Monday, July 17, 2023

Forget Me Not: Julia Tate Ott, 1939 TN

This brief obituary is very interesting. I had Jesse A. Ott in my records but not his wife. What I find interesting is Jesse died in 1878 at the age of 28 from Yellow Fever. His widow lived for over 60 more years. The obituary does not mention a second husband. Julia lived for a very long time after Jesse’s death.



Julia Ann Tate Ott

c 1856 MS – 11 July 1939 TN

Widow of Jesse Alexander Ott

Pike Pioneer Passes Away in Memphis


Mrs. Julia Ott died in Memphis yesterday at the age of 83 years. She was the former Miss Tate of Pike county, lived in Osyka for a long time, and was the wife of J. Alex Ott, who died with yelloe fevver in 1878.


Mrs. Ott was the grandmother of Commissioner Davis of Memphis, the aunt of Charlie Tate and great aunt of Nick Tate of this city. Funeral services were to be held in Memphis today.


Source: Pike Pioneer Passes Away in Memphis (McComb, MS, Enterprise - Journal, 12 July 1939) 1; digital image, accessed Feb. 2023.  



After reading this obituary at, I went back to the website and searched Memphis newspapers and found this obituary for Julia.



Commissioner Davis’ Grandmother Dies


Services For Mrs. Julia Ott Will be Held Today – Mrs. Julia Ott, grandmother of Commissioner Davis, died at 5:02 0’clock yesterday morning at Baptist Hospital following a three week’s illness. She was 83.


Mrs. Ott had undergone an operation and a blood transfusion. She lived in Osyka, Miss. Her home town, most of her life. She moved to Memphis 28 years ago and made her home with her son – in – law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Davis, 1418 South Lauderdale. She was a Baptist.


She leaves her daughter, Mrs. Davis; her son, Omer O. Ott; and three grandchildren, Mrs. E. P. Hanna, Miss Marie Davis and Commissioner Davis, all of Memphis.


Pallbearers will be George L. O’Connor, Chauncey Barbour, Jesse Kuhn, A. I. Conrad, Hugh Sanders and J. J. Schuburg.




Source: Commissioner Davis’ Grandmother Dies (Memphis, TN, The Commercial Appeal, 12 July 1939) 10; digital image, accessed Feb. 2023.  








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