Thursday, January 28, 2016

Renick Heath and Heathsville

Robinson Constitution researched by D Foote
 While technically not in Lawrence County, we thought the readers might enjoy hearing about Renick Heath and Heathsville, located on Rt 33, 5.5 miles East of Flat Rock in Crawford Co, IL

MARCH 7, 1894
Renick Heath, one of the pioneer settlers of Crawford County, died Thursday March 1st, at his home in Russellville, Ill., after an illness of a few days. 

Deceased was born in Virginia, July 15, 1804, and came to this county when a young man and entered land on which he spent a greater part of his life. January 4th, 1820 he was married to Malinda Baker, with whom he journeyed for more than three score years, until her death April 25, 1887. To them were born twelve children, four of whom survive: Benton, somewhere in Kansas; Asahel, in southwest Missouri; Renick at Kansas City and Rachel Hodge, of Russellville. The latter being the only one at the funeral. Grandchildren and great grandchildren are numbered by the score, and one great great grand child, all scattered over the north and west.

 December 1888, he married a widow some years younger than himself, who has since been a companion and helper, and survives him. 

Away back in the forties he was made Postmaster of an office called Vernon and was station agent for the stage line; many of our older citizens have stopped at the "Inn" as a sign post proclaimed it to be. The P.O. and stage line were discontinued about the time of the civil war. In 1871 or '72 the post office was re-established with the name of Heathsville with him as P.M., which office he held until his removal to Russellville.

 He served as a corporal in the Black Hawk war in 1832 and was granted a pension about a year ago for such service. 

He was strictly temperate all of his life, never using whisky or tobacco in any form, and was always opposed to taking medicine of any kind.In politics he was an old time Democrat of the Jackson kind and never failed to exercise his right of suffrage at every election, and on Saturday before his death he went to the polls to vote for the  men of his choice before the county primary. During the memorable contest of 1876-7 the writer remembers how his face would light up with joy when the news would come, that "another county heard from" had gone Democrat. He said he desired to live to see one more Democrat elected President, and when Cleveland was elected in '81 no one was happier than "Uncle Renick" as he was familiarly called. 

He was for more than three score years and ten a member of the Predestination Baptist church and at the last, bowed his head, crowned with the glory of gray hairs, and said "Thy will be done."

Signed by G.M.F. (Ed Note-the researchers don't know who G.M.F. was.)