When we were researching the Renicks in the late 1970's, we found several "myths" that had been handed down verbally or even printed, such as the Renicks were originally the Wicks who lived on the Rhine River and migrated to Scotland.Another descendant said she knew someone (who knew someone etc.) who had taken a cruise on the Rhine and saw a Renick Castle.
In 1880, William Renick (born 1804) of Circleville, OH published his "Memoirs, Correspondence & Reminiscences of William Renick" and said the Renicks migrated from Germany to Scotland to escape religious persecution and changed the name from Rinewicke(?) to Renwick.He said part of the family moved from Scotland to Colerain Co, Ireland.He said 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. He also told a story about the Renick brothers fighting Blue Beard the pirate on the way, etc. etc.
It makes for fun reading, but we never came across any link from the Scottish Renwicks back to Germany or the Irish Renicks back to Scotland.The first Renick we found in America was George.In a land grant dated January 25, 1730/1731 it says "George Renick, late of Inniskillen (Ireland), having about eleven years since arrived in this province."There was also a Thomas in America in 1733 with sons born in 1725 & 1730 in Ireland.
We suspected, but never proved, that these Renicks were in fact Scotch-Irish & were in some way connected to James Renwick, the Scottish martyr.James had no children, so any connection would have been in some other way.