THE ST-GELAIS FAMILIES OF NORTH AMERICA

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  • ID: I1505
  • Name: RICHARD OTIS
  • Given Name: RICHARD
  • Surname: OTIS
  • Name: Richard Otheys Sr.
  • Given Name: Richard Otheys Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: A1008AAB317E834293F523F55A4CAEE725E6
  • Change Date: 13 JAN 2007
  • _COLOR: 2
  • Note: INTRODUCTION: In general my genealogy of the Otis family follows the g enealogy of THE OTIS FAMILY, CANADIAN BRANCH BY GERARD MALCHELOSSE, His g enealogy of the Otis family."Branche Canadienne" was printed in 1921.Th e reader should bear in mind that there are two members of the Otis fam ily whom have given Migraine headaches to the most outstanding genealog ists. Mostly, It has to do with "HOW"the following two individuals are r elated. John (Jean-Baptiste dit L'Anglais) Otis. & Francoise-Rose Otis ( Francoise Rozzotti) who married Jean Poitevin (Potvin) 29 Oct 1696 in B eauport, P. Q. Some genealogists believe that Francoise Rose could have b een the daughter of Richard Sr's son, Stephen (Etienne) Otis and Mary P itman. GERARD MALCHELOSSE who has done extensive research on the Otis f amily has listed Jean-Baptiste and Francoise Rose as children of Richar d Sr. Otis second marriage to Anna-Shuah Starbuck. I have received info rmation which contradicts Malchelosse's claim that Francoise-Rose Otis i s the daughter of Richard Sr. Otis. ACCORDING FRANCOISE ROSE OTIS' MARR IAGE CONTRACT No. 193062 dated October 29, 1696 before Notaire M. Dupra c of Beauport, the contract reads "Francoise Rosotis, origine (Anglaise d es environs de Boston) Parents de Francoise Rosotis. Steven Otis et Mar ie Otis (sa mere)" which means "Francoise Rosotis, of English origin fr om the area of Boston. Francoise Rosotis parents are Steven Otis and Ma rie Otis, her mother. RICHARD SR. OTIS (OTHEYS), a blacksmith, born 27 F eb, 1626 in Glastonbury, Somerset County, England, settled in Dover, N . H. in about 1655. Richard Sr. Otis originally came to "New England" t o join his uncle, JOHN OTIS who was already established in Ingham, Mass achusetts. In the early part of 1655, Richard Sr. was a citizen of Bost on. In the fall of that year he was granted 10 acres of land in Dover , New Hampshire, and by 1656 he owned 50 acres of land. Richard Sr. Ot is' land is located on the east side of the Concheco River, a few acres f rom Major Richard Waldron's property in Dover, N. H. ( In the 1600s, th e Dover area was known as CONCHECO). Richard Sr. was one of the four t own elders. Richard Sr. was married 3 times. He had at least 8 childr en with his first wife, ROSE STOUGHTON. (Married in about 1650) They w ere: 1. RICHARD JR., 2. STEPHEN SR. (ETIENNE) 3. SOLOMON, 4. NICOLA S, 5. EXPERIENCE (ESPERANCE). 6. JUDITH, 7. MARTHA (ROSE#1), and 8. A NN. RICHARD SR. OTIS had at least one child with his second wife, ANN E-SHUAH STARBUCK (Widow of James Heard) (Married in 1676) JOHN, later b aptized as "JEAN-BAPTISTE" dit L' ANGLAIS OTIS. RICHARD SR. OTIS had a t least two children with his 3rd wife GRIZEL WARREN (Married in about 1 686). 1. MARGARET (later baptized CHRISTINE), and 2. HANNAH. In abo ut 1676, at Dover, New-Hampshire, located slightly northwest of Portsm outh, N. H. and very close to what is now the Maine border, (Maine did n ot become a State until March 1820 and in the 1600's, Maine was part of T he Massachusetts Bay Colony) and also relatively close to what is now t he Massachusetts border, a certain Major RICHARD WALDRON, Magistrate a nd Officer of the Militia was involved in dishonest dealings with the n earby Indians . (For a brief genealogy on Major Richard Sr. Waldron see t he notes under Edward Jr. Starbuck.) There were several skirmishes and t wo military companies under the orders of WALDRON captured approximatel y 350 Abenaki indians. Many were imprisoned without reason, 10 were p ut to death by hanging, while many others were deported to Boston, or s old as slaves. The Abenaki Indians of what is now Maine, waited patien tly for 13 years for their hour of revenge. Vengeance came after nigh tfall on the 27th & early morning hours of the 28th of June 1689, when f our hundred Abenaki Indians attacked the peaceful village of Dover, N.H . (There were other indian tribes involved. i.e. Penacooks, Ossipees an d Pequaioketts). Because of previous incidents with the indians, seven h ouses in the Village of Dover had become fortified garrisons enclosed b y a wooden stockade fence.1. Major Richard Waldorn's 2. Richard Otis, 3 . Peter Coffin, 4. His son Tristram Coffin, 5. the Gerrish Garrison, 6 . The Heard Garrison, and 7. the Paine Garrison. The local resident s felt safer sleeping at night in these fortified garrisons. Indian sq uaws pretending to be traders were granted access to some of the garris ons when they requested shelter for the night. As everyone slept, the s quaws quietly opened the compound gates which allowed the 400 indians t o begin what is known as the "Concheco Massacre" of 1689. (The Concheco r iver flows through Dover, N. H.) The OTIS family was not spared. RICH ARD SR. was killed in his bed along with several of his children. His 2 y ear Old daughter, Hannah & his married son STEPHEN SR. were also killed . STEPHEN SR's sons, NATHANIEL and STEPHEN JR.were abducted by the indi ans and taken to Quebec and Stephen's daughter Rose (later baptized Fra ncoise-Rose) was also abducted and taken to Quebec. It is believed t hat STEPHEN SR.'S wife, MARY PITMAN may have been killed also, as "Now here" does her name appear after that date. RICHARD SR.'s 3rd wife, G RIZEL WARREN, and their baby MARGARET (CHRISTINE) only a few months old w ere also taken prisoner. His daughters from his first marriage, ROS E#1(MARTHA), JUDITH, and EXPERIENCE (ESPERANCE), were also taken capti ve but were rescued within the next few days in Conway, N. H. as the i ndians were quickly fleeing the soldiers in their pursuit. JOHN (Jean-B aptiste), from Richard Sr's second marriage, was also taken captive. M ajor Richard Waldron was killed in the attack and his body was horribly m utilated as well as his son-in-law, Henry-Nathaniel Lee, married to Wal dron's daughter Esther. William Horne, husband of Elizabeth Clough was a lso murdered. Others killed in this massacre were Robert Evans, Joseph D ug, Joseph Duncan, Daniel Lunt, Joseph Saunders, Joseph Buss, Willam Bu ss, Willliam Arms and Mary Paul, widow of Thomas Hanson & Elizabeth Bo yce wife of Tobias Hanson and Daughter in law of Mary Paul. It is said t hat 23 inhabitants were killed and 29 were taken captive. A complete li st of all those killed in the massacre does not exist. So far I have be en able to locate 17 of the 23 and I continue to search for the others. H ere is an alphabetical List of those Killed. 1. Arms, William 2. Boy ce, Elizabeth (Wife of Tobias Hanson) 3.Buss, Joseph 4. Buss, Willia m (Joseph & William Buss are sons of Joseph Buss & Elizabeth Jones M 21 D ec 1671 in Concord, Mass. 5. Duncan, Joseph 6. Dug, Joseph 7. Evans , Robert 8. Ham, William (Husband of Elizabeth Clough) 9. Lee, Henry -Nathaniel ( Son in Law of Major Waldron married to Esther Waldron) 10 . Lunt, Daniel ( 11. Otis, Hannah 12 Otis, Richard Sr. 13. Otis, Ste phen 14. Paul, Mary (Widow of Thomas Hanson) 15. Pitman, Mary (wife o f Stephen Otis Probably killed as nowhere does her name appear after th at date) 16. Saunders, Joseph 17. Waldron, Maj. Richard. It was co mmon practice for the Abenaquis to flee with their captors in different p arties and in different directions. Grizel and her child with one part y, Experience, MARTHA (ROSE#1), & Judith, with another, Nathaniel and S tephen Jr with another, and Rose#2, (Francoise-Rose) and John (Jean-B aptiste) yet with another. Records show that GRIZEL WARREN resurfaced i n Montreal in 1693, when she was baptized on May 9th, 1693, from GRIZ EL WARREN to MARIE-MADELEINE OUARREN and her infant daughter MARGARET w as baptized CHRISTINE. There is a marriage contract indicating GRIZEL W ARREN married Phillippe Robitaille on Oct 26, 1693. ROSE (#2) & JOHN w ere taken to Quebec by way of the "Chaudiere" river. Rose #2 and John d id not arrive in Quebec until the fall of that year and were horribly m istreated during that period. ROSE#2 was about 11 years old in 1689. S he was purchased from the Indians by the French and was raised by a Fre nch family in Beauport, Quebec. She was baptized FRANCOISE-ROSE OTIS ( OTISSE) . JOHN, who was only about 6 years old at the time of his abdu ction, was not so fortunate. He was brutally tortured by the indians. I t is said that they cut off his ears and removed many of his fingernail s. He was forced to live with the Indians for several years. Eventuall y John was purchased from an old indian squaw who had befriended him. O n the 10th of April 1700, JOHN OTIS, now about 17 years old was bapti zed "JEAN-BAPTISTE" (dit) L' Anglais OTIS. (dit) Loosely translated m eans AKA (also known as) " L' Anglais" = "The Englishman" it occurs ext ensively in French surnames. STEPHEN SR. OTIS' son NATHANIEL was later b aptized "Paul" and STEPHEN JR. was baptized "JOSEPH-MARIE". See JEAN-BA PTISTE's and FRANCOISE-ROSE's individual records for information about t heir marriages and children. ROSE#2 (FRANCOISE-ROSE), JOHN (JEAN-BAPTIS TE), NATHANIEL (PAUL), STEPHEN JR. (JOSEPH-MARIE) All four chose to re main in Quebec during the period of repatriation of 1714, as most of th em had already married and started families by that time. RICHARD SR's s on NICHOLAS managed to survive the Concheco massacre, however he was ki lled by indians on 26 July, 1696 while returning home from church with h is wife Joyce. She was abducted and later released. RICHARD SR.'s daug hter EXPERIENCE (ESPERANCE) was also attacked by indians in 1696. She w as scalped, lived long enough to give birth to a child, and died shortl y thereafter, as she was never able to recover from her wounds. John Tu ttle married to Judith Otis, daughter of Richard Sr., was also killed b y Indians on May 7, 1712. I am proud to be a descendant of both RICHA RD SR. and JOHN (JEAN-BAPTISTE) OTIS. And, FRANCOISE-ROSE we're proud t o have you aboard as well. Francoise Rose's Grand-Daughter, Marie-Victo ire Potvin, married Jean-Marie-Francois, Pradet dit St-Gelais 15 Jan 17 55 at Baie St. Paul, P. Q. Jean-Marie-Francois is the son of Jean-Simon P radet dit St-Gelais & Dit Laforge the ancestor of all the St. Gelais of N orth America .
  • Birth: 27 FEB 1626 in Glastonbury, Somerset County, England
  • Death: 28 JUN 1689 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.



    Father: STEPHEN (1) OTIS b: ABT 1580 in England
    Mother: MRS. Margaret OTIS b: ABT 1602 in England

    Marriage 1 Rose STOUGHTON b: 1 NOV 1629
    • Married: ABT 1650 in Probably Boston, Mass.
    Children
    1. Has Children Richard OTIS b: ABT 1651 in Boston, Mass. Bay Colony
    2. Has Children Stephen (Etienne) OTIS b: ABT 1652 in Boston, Mass. Bay Colony
    3. Has Children Martha (Rose #1) OTIS b: ABT 1657 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    4. Has Children Ann OTIS b: ABT 1660 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    5. Has No Children Solomon OTIS b: 15 OCT 1663 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    6. Has Children Nicolas Sr. OTIS b: ABT 1664 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    7. Has Children Experience (Esperance) OTIS b: 7 NOV 1666 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    8. Has Children Judith OTIS b: ABT 1671 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.

    Marriage 2 ANNA-SHUAH STARBUCK b: ABT 1646 in Probably Dover, N. H.
    • Married: 5 NOV 1677 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    Children
    1. Has Children JEAN-BAPTISTE SR. OTIS b: BET 1680 AND 1683 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.

    Marriage 3 Grizel WARREN b: 24 FEB 1662 in Berwick, York, Maine
    • Married: ABT 1687 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Hannah OTIS b: ABT 1687 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.
    2. Has Children Christine (Margaret) OTIS b: 9 MAR 1689 in Dover, Strafford, N. H.

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