I have been looking for an Otis Haynes, his middle initial might be J. He appears in a diary passed down in our family and was a pal to our family member Charles Howe from Grafton VT. Otis and Charles went to the GoldRush in CA 1853 and there did some farming together also. On the way they stopped to see a Mr. Haynes in Fichburg MA. Otis appears again in the 1860 Tuolumne County CA census ID# CA36463401. There is an Otis Haynes who married Harriet Newell Estabrook on 13 Aug 1844 in Wilmington, Windham County VT. Found that in FamilySearch. I don’t know if this is same guy or not. Am trying to write a book including Otis; if you’ve found other family information I would enjoy knowing it such as what Otis did after the goldrush/fam. etc.


This is additional information to my earlier posting on Otis James Haynes or James Otis Haynes gleaned from a helpful volunteer Marge Campbell. b. 1833 in MA. son of James Lee Haynes and Nancy Woodward (dgt of Capt Abel Woodward and Tabitha Beard of Westminister MA) Died age 56. Buried Aug. 23, 1890 South 1/2 lot of sectn 55 of block 34 in Rural Cemetery. No obit listed at cemetery. James Otis Haynes or Otis James Haynes mar. Louisa Willey (b. 11 Feb 1835 and d. Aug 19, 1916 dct #16-478 San Joaquin County CA) of South Reading MA dgt. of John Wiley and Harriet Sweetser or Harriet Switzer of Wakefield MA. James Otis Haynes arrived in CA in 1853 after crossing the Panama. James and Louisa had two children born in CA: Nellie and James Walter Haynes (Walter Haynes). James and son were hack drivers in Stockton. Louisa lived in CA for 57 years. Both are buried in Stockton although there is no death certificate for James. Would like to have his obit. Perhaps he died in another county which would have the death certificate.