597. Otis Johnson9 Blackwood (Emily Olive8 Wentworth, Thomas7, Martha (Patty)6 Calef, Dr John5, Robert4, Mary3 Ayer, Cornet Peter2, Capt John1 Ayers) (#1498) was born in Pembroke, Washington, ME 28 Mar 1867.(1541) age 3y in 1870 USC Pembroke, Washington, ME; age 13y in 1880 USC Pembroke, Washington, ME Otis died 5 May 1915 in West Indies, at 48 years of age.(1542)
He married twice. He married Calista Carter in Pembroke, Washington, ME, 6 Jun 1888.(1543) 4 children
From Pembroke Marriage Records, p 26: Otis J. and Calista Carter 6 Jun 1888 Pembroke (Calista Carter is #1622.)
Calista was born in Pembroke, Washington, ME. Oxcove District of Pembroke Calista was the daughter of Nathaniel Carter and Harriet (Carter).
Calista died bef 1900.(1544) prob d bef 1900 as her children are in the household of her parents; no mention of her husband in the 1900 USC - prob still sailing in the West Indies
He married Albertha Bruley in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, c1899.(1545) she was 16 years of age (Albertha Bruley is #52483.)
Albertha was born 1884. Albertha was the daughter of Albert Bruley. Albertha died c1977 at 93 years of age. Notes: Went to live w/dtr Golda and her husband at Estate Mon Bijou when James Skov (2nd husband) died. Lived into her 90s. Notes (primarily from Daniel Smothergill (email@example.com)):
Brother of Capt. A.J. Blackwood of Machias, ME, one of the most prominent men on St. Croix at the turn of the century. Otis had a lifelong foot injury (or deformity) and walked with a cane. Otis and his brother, Andrew Jackson, went to St. Croix to work as administrators in the sugar industry. Their personalities and social associations were very different: one (A.J.) became closely allied with the local planters; the other (Otis) was much more sympathetic to the mostly black laborers and small holders. Were you to look for descendants, you would find them to be a range of colors. A member of Otis' family became the agricultural advisor to the Jewish refugee settlement at Sosua in the Dominican Republic under Trujillo.
In 1904 horse racing was the chief all-island sport. The day after Christmas was the regular racing day and occasionally on Easter Monday. The principal horse owners competing in this meet (4 Apr 1904) were those well-known sportsmen Emile Hoyer, Harry McKay, Otis Blackwood, and C. A. Chabert. The track had been made available by courtesy of Capt Blackwood, agent of Batram Bros, owners of the estate (Manning's Bay) "and the track was laid out by Otis Blackwood and P.M. Finegan" (St. Croix at the 20th Century, D.C. Canetata, Carlton Press, NY (1968) p 104).
Some Blackwood individuals in Virgin Islands SSD index:
Phillip, b 26 May 1893, d Mar 1991 No. 580-09-1607 (Frederiksted, St. Croix, VI) Wilmot, b 22 Sep 1911, d Nov 1967 No. 580-01-6899 (St. John, St. John, VI) Ingerborg, b 16 Nov 1916, d Sep 1980 (Christiansted, St. Croix, VI) Roy, b 23 May 1909, d 5 Oct 1996 (Frederiksted, St. Croix, VI)
Notes from Daniel Smothergill received from Lorna Blackwood Penn:
It turns out that while married to Albertha Bruley, Otis Johnson Blackwood had two "outside children" by Veronica James, who was a servant in the household. She left not long after for Puerto Rico and the children were raised by Albertha. The children, Wilmot and Roy, are both in the SSDI, as is Roy's wife.
While Daniel was on St. Croix in the fall of 2001, he saw a picture of the Otis Blackwood family taken about 1910 - two servants are in the picture; one probably is Veronica James.
Otis Johnson Blackwood and Calista Carter had the following children:
740 i. Bert (Bertie) E.10 Blackwood (#1623) was born in ME Dec 1888.(1546) age 11y (enumerated w/mother's parents) in 1900 USC Pembroke, Washington, ME
741 ii. Norman Earl Blackwood (#1624) was born in ME May 1891.(1547) age 9y (enumerated w/mother's parents) in 1900 USC Pembroke, Washington, ME
742 iii. Loring E. Blackwood (#1625) was born in ME Jun 1893.(1548) age 6y (enumerated w/mother's parents) in 1900 USC Pembroke, Washington, ME
743 iv. Marian (Marion) Blackwood (#1626) was born in Pembroke, Washington, ME May 1896.(1549) age 4y (enumerated w/mother's parents) in 1900 USC Pembroke, Washington, ME She married James H. Munson in Shapleigh, York, ME, 11 Apr 1912.(1550) MR VRs; possible marriage - need to verify (James H. Munson is #9355.)
James was born in Edmunds, Washington, ME.(1551)
Otis Johnson Blackwood and Albertha Bruley had the following children:
744 v. Golda Blackwood (#52490) was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 3 May 1900.(1552) Golda died Mar 1992 in FL, at 91 years of age.(1553) She married Christian Jensen in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, 1924.(1554) (Christian Jensen is #52491.)
750 xi. Amy Blackwood (#52494) was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 12 May 1912.(1565) Amy died 7 Dec 1991 at 79 years of age.(1566) She married William Henry McKay.(1567) (William Henry McKay is #52495.)
She was baptized in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, aft 12 May 1912.(1568)
Otis Johnson Blackwood and Veronica James had the following children:
+ 751 xii. Roy Blackwood was born 23 May 1909.
+ 752 xiii. Wilmot Blackwood was born 22 Sep 1911.
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