History of Pickaway County
and Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by
Hon. Aaron R. Van Cleaf
RENICK GULICK, a representative farmer of
Pickaway County, the owner of considerable valuable land
in Darby township, resides on his home farm of 49½
acres, which is admirably situated not farm distant from
Derby, on the Darbyville, Circleville and London
turnpike, a very important highway in this locality.
Mr. Gulick was born July 1, 1856, in Muhlenberg
township, Pickaway County, Ohio, and is a son of
Jesse and Elizabeth (Seymour) Gulick.
The Gulick family is of Welsh descent and was
established in Virginia, from which State in 1818 the
grandfather of our subject, William Gulick, came
to Pickaway County when his son Jesse was about
three years old. The latter became a farmer and a
respected citizen of Muhlenberg township. His
death occurred in 1878 at the age of 63 years, and his
burial took place on Decoration Day. During some
years of his early manhood he was in the employ of
Abel Seymour, at whose home he met employer's
cousin, Elizabeth Seymour whom he subsequently
married, the ceremony taking place on the Seymour farm.
To this union were born seven daughters and three sons,
the record being as follows: Mary, who
married Peter Merrill and died at
Florence, Alabama, in 1892; Minerva, who is the
wife of William C. Hill, of Jackson township;
Elizabeth Sidney, who married Elmer Strader;
Margaret, widow of Alexander McCord, of Grove
City, Ohio; Rachel, who married Levi Closan,
of Mount Sterling; Fannie, who married Nelson
McKinley and resides near Darby; Josephine,
unmarried, who resides at Columbus; Abel Seymour,
living on the old Seymour place in Muhlenberg
township, who married (first) Anna B. Carpenter,
of Kentucky, and married (second) Mrs. Matilda
Strader; Augustus P., a resident of Darby
township, who married Elmira Hoover, daughter of
Henry Hoover, of Robtown; and Jonathan Renick
of this sketch.
Jonathan R. Gulick was reared to agricultural
pursuits. His education was obtained in the
district schools in his native locality. He
remained on the home farm for one year after the death
of his father, then married and still remained for
another year on the homestead in Muhlenberg township.
He then rented a farm from his mother-in-law, Mrs.
Susan A. Bell, following which he bought his 76-acre
farm, taking immediate possession. After living
there for 11 years, he purchased his present home farm
and has continued here until the present. The
former farm is located southeast of his present home and
was formerly known as the John W. Bell farm.
The home farm, before it came into possession of Mr.
Gulick, was known locally as the Dave Deyo farm.
Owning to the care and good management of Mr. Gulick
and to his many substantial improvements and his
thorough methods of farming, all his property, in the
past decade, has doubled in value. Time was when
the land, all raw prairie and swamp, could be bought for
$2.50 an acre. Now it is not for sale at $150 an
Mr. Gulick carries on general farming and
stock-raising, giving especial attention to corn.
He has developed a fine strain of Norman horses on his
farm and now owns 14 head of these fine animals.
He gives the preference to Delaine Merino sheep, having
225 head and also has 50 head of hogs. He has
provided for the care of his stock by erecting a fine
windmill which connects with a notable well situated on
his farm, bringing up the finest water in the county
from a death of 104 feet. The mill is so
constructed that it furnishes power to saw his wood and
do all his grinding. In 1900 Mr. Gulick
built his handsome residence, a commodious, well planned
frame dwelling of 13 rooms, so arranged as to give
convenience and comfort to its inmates and to also
present an attractive aspect to the stranger or visitor.
For many reasons, one of these being the genial
hospitality offered, the Gulick farm is one of
note in the neighborhood.
In December, 1880, Mr. Gulick was married, a
coincidence of interest being that the ceremony took
place on the last day of the last month in the year,
uniting the last son of one family with the last
daughter of another. Mr. Gulick
married Laura Virginia Bell, who is a daughter of
John W. Bell, who was a slaveholder prior to the
Civil War. He died in Pickaway County when his
daughter was four years old. The family of Mr.
and Mrs. Bell contained seven daughters and
two sons, viz.: Agatha, Mollie, Elizabeth, Elawisa,
Rebecca, Sally, Laura Virginia, Charles and
James. Charles went to the West and was never
heard from. James married a daughter of
Alfred Taylor. Mrs. Bell and her sister met
death while driving across the railroad tracks near
Mr. and Mrs. Gulick have had two children, viz.:
Agatha Rebecca and James Earl. The
former died aged five years. James Earl Gulick,
who is a rural mail clerk, married Anna Griffin
and they reside on the home farm. Mr. and Mrs.
Gulick are well known all through the neighborhood.
Mrs. Gulick is well posted on county history in
this section and has many entertaining reminiscences of
people and events which would add interest to any
published record of the northwestern section of Pickaway
Source: History of Pickaway County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by Hon.
Aaron R. Van Cleaf. Circleville, Ohio - Publ. 1906 -