Person:Joshua Renick (1)

Joshua "Chief Moluntha" Renick
m. Abt. 1744
  1. Maj. William Renick1745 - 1815
  2. Joshua "Chief Moluntha" RenickABT 1746 - 1786
  3. Thomas Renick1748 - Aft 1779
  4. George Renick1748 - ABT 1748
  5. Margaret Renick1751 - aft 1795
  6. Betsy RenickABT 1753 - ABT 1757
  7. Robert Renickabt 1755 - 1828
m. ABT 1772
  1. John RenickABT 1772 -
  2. James RenickABT 1774 - 1812
Facts and Events
Name Joshua "Chief Moluntha" Renick
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1746 Augusta County, Virginia
Other[1][2] 25 Jul 1757 captured by Shawnee Indians when his father was murdered
Marriage ABT 1772 to Nonhelema "Kate" "Grenadier Squaw" Cornstalk
Alt Death? 1784 Detriot, Michigan
Death? 1786 Logan County, Ohio, USAmurdered in Logan's Raid

Historical Marker

Moluntha Logan County, On Top of Ohio Inscription: Chief Moluntha, Grand Sachem of the Shawnees, lived near this place. His wife, the Grenadier Squaw, was a sister of Chief Cornstalk. In 1786 Col. Logan destroyed the town, and Moluntha was murdered by one of the soldiers.


Note: I am beginning to enter numerous sources that have "Grenadier Squaw" married to Joshua Renick AKA Chief Maluntha. It doesn't quite add up yet because I think we have the correct birthdate - 1718 - and that would make her marriage with two children born when she was in her 50s unlikely. Perhaps her birthdate is wrong? I will continue to find sources to see if this works out. user:cthrnvl

After his father's murder, he was adopted by the Shawnee family Pucksinwah Shawnee and Marguerite Ice, the parents of Tecumseh. S1

  1. Harrison, J. Houston (John Houston). Settlers by the Long Grey Trail: Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County, Virginia, and Their Descendants of the Family of Harrison and Allied Lines. (Dayton, Virginia : J.K. Ruebush Co., 1935).

    "According to the Preston Register, July 25, 1757, Robert Renick and Thomas Moon at "Fork of James River" were killed, and Mrs. Renick and seven children, and a Mrs. Denis were taken prisoner."

  2. Harlow, Benjamin Franklin. The Renicks of Greenbrier. (Lexington, Virginia: B.F. Harlow, 1951).

    Excerpt:"Joshua Renick . . . did not come back from captivity except for a short visit to relatives in Greenbrier. Waddell, quoting Dr. Draper in some unpublished notes, states on p. 165 that on arriving at the Indian towns on the Sciota the prisoners were divied among their captives and scattered. Joshua was taken to Piqua, reared in the family of Tecumseh's parents, and after the birth of Tecumseh he was the companion of that celebrated Indian and his brother the Prophet. Draper states that the family traditions were related to him by William Renick of Greenbrier, son of Robert Renick who was born in captivity. Joshua Renick took an Indian wife and became a chieftain among the Miamis. E. I. Renick says he died in 1783, but Draper says he died in Detroit in 1784, after amassing a fortune there. Two sons:

    III.1B. John Renick, of whom we have no record--age 12 at the death of his father.
    III.2B. James (Logan) Renick, who changed his name to Logan for his benefactor, Gen. Benjamin Logan, who took him to Kentucky and taught him to read and write. He carved his initials, J.L., on many trees in Ohio after his return there. He lost his life in a fight with a party of British Indians on the banks of the Maumee in November 1812. Claude Feamster tells me (B.F.H.) that a relative of his met Logan Renick in Canada in Nov. 1812, and that Logan sent messages to his relatives in Greenbrier. Dr. Draper says that before his death he had maintained familiar relations with the Renick of the Sciota Valley, who were relatives of his, tho not descended from any ot the captives. Excerpt of a letter dated at Camp Delaware, O. Nov. 9, 1812, from Maj. Jas. William Mathews to Dr. John Mathews, Atty-at-law, Greenbrier County, Va. (now W. Va.): 'I this morning got acquainted with Capt. Logan Renick. He is a very genteel man and speaks the English very well. I am told he is very rich. He lives in the Shawnee Nation, and is very much respected by the white people of this State. It is said he is a man of honor and may be depended upon. He asked very friendly for his relations in Greenbrier. He is very polite. He is very fond of horses and cattle. It is said he carries on a large farm. He desires to be remembered to his uncles in the county.' " Excerpt compiled by Ralph Jenkins at Genforum

  3.   Roosevelt, Theodore. The winning of the West. (G.P. Putnam's sons).