Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Forget Me Not: Thomas C. Ott, 1927 MS

Thomas Ott was a "pioneer citizen" of Osyka. When I see those words in a newspaper article I pay close attention. It often means I am finding one of our early family members. 


Thomas Charles Ott

25 Jan 1854 LA – 4 December 1927 MS

Son of Samuel Edward Ott & Elenor Esther Addison

Husband of Emily Jones


My 2nd cousin, 3x removed


Tom Ott Dies At Osyka


The death of Thomas Ott, one of the pioneer citizens of Osyka, occurred Saturday and he was buried at Osyka Sunday. He was 74 years of age and a life – time citizen of that locality. Everyone knew him as Uncle Tom, and everyone was his friend who came in contact with him. For many years he was in the saw mill business at Osyka, until a few years ago when he sold out his interest in the mill to Walter Ott. Hundreds of people who go to Osyka will miss the familiar figure of Uncle Tom and his cherry words of greeting.



Source: Tom Ott Dies At Osyka (McComb, MS, Semi - Weekly Journal, 7 Dec 1927) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed Feb. 2023.  


Children of Tom & Emily:


Charles Monroe Ott

William Jones Ott

Annie E. Ott

Carrie Pearl Ott

Seaborn G. Ott

Harry Leon Ott





  1. What a beautiful obituary! One of my great-grandfathers was known as “Uncle Tommy” in his community as well. Looking forward to hearing more stories of your pioneer “Uncle” Tom!

  2. This is exactly why I love newspaper research so much. Obits can be a real gold mine!

  3. Newspapers are great! I agree; I get a little excited when they say things like "pioneer citizen" and pay close attention as well! I love your chart; what did you use to you create it? :)

  4. Thanks. I use Family Tree Maker program to make charts. I save the charts to photos, edit if necessary and then add to my posts.


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