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A tribute to Renick research.
Posted by: Tom Renick (ID *****8123) Date: May 11, 2006 at 11:55:51
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A short tribute to Mrs.Augusta Merrill and Mrs. Dorthey Luttrell descendants of Col Henry Renick of Barren county Kentucky and the war of 1812
When I was just starting to research my Renick family history in 1979 (this was before the internet) I found a book my Great Grandfather b.1837 had written and in his biography he mentioned his parents and grandparents. In addition I found a copy of the “Greenbrier Renick” book in the possession of Mack Renick here in Florida. His father had purchased the book just because it had his last name but neither he nor Mack had researched its contents. After we inspected the “Greenbrier” book we determined that neither Mack nor myself were close relatives of that branch. Mack is from the Circleville Ohio Bunch and I am from the Barren County bunch. Of course they all link up back in Virginia, Maryland or Pennsylvania as you go back in time.
Starting from ground zero we soon were spending nights in the Library researching when we found a Kentucky book written about 1920. This book made a connection with two distant relatives of mine, a Brother and Sister (Frank and Mary) both children at the time the book was written. I called information for Munfordville Kentucky and lo and behold these two charming old folks had returned to the family home after retirement. Neither one ever married. We Visited them and other distant kin who had a little family history but none had done any research. Mary however gave me the name of Mrs. Augusta Merrill of Independence, Missouri who was doing genealogy at that time.
I called Mrs Merrill several times and she gave me a lot of information which linked me back to Thomas 1733 of Pennsylvania. She also put me in contact with Mrs.Dorthey Luttrell in Austin Texas who was a cousin of hers. Both of these ladies were elderly at that time and had researched the Renick line and others for years. Mrs Luttrell said all of the Renick clan date back to George who arrived in Pennsylvania ca.1719 from Enniskillin ,Ireland.It is still not clear if Thomas mentioned above was a son or brother of George Renick or if they were both sons of an older George. Major General Rodrick Renick who had my booklet and was on active duty at that time in San Antonio got to visit with Mrs.Luttrell in Austin, Rod called me to say how much he enjoyed his visit and he was amazed that Dorthey still was able to read without glasses!. These folks have all passed away but were a great help in contributing to the “Pioneer Renick” book. I think most of their research has long been lost.


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