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Jacob Ott III 1744 SC – 1836 LA

Jacob Ott III 1744 SC – 1836 LA

Jacob Ott was born 1744 in Orangeburg District, South Carolina. He is listed in the 1790 US Census in Orangeburg as Jacob Ott, Junior.[i]His grandfather had died by that time and subsequently his father became Senior and he was Junior. To clarify which Jacob Ott we are discussing this Jacob is shown here as Jacob Ott III. The 1790 Census lists Jacob with two others who are, most likely, his first wife and his son, Joel. In July 1795 Jacob had 200 acres of land on Horse Pen Branch.[ii]

In 1800 Jacob Ott was still in Orangeburg.[iii]At that time Jacob and his father lived between the Edisto River & the Creek of Four Holes.[iv]

Jacob Ott III married twice. The name of his first wife is unknown. She died in 1789 and left a son named Joel Ott.[i]Jacob’s second wife was Margaret Jackson. They were married on 9 January 1797 in Orangeburg by a Justice of the Peace.[ii]They had four children in South Carolina: Isaac Ott, b 1798; Charles Ott, b 1799; Jesse Ott, b 1802; Naomi Ott, b 1805. More children were born in Louisiana: Sarah (Ott) Evans, b 1808; Samuel Ott, b 1811; Charlotte Temple (Ott) Brumfield, b 1813; and Jacob Jackson Ott, b 1817.[iii]

            Unlike his father and grandfather, Jacob did not remain in the state. He emigrated to Louisiana circa 1807 or 1808. Initially he lived on a Spanish grant near today’s Amite, Louisiana. About 1812 he moved to the Burch Headright, southeast of Mt. Hermon in Washington Parish, Louisiana. “Here he built a large house and acquired numbers of slaves to help in cultivating the eight hundred acres which comprised this estate.”[iv]

About 1830, Jacob moved a final time to the Busby Headright on Silver Creek, located about two miles north of Mt. Hermon. He and his son, Charles Ott, purchased this together. “Here the father and son worked together, raising cotton and operating a water mill.”[i]

Jacob died 26 February 1836 at his home in Louisiana.[ii]


[i]Wallis, Ruth Ott. Descendants of Jacob Ott of South Carolina and Louisiana(Bogalusa, LA: Privately printed, 1967).

[ii]War of 1812 Pension Files, Louisiana; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed February 2019) Jacob Ott.


[i]Daughters of the American Revolution, Oushola Chapter. They Came West: A Series of Articles, Ott; digital image, Genealogy Gophers (gengophers.com: accessed February 2019) 37 – 38.

[ii]War of 1812 Pension Files, Louisiana; digital image, Fold3 (fold3.com: accessed February 2019) Jacob Ott.

[iii]Daughters of the American Revolution, Oushola Chapter. They Came West: A Series of Articles, Ott; digital image, Genealogy Gophers (gengophers.com: accessed February 2019) 37 – 38.

[iv]Wallis, Ruth Ott. Descendants of Jacob Ott of South Carolina and Louisiana (Bogalusa, LA: Privately printed, 1967).


[i]Jarrell, Lawrence E. Early Orangeburgh South Carolina Census(High Point, NC: Alligator Creek Publications, 1998) 22. 1790 Census, Jacob Ott Junior.

[ii]South Carolina Department of Archives and History. State Plat Books;Series S213190, Volume 32, Page 433, Item 3; digital image (scdah.sc.gov: accessed March 2019) Jacob Ott Jr., 1795, Orangeburgh District.

[iii]Teeples, G. Ronald, Ronald Vern Jackson, and Richard Moore. South Carolina 1800 Census(Provo, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1973) 405. Jacob Ott Jr. & Sr.

[iv]Jarrell, Lawrence E. Early Orangeburgh South Carolina Census. High Point, NC: Alligator Creek Publications, 1998) 35 & 52. Jacob Ott Senr. & Jr.