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John Otis

Male 1728 - 1804  (76 years)


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  • Name John Otis 
    Born 1 April 1728  Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 October 1804  Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From William A. Otis’s Memoir of the Otis Family:
      John was a farmer and surveyor of land, and held numerous town offices. His “list” for 1772 was, “Two heads, one house, two fireplaces, twenty-two acres plow, 80 mow and pasture land, 50 bush pasture, 18 do. Bog meadow, 4 oxen, 8 cows, 3 hourses, 1 colt and one swine”. He took the oath of fidelity Dec. 17, 1782. As is seen from various specimens of his writing now in existence, he was an excellent penman. His right arm was struck with the palsy, and he then wrote by binding a pen to his arm. A manuscript work of his is now said to be in existence on the elements of geometry and surveying, written at the age of twenty. He resided at Colcehster on the estate he received from his parents in 1769, and died of apoplexy. The records of the Daughters of the American Revolution say, “He was unfit for military duty, but gave civil service to the town”. The fif on which he and his son, John, played is in the possession of Mrs. Marion Otis Hotchkiss of Pawtucket, R.I., in 1921, and has twice been on exhibition in the Providence Historical Society. [1]
    Person ID I78850  Schirado
    Last Modified 15 July 2012 

    Father Nathaniel Otis,   b. 30 January 1689/90, Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 April 1771, Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Hannah Thatcher,   b. 9 October 1690, Yarmouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1780, Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Family ID F921  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Prudence Taintor,   b. 20 August 1729, Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 July 1823, Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 20 December 1750  Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. John Thatcher Otis,   b. 31 October 1758, Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. September 1842, Colchester, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Family ID F52886  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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


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