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; short biographical sketch of the Terrill family - Anthony Terrill was a loyalist who drew lots in Gagetown, then moved to Ontario at some point, covering 1759-1800; and transcribed church records from the Gagetown area of Queens County, 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.