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Alleyne Otis

Birthdate: (65)
Death: June 17, 1873 (65)
Place of Burial: Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Harrison Gray Otis, U.S. Senator and Sarah 'Sally" Otis
Brother of Elizabeth Gray Lyman; Harrison Gray Otis; Sarah 'Sally" Ann Thorndike; Mary Foster Otis; Alleyne Otis and 5 others

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About Alleyne Otis


Alleyne Otis was named for his older brother, the Otis’s fifth child who was born in 1796 but drowned in 1806 when he was ten years old. “The Otises had already lost two children in their infancy; but in those days that was to be expected. Alleyne, however, was a lusty young boy, the image of his father. Harrison Gray Otis wrote to his uncle, Harrison Gray, “The loss is never to be forgotten. As our affection for him was unbounded, so is our grief, and all the troubles of my life have been small in comparison with this.” Morison, p. 297.

Title The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 4 Contributor New England Historic Genealogical Society Publisher S.G. Drake, 1850

Page 152

Hon. Harrison Gray," (172) who m. Sally Foster, had:

(315) I. Elizabeth Gray,7 b. 1 June, 1791, m. George W., son of Theodore Lyman, and d. at St. Croix, "W. I., 20 Dec. 1824. She had three sons and two daughters;

(316) II. Harrison Gray,7 b. 7 August, 1792, m. Eliza Henderson, dau. of W. H. Boardman, of Boston. He grad. H. C. 1811, read law with his father and H. Binney, Esq., and was admitted to the bar 1814. His death occurred suddenly at Springfield, 3 January, 1827;

(317) III. Sally,7 b. 22 Dec, 1793, m. Israel Thorndike, of Beverly, d. 2 Dec, 1819, had one son and three daughters;

(318) IV. Mary Foster,7 b. 15 June, 1795, d. 17 Jan., 1796;

(319) V. Alleyne,7 b. 16 July, 1796, drowned 1806;

(320) VI. George,7 b. 1797, d. the next year;

(321) VII. Sophia Harrison,7 b. 29 March, 1799, m. Andrew Ritchie, 9 Dec, 1823, has two sons and one daughter;

(322) VIII. James William,7 b. 18 May, 1800, m. Martha, dau. of William Church, of Providence, R. I, Jan. 1825. He resides in N. Y.;

(323) IX. William Foster,7 b. 1 Dec, 1801, H. C, 1821, m. Emily, dau. of Josiah Marshall, 18 May, 1831. She d. 17 Aug., 1836, ae. 29;

(324) X. Alleyne,7b. 27 Aug., 1807, grad. at H. C. 1825, resides in Boston;

(325) XI. George Harrison,7 b. 4 Sept., 1810, d. 25 Oct, 1833.

From: , written by Wade Collier Jan. 14, 2003

I have recently been working on the family of the Honorable Harrison Gray Otis of Boston, whose wife, Sally Foster, was a Thomas Collier descendant. In stark contrast to the hard life of John Collier, I offer these brief comments on the life of an 8th generation descendant of Thomas and Susannah Collier, born in Boston five years later than John:

ALLYNE8 OTIS (10th of 11 children of "Harry" Otis and Sally Foster) was born August 27, 1807, and died 1873 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Notes for ALLYNE OTIS:

"....Harvard 1825. Built a house in Newport 1852 and there d. 1873."

See "Harrison Gray Otis, 1765-1848, The Urbane Federalist," Samuel Eliot Morison, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1969, pages 487-490, 523.

Pages 487-490. Was a class and club mate of Charles Francis Adams, future minister to Great Britain. Adams thought little of Allyne, however.

On page 488, Morison says, "Allyne, after spending a few months in his elder brother James's New York office, decided that work was not for him, and lived to a ripe old age without doing another day's labor." ..."[Both he and brother George] were typical members of the affluent dilettante, those faint and futile Americans abroad whom Henry James so well described."

(Prof. Morison, the eminent Harvard historian, was an Otis Descendant, and therefore also of the Thomas Collier line.)

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Alleyne Otis's Timeline

August 27, 1807
June 17, 1873
Age 65
Age 65
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States