Person:Richard Otis (1)

m. BET 1598 AND 1631
  1. Richard Otis1616 - 1689
m. 1651
  1. Rose Otisaft 1649 -
  2. Stephen Otisabt 1652 - 1689
  3. Martha Otis1654 - 1699
  4. Ann Otisabt 1657 - aft 1704
  5. Solomon Otis1663 - abt 1664
  6. Nicholas Otisabt 1665 - 1696
  7. Experience Otis1666 - 1706
  8. Richard Otis, Jr
  9. Judith Otis1667 - 1712
  • HRichard Otis1616 - 1689
  • WShuah StarbuckBet 1626 and 1641 - 1686
m. between 28 Nov 1676 and 5 Nov 1677
m. abt 1685
  1. Hannah Otis1687 - 1689
  2. Margaret Otis1688/89 - 1773
Facts and Events
Name Richard Otis
Gender Male
Birth? 27 Feb 1616 Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Alt Birth? 1629 Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Occupation? Blacksmith
Religion? Puritan, but often in opposition to the church.
Marriage 1651 to Rose Stoughton
Residence[1] May 1655 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage between 28 Nov 1676 and 5 Nov 1677 to Shuah Starbuck
Marriage abt 1685 to Grizzel Warren
Death[1][2] 28 Jun 1689 Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United StatesDied in Cocheco Massacre
  1. 1.0 1.1 Richardson, Douglas, and Kimball G. Everingham. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005), 783.

    "... RICHARD OTIS, blacksmith. ... They immigrated to New England, where he was admitted an inhabitant at Boston, Massachusetts in May 1655. ... He married (2nd) between 28 Nov. 1676 and 5 Nov 1677 Shuah Starbuck, widow of James Heard (died shortly before 3 March 1675/6), of Kittery, Maine and daughter of Edward Starbuck. They had no known issue. He admitted the Masonian claims and agreed to pay ground rent for his lands in 1683. He married (3rd) about 1685 Grizzel Warren. They had two daughters, Hannah and Margaret (wife of Louis le Beau and [Capt.] Thomas Baker). RICHARD OTIS was murdered by Indians in his garrison 28 June 1689."

  2. The Cocheco Massacre.

    "At Richard Otis's garrison the scene was similar. Otis, his son Stephen and daughter Hannah were killed. His wife, Grizel and three month old daughter Margaret as well as two of his grandchildren were taken captive to Canada. Little Margaret (rechristened Christine by French nuns who raised her in Quebec) later returned to Dover at age 45 and opened a tavern. The Otis garrison was also burned to the ground."

  3.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 3:324-325.

    "RICHARD, Dover 1656, had been first at Boston, there, in May 1655, when adm. to be an inhab. call. a smith, prob. was only s. b. a. 1626, of Stephen of Glastonbury, Co. Somerset, who seems to have been elder br. of the first John; had in Nov. 1655 ld. at D. was selectman 1660, and had three ws. the first, Rose Stoughton, m. some yrs., bef. he was at D. From a MS. in the Brit. Museum, marked No. 6174 in the catal. of those call. "Additional," writ. by Sir Nicholas S. in wh. the latest date perceiv. is 1672, I found, she was his elder sis. b. a. 1629, and d. of Anthony, sent by his and her f. 1643, by capt. S. (no doubt our Israel), to America, and the MS, adds, "now liv. there, the w. of ________ Otis, with sev. ch." Of these ch. we learn not, for most, the exact date of b. and must not be confid. of the order; the names were Stephen, b. 1652; Rose; Richard; Nicholas; Solomon, 15 Oct. 1663, d. next yr.; Experience, 7 Nov. 1666; and Judith. Bef. 5 Nov. 1677, he had sec. w. Shuah, wid. of James Heard, on whose est. he was then admor. but no ch. of this m. is heard of. By third w. Grizzle, a young d. of James Warren, he had Hannah, b. 1689; and a d. 6 Mar. 1689, the subject of romantic story. He was k. by the Ind. 28 June 1689, with his d. Hannah, when his w. and the ch. of 3 mos, were tak. away to Canada. The ch. was bapt. by the French, who purch. her, and the mo. aft. m. a Frenchman, having two ch. and being left a wid. she came back to N. E. m. capt. Thomas Baker of Brookfield, for wh. and her suffer. the town made her gr. of ld. if she would not go again to Canada. Her former ghostly father wrote to preserve or recover his convert, but our Gov. Burnet took up the spiritual controversy, and the Romish priest failed. She liv. to 23 Feb. 1773. The mo. m. a Mr. Robitail at Montreal, and liv. to great age. The three elder ds. had been tak. at the same time, but were recapt. by fresh pursuit at Conway, on their route to Canada. Rose m. John Pinkham, had ten ch.; Experience m. Samuel Heard; and Judith m. John Tuttle, wh. was k. by the Ind. In the first, sec. and third generat. no fam. in N. E. I think, could match this of Richard O. for measure of calam. from war."