JOURNAL OF FREDERICK OTT
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
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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