Historic Sites

New Jersey

Emanuel Lutheran Church & Cemetery Cohansey-Aldine Rd.
(Salem County Rte# 635)
Friesburg, Alloway Twp., Salem County, New Jersey
Plaque at cemetery Emanuel Lutheran Church, Friesburg, NJ

Text: Catherina Daehncken Otto (1710-1765) wife of Dr. Bodo Otto, Sr., famous Dr. / Surgeon of the American Revolution, who served at Valley Forge. Maria Elizabeth Otto (1737-1768) daughter of Dr. Bodo Otto, Sr., and wife of Marcus Carman (1731-1785).

Marked by the Dr. Bodo Otto Association on June 16, 1991

Bodo Otto Jr. House County Road 551 (Kings Highway)
Mickelton, New Jersey
State of New Jersey plaque on house.
Trinity Episcopal “Old Swedes” Church 1208 Kings Highway
P.O. Box 31
Swedesboro, New Jersey
Grave of Dr. Bodo Otto, Jr.
Old Barracks Museum Barrack St.
Trenton, New Jersey
Military hospital set up by Dr. Otto. Congress ordered him to Trenton on Feb. 17, 1777 to establish a military hospital for the treatment of smallpox. He remained there until September 1777. The hospital was in use from 1777 to 1781.

Old Barracks Museum website


Historic Yellow Springs – Ruins of Washington Hall 1685 Art School Rd.
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Plaque at hospital ruins:

Dr. Bodo Otto, Sr. 1711-1787
Washington Hall
Am. Rev. Hospital
Yellow Springs
Marked June 2, 1988

Plaque at hospital
Historic Yellow Springs

Germantown & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Office & Apothecary
Provincial Conference – June 1776 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Provincial Conference
German Society of Pennsylvania 611 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Established 1764. It is the oldest German-American charitable and cultural organization. Among the founders is Dr. Bodo Otto.

The German Society of Pennsylvania website

Trinity Lutheran Church & Cemetery 527 Washington St.
Reading, Pennsylvania
Grave of Dr. Bodo Otto.

Inscription on tombstone:

Dr. Bodo Otto delegate to the Provincial Congress June 18, 1776. Senior surgeon with his two sons during the Revolution. Had charge of the Valley Forge encampment. (See Berks Co. history) Died 1787. Aged 79 years [1]

Heraldry Societies markers on tombstone memorializing Dr. Bodo Otto
Tiffany windows in the church placed in honor of Dr. Bodo Otto by his descendants.

Trinity Lutheran Church & Cemetery website

Site of the home of Dr. Bodo Otto 525 Penn St.
Penn Sq.
Reading, Pennsylvania
Historic Marker Dedicated February 16, 1951

Site of the home of Dr. Bodo Otto, Military Surgeon in Continental Army, 1775-82. Served as Surgeon-in-Chief at Valley Forge, 1777-78; Physician and Surgeon of the Continental Hospitals. Died 1787

More Information on the Historic Marker

Washington Memorial Chapel Route 23
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
To the glory of God and in the honor of the patriotic spirit of our ancestor Dr. Bodo Otto, and his three sons, who served their adopted country at Washington Hall, a hospital in Yellow Springs, Pennsylvania, attached to the Valley Forge encampment of General George Washington in the winter of 1777-78 during the Revolutionary War.

Dr. Bodo Otto, Sr. (1711-1787)
Dr. Frederick Christopher Otto (1743-1795)
Dr. Bodo Otto, Jr., (1748-1782)
Dr. John Augustus Otto (1751-1836)

Dedicated, on this day of our Lord, Sunday, June 25, 2006, in loving memory and tribute, by their descendants, The Dr. Bodo Otto Family Association.

Washington Memorial Chapel website

Berks County Historical Society 940 Centre Ave.
Reading, Pennsylvania
Portrait and medical instruments in their archives.

Berks County Historical Society website

[1] Our records show he was born in 1711 and died in 1787 which would make him 76 years old not 79 as is on the tombstone.

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