Elizabeth Otis

Is your surname Otis?

Research the Otis family

Elizabeth Otis's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Elizabeth Otis (Whitman)

Also Known As: "Streame"
Birthplace: parish of Latimer, Orchard Leigh, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Whitman, of Leigh in Buckinghamshire and unknown Whitman
Wife of Thomas Streame and John Otis (immigrant)
Mother of Thomas Streame; Ens. John Stream; Elizabeth Holbrook and Benjamin Streame
Sister of Rev. Zachariah Whitman and Ens. John Whitman

Managed by: Ruth Amanda Thomas
Last Updated:

About Elizabeth Otis

Elizabeth Whitman

  • Birth: 1599 of Leigh, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Death: BEF 17 JUL 1676 - Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  • Married: 1) Thomas Stream; 4 children 2) John Otis, his 2nd wife
  • Father: Richard Whitman of Lee, Buckinghamshire, England Name of father on marriage records; Brother married just a few miles away from where they were born.

Ca 1654 John Otis second married Elizabeth [Stream].79 Elizabeth died in 1672/1676.79 Elizabeth first married John (or Thomas) Stream, second John Otis as his second wife.

Who was the father of Elizbaeth (Whitman) Stream Otis of Weymouth?

According to Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 John1 Whitman of Weymouth, Zachariah1 Whitman of Dorchester, New Havan and Milford and Elizabeth1 (Whitman) [Stream] Otis are all children of Richard Whitman of Lee, Buckinghamshire, England.[1] Zachariah Whitman was married on 10 Jun 1630 to Sarah Biscoe in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England just a few miles from Lee, Buckinghamshire where his father lived.[2][3] The Bishop of London issued a marriage license on 22 February 1619/20 to "Thomas Streame, cordwainer, and Elizabeth Whitman, spinster, daughter of Richard Whitman, of Leigh, co. Bucks, husbandman; at St. Bennet, Paul's Wharf, London"[4]. "Thomas Streame and Elizabeth Whiteman" were married at St. Bene't and St. Peter, Paul's Wharf, London, on 22 February 1619/20[5] Zachariah Whitman arrived on the Truelove from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England and arrived in Dorchester by 1635[6] He brought with him two of the sons of his sister, Elizabeth1 (Whitman) [Stream] Otis. On the passenger list of the Truelove, immediately following the family of Zachariah Whitman and preceding the next family group, were the following four individuals: "Rabecca Fenner," aged 25, "Tho[mas] Tibbald's," aged 20, "Thomas Streme," aged 15, and "Jo[hn] Streme," aged 14[7] His brother John Whitman arrived later arriving in Weymouth in 1638. [6] Thomas Stream and of John Stream where both the children of Elizabeth (Whitman) Stream.[1]

The will of Zachary Whitman, dated 24 April 1666 states: "Zachary Whitman of Milford" bequeathed to "my cousin Zachary Whitman my brother's son my house & land at the decease of my wife" and "all the books my wife can spare" (This clearly a reference to his brother John Whitman of Weymouth and his son Zachary Whitman) and to "my cousin John Streame" twenty pounds; "I give Dr. Preston's books to my cousin Clarke and my cousin Streame"; (This referring to his two nephews sons of Elizabeth (Whitman) Stream. [8]

The will of Zachary Whitman’s widow Sarah (Biscoe) Whitman also names the children of Zachary Whitman’s two siblings: Elizabeth (Whitman) Stream and John Whitman of Weymouth. "The nuncupative will of Mrs. Sarah Whitman widow late of Milford deceased. We whose names are underwritten do testify that Mrs. Sarah Whitman of Milford in the county of Newhaven widow, lately deceased, having a purpose to make her will & being at that time in perfect sense & memory not long before she died declared her mind for the dispose of her worldly estate as followeth or in words to that purpose & effect, viz: I will give my goods to my cousins, namely my cousin George Clarke, to my cousin John Stream & to my cousin Zachary Whitman. In witness to the truth whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names this 5th day of April 1671, Samuell Burwell, Nathan Burwell, Elnathan Botchford. This was taken upon oath this 26th of April 71 before me Alex[ander] Bryan Assistant. I also Thomas Welch of l\1ilford do testify to the substance of what is abovewritten, expressed to me & in my hearing by the said Mrs. Whitman deceased two or three days before she died, only with this addition, that she spake of the dispose of some of the best (meaning her goods) to Zachary Whitman. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name the day & year abovewritten, Thomas Welch”[9]

"We conclude that Elizabeth (Whitman) (Stream) Otis was his sister, and that Zachariah Whitman was also son of Richard Whitman of Lee,Buckinghamshire, which is about two miles from Chesham...Zachariah Whitman was brother of John Whitman {1638, Weymouth}"[10]


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Zachariah Whitman GM2:7:359-63 see also John Stream GM2:6:573-77; Thomas Stream GM2:6:578-80; Thomas Holbrook GM2:3:352,354, John Otis (GM2:5:322-26)
  2. NEHGR 65:67; GM2:7:359-63
  3. Torrey 3:1657 1630 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States [WHITMAN, Zachariah (-1666) & Sarah BISCOE (1606-1671); Chesham, Eng, 10 Jun 1630; Dorchester/Milford, CT {Chesham Reg. 227; Whitman (1889) xi; Reg. 54:384, 65:67; Avery Anc. (1925) 123; Shaffer-Hunt 73; Miner Anc. 200; Brush-Bowers 45}]
  4. Publications of the Harleian Society (The Society London) Register Series 26:84
  5. Publications of the Harleian Society (The Society London) Register Series 39:3
  6. Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640 p 242 (Boston, Massachusetts. New England Historic and Genealogical Society. 2015) GMDIR p 371; John Whitman: Unknown; 1638; Weymouth [MBCR 1:375; SPR Case #2012; Weymouth Hist 4:753; Charles H Farnam, History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, Mass. (New Haven, Connecticut, 1889)] See also his brother in GM2:7:359-63; GMDIR 371; Zachariah Whitman; Chesham, Buckinghamshire; 1635 on Truelove; Dorchester, New Haven, Milford [GM2:7:359-63]; GMDIR 322; Stream, John: London; 1635 on Truelove; Weymouth, Milford [GM2:6:573-77] and Stream Thomas; London; 635 on Truelove; Wyemouth, [GM2:6:578-80]
  7. The Original Lists Of Persons of Quality . . ., John Camden Hotten, ed. (London 1874; rpt. Baltimore 1974) 131
  8. New Haven, Connecticut, Probate Records 1 :2:2
  9. New Haven, Connecticut, Probate Records 1:2:38
  10. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) p 359-63
  11. Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents
  12. Anderson, Robert Charles, Zachariah Whitman Great Migration 1634-1635, T-Y. (Vol T-Y, Page 361) (Online database accessed February 11, 2015. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.)


From http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/WHITMAN/1999-10/0940814837

Elizabeth Whitman [SIC: no proof] b 1595/1605 of London, England d aft 12 Sep 1672 Weymouth, Norfolk, MA md 22 Feb 1619/20 London England TO Thomas STREAM / STREAME b abt 1595 d around 1635 London, England

They were parents of 4 children all born London, England:

1. Thomas 1620 d aft 1656 Weymouth, Norfolk, MA

NOTES: Thomas was 15 years of age and his brother John was 14 when they came with their uncle [SIC] Zachariah [Whitman] and his wife and child in 1635. If Thomas married I haven't been able to find any thing about it. Savage says Thomas was dead by June, but doesn't say what year. He left a decent estate which his mother Elizabeth OTIS had administration of.

2. John 1621 London, England d 1685 New Haven, New Haven, CT. md 20 Dec 1649 Milford, New Haven, CT., TO: Martha BEARD

3. Elizabeth 1624 London, England d 1688 Weymouth, Norfolk, MA md 1641/1646 Weymouth, Norfolk, MA., TO: John HOLBROOOK NOTES: Elizabeth md John HOLBROOK as his 2nd wife..and had 2 or perhaps more children.

4. Benjamin abt 1625 London, England d aft 1635 MA.

NOTES: Can't find much about Benjamin ..I have found his name under his brother Thomas in Sav v4 p222 that says..."said to be brought from England with brother Benjamin by his mother Elizabeth which became 2nd wife of John 1) OTIS of Weymouth."


1. From William A. Otis’s Memoir of the Otis Family [223]:

“After his first wife’s death, he moved shortly to Weymouth, where he married again, his bride being Elizabeth Streame, who, according to the Genealogical Dirctionary of Rhode Island, died in 1676. He lived at Weymouth until the time of his death, May 31, 1657, which is recorded in Hobart’s journal with the statement athe he was seventy-six years old, thus corroborating the year of his birth as 1581. It appears that his wife, at the time of her marriage, was a widow with two children, Thomas and Benjamin Streame, and that she survived John at least several years; since five years later, on the death of the former son, she was appointed administratrix, as noted in the New England Gen. Reg., Vol. XI, pg. 173:--‘Thomas Streame, 1st, July, 1662, ...’”

2. Elizabeth’s surname is sometimes given as Whitman, and her father either Richard or John Whitman, all without reference. (Payne-Joyce Genealogy)

Birth: 1592 - Wymondham,Norfolk,England (unproved)

From http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/WHITMAN/1999-10/0940814837

[comment: there is no proof that Elizabeth was part of the Whitman family]


  • Torrey's NE marr prior 1700 p718 for her 1st hus Thomas STREAM and p548 for her 2nd husband John 1) OTIS.
  • Pope's Pioneers of MA p337; Savage vol 4 p222 for her sons John and Thomas ....
  • Coldham's Complete Book of Emigrants p 167 ..inc two of Elizabeth's children, Thomas STREAM age 15 and John STREAM age 14.

NOTES: Elizabeth and Thomas were md in London England, he died probably around 1635 in London, England. His wife came to NE with her children, probably aboard the same ship as her brother and his family and her two sons Thomas and John. she md2) after 1653 General John 1) OTIS. He can be found in the Genealogical notes of Barnstable Families by OTIS v2 p222.

view all 13

Elizabeth Otis's Timeline

Orchard Leigh, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 28
London, Middlesex, England
Age 29
Age 32
Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Age 33
London, Middlesex, England
July 17, 1676
Age 84
Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
January 5, 1957
Age 84
January 5, 1957
Age 84