John Armistead Otey (1735 - 1817)

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Birthplace: St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., VA
Death: Died in Bedford Co., VA
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About John Armistead Otey

Ancestor #: A084782

John Armistead Otey had 7 children. He was one of the signers of the death warrant for Charles I. Hewas, a Revolutionary War soldier, and served as a Captain from Bedford County, VA where he qualified on 23 March 1778. He married Mary Hopkins, daughter of Col. John Hopkins and granddaughter of Dr. Arthur Hopkins. This Hopkins family is the subject of the book "Hopkins of Virginia" by Hopkins). John and family moved to Bedford County, VA during the war. He and all his children except Armistead were said to have been "large and powerful".

He fought with the Bedford County Rifleman, having moved from New Kent County to Bedford County about 1769/1771.

John Otey commanded a company of Bedford County Riflemen that captured a gunboat on the Pamunky River. Per DAR Book, Volume 10, page 190. under reord ID#9529

The DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood published in 1895 stating he "served as colonel and captain of a battalion of riflemen."

DEATH: Col. Otey died in 1807, though some accounts say that he died in Liberty (now the city of Bedford), Bedford County in 1816 or 1817.

The Bedford County Personal Property Tax records of 1800 indicate that his household included seven white males over twenty-nine, nine slaves overage twelve and two horses. His sizable Bedford County estate was named "Fancy Farms".

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Col. John Armistead Otey's Timeline

1735
1735
St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., VA
1764
1764
Age 29
VA, USA
1765
October 18, 1765
Age 30
New Kent Co., VA
1767
1767
Age 32
New Kent, Virginia, United States
1768
1768
Age 33
New Kent Co., VA
1770
1770
Age 35
New Kent, Virginia, United States
1772
October 5, 1772
Age 37
Bedford Co., VA
1774
May 4, 1774
Age 39
New Kent Co., VA
1776
February 23, 1776
Age 41
Bedford Co., VA
1777
May 1, 1777
Age 42
New Kent Co., VA