Once, while on a Dickey project, and puzzled by some Chester Co records involving the names Cowan, Renick, and Dickey, I did a very, very quick look at materials which were close at hand in Philadelphia. Years later, while researching McCameys, I ran into Alexander Rennix (Rennick, Renwix, etc) of Letterkenny Twp who made a will in January 1777; after his death Esther married James Clark. Esther was daughter of John and Margaret (Brackenridge) McCamey who lived near Chambersburg, then Cumberland, now Franklin Co, PA.
Without any endorsement of the veracity of any of this material, I want to share this collection of miscellaneous notes just in case it does anyone some good.
*** Renick/Rennick/Rennicks (etc)
The "Bausman Collection" at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP) Library, Phila has folder with RENICK family Bible. It actually appears to have been kept by the FOSTERs with some Renick dates. Transcription is 1 page typed, and is filed separately as "Bible Records" and not with the other Bausman Collection folder on Renick. No photocopy of original. Bible was acquired in 1769, so many dates were filled in long after the events. What follows below is outlined for clarity, not in original order, and has been formatted to deal with those websites which ruin outlines by stripping out all the blank spaces used to indent.
* Henry RENICK [?b 25 Dec 1725]
- William RENICK Oct 16-1749
- Sarah RENICK Oct 15-1751
- Martha RENICK Nov 30-1755
- Esther RENICK Aug 31-1758 d Nov 3-1807 m: Robert
FOSTER b Aug 28-1758 d Jan 29-1831.
- Margaret RENICK Sep 12-1760
FOSTER line from Esther RENICK m: Robert
-- Margaret FOSTER Sep 11-1785
-- John FOSTER Dec 14-1786
-- William FOSTER Apr 5-1787 or Aug 5-1789 m: Oct 21--1819
Jane VanValzah b Jun 6-1797 d Sep 20-1868
... Elizabeth FOSTER 1820--1829
... Robert FOSTER 1822
... Esther E. FOSTER 1825--1841
... Mary Wilson FOSTER 1827
... Amelia Sarah FOSTER 1829
... Hannah VanValzah FOSTER 1832
... William Renick FOSTER 1834
... John B. FOSTER 1838--1841
... Albert FOSTER 1841
-- Sarah FOSTER Jun 11-1791
-- Thomas FOSTER Oct 12-
-- Esther FOSTER Jun 18-1802
-- Andrew FOSTER Nov 11-1803
The transcription has also "Robert Foster November 1723" and "Jeaine Foster Feb. 23, 1775" among the Robert and Esther (Renick) Foster family. Robert Foster is called "Sen.". Also listed is Elizabeth Foster, Jan 8-1776 d Jul 10-1812.
Renick file at GSP (Phila.), Bausman Collection, has this working outline, with occasional question marks, showing that it is tentative and no doubt that there will be updates and corrections.
* George RENICK d 1737. To America 1719 or 1720.
** William RENICK d 1741 m: Mary _____
... Henry RENICK d 1771 m: Catharine _____
---- William RENICK "eldest son"
---- Thomas RENICK d 1777 m: Jean (Clarke)
---- Sarah RENICK b Oct 15-1751 m: John Willson
---- Mary RENICK b Aug 24-1754
---- Martha RENICK b Nov 30-1755 m: 1775 Wm Swan
---- Esther RENICK b Aug 31-1758 m: Robert Foster
---- Margaret RENICK b Sep 12-1760
... Thomas RENICK
... Margaret RENICK
... Alexander RENICK
... Samuel RENICK of Cumberland Co, PA
... William RENICK of Frederick Co, MD
... James RENICK of Trenton, NJ
** Thomas RENICK ? b 1736
** Robert RENICK ? Greenbrier Co, WV
** Daughter m: _____ POLK
Miscellaneous references --
1730/31: George Renick, late of Iniskillen, having arrived about 11 years ago in this province (PA), with the first settlers of Donegal [originally anything west of the Susquehanna], asks for land, about 1000 acres, on the Susquehanna, between Sohataroe [Swatara Creek] and Pexton [Paxton Creek], Lancaster Co, PA, [later became Dauphin Co] for himself and sons William, Thomas, Robert, and son-in-law Robert Polke. James Logan's approval of a survey is dated Jan 25-1730/31; specifies at least two miles above Sohatoroe [Swatara Creek].
1738: Warrant March 27-1738 to William Renick for 500 acres. William Renick's widow, as administratrix, sold half of 500 acres to Hugh Davy of Philadelphia. In 1751, Thomas and Henry Renick occupied the unsold half. Old Rights 8, 591 and Lancs. deeds L, 262. In 1761, land lately in tenure of Thomas and Henry Renick adjoined land patented to William Clinton and John Leadly. Lancs. deeds M, 473.
1755: Henry Renick of Lancaster Co was in 1755 guardian of James Renick who was apprenticed in 1750 to John Allison, clothier.
1758: On May 30-1758, administrations of Esther Cowan and Anne Cowan, both of Sadsbury Twp, Chester Co, PA were in the hands of Henry Renick and Catherine Renick. John Dickey and George Miller were on the administration bonds for the Renicks, 300 pounds each bond. These are filed in folders #1722 (Anne) and #1723 (Esther) at West Chester, PA. The bonds say that the Renicks, Dickey, and Miller are "of Chester County".
1761: William Cowden's 1761 petition saying that he had left 50 pounds with Mrs Dickey, which currency also burned in the 1759 Dickey house fire, was accompanied by affidavits from Moses Dickey and Henry Rennick.
1763: On Jan 5-1763, heirs of William Renick quit claim to Henry Renick of Paxton Twp William Renick's land, adjoined by Patrick Montgomery, Thomas Dugan, and George Flemming. Henry Renick was oldest son. Other children were Thomas of Paxton; Margaret, Alexander, and Samuel of Cumberland Co, PA; William of Frederick Co, MD; and James of Trenton, NJ. (Lancs. deeds L, 27) [Where is Sarah (Willson)? Did I skip a name or was she not mentioned?]
1766: Estate of Moses Dickey of Paxtang was inventoried 10 June 1766. It is signed by executors Agnes Dickey, William Dickey, and John Dickey, and by Thomas Rutherford, Henry Renick, and Mathew Cowden. On 13 Aug 1766, Agnes Dickey and William Dickey filed an account at Lancaster. The account made by the executors has 16 names, the first being Henry Renick. Moses Dickey, who died in Paxton Twp, now Dauphin Co, PA moved from Sadsbury Twp, Chester Co, PA to Paxton in 1749, possibly after the death of his father William Dickey.
1767: Deed M, 273 dated Nov 20-1767, shows Henry and Catharina Renick of Paxtang.
1771: In Lancaster Co, PA John Willson and William Dickey were administrators of Henry Renick (or "Rennicks" in some records). William White and Samuel Simpson were involved.
1771: Robert Clark of Upper Paxton Twp, will, mentions daughter Jane wife of Thomas Renick. Thomas Renick an executor.
1771 and 1777. Alexander Renick of Letterkenny Twp, Cumberland Co, PA made a will in January 1771 proved in July 1777 naming wife Esther and five children. Mentions his land in Westmoreland Co, PA. Executors were wife Esther and brother-in-law Robert McCamey/ McKemey (which someone has abstracted at "McKenny"). Thomas Renick and William Fulton witnessed. Deeds show Esther married next James Clark. Land in Letterkenny Twp which had been purchased by Alexander Renick ("Renwix") was sold. Esther, spelled "Easter", was named in John McCamey's 1765 will (Cumb Co, PA), where son-in-law Robert McCamey was one of the executors.
1775: Samuel Renick witnesses will of John Cowden; Cumberland Co, PA.
1777: Thomas Rennick of Paxton Twp, will, Lancaster County, PA names wife Jean (executor); children Mary, John, Jean, Margaret, Ann. Jean's 1782 will names same children; John Willson was executor. Of Paxton Twp.
1753, SC: There was one George Rennick who patented land in a part of original Anson Co, NC, on a north fork of Fishing Creek, which became Mecklenburg Co, NC; then Tryon Co, NC; then New Acquisition, Craven Co, SC; and is now in York Co, SC, in 1753, and other tracts.
By the way, I never did find the link to the Dickeys!
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