The information presented is the result of work accomplished over many years by Nelle Offutt Chesley and Edward Offutt.
Many years ago I started trying to research my own Offutt line, and in the course of that search was fortunate to contact Nelle. Over the years we kept in touch by letter and through phone calls. When Nelle decided to end her active research she was kind enough to offer a copy of her material. Nelle kept her research in large notebooks. There were 7 volumes of information, each volume (placed in a large notebook) focused on a different generation. Additionally Nelle had three copies, a primary copy that was hers, and two other copies that were lent to other researchers. Nelle kept these sets up to date, making corrections through change pages when neccessary. Please keep in mind that Nelle managed to do this in the day of the typewriter. All indexing had to be done manually, and copies of the pages were either by carbon or a photocopier.
When I first got the 7 volumes I started entering the information into a genealogy program called Brothers Keeper. After a while I decided that I needed something a little more powerful that would allow me to add much more information to each person so I switched to The Master Genealogist.
Any errors in the information that you may find are unintentional. I have updated the information that Nelle provided my where possible as new information became available. Additionally I have made corrections where it became apparent that an error had been made.
I hope that the information will be useful to you. Where possible I have links embedded in these pages that will allow you to see the original source for data to allow you to make your own conclusions.
This site currently contains information on those Offutt's who have passed on. Information on those living, or thougt to be living is not contained here.
The person's information will include a line called "Reference". This field contains the Henry Numbering System value for Nelle's original work, or may have the name of the principal provider of information on the line. I've included that information for those who have accessed, or may want to access the original work done by Nelle, as it was used throughout the 7 volumes.
June 1, 2014: Corrections were made to a few Offutt's and some sources that were incorrectly attached.