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Capt. Stephen Otis

Male 1661 - 1733  (72 years)


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  • Name Stephen Otis 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born 1661  Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation tanner 
    Died 26 August 1733  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried First Parish Cemetery, Scituate Harbor Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From the Briggs genealogy:
      Stephen was born in 1661 in Hingham, the year his father moved to Scituate. He went to Barnstable with the family when he was 17, and returned with them to Scituate about 21. He was Commander of the militia of the town, an office of considerable importance in the early days. As Captain of the Grenadiers at the outbreak of the War with the French and Indians, Stephen Otis was given command of an expedition to L’Acadie 23 Apr 1707, for which he was ordered to enlist forty or fifty Indians. Stephen inherited considerable property in Scituate from his father and from his brother James, and after his marriage to Hannah Ensign his possessions in Scituate were increased by her inheritance from her father and grandmother. He resided in the Ensign house north of Satuit Brook. In 1697 he purchased land for a new house ‘north of Job Otis’ warehouse.’ This house built in 1697 was standing until 1927 when it was demolished. It was known as the Capt. James Little anad the William Paley Allen house, and stood on Front Street at the Harbor Villiage, just south of the Jesse Dunbar ‘Mansion House.’ It was the first Young’s Tavern, and in this house in 1767 the last meeting of the Conihassett Partners was held.

      From Deane’s History of Scituate:
      "Capt. Stephen Otis's will dated 1729, gives 'To son Ensigh the homestead, with all the upland and meadow on each side of the way, with the Tan house and Tan vats--to John, Hannah, Mary, Isaac, Stephen, Joseph, Josua, out lands, &c.'"

      From William A. Otis’s Memoir of the Otis Family:
      Stephen’s monument is in the old burying ground near the harbor, the inscription being still legible in 1907; his wife being also buried in the old graveyard on Meeting House Lane.
      In June 1689 he took the Oath of Fidelity. At that time he was living in Scituate, in which town he was Commander of the Militia, an office of considerable importance in those times.
      He bought some of the Conihasset lands of Wm. James. ‘Captain Stephen Otis’s new house’ is mentioned in the records of 1691. This house was still standing in 1831, when it was known as ‘Young’s Tavern.’ Three of the same name as his sone, Ensign Otis, in succeeding generations have occupied the original Ensign house. [1, 3, 4]
    Person ID I13  Schirado
    Last Modified 29 September 2011 

    Father John Otis,   b. about 1621, Glastonbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 January 1684, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Mary Jacob,   b. about 1632, Hingham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 12 July 1699  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married about 1649  Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F10  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Hannah Ensign,   b. about 1670, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1729, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 16 June 1685  Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • “Steven Oatice married to Hanah Ensine th 16 day of Janne — 1685”
    Children 
    +1. Hannah Otis,   b. 16 May 1686, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 16 October 1739, Taunton, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 53 years)
     2. Mary Otis,   b. 7 July 1689, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Lieut. Ensign Otis,   b. 29 January 1691, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. November 1774, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. John Otis,   b. 7 April 1694, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Stephen Otis,   b. 3 November 1697, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 September 1756, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +6. Dr. Isaac Otis,   b. 1699, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 November 1777, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +7. Thankful Otis,   b. about 1702, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 August 1739, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     8. Joseph Otis,   b. about 1707, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Joseph Otis,   b. 16 March 1709/10, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 September 1788, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +10. Joshua Otis,   b. 1711, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1802, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Family ID F8  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] William A. Otis, (Winnetka, Ill, 1924).

    2. [S5] (NEHGS, Boston, 1909).

    3. [S3] L. Vernon Briggs, (1938).

    4. [S6] Samuel Deane, (Loring, Boston, 1831).

    5. [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).

    6. [S63] Scituate Births, marriages, and deaths, transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.


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