Edwin S. Otis

Born: July 2, 1845 in Harrietstown, son of Horatio Otis and Eunice White

Died: December 22, 1920, buried in Harrietstown Cemetery

Married: Ellen Whitman daughter of George & Louisa (Zoa) Whitman in 1870

Children: 7 children: Etta Otis, Zoe E. Otis Carpenter Roberts, Katie Otis, Eunice Maude Otis or Maude Eunice Otis Pettis, Matthew W. Otis, George W. Otis, and Fitz-Edward Otis

Sidney served in Co. M 18th Cavalry in the Civil War

In 1910 the Census states the family living on Lake Clear to Saranac Inn Road. In 1920 the Census states the family living on a farm on Saranac Inn Road

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The Adirondack Record, December 31, 1920


The funeral of Sidney Edwin Otis, veteran guide of the Adirondacks, took place Monday afternoon at his residence in Lake Clear. Burial was at Harrietstown, his former home. Mr. Otis was born in Harriettstown July 2, 1845, the son of Horatio Nelson Otis and Eunice White. He was a direct descendent of James Otis of Revolutionary fame. At the age of 16 he enlisted in "M" company of the 18th New York Cavalry, with which he served three years. Mr. Otis married Ellen S. Whitman in 1870. The survivors are his wife and six. children, Mrs. Allen I. Vosburgh of Lake Clear, Mrs. Julius A. Roberts of Elizabethtown, Mrs. Clifford R. Pettis of Albany, Matthew W. Otis of Lake Clear, George W. Otis of Albany and Fritz E. Otis of Plattsburg.

Malone Farmer, date illegible

Sidney Edwin Otis, a famous Adirondack guide and woodsman, passed away December 22nd at his home in Lake Clear, aged 75 years, after a long illness following a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. He had been a lifelong resident of the town of Harrietstown where he was born in 1845, the son of Herado and Eunice White Otis. He was a direct descendant of the Pilgrim fathers. Deceased was an honored Civil War veteran, having served three years as a member of the 18th N. T. Cavalry, and was a member of F. M. Bull G. A. R. Post at Saranac Lake. Until stricken by illness was one of the most active and popular residents of the Adirondacks, where he conducted a boarding house and engaged in guiding and farming.....