Otis Jay Nye (1842 - 1931)

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Birthplace: Fabius, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death: Died in Cedar Rapids, Linn, IA, USA
Cause of death: Arterio Sclerosis - Heart Block
Occupation: Railroad Car Inspector
Managed by: John H. Nye
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About Otis Jay Nye

Otis participated in the battles of Bull Run and Gettysburg. For a short time he was a prisoner in Andersonville, which was a horrible Southern prison camp. He as a scout for General Averill and an artillery observer. - This was printed in the 50th Anniversary issue ot the Cedar Rapids Gazette, dated 1 Jul 1919.

They were not satisfied in New York and heard there were greater opportunities out west. Their friends convinced them to travel west by covered wagon and located near Urbana, where his mother lived. Later they moved to Cedar Rapids, IA and lived on North 5th St. E. for many years. - See Cedar Rapids Gazette 1 Jul 1919 to find the story documentation.

Dr. John R. Nye said that according to hearsay Otis's father lived in Virginia and had slaves. Otis was a spy for the North in the Civil War. He was a guard at the White House at the time Lincoln was killed. He was a guard for General Grant. Before he died he was blind, but still had a full head of hair. When traveling on the RR his wife was injured in a train accident, so he was given a life-time job with the RR. He was in Company M, the 4th US Artillery during the civil war.

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Otis Jay Nye's Timeline

1842
September 16, 1842
Fabius, Onondaga County, New York, USA
1861
May 18, 1861
- June 13, 1864
Age 18
Wheeling, WV, USA

Enlisted in the W.V Infantry as a private in company B3 and served in Company M, 4th U.S. Artillery

1864
June 13, 1864
Age 21
Wheeling, WV, USA
1866
May 18, 1866
- May 18, 1869
Age 23
Washington DC, District of Columbia

Otis Jay Nye was assigned to Battery M, 4th Regiment of US Artillery at Fort Washington and served as one of the body guards for General Grant.

1869
July 1, 1869
Age 26
Buffalo, New York, USA

Rev P. Porter of Methodist Church married them.

1870
April 7, 1870
Age 27
Buffalo, New York, USA
1873
November 14, 1873
Age 31
Urbana, Benton, Iowa, USA
1873
Age 30
Buffalo, NY, USA
1874
1874
- 1900
Age 31
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
1875
August 14, 1875
Age 32
Benton, IA, USA