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Re: Poages Augusta Co. Something isn't Right
Posted by: Kay Schmidt (ID *****4906) Date: February 26, 2006 at 13:27:32
In Reply to: Re: Poages Augusta Co. Something isn't Right by tim shelor of 472

My interest is the RENICK family and according to most research I've seen, Elizabeth RENICK definitely married Robert POAGE. She was still alive in 1740 when she, her husband, and children were naturalized. Is it possible there were two men named Robert POAGE?

Does anyone know which of their daughters (I've seen Sarah and Mary POAGUE) married Robert BRECKENRIDGE and who his parents were?

Robert RENICK was Elizabeth's brother. Perhaps the information below will help clear things up.

George RENICK was born in 1675 at Enniskillen, Fermanagh, North Ireland.[1] He married circa 1700, Margaret (?); based on Abingdon Church records and the birth of their first child.[2] He died before 6 Feb 1737 at Paxtang township, Lancaster (now Dauphin) county, PA, when the Administration Bond was filed on his estate.[3] An inventory of his estate was filed on 25 Jan 1737/38 by Hugh Torrance and James Crawford.[4]

He immigrated circa 1719 to Philadelphia county, PA, from Ulster with his sons William, Thomas, and Robert and daughter Elizabeth.[5] On 25 Jan 1730/31, George was granted 1000 acres near the Susquehanna by James Logan, Secretary to William Penn. His sons Robert, William, and Thomas warranted the propery in 1738, but apparently George never did.

"An Early Settler on the Susquehanna: Whereas George Renick, late of Iniskillen, having about eleven years since arrived in the province with the first settlers of Donegal, yet has never obtained leave to settle on any of the proprietor's lands, without which leave he never would presume to attempt it, and being now desirous that himself and three sons, William, Thomas, and Robert and his son-in-law, Robert Polke, might be allowed to settle down on some tract together in one neighbourhood, I therefore think it advisable that pursuant to his request he and his said sons and son-in-law be suffered to enter on the quantity of one thousand acres, near Susquehanna, between Sohataroe and Pextan, and that the same may be marked out to him and his said sons in a regular tract by the surveyor of Lancaster county or his order at the said George's charge, upon this express condition, that he and his said sons and son-in-law shall comply with such terms as shall be proposed by the proprietors or their agents, when lands in those parts shall be granted, or other wise shall quietly quitt the same. Dated at Stenton, the 25th day of January, 1730-1. JAMES LOGAN".[6]

Research Notes: In 1711, A George and Martha Renick were members of the Abington Twp Presbyterian Church along with a Sara Renick. Whether this was our George or perhaps his son is unclear. George did NOT have a brother named Thomas, as some research (including Egle) suggests.[7] There is nothing to support the belief that the family originated in Germany as 'RHINEWICKS.'[8]

Children of George1 Renick and Margaret (?), probably all born in North Ireland, were:

i. ELIZABETH RENICK was born in 1701. She married on 2 Jan 1724, at Abington Presbyterian Church, Montgomery county, PA, Robert Poage; children: Sarah (m. Thomas GORDON), John (m. Mary Blair CRAWFORD), Martha (m. Andrew WOODS), Mary (m. Robert BRECKENRIDGE), Elizabeth (m. George CRAWFORD), George (m. Rachel STEVENSON), William (m. Mrs. Ann KENNEDY Wilson), Margaret (m. Col. James ROBERTSON), Thomas (m. Mary/Polly McCLANAHAN), and Robert (m. Jean WALLACE).[9,10]

She and Robert Poage were naturalized on 22 May 1740 at Orange county, VA, along with their nine children.[11]

ii. WILLIAM RENICK, b. circa 1704; m. Mary Dugan.

iii. THOMAS RENICK, b. 1710.

iv. ROBERT RENICK, was born in 1715.[12] He married circa 1741, Elizabeth (Betsy) Archer; children: Nancy (m. John? VINCENT), William (m. Sarah HAMILTON; mentioned in the 1788 will of Andrew Hamilton in Augusta co, VA), Joshua (m. into an Indian family and became a chief), Thomas (m. Phoebe), Margaret 'Peggy' (m. George KINCAID), Robert (killed by Indians), Robert (born while his mother was in captivity; m. Letitia Wells DALTON), and Betsy (died in captivity).[13] He was killed on 25 Jul 1757 at Augusta county, VA, by a band of about 60 Shawnee who took his wife and children captive.[14]

On 27 Mar 1738, Robert obtained a warrant on 250 acres of the land originally patented to his father by James Logan, Secretary to William Penn. He sold the land to Rebecca Edgell on 11 Nov 1743 at Paxtang township, Lancaster (now Dauphin) county, PA.[15] On 10 Jun 1740, Robert Renick acquired 400 acres at Buffalo Lick Branch, Augusta county, VA.[16] On 26 May 1747, Robert "of Augusta, yeoman, to James Miles, farmer 10; 201 acres on Buffalo's branch, part of the land Robert now lives on. Teste: James Sayers, Francis Gardner, James Trimble. Acknowleged, 17th June, 1747, by Robert, and dower released by Elizabeth.".[17] On 15 Feb 1748, Robert Renick and Elizabeth (Betsy) deeded part of the 400 acres previously granted to him in 1740 to Silas Hart, mason.[18] On 26 Nov 1751, Robert Renick and Elizabeth (Betsy) deeded 300 acres on "Cedar Creek of James River, at a place called Timber Plain; corner John Poack" to Francis McCewn, yeoman; delivered 19 May 1752.[19]

Elizabeth (Betsy) ARCHER was born circa 1722 at North Ireland daughter of Sampson ARCHER & Rebecca THOMPSON.[20] From 1757 to 1765, Elizabeth and her children were captives of the Indians.[21]

1. Glenn S Gealy, "Henry and Martha Wilson Renick Family," (, Apr 2005). [file obtained from author; well documented with comments].
2. Ibid.
3. CD-ROM from Glenn S Gealy to Kay Schmidt, Apr 2005, Lois-1995(B).jpg [letter dated 8 Mar 1995 from Lois M. Renick to Glenn S. Gealy].
4. Gealy, "Henry Renick Family".
5. Ibid.
6. CD-ROM, Gealy to Kay Schmidt, Apr 2005, Loganarticlefromegle-1730-1.jpg [Egle's N&Q, Historical and Genealogical, p 83].
7. Gealy, "Henry Renick Family".
8. Ibid.
9. CD-ROM, Gealy to Kay Schmidt, Apr 2005, Georgerenickskidsgrandkid.jpg [chart dated 13 Mar 1995 by Lois M. Renick].
10. Iris Ellis Wagoner, "Re: Poages Augusta Co. Something isn't Right," 19 Jun 2000, #131 Poage Family Genealogy Forum (online:
11. CD-ROM, Gealy to Kay Schmidt, Apr 2005, Renick-1992(a).jpg, [letter dated 3 Sep 1992 from Rod Renick to Lois M. Renick].
12. Gealy, "Henry Renick Family".
13. Ibid.
14. Ibid.
15. CD-ROM, Gealy to Kay Schmidt, Apr 2005, Renick-1992(a).jpg [letter dated 3 Sep 1992 from Rod Renick to Lois M. Renick ].
16. Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, (Baltimore, MD: Genealigical Publishing Co, 1965), vol 3, p 271.
17. Ibid., vol 3, p 260.
18. Ibid., vol 3, p 271.
19. Ibid., vol 3, p 299.
20. Gealy, "Henry Renick Family".
21. Ibid.

Hope this helps ... Kay Schmidt

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