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George Renick - Progenitor of the Renicks of the USA
Posted by: Betty Renick (ID *****8123) Date: February 07, 2009 at 07:04:01
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We are starting to gather information again from a variety of sources to try to complete another booklet on the Renicks in America.

This is information on the first George, believed to have been born in Ulster Ireland and to have come to America sometime in the early 1700's with his 3 sons Robert, William and Thomas and daughter Elizabeth. It is unknown if he had a wife at that time or was a widower.

It appears that George Renick may have been in America by 1714.

In 1714, in early records of the inception of the Abington Presbyterian Church of now Philadelphia PA, are the names of 3 Renicks - George, Margaret and Sarah - all spelled Rennick. There is no indication of relationships between George and Margaret and Sarah. George's wife has been named as Margaret, which is possible, but we have found no documentation of this information.

Internet information regarding the history of the church:

Founded in 1714 . . . Abington Presbyterian Church is the third oldest Presbyterian church in Montgomery County. . . Seventy hearty pioneers banded together in a primitive settlement to unite in the worship of God. For their leader and pastor they selected one of their number, Rev. Malachi Jones, then 63 years of age. . . For the first fifteen years succeeding the formation of the ongregation, Mr. Jones performed the duties of pastor. It was in his home on the east side of York Road that 70 people adopted and signed the following - with the 3 Rennicks listed.

"In the Township of Abington, year 1714, we whose names are underwritten have engaged ourselves to be Ye Lord's, and do hereby engage ourselves to Ye Lord and to one another to unite in a Church-State according to rule God gave in His word to direct His church in all the duty required toward God, ourselves and toward all men. The Lord please to aid and direct us."

This small congregation held its services in the home of Malachi Jones until 1719 when Mr. Jones sold to the trustees one half acre of his farm "to build a House for the Publick Worship of God And also a place for Burying the Dead." Work on the church building began at once. It is believed that this first church was built of logs because of the desire to build quickly. We do know the church was located in the center of the Burying Ground - the Abington Cemetery that we know today. Malachi Jones served the church for 15 years and it was well established by the time of his death in 1729.

1728 - William Renick and his wife, brother-in-law, Robert Polke, father George and wife, and Henry Jamison were excommunicated from the Abingdon Church by Rev Malachi Jones. It is not clear the reason for the dismissal. It is possible because they had relocated.

From Egle's Notes &Queries, Historical and Genealogical, p. 83.:

"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
Lett him begin on Susquehanna at least two miles above Soharatoe, running a proper distance back, and he may take in any settlement that is only begun and not actually inhabited. J.L."

By 1730 George is listed in a Presbyterian congregation which served Derry and Paxtang near Harrisburg PA. By 1734 George was active in the Derry and Paxtang Presbyterian Congregations, and there is a record of him helping secure the services of a minister.

From a presentation by William Henry Egle at the 150th anniversary of the founding of the churches and mentions George Renick:

"On the 11th of October, 1732, the Presbytery of Donegal was constituted out of a portion of the Presbytery of New Castle. The meeting was held at Donegal church. The ministers present were, Messrs. Anderson, Thomson, Boyd, Orr, and Bertram, Mr. Thomson was elected moderator, and Mr. Bertram clerk. The first item of business brought before the new Presbytery of Donegal was in relation to Paxtang and Derry. These churches having united in a call to the Rev. William Bertram, which had been placed in his hands at the last meeting of the then "old" New Castle Presbytery. George Renick and others of Paxtang and Derry appeared and required an answer thereto. Mr. Bertram accepted, and was installed November 15, 1732."

George Renick died some time before February 6, 1737/38 as indicated by the bond to begin settling his estate.

"Know all men by these present that we, Robert Renick, William Renick and John Black all of the County of Lancaster and province of Pennsylvania are hereto and firmy bound unto Peter Evans, Register General fo rthe Probate of wills and Granting Letters of Administration in and for the province of Pennsylvania and the County of New Castle, Kent and Sussex Deleaware in the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds, lawful money of the said province to be paid to the S. Peter Evans or his lawfull attorney, executors, administrators or assigns to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally, firmly by these present, selaed with our selas and dated the sixth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty seven.

The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Robert Renick, Administrator of all and singular the goods, rights and credits of George Renick, deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular, the goods, chattel and credits of the s. deceased, which have or shall come to the hand, possession or knowledge of the said Robert Renick or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him and th esame, so made to exhibit or cause to be exhibited unto the Registers office in the county of Lancaster, at or before the sixth day of March, next ensuing, and the same goods, chattels and credits of the deceased at the time of his death or which at any time hereafter shall come to the hands of the s Robert, or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons, for him to well and truly administer according to law and further do make or cause to be made a true and just account of his said administration at or before the sixth day of February, which shall be in the year of our Lord 1738 and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels and credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators account, the same being first examined and allowed of by the Orphans Court of the S. County shall deliver and pay to such persons respectively as the Court by its decree or sentence shall limit and and appoint and if it shall hereafter appear that any last will or testament was made byt the s deceased and the executor or executor herein named do exhibit the same into the said office making request to have it allowed and approved of accordingly if the said Robert Renick being hereunto required to render and deliver up the s administration approbation of such testment being first had in the said office then this obligation to be void or else to be and remain in full force and virtue.

Robert Renick, John Black, William Renick

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Hugh Forance, Sa. Boinston

Regarding the references to New Castle and Kent: From 1687 to 1704 New Castle and Kent were part of PA. In 1704 those portions and Deleware became independent from PA. In 1729 the western portion of Chester County became Lancaster County, PA. In 1784 Montgomery County was formed from Philadelphia County, PA


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