Biography of Major George H. Otis
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Otis, Major George H., was born in Halifax, Vt., January 27, 1830, and came to Troy with his parents in September of the same year. He is a descendant in a a direct line of John Otis, who was born in England and settled in Hingham, Mass., in 1635. Stephen of the fifth generation was born in 1738 and was in the French war under General Putnam and was also in the Revolutionary war. Stephen of the sixth generation was a member of the Vermont Legislature and died March 16, 1859. Chandler Otis, the father of George, was born April 6, 1803, and married Mary Miner of Massachusetts in 1828. He died from injuries received by a fall during the building of the Union depot in Troy February 25, 1854. His mother died in July, 1876. Major Otis after receiving his education entered a hardware store and later entered the employ of the old Troy Steamboat Company and was in New York city in the dry goods business until June, 1852. At the breaking out of the Rebellion he raised Co. C, 2d N. Y. Vols., and left May 18, 1861, for the front as captain of the same. On July 27, 1861, he was promoted to the rank of major and served with the 2d. Regiment until after the battle of Malvern Hill, when he was obliged to resign on account of his health being poor. He was a member of the Old Troy Citizens Corps, and from 1870 to 1877 was inspector on Brigadier General Alden's staff with rank of major. He was thirty one years bookkeeper in the office of the John A. Griswold Steel and Iron Company. He is a charter member of Post Griswold, G.A.R., I.O.O.F. and Mt. Zion Lodge No. 311, F. & A. M. He is also a member of the Third Army Corps Union, and the Society of the Army of the Potomac. September 6, 1853, he married Miss Cordelia S. Babcock of Rochester, N. Y., who died in December, 1882. His present wife was Mrs. Marian Van Arnam, to whom he was married April 24, 1884. He has one son and one daughter by his first wife.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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