Marianne Grey Otty (1890-1963) was a long-time resident of Queens County, New Brunswick, and daughter of Norval Otty (b. 1856) and Charlotte Gilbert (b. 1859). Also known as Molly, Otty earned an honours undergraduate degree from the University of New Brunswick on scholarship in 1911 and, the next year, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago with her thesis Stephen Hawes: His Poetry and Criticism. Otty became a school principal and also worked as a journalist. She had a keen interest in local history and wrote Fifty Years of Women’s Institutes in New Brunswick, becoming a prominent and engaged citizen during her lifetime.
The Collection includes the following family records: Dykeman family, who came from Holland to New York, and then to New Brunswick as Loyalists after the American Revolution, genealogies, epitaphs and references, as well as records of deeds, wills and marriages, 1813-1885; letter from R.P. Gorham of Fredericton to Miss Annie Dickie, Registrar of Queens County, Gagetown, in which a short biographical sketch of the Terrill family reveals the fact that Anthony Terrill, formerly of New York and a member of Colonel Delancey's Corps, came to St. John in 1787 to appear before the Loyalist Claims Commission, drew two lots in Gagetown but later moved to Ontario, 1800; and transcribed church records from the Gagetown area, including nine books containing marriages, baptisms and deaths, 1786-1841.
Church records geographically include: Grand Lake, Waterborough, Gagetown, Long Island and Hamstead. The original nine record books were kept by a series of travelling ministers, the first of which was the Reverend Richard Clarke, followed by his son, Samuel Clarke.