I read the letters of NH with great pleasure.I became very curious to figure out how Mrs Carrie Prentiss was our cousin.
It appears she is a GG Grandaughter of Derick Aten and Adrianche Longstreet.
Her G Grandparents are Judick Aten and 2nd hus., John Butler.
Her Grandparents are Adaveneke Butler and John Mac Kay.
Her parents are Sarah Mac Kay and Chancey St John.
She married Roderick Prentiss in 1863 and he died at a sea battle of the Civil War.
exerpt: The rebels now opened from the guns of the water batteries, eight inch guns and Armstrong rifles, which being on a level with the ships, did fearful execution.The Monongahela was struck many times, and Lieutenant Prentiss (Roderick), their executive officer, had his right leg torn off by a whole shell, and Captain Mullany (J. R. M.), of the Oneida, lost an arm in the same way.The latter vessel was struck by a heavy shell, which, having penetrated completely through the chain armor and side of the vessel, exploded in her starboard boiler, instantly filling her engine and fire-rooms with steam.Every one of the fire-room gang was disabled, many being instantly killed by inhaling the vapor, and some of the bodies presented the ghastly spectacle of white bones from which the flesh had been stripped by the boiling steam.The vessel was disabled and was towed in by her consort, the Galena, nevertheless keeping her guns going steadily.A two hundred pounder shell, on its upward ricochet from the water, struck the port sill of the Lackawanna under the three hundred pounder rifle and killed and wounded one half of its crew, including Lieutenant McCarty (S. A.), who was struck by a flying splinter and badly hurt.The shell then went overboard through the foremast without exploding.The other vessels got their fair share of attention from the enemy, but were not disabled.
The desc of Carrie's brother, Newton, Orline Alexander wrote the St John history found online....this I saw on worldconnect Abbrev: The St. John Genealogy Title: The St. John Genealogy: Descendants of Matthias St. John of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1634, of Windsor, Connecticut, 1640, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1643 -1645, and Norwalk, Connecticut, 1650 Author: Orline St. John Alexander Publication: The Grafton Press Genealogical Publishers New York MCMVII Date: 1907 Text: Text available on-line at On-Line Collections at BYU