man Capt. Robert Renick‏‎
Born ‎1710 at Inneskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, died ‎25 Jul 1757 at Augusta, Virginia, United States He was killed in an attack by Shawnee Indians, who took his wife and children captive. A narrative of the attack, from Withers' Chronicles of Border Warfare, follows:

"In the summer of 1761, about sixty Shawnee warriors penetrated the settlements on James river. To avoid the fort at the mouth of Looney's creek, on this river, they passed through Bowen's gap in Purgatory mountain, in the night; and ascending Purgatory creek, killed Thomas Perry, Joseph Dennis and his child and made prisoner his wife, Hannah Dennis. They then proceeded to the house of Robert Renix, where they captured Mrs. Renix, (a daughter of Sampson Archer) and her five children, William, Robert, Thomas, Joshua and Betsy -- Mr. Renix not being at home. They then went to the house of Thomas Smith, where Renix was; and shot and scalped him and Smith; and took with them, Mrs. Smith and Sally Jew, a white servant girl. (There is a footnote added at this point by Lyman Copeland Draper): The name is Renick. Robert Renick, who was killed on the occasion referred to, was a man of character and influence in his day. His name appears on Capt. John Smith's company roll of Augusta militia as early as 1742; and four years later, he was lieutenant of a mounted company of August militia. Instead of 1761, the captivity of the Renick family occurred July 25, 1757, as shown by the Preston Register, which states that Renick and another were killed on that day -- Mrs. Renick and seven children, and a Mrs. Dennis captured; and the same day, at Craig's Creek, one man was killed and two wounded. The Renick traditions state that Mrs. Renick had only five children when taken; and one born after reaching the Indian towns; and corrects some other statements not properly related in Wither's narrative of the affair.) Wither's narrative continues: William and Audley Maxwell, and George Matthews, (afterwards governor of Georgia,) were then going to Smith's house; and hearing the report of the guns, supposed that there was a shooting match. But when they rode to the front of the house and saw the dead bodies of Smith and Renix lying in the yard, they discovered their mistake; and contemplating for a moment the awful spectacle, wheeled to ride back. At this instant several guns were fired at them; fortunately without doing any execution except the cutting off the club of Mr. Matthews' cue. The door of the house was then suddenly opened; the Indians rushed out and raising the war cry, several of them fired -- Audley Maxwell was slightly wounded in the arm. It appeared afterwards, that the Indians had seen Matthews and the Maxwells coming; and that some of them had crowded into the house, while the others with the prisoners went to the north side of it, and concealed themselves behind some fallen timber. Mrs. Renix, after she was restored to her friends in 1766, stated that she was sitting tied, in the midst of four Indians, who laying their guns on a log, took deliberate aim at Matthews; the others firing at the Maxwells -- The sudden wheeling of their horses no doubt saved the lives of all three. The Indians divided, and twenty of them taking the prisoners, the plunder and some horses which they had stolen, set off by the way of Jackson's river, for the Ohio; the remainder started towards Cedar creek, with the ostensible view of committing further depredations. But Matthews and the Maxwells had sounded the alarm, and the whole settlement were soon collected at Paul's stockade fort, at the Big spring near to Springfield. Here the women and children were left to be defended by Audley Maxwell and five other men; while the others, forming a party of twenty-two, with George Matthews at their head, set out in quest of the enemy. The Indians were soon overtaken, and after a severe engagement, were forced to give ground. Matthews and his party followed in pursuit, as far as Purgatory creek; but the night being very dark in consequence of a continued rain, the fugitives effected an escape; and overtaking their comrades with the prisoners and plunder, on the next evening, at the forks of the James and Cowpasture rivers, proceeded to Ohio without further molestation. When Matthews and his men, on the morning succeeding the engagement, returned to the field of battle, they found nine Indians dead; whom they buried on the spot. Benjamin Smith, Thomas Maury and the father of Sally Jew, were the only persons of Matthews' party who were killed -- these, together with those who had been murdered on the preceding day, were buried near the fork of a branch, in (what is now) the meadow of Thomas Cross, Sr. In Boquet's treaty with the Ohio Indians, it was stipulated that the whites detained by them in captivity were to be brought in and redeemed. In compliance with this stipulation, Mrs. Renix was brought to Staunton in 1767 and ransomed, together with two of her sons, William, the late Col. Renix of Greenbrier, and Robert, also of Greenbrier -- Betsy, her daughter, had died on the Miami. Thomas returned in 1783, but soon after removed and settled, on the Scioto, near Chillicothe. Joshua never came back; he took an Indian wife and became a Chief among the Miamies -- he amassed a considerable fortune and died near Detroit in 1810."
‎, 46 or 47 years

Married ‎± 1741 (approximately 16 years married) to:

woman Elizabeth Archer‏‎, daughter of Sampson Archer and N.N.‏.
Nickname: Betsy, born ‎1722 at Greenbrier (Historic), Virginia, United State, died ‎1802 at Greenbrier (Historic), Virginia, United State‎, 79 or 80 years


woman Betsy Renick‏‎
Died ‎before 1767 at British America, death cause: while a captive
man Col. William Renick‏‎
Born ‎2 Jun 1745 at Augusta, Virginia, United States, died ‎26 Mar 1815 at Greenbrier (Historic), Virginia, United State‎, 69 years
man Joshua Archer Renick‏‎
Born ‎1746 at Augusta, Virginia, United States, died ‎1810 at Fort Detroit (Historic), British America‎, 63 or 64 years
man Thomas Renick‏‎
Born ‎± 1746 at Augusta, Virginia, United States
man Capt. Robert Renick Jr.‏
Born ‎1757 at Augusta, Virginia, United States, died ‎1835 at Greenbrier (Historic), Virginia, United State‎, 77 or 78 years

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