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Renick Family Papers

Identifier: UA 5.350

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Content Description

The Renick Family papers include farm account books, newspaper clippings, obituaries, genealogical materials, photographs, correspondence, and artificats documenting the lives of the Renick Family. Family members documented include Dewey Campbell Renick, Fern Cooley Renick, Jean Renick, and Dewey C. Renick Jr.

The farm account book, circa 1942-1962, includes accounts of Kings Mill Farm (Thomas M. Brooks), Carter’s Grove Farm, Evelynton Plantation, Kings Mill Dairy Farm (operated by David and E. E. Falk; later Anheuser-Busch’s Kingsmill development), and P. M. Greisenauer. The entries are in alphabetical order.

The collection also includes papers concerning the organization of the Dewey C. Renick Endowment for scholarships at William & Mary. Clippings concern the Renick family including Dewey C. Renick’s civic career as well as his involvement in negotiations to bring Anheuser-Busch to Williamsburg and the giving of a Clydesdale horse to the Renick farm.


  • Creation: Circa 1900-2007


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Biographical / Historical

Dewey Campbell Renick was a farmer, lumberman, appraiser and developer from Calloway, Va. (Franklin County). He was born on February 17, 1898 and moved to Williamsburg, Virginia to attend the William and Mary Academy and work at the Williamsburg Female Institute. Renick was a member of the James City County Planning Commission from 1954-1971, a member of the James City County School Board for 25 years (chair for 15 years) and a member of the county school trustee electoral board. Renick was also a rent control administrator in Williamsburg during World War II and was involved with establishing the Tidewater Mental Health Clinic and Williamsburg Memorial Park. He was a member of the board of Williamsburg Community Hospital and a director of the United Virginia Bank. He died 1 August 1976. The Renick farm was at the intersection of News Road and Ironbound.

Fern Amelia Cooley Renick was born in South Dakota on July 7, 1897 and came to Williamsburg with her family at the age of two. She attended Farmville State Teacher’s College (now Longwood University). She and her husband were active in the Jamestown Presbyterian Church.

Along with George Tayloe Ross, she established the Dewey C. Renick Memorial Scholarship at the College of William and Mary. She died on June 18, 1992.


14.36 Linear Feet (20 boxes)




The collection is arranged into six series including: Series I. Dewey Campbell Renick papers, 1923-1981, Series II. Fern Amelia Cooley Renick papers, 1950-1992, Series III. Dewey C. Renick Jr. papers, Circa 1930-1945, Series IV. Jean Renick papers, 1933-1953, Series V. Personal papers, Circa 1900-2006 and Series VI. Printed materials, 1939-2007.

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid formerly identified as Mss. Acc. 2010.308.

Guide to the Renick Family papers
William & Mary Special Collections Research Center staff
2023 June
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository