She was the daughter of Elizabeth Remsen and John Schenck.
Both the Schenck and Remsen families were distinguished in New York City. John Schenck was the President of the Atlantic Bank of Brooklyn for many years. Their daughter Mary married James Henry Whitehouse in 1856 and had five children.
Alvak French, The History of Westchester County, New York, 1925, vol. 4, p. 18.