The Genung Family Reunion
The Genung Family Reunion
The Genung Family Reunion in 1900
Reunion of the Genung Family at Ellis Hollow
Genung Reunion Aug. 24, 1933

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The Genung Family Reunion

The eight annual reunion of the Genung Family was held last Saturday, at Wildwood, on the Susquehanna, and despite the fact that a light rain fell almost all the day it was a very enjoyable occasion. The attendance was comparatively light, owing in part at least to the forbidding weather, only about 125 being present. These were nearly all residents of Tioga and Tompkins counties, a few from coming from Cortland, Wayne and other counties. Carriages met the trains and trolley cars at Sayre and conveyed the guests to the grounds. Fortunately the large dinning pavilion was commodious enough to accommodate all, both as a dining are reception room.

In the afternoon a brief business session was held, at which there was read the report of the secretary, F. W. Genung, of Waverly, and of the treasurer, Dr. Homer Genung, of Freeville, NY.

It was voted to hold the next reunion on the old camp meeting grounds at Spencer. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Amasa Genung, Ithaca, NY; Vice presidents, Sherman Genung, Waverly; D.D. Genung, Ithaca, NY; Wm. Dickson, Freeville, NY; J. M. Parker, Speedsville, NY.; Martin D. Strong, Owego, NY; Joseph A. Genung, Snyder Hill, NY; J. Eugene Genung, Chemung county; Chauncey Genung, Cortland county; Secretary, J. R. Stevens, Ithaca; treasurer, F. W. Genung; Waverly; historian, Josephine Nichols, Ithaca, NY; Prophet, Inez Genung, Ithaca, NY.

Following the election there were remarks by Peter Genung, of Ithaca, E. H. Genung, of Waverly, J. M. Parker, of Speedsville, NY, the newly elected president Amasa Genung, and by the retiring president, G. D. Genung.

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The Genung Family Reunion

Could Jean Guenon, the old French Huguenot, have awakened last Saturday from a Rip Van Winkle sleep of something more than two centuries and sped away from his and Greta's lone resting place in a quiet Long Island cemetery to the little hamlet of Varna, near Ithaca, and thence to the hospitable farm home of Peter Genung, and gazed with living eye upon that assemblage of his descendants, with "their sisters and their cousins and their aunts" and divers other relatives and friends - a company numbering about 340 persons, it is probable that realizing the enormity of his responsibility, he would have gone back to his slumbers with resignation of not with satisfaction. Nothing in the imaginings of the prophet of the day equaled the dream of this pioneer and head of the family of Genungs, as he set sail for free America in the long ago, if they were realized in the scene there presented.

Several states, and conditions, and styles of beauty were represented in the company. Some had traveled long distances by rail, some came by carriages and others awheel. Each had a generous lunch, a growing appetite, and a determination to enjoy the day to the fullest, and this they did in the usual manner of family reunion merry making, in visiting, forming new acquaintances or renewing old, and living over again the incidents of Auld Lang Syne.

The weather was perfect, save that it was very hot, and the arrangements ere complete in every detail, particularly for receiving the guests and spreading and serving the long tables at which about one hundred and forty were seated at one time. There was an abundance of provisions, and after the dinner many baskets, empty baskets, were gathered up. A program of speaking and singing arranged to follow the dinner was omitted because of the lateness of the hour. The president, Peter Genung, made a few remarks, Secretary Joseph Genung read the minutes of the last preceding meeting, and a very interesting summary of the Genung family history prepared by Mrs. Nelson Nichols, Josephine Genung, was, in her absence, read by her husband. A Humorous prophecy by G. Leal Genung, of Waverly, was then read. A constitution was adopted, and also resolutions thanking the historian for her excellent article, and the president and executive committee for their tireless efforts to which was largely due the unqualified success of the affair.

It is a notable fact that among the 360 person who were registered at the reunion last year, not a death has occurred. Several of the guests present were more than seventy years of age, three or four were over eighty and one eighty-five years old.

The reunion next year is to be and old-fashioned basket picnic, and it will be held either at Waverly or on the old Spencer camp meeting grounds. The officers for next year are as follows; President, George D. Genung, Waverly; Vice President, Sherman A. Genung of Waverly, Martin e. Strong of Owego, Eugene Genung of Horseheads, David H. Cornelius of Ellis, George DePew of Freeville, Amasa Genung of Ithaca, Chauncey Genung of Stephensville, Pa., and Miss Carrie German of Clyde; Secretary, F. W. Genung, Waverly; Treasurer, Dr. Homer Genung, Freeville; Historian, Mrs. Josephine Nichols, Ithaca; Prophet, Miss Ina Genung, Ithaca.

The family reunion as an agency in making glad the earth is a success.

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The Genung Family Reunion in 1900

A LARGE GATHERING --------- HISTORY REVIEWED WAVERLY NEXT YEAR

The seventh annual reunion of the Genung Family was held last Saturday on the farm of Benjamin Genung, at Besemers, a few miles east of Ithaca. There were about two hundred members of the family present with thirty guests. It was a motley company-there were Genungs long and short, lean and stout, wise and otherwise-but all were happy. The weather was very favorable, and like all family gatherings it was a thoroughly enjoyable affair.

It was one hundred years ago that Benjamin Genung removed from Hanover, NJ, and located on lot No. 93, in the town of Dryden. On this farm, now owned by a grandson, Benjamin Genung, the reunion was held-the one hundredth anniversary of the original settlement.

The morning hours were spent in renewing old acquaintances, and forming new ones. Dinner was served at noon, from well stored baskets, after which the interesting exercises of the day were held, the speaking being from the piazza, in front of which seats had been arranged under the wide spreading maples. Mrs. Cora Genung Chamot, of Ithaca, sang two selections, the president made a few remarks, prayer was offered by Rev. George Frederick Genung, D. D. dean of Richmond, Va., theological Seminary, and the secretary, Fred W. Genung, of Waverly , read the statistical report, giving the number of births, marriages and deaths for the year. The historian, Mrs. Josephine Genung Nichols, of Ithaca, then reviewed the family history from the Huguenot immigrant, Jean Guenon, or Genung, who came from Leyden, Holland, to Flushing, L. I. in 1656, to Benjamin Genung, who settled in Dryden in 1800. Mrs. Nichols, with her husband, L. Nelson Nichols, has as the result of very careful study and research and extensive correspondence, secured much interesting and valuable data relative to the Genung family history.

Prof. John Franklin Genung, Ph. D. of Amherst College, who also devoted much time to the family history, gave and historical resume of the family which remained in France, and which has now the name of Guenon des Mesnards. By a transcript from the archives, at Saintes, near La Rochelle, southwestern France, sent by the French archivist to Prof. Ganoung, of Springfield, Mass. he showed the descent of Jean Guenon, of Leyden, from the original Guenon dis Mesnards family, of Saintes, a family conspicuous in the war of the reformation. Prob. George Frederick Genung followed with an interesting general talk upon the family history and citizenship.

It was decided to hold the next annual reunion, the third Saturday in August, at the home of George D. Genung, in Waverly. The officers were reelected as follows; President, George D. Genung, of Waverly; Secretary, Fred W. Genung, of Waverly; treasurer, Dr. Homer Genung of Etna, NY. ; prophet, G. Leal Genung, of Waverly, NY.; historian, Mr. L. Nelson Nichols, of Ithaca, NY; register clerk, Amasa Genung, of Ithaca; vice presidents, Sherman A. Genung, Waverly; Chauncey Genung, Cortland; Dr. B. W. Genung, Montrose , Pa.; A. G. Genung, Ithaca, NY; David Cornelius, Ellis, NY ; J. E. Genung, Horseheads; Martin Strong, Owego; Mrs. Carrie German, Clyde; G. G. DePew, Freeville.

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Reunion of the Genung Family at Ellis Hollow>

The Genung Family held it 6th annual reunion last Saturday at the home of J. Peter Genung in Ellis Hollow. There were 228 relatives present and 112 quests all of whom seemed to enjoy exceedingly the visiting, the very ample dinner and the entertainment. The dinner was under the direction of Mrs. Eva Baker of Danby and Joseph A. Genung of Snyder Hill. The host was president of the day. It was decided to meet next year at Spencer or Waverly as the executive committee might choose next spring. Editor Geo. D. Genung of Waverly was chosen president for next year, and vice presidents to the number of nine were chosen from the various local districts as follows; Sherman A. Genung of Waverly, Martin D. Strong of Owego, Eugene Genung of Horseheads, David H. Cornelius of Ellis, George DePew of Freeville, Amasa G. Genung of Ithaca, Chauncey Genung of Cortland, Dr. Benjamin Genung of Stephensville, Pa., and Mrs. Carrie German of Clyde.

The secretary chosen was Fred W. Genung of Waverly and the treasurer Dr. Homer Genung of Freeville. Mrs. Josephine Genung Nichols in her historical paper announced that by a discovery of dates of births and deaths of some of the last century ancestors that an undoubted connection is now made with Jean Guenon the French Huguenot who came to New Amsterdam in 1657, his Holland Dutch wife Margaret Sneden, and their son Jeremiah Genung. Two Genungs were very pleasant visitors at the reunion who are descendants of a brother of Benjamin Genung of the third generation in America from whom Benjamin the Tompkins and Tioga County Genungs are descended.

These two distant relatives were Dwight Genung of Newfield, Pa., and Nathan Elmore Genung of Tyrone, N.Y. Among the distinguished guests were Supervisor Wilson and Lawyer George Goodrich of Dryden, and Bradford Snyder of Etna.

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Genung Reunion Aug. 24, 1933

Sixty-one members of the Genung family and their friends attended the sixth annual reunion held recently at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Myron Cornelius at Ellis. Dinner was served on the lawn at the summer home of Mr. & Mrs. Dana Van Pelt.

Officers for the ensuing year chosen at the business meeting are; Myron Cornelius, Ellis, President; Fordyce Lee, Buffalo, first Vice- President; Arthur Genung, Hibbards Corners, second Vice-President; LaVerne Baker, North Danby, secretary and Treasurer; Mrs. Minnee Lee, Perry, and Wilber Genung, Ithaca, Historians; program committee, Alice Genung, Ellis, chairman, and games Frank Lason and Dana Van Pelt.

The guests included Mr. and Mrs. George Mott and daughter, Evelyn, Wilber Genung, Mr. & Mrs. John Woodford, Mrs. Addie Shurger, John Shepardson, Claudia Vliet, and Mr. & Mrs. William Genung of Ithaca.

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