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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Capt. George E. Otis, of Mansfield, Sebastian Co., Ark., was born in Wisconsin in 1849, and is a son of Joseph and Maria E. (Smith) Otis. The father was born in the “Green Mountain State” in 1809, and at an early day removed to Wisconsin, thence to Minnesota in 1855. Here he made his home until 1879, when he moved to Dakota Territory, and after residing there until 1888 came to Sebastian County, Ark. They were the parents of two children: George E. and Ada (Mrs. Graves, of Minnesota). George Otis spent his early days in Minnesota, and received his rudimentary education in the common schools, supplemented by an attendance in the high-school at Chatfield, Minn. He studied civil engineering in the field, and began working at that occupation as chainman, and since his residence in Arkansas, has been “locating engineer” on the ‘Frisco Railway about six years, the location of the Mansfield branch being a portion of his work. Since taking up his abode in Mansfield he has been engaged in the wholesale flour business, and also in the fruit and cotton business. He is a Mason, and a stanch Republican in politics.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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