b. 2 Oct. 1768 Ulster, N. Ireland
d. 1835 at home, Newberry Dist. S. C.
|Children (proved by her will)|
|Leah Renwick||b. 23 Mar 1794 Newberry Dist, S.C.||d. 19 Nov 1859 Lafayette Cambers Co. AL
buried Westview Cem., Lafayette, AL
|m. John Lewis Machen Dec 1815 Spartenburg, S. C.|
|Nathan Renwick, MD||b. 30 Jan 1801 Newberry Dist. S.C.||d. (1835 Benton Co., AL or 11 Nov 1867 Bastrop, LA)
|| m. Mariah T. McCreless c1830 Newberry Dist, S.C. (dau. of
George McCrelless and Eizabeth Cook dau. of Berwell Cook of Newberry
Dist, SC) (b. 1812 SC - d. Nov. 1878)
Although born in Ireland, her father moved from Scotland to flee persecution as an Anti-Burgher about 1770. In Scotland her apparent great-cousin or uncle, James Renwick, was hanged as the last martyr of the Covenants on Feb 16, 1688.
in the Newberry Co., S. C. newpaper
"Rev. John Renwick "Brought his Anti-Burgher congregation from County Antrim, Ireland to Newberry county, South Carolina in 1767-1770. Founder of King's Creek and Cannon's Creek Churches. Elizabeth his wife, buried beside him."... "John Renwick, Sr. was and Anti-Burgher pastor. In Scotland and Ireland this was of great importance. An Anti-Burgher was one who believed it was wrong for any of their number to swear the oath of office to become a Burgher (that is a town councilman) if that oath had a religious clause in it. In America, this was not so important and soon the Presbytery that was formed had both Burgher and Anti-Burgher pastors. Dr. Thomas Clark of Cedar Springs was a Burgher pastor.
P. Centennial History, John Renwick, Sr. died August 20, m 1775 at the
age" of forty years old. ... Elizabeth apparently gained some financial
success after his death as her will shows "that she owned four Negro
slaves means that she had accumulated some financial assets. She willed
one slave to Agnes, one to John and one to William. She also gave each
one a good feather bed which shows the value of feather beds. Why the
second daughter, Anne, didn't get a slave or a feather bed makes one
think that she was well provided for by her husband. Elizabeth had
cows, calves, hogs, horses, sheep and household goods.
[Newberry Co., S. C. newpaper of Friday, june 24, 1988, Women's World Section.]
Agnes came to the Colonies in 1770 being only two years old.
Although she had two children it is not known what their father's name was. Some have thought she had two children out of wedlock. One researcher theorized that she may have adopted them but no papers have been found to verify this theory. I propose that she came from a very religious family and it would have been unlikely that she maintained a good relationship with her parents and other relatives if she had had a child out of wedlock much less two children. It seems more likely that she could have married a cousin with the same last name as did happen in the Machen family. We still have no name to associate with the father.1800, US Census, Newberry Co., Series: M32 Roll: 50 Page: 91b This should be Nancy's mother with her father having died in 1775. In this census we seem to have a couple of families living together. One male 16 to 26 years of age and one male 26-45, the older one could be one of Nancy's brothers and his wife and kids. The women would have to be Elizabeth is 45+ with the two women 26-45 being Nancy and a sister-in-law. One female child would have to be Nancy's, the other male children would have to be from her brother's family or families. It surprises me that they have 4 slaves.
Census, South Carolina, Newberry Co,. Series: M252
These files are very difficult to read
witness whereof , I
have herunto set my hand and seal, this 4th day of October, A. D. 1819
Nancy Renwick (seal)
In presence of John Bauskett J. Q.
appeared John Bauskett Esq. and made oath that he was present and saw
the within instrument of writing signed and delivered for eth uses and
purposes thereiin mentioned.
Sworn to before me this 7th October 1819 John Bauskett (seal)
Y. J. Harrington
A true record made October 11th, 1819
J. Y. Harrington Register
[Deed book N., p. 68, Newberry Dist., S. C. 1819, copied by Renwick Bradley]
This inheritance continues to be in dispute. See Leah Machen's suit against Henry J. Thompson in Arkansas.
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