Last updated 1 Aug 2017


PURPOSE: to facilitate easy comparison between lines from different Renz or Rentz family groups by listing simplified versions of family trees. When DNA results are also available (see Y-results page), patriarchs are grouped into a lineage when 2 or more males match at a minimum level of 23/25 markers, e.g. Lineage 1, below.

FORMAT:  The goal is to provide simplified versions of a family tree so as to offer a quick visual snapshot of the descendent lineage. Because this project originated when only Y-DNA testing was available, males were the focus. However, with the advent of autosomal DNA testing, it is now important to include in this “patriarch” list the first female descendent in a line where genetic matches from autosomal tests have been confirmed. Thus, people who match should be able to locate the correct tree. Included with the name of the earliest known female ancestor is her spouse and U.S. location, when known.

WHO SHOULD SUBMIT A PEDIGREE:  We highly encourage submissions of any genealogy list of males bearing the surname Renz or Rentz. Lists of males bearing surnames with variant spellings are also welcomed. Persons submitting a patriarch lineage might also consider submitting a DNA sample, though this is not required for pedigree posting. Similarly, anyone who has submitted DNA test results to this project is strongly encouraged to submit their patriarch lineage. Comparing DNA results with a patriarch lineage provides the most complete picture. All patriarch lines should be submitted to the project administrator according to the directions at the bottom of this page.


Genetically Confirmed Lineages
2 or more males matching at a minimum of 23/25 Y-DNA markers)

Lineage 1- Emmingen (Nagold), Kreis Calw (Karlsruhe), Baden-Württemberg

Y-DNA Haplogroup R-M512 (R1a1a)

(R-3 and R-8 match at 34/37)

Pedigrees in this lineage and spelling of surname as Rentz or Renz are as confirmed in

Ortssippenbuch Nagold 2 für den Stadtteil Emmingen Kreis Calw, Teil 2: Stadtteil Emmingen, 1560-1920

Northeast U.S. Branch

Jacob (1) Rentz, m. Ursula Unknown, abt. 1565

Jacob (2) Rentz, b. c 1567;   m. Agnes Coder in Emmingen

Martin Rentz, b. 6 Nov 1601; m. Barbara Naigling in Emmingen

        Michael Rentz, b. 17 Dec 1632; m. Catharina in Emmingen

                Martin Renz, b. 21 May 1655; m. Anna Maria Eyting in Unterjettingen

                        Jacob Renz, b. 14 Apr 1682; m. Christina Roller in Ebhausen

                                Elisabeth Renz, b. 5 Mar 1707; m. Johann Georg Teufel in Emmingen  [confirmed autosomal DNA matches within this branch]

                                Christina Renz, b. 27 Feb 1710; m. Johann Jacob PLATZ (Platts) on 7 Oct 1732 in Emmingen. Immigrate 1751 to SC
[confirmed autosomal DNA matches within this branch]

                                Eva Renz, b. 5 Apr 1716; m. Michael Hauff              [confirmed autosomal DNA matches within this branch]

Bernhard Rentz, b. 24 Apr 1610 in emmingen; m. Eva Schaeffer in Bavaria

                Anna Maria Rentz, b. 1671; m. Burkhardt KONRAD on 25 Feb 1696 in Bavaria          [confirmed autosomal DNA matches within this branch]

Hanß (Johannes) Rentz, b 15 Aug 1617;  m. Catharina Rentz in Emmingen

Hanß (“Jung”) Rentz, b. bet. 1637 -1640, Emmingen;  m. Anna Roller

Johann Renz, b. abt. 8 Mar 1671, Emmingen;  m. Agneß Nästlin

Michael Renz, b. 27 Sep 1698, Emmingen;  m. Magdalena Keller

Christian Renz, b. 26 Dec 1732, Emmingen;  m. Anna Osswald

Christian (2) Renz, b. 13 Jul 1767, Emmingen;  m. Catharina Merk (Moerike)

Christian (3) Renz, b. 9 Apr 1805, Emmingen;  m. Magdalena Braun

Johann Martin Renz, b. 16 Apr 1837, Emmingen; m. Fredereka Haug in Hudson Co., NJ (1864)

Frederick Renz, b. 1865, Hudson Co., NJ

William Renz, b. 1870, Hudson Co., NJ

John Frederick Renz, b. 2 Sep 1873, Hudson Co., NJ

Johann Michael (1) Renz, b. 17 Jul 1832, Emmingen;  m. Katharina Rauschenberger

Johann Michael (2) Renz, b.27 Dec 1867, Emmingen; m. Katharine Saur, immigrated to Hudson Co., NJ (1894)

Charles William Renz, b. 19 Nov 1896, North Bergen, NJ;  m. Gertrude Agnes Merritt

Charles William Renz, Jr., b. 15 Jul 1920, NYC; m. Ida Maria Cerú - R-3


Southeast U.S. Branch

Michael Rentz, b. 1535;  m. Anna

Burkhard Rentz, b. abt. 1558, Emmingen;  m. Magdelena Rehm

Conrad Rentz, b. 20 Dec 1586, Emmingen;  m. Catharina Unknown

Georg Rentz, b. 9 Feb 1617, Emmingen;  m. Christina Unknown

Georg (Jerg) Rentz, b. 19 Feb 1646, Emmingen;  m. Christina Nästlin in Ebhausen (Kreis Calw, Württemberg)

Michael Rentz, b. 5 Sep 1688, Ebhausen;  m. Christina Braun

Johann Georg Rentz, b. 24 Mar 1720;  m. Catharina Maier (Majer) in Emmingen; immigrate to SC (1750; see OSB 840)


Hanß Jerg Rentz (a.k.a. JOHANN GEORG), b. 25 Mar 1745, Emmingen; ;m, Margaret Brown

Jacob George Rentz, b. abt. 1770, Colleton, SC;  m. 1st, Lucy Polk

                                                                                         m. 2nd, Hannah Margaret Kalcher (1768)

Jacob Rentz, b. 1787, Colleton, SC;  m. Rebecca Varn

Susannah Rebecca Rentz, b. 1820, Walterboro, SC; m. Hardy O’QUINN

Ann Elizabeth (Nancy) Rentz, b. 1823, Colleton, SC; m. Isaac Oliver POLK

Aaron Jacob Rentz, b. 4 Nov 1824, Surrency, GA;  m. Susanna Georgianna Polk

Berry Rentz, b. 1 Nov 1847, Colleton, SC;  m. Susan Elizabeth Bishop

Obediah Berry Rentz, b. 8 Oct 1876, Barnwell, SC;  m. Marian Rose McKenzie

Roderick Lawrence Rentz, b. 3 May 1900, Hampton, SC;  m. Jessie Binn Minick

Roderick Lawrence Rentz, b. 18 Sep 1921, GA;  m. Ruth Stone - R-8

Jacob Rentz, b. 22 Oct 1828, Colleton, SC;  m. Priscilla Pellum

Sarah Rentz, b. 1858, Colleton, SC; m. Martin Terry R-14

Aaron E. Rentz, b. Apr 1856, Colleton, SC; m. Gatsey S. Wilson

Charles Henry Rentz, b. 6 Sep 1891, Colleton, SC; m. Minnie Etta Sineath    

Nonnie Virginia Rentz, b. 14 Dec 1913

Mary Rentz, b. 1830, Colleton, SC; m. Unknown (son adopted her surname)

William Solomon Rentz, b. 15 March 1854, Colleton, SC;  m. Clifton Cora Ruth

William Harrell Rentz, b. 8 Feb 1891, Varnville, SC;  m. Elizabeth Miller R-7

George Washington Rentz, b. 1832, Colleton, SC

            Anna Catherine Rentz, b. 17 Nov 1858, Broxton, SC; m. Francis Mears POLK RAN-3

[confirmed autosomal DNA matches among two branches]

Anna Catharina Rentz, b. 2 Nov 1746 m. Johann Jacob PLATZ [Platts] (b. 1738) in Emmingen

Simon Rentz, b. 9 Jan 1749, Emmingen; m. Mary Swan in Orangeburg District, SC

Olive Rentz, b. 14 Apr 1795, Barnwell, SC; m. Joseph Peters, LA

Charles Frederick Rentz, b. 1805, Colleton, SC; m. Elizabeth Jane Varn

        Jacob George Rentz, b. 1832, Colleton, SC; m. Mary E. Hunter

              Josephine Rentz, b. 1860, Colleton, SC; m. Jacob George Rhoad

Margaret Rentz, b. Jan 1794; m. Jacob W. Hughes     [confirmed autosomal DNA matches among two branches]

Samuel, b. 1796, Barnwell, SC; m. Elizabeth  Rice

Simon Peter, b. 2 Oct 1834, Lowndes, GA; m. Esther Hughes

Artemus, b. 14 Jan 1860, Lowndes, GA; m. Isabella Howell

Viola (Ola) Rentz, b. 13 Jan 1882, Berrion, GA; m. John Lunsford McCRANIE

Peter Rentz, b. 1755, Barnwell, SC; m. Mary <Smith?>

Charles Rentz, b. 29 Mar 1788; m. Ann Catherine Bamberg

        Peter William Rentz, b. 6 Sep 1815, Barnwell, SC; m. Eleanor Hiers

            Elizabeth S. Rentz, b. Feb 1854, Colleton; m. John Abraham WestburY

        Benjamin Rentz, b. 1847, Baker GA; m. Mary Francis Dixon

Isaac Rentz, b. 1795; m. Keziah Kirkland

                Sarah Kirkland Rentz, b. 28 Oct 1832, Barnwell, SC; m. William Henry Ayer

Jacob Rentz, b. 1 Nov 1834, Barnwell, SC; m. Matilda Catherine Kinard

                        Mary Susannah Rentz, b. 10 Jun 1869, Barnwell, SC; m. Joseph Perry O’Quinn (Anna’s line)

                Uzziah Rentz, b. c. 1836, Barnwell, SC; m. Sarah E. Chassereau

Joshua Thomas Rentz, b. 1798, Barnwell, SC; m. Anna Hiers (b. 1810)

        Adam Rentz, b. 14 Jun 1829, Lee County, GA; m. 1st, Annie Louisa Wren; m. 2nd [?] Kirsey

                Carlos James Rentz, b. 1855, Baker Co. GA; m. Mattie Ann Scarborough

                        Lawrence Byron Rentz, b. 10 Mar 1884, Columbus, GA; m. 1st, Nina Allen; m. 2nd Mattie Ellen Fay

                                Wanda Rae Rentz, b. 9 Feb 1928, Cecil, AK R-18

Christina Catherina Rentz, b. 29 Oct 1751, Orangeburg, SC; m. Matthew FENDER (b. 1741)



Lineage 2 – South Carolina/Georgia

Haplogroup I-M253 (I1)

(R-2 and R-9 match at 36/37)

Researchers have attempted to connect John Route Rentz and ancestors with other Rentz families from the Colleton, GA area. However, Y-DNA test results would not support such a connection. At issue is the fact that members of the confirmed Lineage 1 belong to Y-DNA haplogroup R1a1, while the group with confirmed origins to John Alexander Rentz belong to the Y-DNA haplogroup I1. We encourage researchers from both haplogroups to engage more male participants and to share primary source documentation for their particular family trees.

Johann Georg Rentz (a.k.a. HANß JERG), b. 25 Mar 1745, Emmingen;  m. Margaret Brown in Ebenezer GA (see lineage above)

John Route Rentz, b. 1766, Colleton Co., SC;  m. Lucy Polk ?? Link to previous persons unconfirmed

George Rentz, b. 1792, Colleton, GA; m.  Eliza Louise Everett

John Alexander Rentz, b. 1815, GA;  m. Josephine Blackshear Moore on 12 Apr 1842

George Scott Rentz, b. 10 Jun 1843, Thomasville, GA;  m. Martha Ward Scott

Mabel Claire Rentz, b. 1876;  m. Robert Wortham Waddell  Terry Barton

George Ward Rentz, b. 1881, Bosqueville, TX; m. Barbara Talbert

Albert Ward Rentz, b. 21 Apr 1908, China Spring, TX; m. Sarah Catherine Boyd – R6, and R-9

                                George Stanley Rentz, b. 29 Jan 1938, McLellan Co., TX

Thomas Hugh Rentz, b. Mar 1847, Houston Co., GA;  m. Sallie P. Bunn

Clara Louise Rentz, b. Nov 1891, GA;  m. Loy Edmund Rast

Henry Bunn Rentz, b. 1867, Houston Co., GA;  m. Fannie Weston Kendrick

Arthur B. Rentz, b. 20 Jul 1897, Emanuel, GA;  m. Rosa Emma Bennett - R-2



U.S. Pedigrees (genetically unconfirmed)

Dußlingen, Kreis Tübingen (Tübingen), Baden-Württemberg

Haplogroup R-U106 (R1b1b2)

Hans Renz, b. abt. 1615;  m. Regina Vollmer - Virginia Renz Higgins [Surnames AT]

Johann Renz, b. 1638, Dußlingen;  m. Anna Guelden

Hans David Renz, b. 6 Feb 1668/9, Dußlingen;  m. Barbara Klett

Johann Jakob Renz, b. 12 Nov 1700, Dußlingen;  m. Barbara Durr

Balthasar Renz, b. 20 Jan 1745/46, Dußlingen;  m. Anna Maria Schlauch

Jakob Renz, b. 7 Aug 1777, Dußlingen;  m. Christina Herrmann

Johann Georg Renz, b. 26 May 1808, Dußlingen;  m. Agnes Mohl

Adam Renz, b. 31 Jul 1845, Dußlingen;  m. Louise Jung in Oßweil, Württemberg; immigrated to NYC, 1869

Adam Georg Renz, b. 2 Oct 1873, NYC;  m. Franziska Forstner - R-4


Budzynek, Lodz, Poland

Haplogroup I-P37 (I-M423)

Gottlieb Renz, b. 13 Jan 1841 in  Budzynek,Lodz,Polenm m. Justine Werner

August Renz, b. 10 Feb. 1864 in  Janow/ Gouv. Warschau, Mittelpolen, m. Anna Susanna Rieder

        Eduard Renz, b. 17 Feb. 1900 in  Neudorf/ Kr. Lutzk, Wolhynien; d. 1993 in Shelby (Richland), Ohio - R-11


Burladigen, Zollernalbkreis (Tübingen), Baden-Württemberg

Haplogroup R-M269

Norbert Renz, m. Monika Deibold on 22 Jul 1795, Hausen Im Killertal (Burladigen), Hohenzollern, Prussia, Christopher Renz [cjrenzop AT]

Leo Renz, b. 1809 in Hausen Im Killertal, Hohenzollern, Prussia;  m. Mary Schmid; immigrated abt. 1853 to Naugatuck, CT. Founder of Renz Shear Shop (1873), which was later incorporated in 1882 as the Renz Hardware Co., then as the Acme Shear Co. (Bridgeport, CT)

Robert Renz, b. 1840, Hausen Im Killertal, Prussia; imm. abt. 1853; m. Clarina (Clara) Huntington in Naugatuck, CT

Robert Renz, b. Jul 1860, NJ; m. Sally in Dawson Co., MT

Charles H. Renz, b. Feb 1894, Dawson, MT; m. Bonnie Edeline

David B. Renz, b. 1902, Dawson, MT; m. Emma Culbertson

Frank Renz, b. 1904, Dawson, MT

married second Sophia Clifford

Robert H. Renz, b. 15 Mar 1917, Dawson, MT

Henry Renz, b. 12 Jul 1876, Naugatuck, CT; m. Mary Noonan

Charles Renz, b. 1904, Bridgeport, CT

Henry Renz, b. 1905, Bridgeport, CT; m. Louise Tierney

Frederick Renz, b. 1906, Bridgeport, CT

Robert Renz, b. 1911, Bridgeport, CT

William Renz, b. 1915, Bridgeport, CT

Harold Renz, b. 1918, Bridgeport, CT

Andrew Renz, b. May 1845, Hausen Im Killertal, Prussia; imm. abt. 1853; m. Harriett A. Woodig in Naugatuck, CT

Mitchell Renz, b. Jun 1849, Hausen Im Killertal, Prussia; imm. abt. 1853; m. Eliza Payne in New Britain, CT

Bertha (Alberta M.) Renz, b. 1874, Fairfield, CT; m. James E. Conger in CT

Edith Renz, b. 1874, Fairfield, CT; m. first Ed Warr, 12 Feb 1901 in Putnam, FL;  m. second, Charles Meloy in FL

married second Belle Wilmot in St. Augustine, FL; simultaneous residences in Fairfield (Putnam), FL and Washington, DC

married third Ella Hardy (widow, nee Richbourg/Richberg) in Mobile, AL

Leo Andrew Renz, b. 7 Jan 1902, Escambia Co., AL, m. Margaret Robards

Leo Andrew Renz, b. 16 Apr 1926, Mecklenburg Co., NC  R-12



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