Name: George Renick
Birth: BET 1665 AND 1675 in Prob Ulster, Inniskillin, Fermanagh Co, Ireland
Death: ABT 1737 in Paxtang, Lancaster, PA
Immigration: ABT 1719 The first traceable Renick ancestor (George) came in 1719 from Enniskillen, Ulster, Ireland to Pennsylvania.
George "The Immigrant" Renick probably came from Enniskillen, Fermanagh Co, Ulster, about 1719. We don't know to whom he was married; I have guessed Margaret as a possibility. Abingdon chrch records indicate George and Margaret were in living near Philadelphia as early as 1711. ((The Renick family can be traced to the Lowlands of Scotland in the 1300s. They were not German, as one family tradition suggests.))
From Egle's N&Q, Historical and Genealogical, p. 83, we have this article: "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 [Poag??], 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." [Logan was governor of PA.] George apparently did not warrant any property, but his three sons did. Robert and Margaret Polke (Poag) apparently moved to VA without having taken any property in PA.
RENICKS IN AMERICA Family tradition which was recorded by William Renick (born 1804) in his "Memoirs, Correspondence and Reminiscences of William Renick" (Circleville, Ohio, 1880) reveals the early migration of the Renick Family to America. He said that the Renicks migrated from Germany to Scotland to escape religious persecution and that the name changed from Rinewicke to Renwick. Part of the family moved from Scotland to Colerain County, Ireland. At that time there was a father and three brothers; one brother was created a peer of the realm and agreed to purchase the land of the other two. The father and two brothers sailed to America, It is believed that the two sons were George and Thomas Renick who settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1700's (however, it seems that George came over in 1719 and Thomas in 1733, so there is a discrepancy).
It is known for sure that George was in Pennsylvania about 1719 because in a record of a land grant dated January 25, 1730-1731, it is reported that "George Renick, late of Inniskillen having about eleven years since arrived in this province . . . which would make his arrival around 1719.
Thomas' arrival date is believed to be 1733; this would be substantiated by the fact that his sons born in 1725 and 1730 were born in Ireland. At any rate, there were two Renicks (George and Thomas) in Pennsylvania by 1733, believed to be brothers, and we do know their children's names and other information about them.
George Renick was probably born in the late 1600's in Ireland. He had three sons and one daughter -- Robert, Thomas, William and Elizabeth. George and his family owned 1000 acres in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna, Sohataroe and Paxtang Rivers in 1730. George was active in a Presbyterian congregation in 1734 and helped secure the services of a minister who served the Derry and Paxtang congregations for awhile.
There is a date of death (1737) for a George Renick in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
In 1738, the original land tract in Pennsylvania was divided among Thomas, Robert and Thomas(perhaps George's brother or it could be an error and it should read William). George's daughter, Elizabeth, married Robert Polke at the Presbyterian Church in Abington, Pennsylvania on January 2, 1724. They went to Augusta County, Virginia around 1738 and had a family of nine children.
W hen the Renick brothers sold the Pennsylvania land in 1740, they apparently all went to Virginia.
Thomas had at least two sons, Samuel and George and others.
Margaret(?) b: BEF 1680
- William Renick b: BET 1700 AND 1704 in Ulster, Enniskillen, Fermanagh Co., Ireland
- Robert Renick b: 1715
- Elizabeth Renick b: 1701
- Martha Renick b: 1716
- Thomas Renick b: 1710