Sketch of Andreas Otteni

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Anton "Anthony" Otteni / Ottney
1786 - 1865

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FAMILY BACKGROUND

Anton Otteni, the progenitor of most Ottney family members in the United States today, was born in Urloffen, Germany on 25 Feb 1786. He married Barbara Schneider on 4 Jun 1810 in Urloffen, Germany. 

Anton's Otteni ancestors can be traced back to his Great Great Grandfather, who was born in 1655.

Parents-- Fredericus 'Friedrich' Otteni and Theresia Kieffer
Grand Parents-- Johann Martin Otteni and Magdalena Denninger
Great Grand Parents-- Mathias Otteni and Maria Eva Schmidt
Great Great Grand Parents-- Hans Georg Otteni and Usrula Salinger
 

At the age of 45, Anton and his sons Joseph and Anton, Jr. sailed to the United States. They departed Europe in the ship "Index" from Le Havre, France and arrived on 11 Jun 1832 at port of New York, New York. It is not known when Barbara and the rest of the children sailed to the United States.

The New York Passenger list from 1832 recorded "Antoine Ottini" as the passenger, but it was common only to list the head of family and males over 16 on a ship manifest.The family first settled in New York State but later moved to Sandusky County, Ohio. 


Anton's son, Anton 'Anthony' Ottney, Jr., either stayed in New York or returned to New York since he and some of his children are buried in Erie County, New York. Some later generations moved and settled in Eaton County, Michigan and Canada.

Based on information known, the following chart depicts the 10 known children of Anton and Barbara:

 

  

Anton 'Anthony' Ottney, Jr.

1815 - 1901

Mary Ann Riedling
1821-1907

The spelling of the last name took many forms in the 1800's.  Some spelling examples of Anthony Ottney Sr. are:

  • 1832 New York Passenger List - Antoine Ottini
  • 1850 U.S. Census - Antony Otany
  • 1860 U.S. Census - Anthony Ottine
Some examples of the spelling Anthony's son, Anthony Ottney Jr. are:
  • 1855 NY Census - Anthony Otteni
  • 1860 U.S. Census - A. Oatne
  • 1870 U.S. Census - Anthony Ottney
  • 1880 U.S. Census - Anthony Oatney

According to German records, the family name was OTTENI.  Most of Anton's family ended up spelling the family name OTTNEY.  The vowel ending of the original OTTENI name suggests that the origin is other than German. As German family lore endorses, and the spelling indicates, the name and family most probably came from Italy. There is some indication that the family moved from the Lombardy region in northern Italy to Germany during the era of large church construction in southern Germany since the family were stone masons.

From the German book "Heimatbuch der Gemeinde Urloffen" (Home book of the community Urloffen), the author writes that the Otteni family settled in Urloffen Germany about 1676, indicating a move to this area of Germany.

There are families in the United States and Germany that still spell their name OTTENI. 

 

FAMILY INFORMATION

     Click on the following link to view information on the descendants of Anton Otteni to the present.  (Report with documentation also available)

Descendants of Anton "Anthony" Otteni/Ottney (1786-1865) - a privatized (dates & places of living people omitted) 9 Generation Descendant Book (PDF), starting with Anton Otteni - 160 pages plus index

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