Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. I., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
Born in Chatham township, Morris County, near the village of that name, on the 20th of December, 1808, Isaac Parkhurst GENUNG was a son of Isaac and Mary (CRANE) GENUNG. His father, also a native of Morris County, died in May 1846 at the age of seventy-five years. He served under General St. Clair in the war of 1812, and in one of the battles sustained a wound, which made him lame throughout the remainder of his life.
The subject of this review was reared in the usual manner of farmer lads of that period. He assisted in the labor of field and meadow though the summer months and after the crops were harvested in the autumn entered public school of the neighborhood, where he pursued his studies until returning spring brought with it a new round of farm duties. In 1832 he removed to Chatham, purchased land and carried on agricultural pursuits on his own account for a number of years, making his place one of the most productive and highly cultivated in the locality, but his once fine homestead has been divided into town lots and now is adorned with beautiful residences. He was an industrious, energetic man, who provided well for his family and by his upright life won the respect of his neighbors.
On the 26th of December, 1830 Mr. GENUNG was united in marriage to Miss Mary W. MEEKER, a daughter of Cornelius MEEKER, of an old family of this county. Eight children were born of this union, five of whom are now living, namely: Elizabeth. William E., Julia, Abbie and Charles. The parents were members of the Presbyterian church, active in support of all its measures, and Mr. GENUNG served as trustee in a most acceptable manner for a number of years. His political support was always given the Republican party. Mrs. GENUNG departed this life, March 1, 1876, at the age of sixty-six years, and many friends mourned her death. Our honored subject entered into eternal rest on the 27th of December 1897, having lived a long life consecrated to goodly ends.
Transcribed by Ida King
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