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Terre Haute Township: Mr. Stephen Genung came from near Terre Haute, Ind. in 1842 with his father's family and at the request of these people the village and later the township was named for that Indiana city.
During the Mormon troubles in which resulted in the killing of Joseph Smith, several Terre Haute people were members of the impromptu army that was raised in this section to resist an anticipated uprising of Mormons, who were charged with rapine, theft and murder here. This episode in history is known as the "Mormon Wars. Mr. Simeon Avery, a citizen of Terre Haute, was one of the soldiers on guard at the Carthage jail the night of the slaying. Mr. Stephen Genung was also a member of that army.
1911 History of Henderson County