I would like to reply to the message from Autumn Brown concerning Edward Hackett Otis, son of Stephen Otis and Lois Hackett. My grandmother was an Otis: Mary Frances Otis, born Feb. 26, 1868 in Xenia, MO. Her brother was Newton Otis [who married Eunice Collins, sister of my grandfather A.L. Collins (double cousins)]. But to get to the point, Newton and Eunice Otis were the parents of Merrill E. Otis, a United States District Judge by appointment of Calvin Coolidge. Merrill wrote a small book entitled "My Father and Mother and Their Forefathers" as a gift to his parents (Dec. 15, 1927). This little book is very well documented and traces multiple lines: the Otis line, the Myers line, Miller line, Collins line, Fifield line, Dunham, Morton, Jewett, Slafter, Gillette, Morgan, Rogers, Carpenter, and "another" line going back to John of Gaunt. (Some of these lines have only a few generations.) Going back in time, the Otis line includes Merrill Edward Otis, married in 1850 to Tamar Myers, thence back to Ezekiel Otis, married to Mary Miller Standsberry (a widow). Next generation back to Rev. Edward Hackett Otis, married to Mary Merrill (or Mary Lunt), and then back to Stephen Otis (Sgt) married in 1759 to Lois Edgerton Hackett or perhaps Sarah Lunt. (Miss Hackett may have been a first marriage and Miss Lunt his second wife. The next generation back is Robert Otis, married to Margaret Sabin (Saben) in 1737. Margaret Sabin's parents were Israel Sabin and Mary Ormsby, & grandparents were Samuel Sabin married to Mary Billington in 1663, whose parents were Francis Billington and Christian Eaton. Francis' father was John Billington, the troublemaker in London who came over on the Mayflower, and who was the first person hanged in the new colonies - so I understand. (I am a beginner in Genealogy, and am fast becoming addicted.)
To Autumn Brown: I would be glad to try and Xerox this small book authored by Merrill E. Otis dated 1927, and get it to you by some means. Many events are mentioned that can be documented, and, as well, many family stories and traditions are related. There isn't a whole lot of information about Stephen Otis, only that official records show that he was first a corporal and then a sergeant in the Connecticut line, enlisting from Lyme, that his regiment and company participated in the Battle of Long Island and that when that battle ended he was among the missing. "For the story of his fate we must rely on family tradition", writes Merrill E. Otis. "That tradition is that at the Battle of Long Island Stephen Otis was captured by the British. His captors deliberately inoculated him and others with the germs of smallpox. From that disease he died, either before his release or shortly following his exchange. His wife too contracted the disease from nursing him. Both were martyrs in the cause of freedom. Their children, left orphans by their deaths, vowed vengeance against the enemy." He then describes how Edward Hackett, born in 1766, tried to enlist at 12 years of age...... and so forth. There is documentation of his service (ultimately enlisting at 16 yrs, and being severely wounded at the Battle of Throg's Neck) when he was granted a pension by the government on an application filed March 25, 1833.
It may be that the Stephen Otis you found in the Connecticut Birth Records is not of this line. (It's likely that our Stephen died much earlier and could not have been married in 1794.)
Sincerely, Janet Gallup