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Submitted by Winona Ott Solomon

I was born July the twenty-sixth in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, in the State of Kentucky, Rockcastle County, and was the son of Isaac Ott. He was born March the 18th, A.D. 1792, and was the son of Frederick Ott was borned ? and was the son of Silvester Ott and he was borned ? and came to America in the ?.

I left Kentucky in 1827 with my father, who came to the State of Indiana, Clay County, and settled, where he sent me about eight months to school; in that time I received my education & began to learn lessons for myself. On the 13th of May, 1839, I sat down with a band of hussers to teach them some of the small thing of English science.

On the 12th of August, 1839, I joined a sect of religious people called Christians (or Campbellites) in which faith I continued near 2 years, and in those days I took me a wife whose name was Nancy W. Ferguson which was the daughter of David B. Ferguson & she was born August 27, A.D. 1822, & David B. Ferguson was born March 7th, 1793. Died August 17th, 1834, leaving a wife and six children to mourn the loss of a faithful father & his wife Nancy R., who was born June 18th A.D. 1788, married a second time to one Samuel Jewel who was a widdower & was born November 19th, 1776 & he died August 19th, 1843--but to return On the 25th March 1841 I was married to said Nancy W. Ferguson by one Campbellite Priest - his name was Obidiah Winters, & on the 10th of March, 1842, had a son born & called his name David Benton. In those days I began to preach Campbellism & continued to do so till the first of June, when I was convinced of the truth of the Doctrine of the Latter-Day Saints, and on the 11th of June, 1842, I & my wife was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On the 17th of July was ordained Elder of said Church & began to preach the ever-lasting Gospel. On the 15th of October I started with my family to the city of Nauvoo, Illinois, & on 3d November at 10 o'clock P.M. we landed in the Great City where we began our carer (career) with the Saints.

On the 6 of April 1844 we met with a general conference & was addressed by Sidney Rigdon for 2 days & by Elder Adams the 3rd & Joseph Smith the Prophet on the 4th & on the 15 I gave my name as a missionary to go on a mission to my native state(Indiana) & on June 5 started.

At this point the journal ends. Frederick's great grand daughter, Eileen Ott, says that Frederick went home to Indiana. There he was greeted with joy. But when his family found out he hadn't left the L.D.S. Church & was there as a missionary they asked him to leave. It was during a storm and he got pneumonia. This weakened him and although he able to return to Nauvoo his health didn't come back. He died there of a stroke January 13, 1845.

For your consideration. This was written by Frederick Ott.


Additional Information for Frederick Ott

Issac's other siblings were Frederick, David, Henry, Elizabeth and Sarah. Frederick, David and Sarah lived in Rockcastle County. Henry lived in Pulaski County and Elizabeth in Knox and Laurel. Sarah md Moses Preston and Elizabeth (Betsy) md Daniel McClure.

Isaac Ott also lived in Rockcasle County but was born in Virginia. His father paid taxes in Wythe Co the year he was born.  Frederick Ott, Issac's father came to Kentucty from Lee Co, Va. He also lived in Montgomery County, Va.


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