By Russell Neyman. Here is a story about my great-grandfather’s family, the Atwaters of Lockport, New York. Charles Nelson Atwater is the subject of a pending book I have written under the working title of “Shadows of the Mast.” Based on his diaries and 12 years of research in the lives of Charlie and his United States Naval Academy classmates, it chronicles “the life and times of a young American Naval Officer” in the 1880-1805 era.
Charles’ father, James, both mayor of Lockport and Superintendent of Schools. His mother, Jane Taft, was a schoolteacher and aunt of William Howard Taft, who was to become President of the United States.
The article contained in the link below, which was written by the Lockport Historical Society and published in THE LOCKPORT JOURNAL, briefly summarized each of his family.
What’s news here, and of significant interest to me, are some details about Jenny, the only surviving sister. Two other girls died in infancy I have always suspected she had a mental or physical deficiency because in all of CNA’s letters and notes the family made a point of always keeping a watchful eye on her and never leaving her alone. In the photo provided by the LHS she appears to be normal.
This article confirms that she never married and died young.
I would like to learn more about her.