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John Otis

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Death: January 16, 1684 (63)
Scituate, Plymouth Colony
Place of Burial: Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Otis (immigrant) and Margaret Otis
Husband of Mary Holbrook
Father of Alicia Otis; Richard Otis; Hanna Otis; Margaret Otis; Mary Gorham (Otis) and 8 others
Brother of Child Otis; Anne Otis; Hannah Gill; Margaret Burton; Mercy Otis and 7 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About John Otis, of Scituate

John Otis. Born ca 1621 in Glastonbury, Eng. John was baptized in Glastonbury, Eng., on 14 Jan 1622. [223],[2] John died on 16 Jan 1684 in Scituate, MA.[2]

Parents: John Otis (b. 1581, Glastonbury, Somerset, England and died 31 May 1657 in Weymouth MA) [87] and Margaret ???.


  1. ca 1649 in Hingham, MA. [5] to Mary Jacob, daughter of Nicholas Jacob (ca 1604-5 Jun 1657) & Mary Gilman (ca 1605-15 Jun 1681). Mary was born ca 1632 in Hingham, Norfolk, MA; baptized in Hingham, Norfolk, MA on 11 May 1632 [5]; and died aft 12 Jul 1699.

Their children include:

  1. Mary Otis (Died soon) (14 Jan 1653-bef 1654)
  2. Mary Otis (14 Mar 1654-1 Apr 1733)
  3. James Otis (Died soon) (1655-bef 1663)
  4. Hon. John Otis (21 Sep 1657-23 Sep 1727)
  5. Hannah Otis (22 Mar 1659/60-)
  6. Capt. Stephen Otis (1661-26 Aug 1733)
  7. James Otis (1663-1690)
  8. Hon. Joseph Otis (1665-11 Jun 1754)
  9. Job Otis (20 Mar 1667-1758)
  10. Elizabeth Otis (1671-17 Jun 1748)


When John was “about ten years old the family emigrated to new England, and his father settled at Hingham. The family residence was at ‘Otis Hill,’ where John lived until after his parents’ death. In 1668 he, or at least a John Otis, is mentioned on the Hingham records as being a landholder; it is also recorded that he took the oath of fidelity there in 1662; although in 1661 he had moved to Scituate. There he bought of Deacon Thomas Robinson the house on the south of Coleman Hill, formerly the residence of Gen. Cudworth, and resided there. In 1663, according to thte records, he bought for 69 pounds a certain portion of another property from Mr. Hatherly. In 1678 he went to Barnstable and settled a land called Otis farm, opposite to Hinkley Lane, near the Marshes, West Parish. There he left his son John, and returned to Scituate, where he died.

“His monument was in the old burying ground. ‘Meeting House Lane,’ one mile south of the harbor, and in 1845, although broken and defaced, ws still legible. His will, dated Scituate 1683, gives to his eldest daughter, Mary, the wife of John Gorham, and daughter of Hannah and Elizabeth 50 pounds each; houses and lands at Hingham and Barnstable to John, Stephen, James, and Job; to Joseph and Job house and lands in Sciutate after after his mother’s decease. He is said to have been in King Philip’s War.

“John seems to have been of a rather pugnacious disposition and not easily amenable to the strict laws of the Puritans, so that one finds frequent references in the old records to his various legal troubles...” [223]

"John, whose posterity is very numerous, married Mary, daughter of Nicholas Jacob of HIngham, 1653. In 1661, he settled in Scituate, on the south of Colman's hills. In 1678, he went to Barnstable, and took ujp 'the Otis farm,' near Hinckley lane. He left at Barnstable his eldest son John, and returned and deceased in Scituate 1683. His monument is in 'the old burying ground in Meeting-house lane': it is broken and defaced, but legible at this time.

"In his will, dated at Scituate, 1683, he gives 'To eldest daughter Mary, (wife of John Gowin), and daughters Hannah and Elizabeth 50 pounds 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 decease.'" [6]

“In 1655, in accordance with a promise made to him at the time of his marriage in 1649, his father conveyed to him all of his real estate in Hingham, includeing the home on North Street. John Otis and his family resided there until 1661, when he purchased from Deacon Thomas Robinson a house, formerly that of Gen. James Cudworth (his second home in Scituate), on the south side of Colman hills in Scituate, and here he removed from Hingham. The site of this house is now [1938] covered by the railroad track of the Scituate Sand and Gravel Company.” [7]


Birth name was Oattis, or a similar spelling. There are many opinions on his birthplace and date. Probably in Devon, or mabie around Glastonbury, Somerset.

Born: Barnstable, Devonshire, England?

Death Location: Hingham, Plymouth Co, MA or Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.



223. William A. Otis, A Memoir of the Otis Family, Winnetka, Ill, 1924. 87. George Walter Chamberlain, History of Weymouth, Boston, 1923. 2. Joseph Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Originally published 1860. 6. Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from Its First Settlement to 1831. 7. L. Vernon Briggs, History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family, 1254-1937, 1938, Three volumes. 5. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: immigrants to New England 1620-1633, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995, Three volumes.

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John Otis, of Scituate's Timeline

January 14, 1621
Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Glastonbury, Somerset, England
January 14, 1653
Age 32
Hingham, Suffolk County (Present Plymouth County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 34
Scituate, Plymouth Colony
November 21, 1657
Age 36
Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 40
Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 42
June 6, 1666
Age 45
Scituate, Plymouth Colony
March 20, 1667
Age 46
Scituate, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)