I have two civil war era letters (dated Jul. & Nov. 1864) written by Jabez Prest, Harford, Conn. to (Mrs.) Eliza Prest, Cherry Valley, MA. Also mentioned are Eben (Ebenezer Prest) who is a sailor during the civil war, Hattie (no last name mentioned), Thomas (no last name), John and Lizzie in Conn (no last names given, and Homer (no last name). Family business interests seem to be related to machinery/machinists and Ebenezer was an Engineer in the Navy. Towns mentioned are Fishervill, Conn., Mason Village, NH, Whitinsvill. There are no e's at the end of Fishervill or Whitinsvill, could be ville or could stand for village???
Someone that knows this family can probably make sense out of their relationships. I believe that Homer is Eliza's brother, but I am totally confused as to who Eliza is. I first thought she was Jabez's sister, then thought sister in law, now I am wondering if she could possibly have been his wife. Hattie apparently lives with Eliza and might be a child.
Eben & Jabez are brothers. John and Thomas may also be brothers of Eben & Jabez. Their is mention of Jabez's Mother & Father visiting, but does not give their names or where they lived.
Internet resources show (Eben) Ebenezer Prest was in 15th MA Infantry and was wounded at Antietam, MD. Then served in the U.S. Navy. It also lists Ebenezer's home as Northbridge, MA and that he was born in England. He was listed as 23 yrs. old when he first enlisted in May 1861. Jabez reports in his Nov. letter that Eben was departing Baltimore with the rest of the fleet to attack Wilmington. I do not know if Eben survived the war.
I will freely share transcripts of these letters to interested family members. Very interesting reading. And .... Maybe someone can share with me this family's history and the fate of Eben.
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