Alfred Gideon Otis

Brief Life History of Alfred Gideon

When Alfred Gideon Otis was born on 13 December 1827, in Cortland, Cortland, New York, United States, his father, Isaac Otis, was 29 and his mother, Caroline Abigail Curtiss, was 19. He married Amelia Josephine Harres on 22 April 1862, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Prairieville, Prairieville Township, Barry, Michigan, United States in 1850 and Atchison, Atchison, Kansas, United States for about 40 years. He died on 9 May 1912, in Atchison, Kansas, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Atchison, Atchison, Kansas, United States.

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Alfred Gideon Otis
Amelia Josephine Harres
Marriage: 22 April 1862
Grace Hetherington Otis
William Alfred Otis
Harrison Gray Otis
Amelia Jane Otis
Mark Edwin Otis
Margaret Pearl Otis
Theodore Hanes Otis
Carl Spenser Otis

Sources (32)

  • A G Otis, "Kansas State Census, 1865"
  • Alfred G. Otis, "Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940"
  • Alfred Gideon Otis, "Find A Grave Index"

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1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1830 · The Oregon Trail

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Oates . This name is very common in America, but now rare in Britain.

History: John Otis emigrated from England in 1631 to Hingham, MA; he had many prominent descendants. His great grandson, James Otis (1725–83), was a Boston lawyer who played a major role in the development of opposition to the British crown and the establishment of the Fourth Amendment. Another descendant was Elisha Graves Otis (1811–61), inventor of the elevator, who was born on his father's farm at Halifax, Windham County, VT.

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

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Alfred G. Otis

ALFRED G. OTIS was born in Cortland County, N. Y., December 13, 1828, being the son of Isaac and Caroline A. Otis. While yet a mere boy his father removed to Barry County, in the then new State of Mic …

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