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Otis Jay Nye

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Fabius, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death: May 9, 1931 (88)
1627 Ellis Blvd, Cedar Rapids, Linn, IA, USA (Arterio Sclerosis - Heart Block)
Place of Burial: Cedar Rapids, Linn, IA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Sylvanus Nicolai Nye and Emmaline Nye
Husband of Hattie Josephine Nye
Father of Jessie Virginia Hagenbuch; Georgiana A. Nye; Frank Edward Nye; James Warren Nye; Frederick William Nye and 5 others
Brother of Alford Nye

Occupation: Railroad Car Inspector
Managed by: John H. Nye
Last Updated:

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.

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

September 16, 1842
Fabius, Onondaga County, New York, USA
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.

April 7, 1870
Age 27
Buffalo, New York, USA
November 14, 1873
Age 31
Urbana, Benton, Iowa, USA

No details of his birth, but this is what was happening in Urbana, IA at the time he was born: "As Cedar Rapids was the nearest road point, a thriving teamster business sprang up, with no less then 25 or 30 teams hauling freight and supplies from Cedar Rapids, a distance of 25 miles, making three trips each week. Many thrilling tales have been handed down of the hardships and dangers these teamsters encountered. They faced the blinding blizzards in the winter, fording of the streams in the spring floods as there were no bridges. Many times they lost parts or all of their loads. In 1873 the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific railroad was built connecting Decorah and Cedar Rapids going through Center Point, 6 miles east of Urbana. From then on freight was hauled from Center Point. A daily stage was set up carrying passengers and mail to and from Center Point and meeting mail trains each evening. This was operated by F. F. and John Burrell." -

Age 30
Buffalo, NY, USA
- 1900
Age 31
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
August 14, 1875
Age 32
Benton, IA, USA