THOMAS HENRY MOCK SR
Thomas Henry Mock Sr --Parents
Eva M. Renell
Thomas Henry Mock Jr.
Arthur Leroy Mock
Charles Loren Mock
Stephan Myles Mock
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In 1866 the Sailing Schooner Waterwitch captained by Thomas Mock, who had on board his family, his wife and three children, and a crew of two sailors was sailing north from Port Henry on April 26th when she began to sink. The vessel sank so quickly that the small tender boat could not be launched and all onboard were soon struggling to survive in the frigid April lake water. It is certain that but for their timely rescue by another lakeman, Captain Edward Eaton from Essex, New York, all would have been lost. Tragically, the shipwreck took the life of the Mock's infant daughter Roa.
The Water Witch was constructed by Captain Jahazial Sherman as a steamboat at Fort Cassin at the mouth of Otter Creek in 1832. She traveled Lake Champlain under steam-power from 1832 to 1834, then was purchased by the Champlain Transportation Company in 1835 to solidify their dominance of lake steamboating activities. With this purchase, Water Witch's steam machinery was removed and her days as a steamboat ended. The vessel was converted from steamboat to commercial lake schooner and Water Witch enjoyed a long career.
Ironically the Waterwitch sank near the Diamond Islands which are located a couple of miles west of Fort Cassin at the mouth of Otter Creek. The vessels primative windlass, bowsprint, two anchors, wooden cleats, pulleys, deadeyes, tiller bar, and broken forward mast remain undisturbed in errie silence after 135 years underwater. The cabin, whose wooden white-trimmed panels have largely fallen into the silt, extends the width of the vessel and is 17 feet long. About 30 feet astern of the vessel lies the small lifeboat that Captain Mock had tied to the stern.
Arthur Mock in California sent me this picture which he acquired from
his aunt Marion Mock Matteson. Marion was the granddaughter of Thomas Henry Mock Sr.
and Eva M. Rennell. My great grandfather Joseph V. Mock and Thomas Henry Mock were brothers.
Eva was my great-great aunt.
THOMAS HENRY MOCK - RIN 128
Birth: Thomas was born in 1842 according to Meredith Cole Mock.
In the 1880 census for Fort Edward, NY, Henry, as he was listed, was 37 years old, and his wife was Eva. His children were listed as "Gene", a daughter, Alice, "Jomie", a son, and "Sousi", a daughter. These names do not seem to fit the names of Thomas Henry"s children, but they are certainly garbled except for Alice.
Thomas married first Elizabeth Bragg and second Eva Renell according to Leda Mock King.
EVA RENELL - RIN 152
Eva was listed as the wife of Henry Mock in the 1880 census for Fort Edward, NY. She was 23 years old and born in Canada. (Note: I wonder whether this should have read 33 years old in view of the ages of some of her children who were 13 and 11 years old--GF Carter.) See RIN225 for her children, but these do not correspond to the list of children provided previously.
GEORGE MOCK - RIN 153
George died at birth. He had a twin sister Georgeanna according to Meredith Cole Mock.
GEORGEANNA MOCK - RIN 154
Georgeanna had a twin brother George who died at birth. The first and fourth children of this family died early. Because there is no information for them, no record was made in the family records. Information according to Meredith Cole Mock.
THOMAS H. MOCK - RIN 156
Marian Matteson called him Uncle Bud according to Meredith Cole Mock.
ARTHUR LEROY MOCK - RIN 157
Arthur was later a widower and had one step daughter and lived in Brooklyn according to Meredity Cole Mock.
CHARLES LOREN MOCK - RIN 158
Charles Loren Mock married Melissa Bullis according to Meredith Cole Mock.
STEPHEN MOCK - RIN 159
Stephen lived around Albany NY according to Meredith Cole Mock.
GpTRUDE MOCK - RIN 160
Gertrude died at age six according to Meredith Cole Mock.
(Notes by Giles Carpenter)