According to Mrs.Dorthy Luttrell of Texas the German Origin of the name was a tall tale made up by old William Renick of Circleville, Ohio ca 1800.William also said Bluebeard the pirate pulled the whiskers of old George who said "Hoot Mon". it is a colorful fiction.
Mrs. Luttrell and her husband owned a newspaper in New York in her younger days. She was a descendant of Rev. Hailstone Renick (Henry Renick jr) whose father was a Col. in the war of 1812 from Kentucky and older brother of my ancestor James ca 1800.Mrs.Luttrell then 90 years old gave me much of her research in 1980 when I wrote "Renick Pioneers" she said the Renick family (Named for Renwick a scottish -english border town)lived in Scotland for hundreds of years before some went to Ireland. For some reason it was fashionable to claim German heritage in that era as the "Irish" were kind of a wild lot. Later called Scots-Irish when the actual Irish came to America.
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