Menzies Y. Genung
Morris Co. Up


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

For over forty years Mr. GENUNG has been a progressive and enterprising agriculturist of Morris County. He was born in Genungtown, now East Madison, on the 4th of November 1832, and is the son of Amza and Elizabeth (HATHAWAY) GENUNG. Stephen GENUNG, his grandfather, first settled on the old homestead, the deed which he received from King George, where he followed farming and improved a large tract of land. He became the father of four children, namely, Drusilla, who married Stephen WILKINSON; Wickliff, Amza and Adelia. Amza was born on the old homestead and followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He married Miss Elizabeth HATHAWAY, a native of Whippany and a daughter of Benoni and Triphena HATHAWAY, the former of whom was a general in the Revolutionary war. Mr. and Mrs. GENUNG were prominently identified with the Madison Presbyterian Church, in which served as a deacon for many years and assisted in building the present house of worship. In politics he was originally and old line Whig, later becoming a Republican, upon the organization of that party. To him and his wife were born seven children, five of whom died in childhood, the only one surviving being our subject. Adelia married for her first husband a Mr. JESSUP, and after his death Edward SHERMAN, and died November 8 1893. Amza W. GENUNG'S demise occurred in 1872, when he had arrived at the age of sixty-eight years, his wife surviving him until 1887, when she passed away, in her seventy-ninth year.

The subject of our biographical notice was reared on the GENUNG homestead and obtained his education in the school district. In 1856 he settled on his present farm and has since followed the vocation of agriculture, making a specialty of raising asparagus, in which venture he has made a profitable success. Politically he votes with the Republican party.

In 1856 he was united in marriage with Miss Susan H. CAMPFIELD, who was born in Hanover, Morris county, on the 3d of April 1834, a daughter of Jacob T. and Sarah (HOPPING) CAMPFIELD. Mr. and Mrs. GENUNG are the parents of one daughter Elma, who is now the wife of Harry DOUBLE, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. GENUNG and wife are faithful members of the Presbyterian church, in which he has held the office of trustee.

Transcribed by Ida King


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