LDS Church. George Forney of whom you reference at the time was only 14 years of age when his older brother Frederic departed on the march of Zion's Camp. (Most certainly all part of the Benner-Forney family group)

"Elias Benner’s wife Mary Clapper died June 15, 1830 in the same year he married Christina Cramer. Elias died October 30, 1838, killed by mob at Haun's Mill."[1]

Marriage and Family

Three of his daughters married his marching companions from Zions Camp in the following years:

  1. Catherine Ettleman (1816-1883) -
  2. Susan Ettleman (1815-1900) - md Zions Camp Veteran Henry Benner (1800-1880)
  3. Mary Ettleman (1818-1883) -
  4. Elizabeth Ettleman (1819-1871) -
  5. Clara Ann Ettleman (1819-1893) - md Zions Camp Veteran Frederick Forney (1813-1880)
  6. Christena Ettleman (1822-1912) - plural wife of Zions Camp Veteran Frederick Forney (1813-1880)


Offspring of Philip Ettleman and Catherine Clapper (1796-1888)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Catherine Ettleman (1816-1883)
Susan Ettleman (1815-1900) 15 June 1815 Stark County, Ohio, United States 14 February 1900 Thurman, Fremont County, Iowa, United States Henry Benner (1800-1880)
Mary Ettleman (1818-1883)
Elizabeth Ettleman (1819-1871)
Clara Ann Ettleman (1819-1893) 26 September 1819 Stark County, Ohio, United States 31 December 1893 Hubbell, Thayer County, Nebraska, United States Frederick Forney (1813-1880)
Christena Ettleman (1822-1912) 6 May 1822 Stark County, Ohio, United States 6 July 1912 Thurman, Fremont County, Iowa, United States John Houston (1816-1852) John Houston (1816-1852) Frederick Forney (1813-1880)



See Also

  • Philip Ettleman
  • Ettleman in Stark County, Iowa
  • Ettleman in Box Elder County, Utah
  • Ettleman in Bedford County, Pennsylvania


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