Family History


Edward Ottley

26 December 1817 to 1 September 1898


Edmund Ottley (biological) (1782-1817)

Abraham Whiting (step)

Francis Holmes (1785-1865)



Half Siblings (Children of Francis Holmes and Abraham Whiting):

Jonathan Whiting

George Whiting

Spouse: 3 October 1847

Harriet Mills (1819-1891)


Edward Ottley (1848-1933)

George Ottley (1850-1937)

John Ottley (1852-1925)

Peter Henry Ottley (1855-1902)

Anne Deborah Ottley (1858-1951)

Elizabeth Susan Ottley (1861-1923)

Frederick Hugh Ottley (1865-1957)

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From this marriage were born five sons and two daughters.

      Edward Ottley                 Harriet Mills

        Edward                      George                        John                   Peter Henry             Ann Deborah            Elizabeth Susan       Frederick Hugh

  LDS Church & Emigration to the USA.  Edward Ottley was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in April of either 1867 or 1868.  In doing so, he joined with Harriet in this new religion.  Harriet was baptized in 1852.  The family began to plan their immigration to Zion and, after complying with legal requisites and accumulating sufficient worldly goods, left Liverpool on September 19, 1877 on the steamer Wisconsin. They arrived in the United States and rode the newly completed transcontinental railroad arriving in Salt Lake City on October 9, 1877.  The October General Conference was in session and teams and wagons were as numerous around Temple Square as are automobiles now.

   Harriet, on seeing the old South Cottonwood ward house with its red curtains on the north windows, said that she had seen it in a dream while still in England.  They moved into the George Sylvester home temporarily and the following spring moved to the Godfrey Farm where they resided fourteen years.

   Edward died September 1, 1898 and was buried next to his wife, Harriet, in the South Cottonwood (now Murray City), Utah cemetery.

Read the detailed family history:  Edward Ottley & Harriet Mills history.pdf

(My thanks to Lyn Misner for preserving and sharing this history.)

Edward Ottley was born December 26, 1817, in Halstead, Essex, England.  His parents were Edmund Ottley and Francis Holmes.  For unknown reasons, Edmund left Frances supposedly traveling to France while she was pregnant and never saw his son, Edward.  After Edmund failed to return for a period of seven years and could be legally presumed dead, Frances married Abraham Whiting.  Of this union two sons, Jonathan and George, were born.  The family remained in the vicinity of Halstead, Essex, and Bures, Suffolk, where young Edward became a farm and dairy hand.

   On October 3, 1847, Edward Ottley married Harriet Mills at Alhamstone, Essex.  Harriet at the age of twenty-seven listed her condition on the Church records at the time as a “spinster.” 

This has been identified as the Church (non-LDS) where the Ottley family attended services while in England.