Nicholas Otterson and Jane Middlemas
Born 1783 in Sunderland, Durham, England; 1785 in Stamfordham, Northumberland, England

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Thomas Otterson and Ann Spraggon
Born in Sunderland about 1728
Mary Otterson Born 27 June 1750 
Joseph Aterson Born 8 Oct 1752
Thomas Aterson Born 7 Feb 1755
Ann Aterson Born 17 Apr 1757 
Isabella Aterson Born 26 Aug 1759
William Outterson Born 19 Nov 1763

These are the earliest known Ottersons born in Sunderland, County Durham, England, in the early 1700s. Thomas may be the grandfather of Nicholas

These are the children of Thomas Otterson and Ann Spraggon, all born in Sunderland. Joseph or Thomas are the most likely candidates for the father of Nicholas, below.


Differences in spelling before the 1800s are not significant.

John Nicholson Otterson

Born 1813
Died age 13
Edward Otterson

Born 1815. Married
Elizabeth Ellison 
and had 11 children
Elizabeth
Otterson

Born 1817. Married Thomas Parker and had 2 children. 

Emigrated to United States about 1845
Jane Otterson

Born about 1819. Married Matthew Holt and had 8 children
Joanna Otterson

Born 1822. Married William Atkinson and had two children
Nicholas Otterson

Born 1823. Died as an infant
Nicholas Otterson

Born 1825. Married Hannah Calvert and had one son
John Otterson

Born 1827. Married Isabella Kane and had two daughters

Joined the Royal Navy after coal mining
Joseph Otterson

Born 1829. Married Sarah Ingram and had 6 children.

Emigrated to the United States in 1858
William Otterson

Born 1831. Never married 

Died age 32 after leg amputation
James Otterson

Born 1834.
Died as an infant
Jacob Thomas Otterson
Born 1837.
Died age 3

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1. Joseph Otterson
(died as infant)
2. Jacob Thomas Otterson 
(not married)
3. Joseph Otterson
(died as infant)
4. Mary Ann Otterson
(daughter)
5. Thomas Ellison Otterson
(died in accident, age 17)
6. Jane Otterson
(daughter)
7. Elizabeth Jane Otterson
(daughter)
8. Sarah Jane Otterson
(daughter)
9. Robert Pearson Otterson
(Emigrated to USA. Only son, Edward, died age 17)
10. Joanna Otterson
(daughter)
11. Jane Middlemas Otterson
(daughter)
John
Otterson

Married Jane Storey and had 10 children

Killed in mining accident, age 52
Joseph
Otterson

Married Sarah Ingram and had 6 children. 

Emigrated to United States in 1858
1. Margaret Otterson
(daughter)
2. John Otterson 
(had four sons)
3. Elizabeth Otterson
(daughter)
4. Isabella Otterson
(daughter)
5. Nicholas Otterson
(had 3 girls and 3 boys, but 2 sons died as infants)
6. Cecilia Otterson
(daughter)
7. Robert Otterson
(had 8 children incl. 5 sons)
8. James Otterson
(killed in World War 1, had 6 children incl. 2 sons)
9. Mary Ann Otterson
(daughter)
10. Rebecca Otterson
(daughter, died as infant)
1. Nicholas Otterson
(may have died as a child)
2. George B. Otterson 
(had 4 children , one son with no known children)
3. Joseph Otterson
(married twice, no known children)
4. John W. Otterson
(had 5 children, incl. 3 sons)
5. Jennie Otterson
(daughter)
6. Thomas Parker Otterson
(had one son and three daughters, but son had no known children)

England

United States

End of Otterson name

 300 Years of Otterson descent

There are hundreds of descendants from the oldest-known Otterson family from Sunderland, County Durham, England, 
in the early 1700s. This page shows only how the name itself was preserved through the male line to the Ottersons of today. It is not intended to be a complete family tree. The green lines show where the Otterson name has the potential for continuing.

1. Ruby Otterson
(daughter)
2. John Joseph Otterson 
(had 1 son who married by had no children)
3. Hazel Otterson
(daughter, no children)
4. Julian Wilfred Otterson
(had 3 children, but his son never married)
5. Elmon G. Otterson
(had 3 children including a son and grandson living today in California They are believed to be the last two Otterson males descended from Joseph, the 1858 English immigrant).
John Otterson
(married isabella Lowry and had 4 sons)
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1. John Otterson
(had 2 daughters)
2. Nicholas Otterson 
(died in infancy)
3. William Otterson 
(children not known)
4. Nicholas Otterson 
(had 5 children, 4 sons)
Nicholas Otterson
(married Margaret Anderson and had 6 children)
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1. Margaret Jane Otterson
(daughter)
2. Nicholas Otterson 
(died in infancy)
3. John James Otterson 
(died in infancy)
4. Robert Otterson 
(had 4 children, 1 son)
5. Ethel Otterson 
(daughter)
6. Alice Otterson 
(daughter)
Robert Otterson
(married Lizzie Abernethy and had 8 children)
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1. Robert Otterson 
(died as infant)
2. Mary Jane Bailey Otterson (daughter)
3. Elizabeth Jane Otterson (died as infant)
4. Thomas Abernethy Otterson
(had 2 daughters)
5. Robert Otterson 
(had 3 children, 1 son)
6. Doris Otterson 
(daughter, never married)
7. William Otterson 
(had 3 children including 2 sons)
8. James Otterson 
(1 son)
James Otterson
(married Jessie Abernethy and had 6 children)
________________________ 1. William James A. Otterson
(had four daughters)
2. John George Otterson 
(3 sons, 2 died before marriage)
3. Jessie Otterson 
(daughter)
4. Elizabeth Otterson 
(daughter, died as infant)
5. Sarah Otterson 
(daughter)
6. Lizzie Otterson 
(daughter, died as infant)

....More to be added