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Rose Otis

Female Abt 1677 - 1729  (~ 52 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Rose Otis was born about 1677 in Cocheco near Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire (daughter of Steven Otis and Mary Pitman); died on 6 Jul 1729; was buried on 7 Jul 1729 in Charlesbourg, Québec.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 7 Jul 1729

    Notes:

    Rose Otis was her birth name. Captured by the Abenaki in the same 1689 raid on Cochoco, New Hampshire in which her father Steven Otis and grandfather Richard Otis were killed, she was taken to Québec and baptized Françoise. Multiple French records call her François Rozotty. She became a naturalized citizen of New France in 1710.

    Her precise identity was long in dispute -- was she a daughter of Richard Otis, and if so, by which of his three wives? Or was she a granddaughter? Two sons of Richard's son Steven, Stephen and Nathaniel, were known to have been taken captive and sent to Quebec, where they married and lived out their lives. (Nathaniel was rebaptized with the name Paul.) Could she have been their sister?

    This was finally resolved in 1988 when Sister Annette Potvin, a nun in Alberta, Canada, obtained a copy of the marriage contract between Jean Poitevin and Françoise Rozotty. The document describes her as "françoise Rosotis, daughter of deceased STINODIS and the deceased MARY OTOS, her father and mother, of English birth in the environs of Boston." "Boston" was a common term among Quebecois for most of New England, and "Stinodis" is a very plausibly what a French scribe would write when hearing the name "Steven Otis."

    This is all thoroughly documented in Roger W. Lawrence's 1989 "The Identity of Rose Otis" (citation details below), but somehow this information has never managed to make it across the border between Canadian and American genealogical scholarship. Richardson's 2013 Royal Ancestry still lists her as a child of Richard Otis and Rose Stoughton, who were really her grandparents. So does Gary Boyd Roberts's 2018 The Royal Descent of 900 Immigrants.

    Rose married Jean Poitevin dit Laviolette on 29 Oct 1696 in Beauport, Québec. Jean (son of Jean Poitevin dit Laviolette and Madeleine Guillaudeau) was born on 14 Sep 1672; died on 3 Feb 1752; was buried on 4 Feb 1752 in Charlesbourg, Québec. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Michel Poitevin was born on 2 May 1712.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Steven Otis was born about 1652 (son of Richard Otis and Rose Stoughton); died on 27 Jun 1689.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 28 Jun 1689

    Notes:

    Called in some records Hotesse.

    Steven married Mary Pitman on 16 Apr 1674 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Mary Pitman (daughter of William Pitman and Barbara Evans).
    Children:
    1. 1. Rose Otis was born about 1677 in Cocheco near Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire; died on 6 Jul 1729; was buried on 7 Jul 1729 in Charlesbourg, Québec.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Richard Otis was born in in Glastonbury, Somerset, England (son of Stephen Otis and Elizabeth); died on 28 Jun 1689 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.

    Notes:

    He came to Boston in about 1655. He was a Quaker, and a blacksmith. He was killed in his garrison by native Americans.

    Richard married Rose Stoughton about 1651. Rose (daughter of Anthony Stoughton and Agnes Pierce) was born before 22 Nov 1629; died before 5 Nov 1677 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Rose Stoughton was born before 22 Nov 1629 (daughter of Anthony Stoughton and Agnes Pierce); died before 5 Nov 1677 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 22 Nov 1629

    Children:
    1. 2. Steven Otis was born about 1652; died on 27 Jun 1689.

  3. 6.  William Pitman was born about 1631; died before 1682.

    Notes:

    He was a blacksmith.

    William married Barbara Evans on 29 Nov 1653 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Barbara Evans
    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Pitman


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Stephen Otis was born in in of Glastonbury, Somerset, England (son of Richard Otis); died about 1637.

    Stephen married Elizabeth before 1626 in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Elizabeth
    Children:
    1. 4. Richard Otis was born in in Glastonbury, Somerset, England; died on 28 Jun 1689 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.

  3. 10.  Anthony Stoughton was born on 4 Jul 1598 in of Staughton, Surrey, England (son of Lawrence Stoughton and Rose Ive); died on 14 Jan 1644.

    Notes:

    Staughton, or Stoughton, is in Stoke, near Guildford.

    Anthony married Agnes Pierce. Agnes (daughter of Robert Pierce) died on 15 Mar 1639. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Agnes Pierce (daughter of Robert Pierce); died on 15 Mar 1639.
    Children:
    1. 5. Rose Stoughton was born before 22 Nov 1629; died before 5 Nov 1677 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.