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Hon. John Otis

Male 1657 - 1727  (70 years)


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  • Name John Otis 
    Prefix Hon. 
    Born 21 September 1657  Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 September 1727  Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From William A. Otis’s Memoir of the Otis Family:
      John settled at Barnstable, and his talents soon made him one of the most respected individuals in the country. He was employed in a variety of trusts, which he discharged with fidelity and skill. In June 1689, at the session of the General Court at Plymouth, he was admitted as a Freeman. For twenty years he was Representative to the General Court; for 13 years Chief Justice in the Court of Common Pleas and first Judge of Probate; and was commander of the militia of the county for 18 years. In 1706 he was chosen one of his Majesty’s Council, and continued to sit at that board for 21 years until his death in 1727. This was a combination of offices and a union of legislative and judicial powers, ometimes allowed in the same individual in the early stages of our settlements. The successful discharge of such varied employments is an evidence of his capacity and integrity, which, joined to his wit and affability, secured him great influence. Such was his sagacity and prudence that he often composed differences both in church and state. He had fine talents for conversatoini; his pleasantness and affability made him agreeable; his wit and humor often enlivened the company which he improved by his wisdom. He was strict and exemplary in the performance of religious duties, ans was remarkable for his humility and modest worth among Christians, as for his intellectual powers and active services among his fellow men.

      John was left in possession of the estate in Barnstable where he moved in 1686 when his father returned to Scituate. [1, 2]
    Person ID I24  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  [3
    Family ID F10  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mercy Bacon,   b. 8 January 1659, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 18 July 1683  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary Otis,   b. 10 December 1685, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before November 1732  (Age < 46 years)
    +2. John Otis, Esq.,   b. 14 January 1687, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1758  (Age 71 years)
    +3. Nathaniel Otis,   b. 28 May 1690, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. December 1739, Sandwich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     4. Mercy Otis,   b. 15 October 1693, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1750, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     5. Solomon Otis,   b. 13 October 1696, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 January 1778, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +6. Col. James Otis, Esq.,   b. 14 June 1702, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 November 1778, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F17  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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

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

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


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