The first wife was Lavena or Levena (last name unknown), who was born circa 1815 in Illinois and died in Arkansas after the 1850 census. Known children to this union were Louisa "Lou" and James H. James H. supposedly died during the Civil War in Arkansas.
After the death of his wife and son, John L. brought his daughter Lou to Texas. There she married Moses S. Richey and lived in Williamson County.
Reverend John L. Minnick married the second time to a widow with five children, Mrs. Louisa Elizabeth (Lewis) Turner, daughter of David Lewis, on 11 September 1870 in Bagdad, Texas. Shortly after their marriage, they purchased a farm of almost a hundred acres on the edge of now known Cedar Park, Texas. From this second marriage were born three children.
1. Eunavista "Euna" Minnick (1872-1973)
2. Moses Richey "Roy" Minnick (1874-1919)
3. Jasper Minnick (1875-1876)
Reverend John L. Minnick, according to Alice L. Minnick, became a Baptist minister before coming to Texas. He became a minister of the New Hope Baptist Church in Cedar Park, Texas. He joined New Hope Baptist Church by letter in February 1871. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Woodsman, Horton Moses Lodge.
Excerpt by Helen Mozelle (Smothers) Swenson, great-granddaughter of Reverend John L. & Louisa Minnick) as published in Williamson County, Texas - Its History and Its People (compiled by Jean Shroyer & Hazel Hood, published by the Williamson County Genealogical Society, Inc., Copyright 1985).