Charles Genung
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. I., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

Few of the old families of Morris county have so many worthy representatives in the locality as the GENUNG family, long and prominently connected with the history of this community. He whose name initiates this review was born on the GENUNG homestead, July 23 1842, a son of Isaac P. GENUNG. He acquired his education in the school of Chatham, and throughout his boyhood and youth remained on the farm, assisting in the cultivation of the fields from the time of early planting in the spring until the harvest season was past. In fact he carried on agricultural pursuits on the old home place until it was divided into building lots. He then went to Newark, where he learned the carpenter's trade, remaining in that city for five years, since which time he has carried on the same pursuit in Chatham and vicinity. His industry, resolute purpose and earnest determination to succeed have brought to him good competence and made him one of the successful men of the neighborhood.

Mr. GENUNG was married on the 10th of June 1868, to Miss Orleana MEEKER, a daughter of Jackson and Elizabeth (STURGIS) MEEKER. Her father was a native of Morris County, but died in New York during the early girlhood of his daughter. To Mr. and Mrs. GENUNG were born three children, but two died in infancy, William Ernest being the only one now living.

In his political views Mr. GENUNG has long been a Republican, and keeping well informed on issues of the day he gives an intelligent support to the party principles, and is always prepared with a good argument to uphold his ballot. He was offered the appointment of inspector of the board of health, but declined to accept it. For several years he has served on the election board, discharging his duties with marked promptness and fidelity, which plainly indicates his loyalty to America's best interests. He and his wife are active and consistent members of the Presbyterian church of Chatham, in which he is serving as elder, and in the community where they have resided for a quarter of a century they are widely and favorably known, possessing many attributes of character which command respect.

Transcribed by Ida King


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