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Richard OTIS  will dated 11/17/1611

Spouse: ___

Children: Stephen; John; Thomas; Anne; Joane

 

John OTIS, born circa 1585, origins Glastonbury, Somerset ENG; migration 1635; planter, Hingham 1635, removed  to Weymouth  by 1657, died 5/31/1657 Weymouth age 76; admitted to Hingham church before 3/3/1635-6, Freeman by same date; his and Thomas Loring's homes burned to the ground 3/15/1645-6

Spouse: (1) _____ by 1610 died Hingham 6/28/1653; (2) Elizabeth ____ Streame widow, married after 1653, she died 9/22/1672 date of will to 7/17/1676 probate

Children with 1st wife: Johanna baptized St. John Glastonbury 12/15/1610, buried there 12/23/1611; Johanna baptized St. John Glastonbury 12/1/1612, buried there 12/21/1612; Elizabeth baptized St. John Glastonbury 11/12/1614 buried there 3/31/1615;  Richard baptized St. John Glastonbury 2/27/1615-6, no further record; Hannah baptized 8/16/1618; John baptized St. John Glastonbury 1/14/1620-1 married  Mary Jacob daughter of Richard 1649; Margaret born circa 1623 married Thomas Burton by 1641;   Anna born circa 1625 named in father's will, no further record; Alice born circa 1627, named in father's will, no further record

 

Hannah OTIS baptized St. John Glastonbury 8/16/1618, died 1675-6 Hingham MA

Spouse: Thomas GILL born circa 1616 England; died 1704/5 Hingham MA; owned land in Hingham MA 1635;  married 1/1643-4. 

Children: Mary; Elizabeth; Thomas baptized 3/;18/1649; Samuel [ancestor of John Hancock]; Hannah married Maj. Samuel Clapp

 

Elizabeth GILL born 6/1647, died 5/8/1693; married 1/6/1666

Spouse: Samual STODDER born circa 1640 died 9/16/1731 Hingham MA

Children: Tabitha born 12/1/1667; Elizabeth born 12/1/1667; Samuel born 8/11/1670;  Mary born 8/30/1672; Stephen born 9/18/1674; Thomas born 12/19/1676; Simon born 2/17/1679; Rachel born 3/9/1681; Jeremiah born 11/3/1683; Jonathan born 5/1/1686; David born 7/9/1688; David born 3/19/1693


Great Migration Immigrants to New England 1634 - 1635John Otis.  Origin: Glastonbury, Somerset.  Migration: 1635 (based on 1  June 1635 grant of land at Hingham [HiBOP 12]).  First Residence: Hingham.  Removes: Weymouth by 1657.  Occupation: Planter [SLR 2:161].  Church Membership: Admission to Hingham church prior to 3 March 1635/6 implied by freemanship.  Freeman: 3 Mar 1635/6 (as "John Ottis," fifth in a sequence of eight Hingham men) [MBCR 1:371].  Education: Signed his deed of 23 May 1655 [SLR 2:161-62].  Singed his will by mark.  His inventory included "a Bible" valued at 6s. 8d. [SPR 3:100].  Offices: Hingham selectman 20 Mar 1642[/3?], 14 Feb 1647[/8?] [HiTR 3, 12].  Estate:  "The several parcels of land and meadow legally given unto John Ottis Sr. by the town of Hingham": "for a houselot five acres of land, two of it butting upon the town street southward ..., the other three acres of it lying at the farther end of the same neck," 8 Sep 1635; "for a planting lot ten acres of land lying upon Weriall Hill in Broad Cove Field," 1 June 1635; "four acres of salt meadow lying in the Home Meadow, bounded ... with the meadow of Joseph Andrews and a small island southward, the half of which island was given unto the said John Ottis Sr.," June 1635; "for a Great Lot sixteen acres of land, fourteen acres of it lyeth by Weymouth River ..., the other two acres lying upon Squirrel Hill," 4 June 1636; "for a small planting lot two acres of land lying by the Fresh River running into the weir," 20 Nov 1637; "one acre of fresh meadow lying in Crooked Meadow," 5 Mar 1637[/8?]; "two accres of salt marsh lying in Conyehassett Meadows, it is the eleventh lot in the third division" [HiBOP 12].   On 16 Mar 11645/6 "all the houses of Tho[mas] Loring and John Oats burnt to the ground being the Sabbath day in the morning"  [NEHgR 121:18].  On 13 Apr 1646, "Thomas Turner of Hingham" sold to "John Ottis of Hingham a house & five acres of land ..., also two acres of meadow in the Broad Cove Meadow ..., also twelve acres land beyond Crooked Meadow Bridge granted and laid out by the town to Thomas Turner" [SLR 1:70].   On 23 May 1655, "John Ottis of Hingham ..., planter, sendeth greetings, know ye that the said John Ottis Sen. in pursuance of his promise about six years since made for the preferment of John Ottis his son in his marriage with Mary Jacob daughter to Nicholas Jacob of Hingham aforesaid together with the consideration of ten pounds per annum by the said John Ottis Jr. to be paid to the said Jan Ottis Sr. during his natural life" deeded to "John Ottis Jr. his son all his right, title & interest in one house and lot which is in Hingham and was lately purchased of Thomas Turner ... as in that deed dated the 13 of the 2th month 1646 largely appereth, together with his right, title and interest to all those several parcels of land both upland and meadow which by the towns of Hingham was granted to W[illia]m Moulton's land ..., a planting lot of ten acres ... on Weariall Hill next to W]illia]m Moulton at Broad Cove & a little spot of marsh at the end of the same, and a small planting lot two acres ... by the Fresh River called Lyford's Liking next to Edmund Hubbard Sr. & four acres of meadow in the home lot or meadows lying next to Joseph Andrews to the northward and sixteen acres of upland next to Edmund Hubbards Sr. to the westward and lying against the river called Weymouth River and one acre more of fresh meadow in a division called by the name of Nantascott Division ..., to have and to hold the said house and several parcels of land to him the said John Ottis Jr. his heirs and assigns from the tenth of May 1649 forever" [SLR 2:161-62].   In his will dated 30 May 1657 and proved 28 July 1657, "John Ottis of Weymouth" bequeathed to "my daughter Margarett Burton and her three children twenty shillings amongst them, and a small brass pot and a canvas sheet"; to "my daughter Hannah Gile two feather bolsters, one rug, one cotton blanket [and] my biggest brass kettle"; to "Mary Gile one cow and one pillowbeer"; to "Thomas Gile Jr one musket"; to "my daughter Anne and my daughter Alice five shillings apiece"; to "my wife forty shillings"; "my son John Otis shall be my executor" [SPR 1:296].   The inventory of the estate of "John Ottise of Weymouth late deceased," taken 16 June 1657, totalled 59 1s. 8d., with no real estate included [SPR 3:100].  In her will dated 22 Sep 1672 and proved 17 July 1676, "Elizabeth Otess of Waymouth ..., widow," bequeathed to "my son John Stream fourscore pounds sterling to be paid by my son-in-law Lt John Holbrooke," along with some moveables; to "my daughter Elizabeth Stream fourscore pounds sterling to be paid by my son-in-law Lt. John Holbrooke," along with some moveables; to "my daughter Elizabeth Holbrooke fifteen pounds of that hundred her husband is to pay," along with some moveables; to "Ichabod five pounds"; "Lt John Hobrooke" to be executor and residuary legatee [SPR 6:133].   The inventory of the estate of 'Elizabeth Oates deceased," taken 26 July 1676, totalled 112 with no real estate included [SPR 12:99].   Birth: About 1585 (based on estimated date of marriage).   Death: Weymouth 31  May 1657 [NEHGR 121:106].   Marriage: (1) By 1610 _____ _____. "John Oattis wife died" at Hingham on 28 June 1653 [NEHGR 121:103].  (2) After 1653 Elizabeth (_____) Streame, widow [GM 2:3:365].  She died between 22 Sep 1672 (date of will) and 17 July 1676 (probate of will).  Children:  With first wife:   i.  Johanna Otis bp St. John Glastonbury, Somerset, 15 Dec 1610; bur there 23 Dec 1611.  ii. Johanna Otis bp St. John Glastonbury 1  Dec 1612; bur there 21 Dec 1612.   iii. Elizabeth Otis bp St. John Glastonbury 12  Nov 1614; bur there 31 Mar 1615.   iv. Richard Otis bp St. John Glastonbury 27 Feb 1615/6; no further record.   v.  Hannah Otis bp St. John Glastonvury 16 Aug 1618; m by 1643 Thomas Gill (eldest known child bp Hingham [blank] Jan 1643/4 [NeHGr 121:16; Hingham Hist 2:268=69].   vi.  John Otis bp St. John Glastonbury 14 Jan 1620[/1]; m on or about 10 May 1649 Mary Jacob daughter of Richard Jacob {1633, Watertown} [SLR 2:161-62; GMB 2:1069-71].   vii.  Margaret Otis b say 1623; m by 1641 Thomas Burton (eldest known child bp Hingham 30 May 1641 [NEHGR 121:14; Hingham Hist 2:112]).   viii.  Anna Otis, b say 1625; named in father's will of 30 May 1657; no further record.   ix.  Alice Otis b say 1627; named in father's will of 30 May 1657; no further record.   Associations: No connection has been found between this immigrant and Richard Otis of Dover [GDMNH 520-21].  Comments:  In addition to the Glastonbury baptisms reported above, there was another child of a John Otis baptizeed on 23 June 1604, a daughter but the name is illegible. Since the Glastonbury register does not commence until 1603, and since the next baptism for a child of John Otis did not occur until 1610, we cannot be certain that this 1604 baptism belongs in the family of the immigrant.   After the baptism of son John on 14 Jan 1620[/1], no further records for this family occur in the St. John, Glastonbury, register, althogh younger children were born to John Otis.  For the last fourteen years prior to migration, therefore, we do not know where this family resided. They may simply have moved to the other Glastonbury parish, St. Benedict.   Many secondary sources give his first wife's name as Margaret and his age of death as seventy-six.  Both of these statements are possible, but neither has been supported in contemporary documents.   On 22 May 1651, "John Oatis, of Hingham, preferred a petition for the abatement or remission of a fine imposed upon him at a Court at Boston, for his resistance of the constable, which the Court thinks meet he should pay" [MBCR 3:233, 4:1:52].  On 15 May 1654, in "answer to the petition of John Oatis for remitment of a fine imposed on him, the Court thinks meet to grant his request, except thirty shillings, twenty whereof to belong to the country, & ten to the constable, so as the petitioner, on a Lord's Day, after exercise, or on some public assembling of the congregation, make like full acknowledgment of his miscarriage, as he that in his petition by word or writing, or else shall pay, within one six weeks, five pounds, as a fine, to the country" [MBCR 3:350, 4:1:191-92].   Bibliographic Note:  In 1924 William A. Otis published A Genealogical and Historical Memoir of the Otis Family in America (Chicago 1924).  The English ancestry and connections set forth in this volume should be used with great caution.

New England Families: John Otis, the immigrant ancestor, was born in Barnstable, En gland in 1581. He settled in Hingham, New England. He was there at the first division and drew land in 1635. Most of the early settlers of Hingham, MA, were from Hingham, ENG, and it is thought that Mr. Otis lived in Hingham for a time before coming to New England. His homestead was on Otis Hill in the southwest part of Hingham MA. He had numerous grants of land between 1635 and 1647. He was admitted freemen, 3/3/1635-6. He was a town officer. His house burned 3/15/1645-6. He removed about 1655 to Weymouth MA. He married (first) Margaret ____, in ENG, and she died in Hingham, 3/28,1653. He married (second) Elizabeth _____, and his widow drew land in Weymouth in 1663. He died in Weymouth 3/31/1657 aged 76 years. His will was dated the day before his death and was proved 7/28/1657. He bequeathed to his wife; to son John, who was made executor; to daughter Margaret Burton and her three children; to daughter Hannah Gile; to Mary and Thomas Gile Jr.; to daughters Anne and Alice. His widow Elizabeth made her will 9/12/1672 proved 7/17/1676. Children John, Richard, Margaret, Hannah, Anne, Alice.

Pioneers of MA: Otis, Ottis, Oates, Oatise, John, planter, Hingham, propr 1635. Frm 3/3/1635-6. Town officer. His buildings burned 3/15/1645-6. He rem. about 1655 to Weymouth. Wife Margaret d 28 (4) 1653. He d. 3/31/1657 ae 76. Will prob 7/28/1657. To wife; to son John who was made exec; to dau Margaret Burton and her 3 children; to dau. Hannah Gile; to Mary and thomas Gile Jr.; to daus Anne and Alice. Elizabeth Weymouth, widow made will 9/12/1672, prob 7/17/1676. Beq. to son John Streme, dau Elizabeth and son-in-law Lt. John Holbrook.

History of Montville Connecticut: OTIS FAMILIES: John Otis was born in Glastonbury Somerset England in 1531. He was the son of Richard Otis of Glastonbury County of Somerset England who in his will dated 17 of November 1611 mentions sons Stephen, John, and Thomas and two daughters leaving a wife. He came to New England and settled at Hingham Mass and drew house lots in the first division of lands in that town in 1635 and is the ancestor of the families by the name of Otis that first settled in New London and Colehester Conn. He was a substantial yeoman and probably left his country on account of the persecutions of the Puritans accompanied by his pastor Rev Peter Hobert a staunch non conforming  clergyman. It has not been ascertained with certainty when he landed on the New England shores or in whose company he came. The first that is known his name appears among the twenty nine associates of Rev Peter Hebert who drew house lots on the 18th of September 1635 at Hingham. He took the freeman's oath 3d of March 1635-6. His place of residence at Hingham was at Otis Hill still so called. Mr Otis was married to his first wife Margaret in England, and she died at Hingham June 1653. He then removed to Weymouth and married a second wife who survived him but her name does not appear. Hobert's journal records the death of Mr Otis at Waymouth May 31 1657 aged 76 years. His will is dated at Weymouth the day previous to his death and was proved 28th of July in the same year. Children 2 John b in England 14 Jan 1622 m Mary Jacobs; 3 Margaret b in England m Thomas Burton; 4 Hannah born in England married Thomas Gill; 5 Ann born in England; 6 Alice. 

The Life of James Otis of Massachusetts: ORIGIN OF THE OTIS FAMILY The following minutes relating to the first generations ot this family may have some interest for those readers who have a taste for tracing genealogies. John Otis with his family came from Hingham in Norfolk England June 1635 in company with the Rev Peter Hobart and took the freeman's oath the 3d of March following. He was probably a substantial yeoman who left his country partly to accompany his pastor a staunch non conforming clergyman; his will dated May 3d 1657 and proved 28th of July in the same year is recorded in the first volume of the Suffolk Registry of Probate and as it bears his mark in place of signature it appears he was unable to write a deficiency not so singular at that time as it would at present. Of his children there is little known. John Otis is mentioned in the records of Hingham as being a landholder there in 1668 9 and Richard Otis another son went to some part of Maine from thence he was taken by a band of Indians in one of their incursions and carried captive with the greater part of his family into Canada where the name is still to be found among his descendants. The MS journal of the Rev Mr Hobart contains two or three entries relating to this family which are here transcribed. He writes the name in various ways Oats Oattis Ottis, in England it is often written Oates. May 1 1653 Mary Otis the grandchild of John was baptized May 28th. John Oattis wife died July 9th 1654. Tabitha Lyon being scalded in a kettle of water at John Oattisses house died in a few hours after March 31st 1657. John Otis died at Waymouth. Mr Otis by the mother's side was connected with the founders of the Old Colony who arrived in the first ship the MayFlower in 1620. By the records of Plymouth it appears that in 1699 Mr Joseph Allyne married Mary Doten daughter of Edward and grand daughter of Edward Doten who came in the May Flower. Mr Allyne's children recorded as born at Plymouth in the house represented in the vignette at the head of the first chapter were Elizabeth in 1700 Mary in 1702 who was the mother of James Otis and a woman of very superior character. A good portrait of her in the costume of that time is now in the possession of the Hon HG Otis. Mr Allyne removed with his family from Plymouth to Wethersfield in Connecticut.

Daughters of American Revolution Magazine: John Otis the first ancestor of whom we have any knowledge was born in Barnstable, Devonshire, England in 1581 and came with his wife children and pastor Reverend Peter Hobart to Hingham New England in 1635 drawing house lots in the first division of land in that town. He took the Freeman's oath in 1636 and was called Yeoman. His place of residence was at Otis Hill still so called southwest of the harbor a beautiful slope of land then covered by a heavy growth of forest trees. His name often appears on the records of Hingham and in 1641 he was one of the persons chosen to make a rate. He was married to his first wife Margaret in England who died July 9 1654. He then removed to Weymouth where he died May 31 1657 aged seventy six. John Otis Second was born in England in 1620 accompanying his parents in their emigration to New England. In 1662 he married Mary Jacob daughter of Nicholas Jacob. In 1661 he removed to Scituate where he received a grant of land which tract now forms a part of Abington and Hanover. He took the oath of fidelity at Hingham in 1663. In 1678 he went to Barnstable and settled on the Otis farm which he inherited. Afterwards he returned to Scituate and died January 16 1683.

The Stoddard Family: John Otis of Hingham and Weymouth Mass. He was the founder of a family which has been called one of the first in the country in respect to conspicuous talent and exalted public service. He was born at Glastonbury in County Somerset England which is near the town of Barnstaple in Devonshire and was probably son of Richard Otis a substantial yeoman of that place. He married a wife Margaret in England where all his children including Hannah were born. He was one of the earliest settlers at Hingham, was an extensive landowner, and was frequently called upon by his fellow townsmen to manage the affairs of the town. He died at Weymouth May 31 1657. His son John who married Mary daughter of Nicholas Jacob continued to live on the family estate at Hingham which is known as Otis Hill to this day. His son John was born in Hingham in 1657 and was the father of James born in 1702 who was Speaker of the House of Representatives, Judge of Probate for Barnstable County, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and one of the Council Board during the first years of the Revolution. His oldest son was James Otis the Patriot and his daughter Mercy married Gen James Warren of Plymouth, Hardly anywhere can we find a family more respectable or better connected than that founded by John Otis Its men almost without exception were prominent as statesmen jurists or soldiers.

The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 2: 1 John Otis1 was born in Barnstable Devonshire England 1581 came to Hingham New England and drew house lots in the first division of lands in that town 1635 and is the first ancestor of whom we have any knowledge. Tudor in his life of Otis says he with his family came from Hingham in Norfolk England in company with the Rev Peter Hobart. The idea that he came from Hingham in England may have arisen from the fact that most of the early settlers of that town in New England came from the former place. It is conjectured that he left his native place and lived for a time in Hingham previous to embarking for America. He was a substantial yeoman and probably left his country partly to accompany his pastor a staunch non conforming clergyman. The faithful page of history has informed us of the persecutions of the Puritans which were carried on with so much fury and unrelenting zeal of the sufferings of our fathers in establishing themselves in a howling wilderness far distant from their native home and how much they had to contend with from the warfare of the savages from famine and disease. It is probable that Mr Otis endured his portion of these trials and hardships. It has not been ascertained with certainty when he landed or in whose company he came. The first that we hear of his name is in the good company of the Rev Peter Hobart and his twenty nine associates who drew house lots on the 18 Sept 1635 at Hingham. The same year he received a grant of land and the bust of several grants is dated 5 March 1647. He took the Freeman's oath 3 March 1635 6. His place of residence at Hingham was at Otis Hill still so called south west of the harbor, a beautiful slope of land then covered by a heavy growth of forest trees. His name often appears on the Records of Hingham In 1641 he was one of the persons chosen to make a Rate. A minute of the baptism of Mary Otis is made in the Manuscript Journal of the Rev Peter Hobart. Mary Otis was baptized May 1st 1653. The Journal proceeds Tabitha Lyon being scalded in a kettle of water at John Oattisses house died a few hours after. Mr Otis was married to his first wife Margaret in England and she died at Hingham June 1653 according to Deane but July 9 1654 according to Tudor. He then removed to Weymouth and married a second wife who survived him but her name does not appear In the division of certain lands at Weymouth about 1663 two lots were assigned to widow Oatis viz in the first division widow Oatis 2_ 5 acres_ lot No 41 in the second division widow Oatis 2_ 15 acres_ lot No 2. This is the only instance in which the name appears on the Records of Weymouth. Hobart's Journal records the death of Mr Otis at Waimouth May 31st 1657 aged 76. His will is dated at Weymouth the day previous to his death and is proved 28th of July in the same year and gives legacies to daughter Margaret Burton, to daughter Hannah Gill and to her two children Mary and Thomas, to daughters Ann and Alice Otis, to wife 40s, son John executor, It is recorded in the 1st Vol of the Suffolk Register of Probate, Tudor says as his Will bears his mark in place of signature it appears he was unable to write, a deficiency not so singular at that time as it would be at present. This opinion of his ignorance is now known to be an error As his will was signed about the day of his death doubtless he was unable to give his signature because of severe sickness. It appears he signed his name as a witness to the will of Thomas Collier who died at Hingham about 1646. The following is a facsimile of his Autograph....... The children of John Otis were I John 2 who born in Barnstable Devonshire England 1620 accompanied his parents in their emigration to New England and settlement of Hingham. The family residence was at Otis Hill where he resided until after his father's death and is mentioned on the Records of Hingham as being a landholder there 1668 9. The name of his first wife is not known. In 1662 3 he married Mary daughter of Nicholas Jacob who came over in 1633. In 1661 John Otis removed to Scituate where he received a grant of land. He bought of Deacon Thomas Robinson the house on the south of Coleman's Hill formerly the residence of Gen Cudworth and resided there. Previous to this in 1650 a tract of land three miles square was granted to Mr Hatherly this tract was divided into 40 parts and 27 of them assigned to the Conihassett partners. The boundary of this tract next to Scituate is called the share line Mr Hatherly in 1663 having repurchased 10 shares sold 23 shares to John Otis and others for 69. This tract now makes a part of Abington and Hanover. He took the oath of fidelity at Hingham 1662. In 1678 he went to Barnstable and settled on land called Otis Farm opposite Hinckley lane near the Marshes west Parish. He left there his son. John returned and deceased at Scituate 16 January 1683. His monument is in the old burying ground in meeting house lane one mile south of the harbor broken and defaced but legible. His will dated Scituate 1683 gives to eldest dau Mary wife of John Gowin and daus Hannah and Elizabeth 50 each houses and lands at Hingham and Barnstable to John, Stephen, James, and Job, to Joseph house and lands in Scituate after his mother's death. /// II Richard 2 went with his father to Weymouth about 1654 and in 1662 settled at Dover NH. He made his will before he left Weymouth which is recorded in the Boston Probate Records. The accounts given of him by Tudor and Deane that he was carried captive to Canada are incorrect. He was killed at Dover on the Cocheco by the Indians 1689. His son Stephen was killed at the same time and his wife and child were captivated and sold to the French in Canada. The French Priests educated this child in the Romish religion, baptized her by the name of Christina, and she married a Frenchman by whom she had two children. In 1714 being a widow she returned to New England abjured the Romish faith and married Capt Thomas Baker who had been taken at Deerfield in 1704. She lived in Dover where she was born till the year 1773. She was the occasion of the masterly letter of Governor Burnet to a Romish Priest.

Founders and Patriots of America Index: Otis, John (1581-May 31, 1657) m. ... Margaret ..... MASS XXV, 68