66. Reverand Francis RENEAU
(2) was born on 7 Feb 1758 in Allegheny,
PA. He died on 12 Aug 1836 in Rochester, PA. He has Ancestral File number 56CQ-4F.
He was a Minister. Francis Reno was the youngest of seven sons, and grew up
in eastern Virginia with his parents. One of the old histories of Beaver Co.
PA said that he was born in Richmond, VA, but it is more likely that he was born
in Frederick Co. which is where his parents lived, as there is no indication
his parents ever lived in Richmond. In 1767 his family moved to Washington Co.,
Pennsylvania, where Francis attended the McWilliams Latin School which was held
in a log cabin. When it came time for him to become a minister, he traveled to
Philadelphia where he was ordained as a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church
of the United States on October 28, 1792 by William White, Bishop of the church.
After his marriage to Lydia Saviers in 1784, he set out about 1799 with his wife
and six children and all their household goods in an ox cart and blazed a trail
to a spot near present-day Rochester, PA where they built a house. The Reno family
were the first recorded settlers at Rochester. He was the first Episcopal minister
west of the mountains, and preached in log cabins, barns, and groves all over
the county. He lived to be 80 years old, spending much of his live in a house
on the upland on Deer Lane, near what is known as "Stile's property".
He had long, white hair, was venerable in appearance, and loved little children
(from article entitled "The Pioneers" on Beaver Co. history).
Francis Reno served in the Virginia Militia, as documented in records of
what is now Yohagania Co., VA: "March 26, 1778 - Francis Reno produced a
commission from his Excellency the Governor appointing him Lieutenant of the
Militia which being read the said Francis came into the Court and swore into
said Commission" (Virginia Court Records in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1974,
by Boyd Crumrine). "June 24, 1778 - Court of Yohahania County, Ordered that
Francis Reno be recommended to his Excellency the Governor as a Proper Person
to serve as a Captain in the Militia in the Room of Wiliam Lee now in the Continental
He is listed in the 1790 census for Allegheny Co., PA: 2 males under 16,
3 males >= 16 yrs., and 2 females. The listing for Francis Reno in the 1800
census for Beaver Co. is 32010-21010. His name appears in the Daughters of the
American Revolution Patriot Index, which says he was a private from Pennsylvania
and that his wife's name was spelled Lydia Savers. In the 1840 census for Beaver
Co. following Francis' death, Lidia Reno is the head of household age 70-79,
with 1 male 15-19 and 1 female 15-19.
His obituary appears in an old newspaper at the Beaver Falls, PA Historical
Society: "Departed this life, on the 12th inst., the Rev. FRANCIS RENO,
aged about eighty years, who has since the year 1798 been a resident near the
town of Beaver. This venerable patriot and devoted laborer in teh Vineyard of
his great Redeemer, early emigrated with a respectable connexion of relatives
from Virginia, to the neighborhood of Pittsburg, on the waters of Chartiers,
at a time when it was necessary to carry arms for defence against the ruthless
savage, the dangers and toils of which he bore his part. Having received an education
for the Gospel ministry, and studied Divinity, in part under the instruction
of the late Dr. McMillin, D.D. about the year 1790 or '91, he attached himself
to the Episcopal Protestant Church, and soon after became a licentiate in that
body, and on the 28th October 1792, was canonically ordained by the Protestant
Episcopal Church, by the Rev. Bishop White of Philadephia. From that time he
devoted himself assiduously to his pastoral labours; he being for a long period
the only clerical gentleman in western Pennsylvania, in the branch of the church
to which he belonged. His duties were arduous and his efforts indefatigable,
in the building up of churches in various places in the country around where
he lived. He continued his labors until within a few years, when he being severely
afflicted with Rheumatic affections, and the decline of strength natural to old
age, was forced to abandon them. This devoted follower of the Divine master,
after a long life spent within the circle of an extensive connection of relatives
and acquaintances, by whom he was beloved and esteemed, and a large family of
children and a beloved and amiable wife, sunk into the arms of death, without
a sign or a groan, by whom it may have been emphatically said, "O, death,
where is thy sting! O, grave, where is thy victory?". Rev. Francis and Lydia
are buried in the Old Beaver cemetery.
He was married to Lydia Dorthy (Dolly) SEVIER (daughter of
John SEVIER and Bell JANE) on 15 Jun 1784 in Allegheny,
PA. Lydia Dorthy (Dolly) SEVIER
(1)(2) was born on 16 Dec 1764
in , Beaver, PA. She died on 23 Mar 1842 in , Beaver, PA. She has Ancestral
File number D117-W6. Reverand Francis RENEAU and Lydia Dorthy (Dolly) SEVIER
had the following children:
(2) was born on 20 Mar 1785 in Beaver Co., PA. He died on 10 Apr 1862
in Rochester, Beaver Co., PN. He has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-03.
Charles Saviers RENO(5)
(2) was born on 14 May 1789 in Beaver Co., PA. He died on 19 Jul 1847
in Beaver Co., PA. He has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-2F.
(2) was born on 30 Oct 1791 in Chartiers Creek, Alleghany Co., PA.
He died on 31 Jul 1870 in Beaver Co., PA. He has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-3L.
(2) was born on 9 Oct 1793 in Beaver Co., PA. He died on 6 Mar 1860
in Rochester, Beaver Co., PN. He has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-4R.
(1)(2) was born on 26 Dec 1795
in Beaver Co., PA. She died on 20 Oct 1822.
Thomas Thornton RENO(5)
(2) was born on 28 Jun 1800 in Beaver Co.,
PA. He died on 18 Jul 1873 in Arvada, CO. He has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-79.
Francis J. RENO(5)
(2) was born on 25 Mar 1802 in Beaver Co., PA. He died on 3 Sep 1864
in Youngstown, OH. He has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-8G.
(2) was born on 26 Apr 1804 in Beaver Co., PA. She died on 20 Feb
1807. She has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-9M.
(2) was born on 27 Feb 1804 in Beaver Co., PA. He died on 27 Dec 1880
in Mercer Co., PA. He has Ancestral File number ZLLZ-BS.