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The Ott family can be traced back to Germany & Switzerland as early as 1398. My father’s family left there and traveled to South Carolina. They later moved south into Louisiana and Mississippi.

Ruth Wallis wrote:

“The Otts from whom Jacob descended settled inOrangeburg,South Carolina, and from there, Jacob emigrated to Louisiana about 1808.  He first settled a Spanish Grant, which was located near what is now Amite,Louisiana. While living here, Jacob helped to establish the Mt. Nebo Church. About 1812, Jacob moved to the Burch headright, located southeast of the village of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana, in what is now Washington Parish. Here he built a large house and acquired numbers of slaves to help in cultivating the eight hundred acres which comprised this estate. The family cemetery was started here, for several of the children died and were buried on the home site. In 1830, Jacob Ott moved again.  This time to the Busby headright, which he and his son, Charles, purchased together.  This headright is located in Washington Parish,Louisiana, on Silver Creek, about two miles north of Mt. Hermon,Louisiana.  Here the father and son worked together, raising cotton and operating a water mill.  Jacob Ott died on this site in 1836, and the entire estate, six hundred acres, was taken over by his son Charles. The other heirs received their part in slaves.  The land which comprised this estate is, at the present time, in the possession of descendants of Jacob Ott.”

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Resources for Ott family Research:
  • Buff, Jr., L. H. The Orangeburg District (SC) 1850 Census. Lexington, SC: Lexington Genealogical association, 1997. FHL 975.779
  • Calhoun County Historical Commission, United States Heads of Families of the First Census Taken in 1790. St. Matthews, South Carolina: Orangeburg County Free Library, 1954.
  • Clemens, William Montgomery. North and south Carolina Marriage Records from the Earliest Colonial Days to the Civil War. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1927.
  • Culler, Daniel Marchant. Orangeburgh District 1768 – 1868 History and Records. Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, Publishers, 1995.  In FH Library Salt Lake & York Co Library, SC. Includes Melchior Ott
  • Holcomb, Brent H. South Carolina Marriages; 1688 – 1799. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983.
  • Jarrell, Lawrence E. 1820 Orangeburgh South Carolina Census. High Point, NC, 1998. FHL 975.779
  • Jarrell, Lawrence E. Early Orangeburgh South Carolina Census. 1998. FHL 975.779
  • Salley, Jr., Alexander S. The History of Orangeburgh County South Carolina. Baltimore, MD: Regional Pub Co, 1969. FHL 975.779
  • Teeples, G. Ronald, Ronald Vern Jackson, and Richard Moore. South Carolina 1800 Census. Provo, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1973.

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