Saturday, November 24, 2012

Surname Saturday – Ott

The Ott family can be traced back to Germany & Switzerland as early as 1398. My father’s family left there and traveled to South Carolina. They later moved south into Louisiana and Mississippi.

Ruth Wallis wrote:
"The Otts from whom Jacob descended settled in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and from there, Jacob emigrated to Louisiana about 1808.  He first settled a Spanish Grant, which was located near what is now Amite, Louisiana. While living here, Jacob helped to establish the Mt. Nebo Church. About 1812, Jacob moved to the Burch headright, located southeast of the village of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana, in what is now Washington Parish. Here he built a large house and acquired numbers of slaves to help in cultivating the eight hundred acres which comprised this estate. The family cemetery was started here, for several of the children died and were buried on the home site. In 1830, Jacob Ott moved again.  This time to the Busby headright, which he and his son, Charles, purchased together.  This headright is located in Washington Parish, Louisiana, on Silver Creek, about two miles north of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana.  Here the father and son worked together, raising cotton and operating a water mill.  Jacob Ott died on this site in 1836, and the entire estate, six hundred acres, was taken over by his son Charles. The other heirs received their part in slaves.  The land which comprised this estate is, at the present time, in the possession of descendants of Jacob Ott."

Ott names in my direct Family Line:

·         Hans Ott b c 1666 in Siwtzerland; married Anna Imdorff
·         Melchoir Ott 1699 Switzerland – 1755 SC; married Gretchen Schmitts
·         Jacob Ott I 1725 Switzerland – 1786; married Margaret Fitchtner
·         Jacob Ott II1755 SC – 1816
·         Jacob Ott III 1774 SC – 1836 LA; married Margaret Jackson; 8 children
·         Charlotte Temple Ott 1815 – 1895; married Nathaniel Brumfield; 5 children

A few Ott Resources:

  • Clawson, Alma Dell Magee.  Fields of Bloom.  Privately printed. 1972.
  • Culler, Daniel Marchant. Orangeburgh District 1768 - 1868 History and Records. Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, Publishers, 1995.
  • Salley, Jr., Alexander S. The History of Orangeburgh County South Carolina. Baltimore, MD: Regional Publishing Company, 1969.
  • Wallis, Ruth Temple. Descendants of Jacob Ott of South Carolina and Louisiana. 1967. Bogalusa, Louisiana. Privately printed.

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