Otis Gale

1 September 1801–5 August 1865 (Age 63)
Royalston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Otis

When Otis Gale was born on 1 September 1801, in Royalston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Isaac Gale, was 41 and his mother, Elizabeth Cutler, was 38. He married Elmira Sherwin on 18 May 1823. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 5 August 1865, in Royalston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 63.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Otis Gale
Elmira Sherwin
Marriage: 18 May 1823
Charles Augustus Gale
Cynthia Newton Gale
Otis P. Gale

Spouse and Children

18 May 1823


    Charles Augustus Gale


    Cynthia Newton Gale


    Otis P. Gale


Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1803 · The U.S doubles in size

Age 2

The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 18

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a cheerful or boisterous person, from Middle English ga(i)le ‘jovial’, ‘rowdy’, from Old English gāl ‘light’, ‘pleasant’, ‘merry’, which was reinforced in Middle English by Old French gail. Compare Gail 2.2 English: from a Germanic personal name introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Gal(on). Two originally distinct names have fallen together in this form: one was a short form of compound names with the first element gail ‘cheerful’, ‘joyous’. Compare Gaillard , the other was a byname from the element walh ‘stranger’, ‘foreigner’.3 English: metonymic occupational name for a jailer, topographic name for someone who lived near the local jail, or nickname for a jailbird, from Old Northern French gaiole ‘jail’ (Late Latin caveola, a diminutive of classical Latin cavea ‘cage’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Otis Gale in entry for Chas. A. Gale and Jinnett D. Bemis, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Otis Gale, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"
  • Otis Gale, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.