Biography of Edward H. Otis
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Mr. Otis, who is a representative farmer and influential citizen of Milford township, Defiance county, residing in Section 26, is a native of Ohio, born December 28, 1827, in Sugar Creek township, Wayne county, and is a son of Jesse and Charlotte (Davy) Otis, who died in Wayne county. In their family were nine children - seven sons and two daughters, our subject being fifth in the order of birth. In the county of his nativity he was reared and educated, and there continued to live until 4864.

In Wayne county, Mr. Otis was married October 14, 1858, to Miss Isabella J. McElhinny, who was born in that county, September 16, 1836, second in the family of twelve children - five sons and seven daughters of Robert G. and Eliza (Bell) McElhinney, who also died in Wayne county. Two children have been born to this union: ( 1) Eliza, now the wife of Madison Sinn, by whom she has three sons - Otis, Glenn, and Jacob Lee the last named being now deceased; they reside in Hicksville township, Defiance county. (2) Hampton J., who married Miss Geraldine Rudolph, of Colorado, and they have one child. Hampton Otis is a gardener in Colorado.

In the spring of 1861 Mr. Otis came to Defiance county, and located on the farm where he still lives, it being pleasantly situated in Section 26, Milford township, and comprising three hundred and fifteen acres of rich and productive land under excellent cultivation, and improved with good buildings; in fact, it is one of the most desirable farms of the locality.

Mr. Otis has always taken an active and prominent part in local affairs, and has given his influence to all enterprises for the public good. For two terms he efficiently served as land appraiser, and was township trustee for seven years. His industry in the pursuit of his own business, his spotless private life, and the character of the services he has rendered in official capacities have elevated him to the highest esteem in the community in which he lives. His wife is a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church, and is a most estimable lady. In politics he is a Democrat.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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