Born: 1847, son of Horatio N. Otis and Eunice White
Died: June 1923, buried in Harrietstown Cemetery
Married: Josephine Labounty
Children: 8 children of whom eight were living in 1900: Milo F. Otis, Mary J. Otis Greene, Joseph Otis, Jr. (1874-1959), James W. Otis, Romeyn Otis, Ida Otis Manning, Eunice E. Otis Speer, and Eva E. Otis Douglas
Chiefly known for: Joseph and Josephine donated the land for the building of the Lake Clear Church.
The 1905 New York Census shows the family on Saranac Inn Road, Joseph owned a Merchant Grocery.
Malone Gazette, Friday, July 14, 1893
Joseph Otis has donated land at Saranac Junction valued at $500 upon which it is proposed to build a church. The people of the southern end of the county are liberal in support of religious institutions and it is expected that Rev. R. G. McCarthy, who has the matter in hand, will find no trouble in raising the funds necessary for the building.