Charles Frederick Degenring, founder of the family of his name in this country, was born in Bavaria, and comes of a family which supplied four sons to the German army. He was a shoemaker by occupation, and learned his trade in Bavaria, whence he came to this country with his family in 1852. Twelve years later he enlisted during the civil war in the Twenty-eighth Massachusetts Infantry, and was killed at the battle of Cold Harbor in June, 1864. He married Catharine Schreiber. children: Anna; Catharine; Magdalen; Frederica; Jacob, referred to below; Caroline; Charles Frederick Jr.
(II) Jacob, son of Charles Frederick and Catharine (Schreiber) Degenring, was born in Bavaria, September 12, 1844. He was eight years old when his father emigrated to America, and he was left behind in Bavaria, where he went to school until he was thirteen years old, after which he did boy's work until 1860, when he came to the United States and found work on a farm. In 1861 he enlisted in the Fifty-second New York Infantry, and was wounded after a year's service in the battle of Fair Oaks, June 1, 1862. He was invalided home and discharged in the following September. He then worked for a time at the trade of shoemaking, but in February, 1864, re-enlisted in the First Massachusetts Cavalry, and received his discharge in September, 1865. After this he came to Red Bank, where he went to work in a hotel, and in the following year came to New York City, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1871, when he came to Red Bank and started in business for himself as a hotel proprietor, in which for the past thirty-eight years he has been successfully engaged. He is a member of Arrowsmith Post, No. 61, Grand Army of Republic, Department of New Jersey; a member of the Mystic Brotherhood; of Lodge, No. 21, Free and Accepted Mason, of New Jersey; of the New Era Society; of the Monument and Benevolent Association; of all the German organizations, and of the Exempt Firemen, and was chief of the Red Bank fire department one yer. Among his clubs are the Eintracht Singing Society and the Monmouth Boat Club. He is a member of the Lutheran church. He married, June 10, 1867, in New York City, Susanna, daughter of George Philip and Susanna (Gabel) Ziegler, who was born in Baden, Germany, February 8, 1849, and emigrated to the United States in 1865. Her father was a farmer and a councillor in his native town, and besides Mrs. Degenring, who was his youngest child, he had five children: George, Catharine, Frederick, Barbara, and Philip Ziegler. Children of Jacob and Susanna (Ziegler) Degenring: 1. Anna, born March 24, 1868; married Leon de la Reussille; children: Leon Jr. and Paul. 2. Catharine Barbara, born January 30, 1870; married Samuel J. Coggins. 3. Caroline, born June 19, 1875; married Frederick J. Smock; children: Henry and Anna Elizabeth Smock. 4. Henry Gunther, referred to below.
(III) Henry Gunther, son of Jacob and Susanna (Ziegler) Degenring, was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, December 30, 1880. He received his education at the Bordentown Military Institute, and then spent one year at the Shrewsbury Academy in Red Bank, after which he went to work or his father and finally succeeded him in his wholesale business of bottling carbonated beverages. In politics Mr. Degenring is an independent. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, of the New Era Society, and of the Society of Sons of Veterans of the Civil War. He married in Long Branch, New Jersey, August 4, 1901, Anna Julia, daughter of George F. and Louise (Lorenz) Gramann, who was born at Sea Bright, April 30, 1882. She is the granddaughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Kuhnhold) Gramann. Her brothers are Henry C. Gramann, who married Valerie Ely, and has one child Donald; and George F. Gramann Jr. Child of Henry Gunther and Anna Julia (Gramann) Degenring: Mae Eleanor, born July 2, 1905.