The Orange Family History

Last Updated September 18, 2004

This is the detailed account of my genealogy search on the Orange family. I have actually written it as story and added questions and conjecture as well. Also, I have added the source for all my information and links where possible. Some of the links do not work because I have loaded them on separate pages.

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France: abt 1640 -1700

The Orange family most likely originated in France since Louys Orange arrived in the United States aboard a French Refugee ship in 1700. Possibly this was the same Louys Orange whose father was Jacques Orange who was born circa 1640 in Cagny, France. His son Louys Orange was born in 1661 and was baptized in 1662 in the French Catholic Church in Saint Germain en Laye. It is thought that Louys left France for England around 1685 due to the religious upheaval and left there for Virginia arriving in 1700. My direct ancestor is Louys Orange who arrived in the US but a direct tie has not yet been found to the Jacques and Louys Orange of France.

A French dictionary of names lists Orange as originating from the city in France. Just a note, the famous William of Orange is not a relative he took his name from the principality of Orange when he became prince. Dutch Royal Line - William of Orange

The earliest record is the baptism of Louys Orange on September 07, 1662 in a French Catholic Church picture and it indicates that he was born on 02 November 1661. His parents are listed as Jacques Orange and Guillemette Thomas.

Jacques is from Gagny and is a varlet - a nobleman in training to be a Knight (foot soldier) in the King's army. The godparents also appear to be nobles. (01).

There is only one other listing of the name Orange in the LDS index to the Saint Germain en Laye church records from 1550-1700. It appears to be a burial of an Orange in 1684 but may not be; the actual record is all but illegible. The church records of Gagny start in 1680 and there is no index. The search must continue in the French archives.

There is another Louys Oranges in France in the 1600s who could also be the direct relative. This Louys Orange was born September 10, 1663 .This information was provided by 95, Mesnil Aubry, , VAL D'OISE as indicated on the web page. His father was also named Louys Orange and was born in 1629 and died January 25, 1694. I do not have the location in France. He married Madeleine Bouticourt (born on April 22, 1636) on June 22,1656. Her father was named Hubert and her mother was Charlotte La Quenouille. They had 7 children of which one was Louys. I can not find any other information on this Louys Orange nor the previous Louys Orange who was born in 1661. Possibly one of these is the direct ancestor who came to the United States in 1700.

 There is also another web page that claims Louys Orange was related to Sir Velas L'Orange but I can not really make that connection either.

In England, there are many Oranges listed as belonging to the French Protestant Church and being aliens to England (1). These records are found in the 1600's and it is thought that they were part of the French Huguenots who left France for England in 1685. The records of the LDS indicate about 200 people with the name Orange in England, however none list a Louys. In addition, The National Huguenot Society has listed the Orange family as French Huguenots (1b).

In 1685, French King Louis XIV repealed the Edict of Nantes in an act called the Revocation. The Edict was a Charter of Rights given to the Huguenots in 1598 which granted them freedom of worship. All of France was Catholic except for the Huguenot Protestants.

Virginia: 1700-1811

The Orange family started in America in July 31, 1700 when Louys (Louiss) Orange(1c), his wife and one child arrived at James Town, Virginia on July 31, 1700. Louys was aboard the ship Mary and Ann and was listed as one of the 205 French Refugees. The ship set sail on April 19, 1700 from Gravesend England. Louys was listed as Orange and received 15 shillings for baking while aboard the Ship(1d). This was a record of the disposition of the money to the passengers. The ship was one of five that left England. Dr. Daniel Coxe, a court physician in England was the principal promoter to establish a colony of French refugees in America. Dr. Coxe succeeded in convincing King William, III of England that the people should locate along the James River.

There were 10,000 acres of land that was divided among the French refugees. Louiss Orange was listed as a French refugee that did not receive land. The land owners were called Patentees. There was a Jean L'Orange who died shortly after arriving and his wife Frances received two segments of land. They had one daughter also names Frances. She married numerous times and gave her land away to her children by other marriages and therefore is probably not related to Louiss Orange who died in 1734. The L'Orange named stopped since she had no males named Orange. The French Lands were south of the James River in Henrico County.

The Virgina Magazine has a very long article on The French Huguenot Frontier Settlement of Manakin Town. This is supposed to be where all the Huguenots settled including those from the Mary Ann. It contains amazing details of those on the Mary Ann, England, France and those that settled in the area. It is a must read if you want to understand why they came to America and why they settled there. (1g).

On May 12, 1705 Lewis Orange was naturalized in Virginia It is thought that this is the same Louiss or Louys Orange just spelled in the English version and not the French version. The French used "y" in place of "i".

Since Lewis did not receive land as a French refugee, he must have moved to Henrico County since he is listed as living on 95 acres owned by Benjamin Watson(1f) on March 16, 1715. Benjamin Watson's will said the land that lewis was living on would go to Watson's son when he reached the age of 18. Some of the land of Watson was along Gilley's Creek which is probably where Louis (Lewis) lived.

A Will belonging to Lewis Orange, thought to be the same as Louys Orange, showed that he died in August 24, 1734 in Henrico County Virginia(2). His wife's name was Mary. He had a son named Lewis Orange who is thought to be the direct descendent (this second Lewis will be referred to as Lewis-2 for future clarification ).

The Will listed the following family for Lewis Orange and there inheritance.

The witnesses are James Lasley and William Turner. His inventory value was recorded as pounds 10/15/0(3).

It is thought that Lewis-2 must have been born about 1720 and was still alive in 1791.

Peter Orange appears with Peter Depp on the 1744 list of inhabitants of King William Parish(3b). He is also listed in the Huguenot Immigration to Virginia records(3c).

On March 28, 1754 Peter Orange died in Amelia County Virginia and left 100 pounds to his wife Ann(4). The will was originally created before there was an Amelia County in 1734/1735. It is probably not the land that Lewis Orange gave him in Henrico County. Amelia County was not ever part of Henrico County, therefore Peter must have moved. Amelia County is adjacent to Cumberland County.

Lewis-2 Orange (spelled Oring) bought 400 acres of land on May 24, 1756 in the central part of Cumberland County (5) from Julius Allen, a Henrico County Patentee. Lewis owned 135 acres along Stamping Branch, a fork of Little Guinea Creek in Virginia that he gave to William. On this land was a family cemetery.

This land is thought to be different than that left by Lewis Orange to his son Lewis-2 Orange. Cumberland County was formed in 1749 from Goochland County - the part south of the James River. Goochland County was formed in 1728 from Henrico County. Since Lewis's will was executed in 1734 in Henrico County after the formation of Goochland County, the land can not be in Cumberland County

On January 26, 1759 William Orange was born to Lewis-2 Orange in Cumberland County.

John Orange owned land in Henrico County in August 6, 1762 near John Parsons's land which was on the west side of Beachen Run(6). Since John ended up with the Houses, he may have ended up with all of the land in Henrico County. Since Peter showed up in Amelia County and Lewis-2 in Cumberland County.

Lewis-2 Orange (spelled Oringe) shows as having a law suit brought against him in Cumberland County in May 24, 1762 and June 28, 1762, an Alias Capias was awarded(5). The law suit person was Thomas Yuille.

Lewis Orange and wife Keziah (thought to be Lewis-2) sold land in Cumberland County Virginia to Thomas Moore for 26 pounds and five shillings on January 24, 1771(7). The total land sold was 105 acres of the 400 acres that Lewis bought in 1756. Another Indenture shows up on April 20, 1776 that says Lewis Orange sold 105 acres to Thomas Moore(8). This must be an additional record.

It is thought that Lewis-2 and his wife Keziah had three sons:

He may have had daughters also. This is based on the fact that he sold his land to John Farmer and Thomas Moore. The Farmer name shows additionally as a surety for William's marriage and also Edith Orange marries Burnell Farmer on Dec. 12, 1812 in Amelia County, Va. William is the direct descendent.

Joshua Orange enlisted in the Revolutionary war on February 15, 1776 and was discharged on March 5, 1778(9). He was from Cumberland County and joined the 5th Virginia Battalion. He was in the Rifle Regimen 5th VA. Battalion and shows as a Corporal(10). Joshua Orange was born ca. 1758. He served in the VA militia during Dunmore's War. This was a war with the indians in the land between the Alleghenies and the Ohio river. So he was an indian fighter. He must have been a good shot since he was with Morgan's Rifles during the RevWar. His service in Dunmore's War is noted in the Library of Virginia card file, card 31 of 53. And if you're interested in Dunmore's War, do a Google search on [Dunmore's +war] and you'll get several pages of links. The "OhioKids" link gives a nice, simple description, and the "newriver" link gives a more thorough treatment.

Lewis-3 Orange enlisted on February 12, 1778 and was shown as sick in Brunswich on November, 1778 and dead on January 13, 1779(9). He did not pick up his last pay sent on June 16, 1786 so it is assumed the records are correct. His pay was picked up by Jos Carrington. Lewis-3 joined the 7th VA. Reg't. Both Lewis-3 and Joshua are listed as soldiers who have not received bounty land(10).

In the 1782 census, Joshua Orange is listed with a total of 4 white people in Cumberland County(11). Lewis-2 Orange is also listed as a separate head of household and with 4 white people(11). This must be Lewis-2 since Lewis-3 died in the Revolutionary War.

William does not show up since he was enlisted in the service in North Carolina through Dec. 1782 or possibly because of his age of only 22 or 23.

In the 1784 census, Joshua Orange is listed with 5 white people and 1 dwelling(12). Lewis-2 Orange is not listed.

William Orange appears in the Virginia 1784 census for the first time with 4 white people and 2 dwellings and 1 other building. William Orange also appears in the Halifax County North Carolina census in 1784 with one male between 26 and 60, one male under 21 or over 60 and a white female all ages. Since William was married in 1785 it is thought that he moved back to Virginia around 1784. Or possibly there are two William Oranges. My direct ancestor who remained in Virginia and married in 1785 and the other who served in the Revolutionary War in North Carolina. The NC William Orange must have died since his heirs picked up his bounty land which supports the idea of two William Oranges. Here are the details.

William Orange of North Carolina enlisted in the Revolutionary War while living in North Carolina. He was in Montfort's Company from July 20,1778 for nine months as a private. He is listed again in Dixon's Company from June 14, 1781 for fourteen months until time out on Dec. 14, 1782 (9A). William was given a Revolutionary War land grant from North Carolina on September 15, 1787. Ann Orange is listed as having some involvement in the grant; however it was sold to Robert Nelson. Privates were entitled to 640 acres that was granted in Davidson County Tenn.(9B).

William Orange shows up as getting land deeded to him by Henry Overstreet in Halifax County North Carolina circa 1785. This is likely the NC William Orange since he shows up in 1784 NC census. He must have died shortly after this since his heirs picked up his bounty land.

My direct ancestor William Orange was married in Virginia in 1785. 12a

On August 23, 1784, Lewis-2 sold 90 acres of land to Joshua his wife Milla and their son Lewis J. Orange(13) for the sum of five pounds.

Lewis Orange also sold 93 acres to John Farmer for five pounds on August 23, 1784.

On September 26, 1785, William Orange married Elizabeth Melton. Surety was James Farmer(14). Elizabeth was born November 5, 1761 in Cumberland County VA.

In the 1787 Cumberland County tax records, Lewis is listed as having one black older than 16, 3 horses and 14 cattle. William Orange is also listed with no details except that Lewis is responsible for the tax (15). Joshua Orange (spelled Orrange) is listed as having 13 blacks, 4 horses and 21 cattle.

On the 1787 Henrico tax list there are no Oranges listed(15).

On November 16, 1789 Joshua Orange signed a petition against heavy taxes (16).

On March 26, 1792, Lewis-2 sold 135 acres that he was living on to his son William Orange(17). This was the land on Stamping Branch, a small fork of the Little Guinea creek. This was the last of the original 400 acres purchased in 1756. The question is what happened to the original land willed to him by the original Lewis Orange who died in 1734. A comparison of land needs to be made to confirm relationship of the original Lewis and Lewis-2 who bought land in 1756.

There are actually two Little Guinea Creeks. The correct one flows SE of Cumberland, flows SE roughly parrallel to VA 13 and empties into the Appomattox River about 2 miles down river from the Big Guinea.

It is thought that Lewis-2 lived on Lewis's land with John until he moved to Cumberland County in 1756 when he purchased the land and William was born in 1759.

The 1800 Virginia Census was destroyed by a fire and no records exist. The 1800 Cumberland County tax lists show that William Orange has two horses (17b).

On November 9, 1804, William Orange (spelled Orrange) is listed as a registered voter in Cumberland County(18). John Orange also registered to vote in Cumberland County.

In the 1810 Virginia census, William Orange does not show up. Instead a William A. Orange shows up. He was married to Stiry Wade on June 30, 1807 in Cumberland County. Also showing up on the census is Joshua Orange(19). Lewis-2 is presumed to have died between 1792 and 1810 which puts him at least 72 years old at time of death.

Lewis(4) Orange served in the VA Militia during the War of 1812. The specifics can be found at the Library of Virginia website. He may have had some financial difficulties, as he had to sell off some small pieces of the land he inherited from Joshua. Also, three of his daughters were declared destitute by the County.

William Orange does not show up in the 1810 Tennessee Census or in North Carolina either .

On March 25, 1811 William Orange sold his 135 acres to Byrd Farmer for $500. This land has a graveyard on it(19a).

Joshua Orange died in 1812 in Cumberland County and an inventory of his estate is given(20).

Tennesee: abt 1811 -1852


William Orange and family must have moved to Smith County Tennessee around 1811-1813 since he sold his property in 1811 and his son Zephaniah Orange was married on February 24, 1813 in Cumberland County. However in the Kentucky Papers a John Orange son of William is shown bound to William Goddard in 1806. This must be near Virginia(20a).

William Orange died on April 30, 1815 in Smith County Tennessee(21). The Will indicated that his wife was Elizabeth that confirms he is the correct William Orange. The will lists the following:

John and Byrd were the executors of the will.

Yearby's name may have stood for New Year Baby since he was born on Dec. 31 and he named his son Yearby Newton Orange, so his middle name was probably Newton also.

Zephaniah Orange married Elizabeth R. Melton on Feb 21, 1813 in Cumberland County Va.

William Orange received a grant 379, warrant 2056 in Davidson County, Tenn. on Sept. 15, 1787 from North Carolina that was assigned (sold) to Robert Nelson(20B).

Byrd Orange was a farmer. He served as a Private in Captain James Tubb's Company, 2nd Reg't. West Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812, from September 20, 1814 to April 10, 1815. His pay was $8.00 per month(21b). He died on May 8, 1859 and is buried in "Old" Orange cemetery in Butler County. Zephaniah also served at the same time.

Yearby served in the First Regiment (Col. Philip Pipkin), Capt. James Blakemore's Company, as a 6th Corporal. He enlisted 20 June 1814 and was mustered our 2 Feb. 1815. He was paid for 7 months and 13 days at $10 per month or $74.90(20c).

Yearby Orange was born 12/31/1793 in Cumberland County, Virginia(21c).

Yearby (Irby) Orange was a juror in Smith County, Tenn. on Feb 10,1817(20d).

The four sons including Yearby Orange show up in the 1820 Smith County Tennessee Census. Yearby and his wife are between 16 and 26 years of age with a son under 10 and two females under 10 and one other female between 16 and 26(22).

It is thought that Yearby was married between 1814 and 1817 in Smith County Tennessee due to the ages of his children.

All records before 1838 in Smith County courthouse were destroyed by fire and the marriage certificate can not be located. The county was formed in 1799 and the courthouse that burnt was built in 1804. Since Yearby's wife was born in Virginia and Zephaniah was married in Virginia in 1813, Yearby could also have been married in either Tenn. or Va.

Smith County on Feb. 1819 ordered John Gordon to use a hammer and crowbar to construct roads which included the road leading from Orange's to James Mosses(22db). Yearby later sold land to John Gordon.

On August 27, 1823 Zephaniah Orange and Elizabeth R. Orange were recorded as neighbors in John Farmer's divorce proceedings in Smith County, Tn.(22b).

In 1820 Yearby was listed in the Smith County church and then in 1828 Sophrona was listed as one of the female members.

Byrd Orange sold Yearby 37 acres in Smith County Tenn. on Nov. 24, 1834(20ba). Yearby sold John Gordon 37 acres on April 28, 1837(20bb) and sold his belongings and possible land to Champion T. Thomas on May 6, 1837(20bc). Yearby shows up in the 1840 and 1850 Smith County census so he must have had other land. It is thought that the Orange family owned land near the present day Gordonsville exit of I-40.

In the 1830 Tennessee Census, Yearby does not show up nor does Byrd. They also do not show up in the Kentucky Census.

This site has a map of Tennessee and Kentucky about 1830.

In 1837, Y. Orange signed a petition regarding the county line between Smith and Cannon(22c).

John Orange is shown as giving security for Hector Sanford on 3/8/1830 in Mason County, Ky. for a Minister Bond (methodist)(22d).

In the 1840 Tennessee Census Yearby shows up (spelled Yirby) in Smith County and no Oranges show up in Kentucky.

On Oct. 17, 1846 Zephaniah Orange sold 75 acres in Smith County to Jeremiah Agee for $275(22da).

In the 1850 Smith County Tennessee Census Yearby is shown as 55 years old, born in Virginia and married to Sofrona Jones also 55 and born in Virginia. They have the following listed:

Three attending school and one married within the year. It is thought that Newton's name is really Yearby Newton.

Sophrona Jones father was Benjamin Jones who died on March 23, 1843. In the will Sophrona's name is mentioned (22f)

There is a Nancy Nichols Orange listed as a daughter to Yearby who was born in Tn in 1827.

There is an interesting letter that tells about Yerby and his wife Sophronia. It adds additional children and some names don't match the 1850 census. "They had eight children: 3 sons - Benjamin, Albert, & Newton; 5 daughters - Nealy, Nancy, Amanda, Sophronia, and Catherine Greene".

Kentucky: 1852-1984


In the 1850 Kentucky Census there is 5 Oranges listed.

In January 6, 1852 Yearby Orange died at the age of 58 in Simpson County, Ky.(23). It is thought that he died shortly after moving to Kentucky. This part of Simpson County is thought to later have been changed to Butler County. There is an Old Orange cemetery that has the grave of Byrd Orange and other Oranges. Yearby may be buried there. The cemetery is south of hwy 626 on hwy 79. Go about one mile south on 79, cross a creek bridge, second driveway on the right. This driveway or road is owned by James Oberhausen. Proceed up the drive for about two miles. As the road veers right at the top of a hill on the right are two pillars with a metal gate. This is the cemetery and it is badly overgrown with trees, bushes, etc. Yearby's grave could not be identified, however there are rocks and tombstones which can not be read.

There is a second Orange cemetery where Owen Orange and his father William Franklin Orange are buried. Albert's son George gave the land and it is known as the George Orange Cemetery. Owen has a grave stone, however he said he marked his father with a rock. There are rocks next to Owen's grave stone. There are many other Oranges here and some unidentifiable. The directions are to turn right off of hwy 79 going north at 626, Davis Crossroads. The Orange Cemetery road sign is now gone. The cemetery is about four miles on the left and the caretaker is David Grahm who is a distant cousin. He lives in the house just east of the cemetery on the left.

Y.N. Orange bought 28.5 acres for $160 in Butler County near the Bowling Green road from William Chandler on Dec. 14, 1857(24). Yearby Newton bought and sold land six times with his last sale on Jan. 20, 1886 to Y.H. Orange.

In the 1860 Kentucky Census there are 18 Oranges listed. Saffroan Orange is listed as being 64 years old and sewing is her occupation. Yearby N. Orange is listed as being 24 years old and a farmer. Amanda Payne is living with them.

Yearby Newton Orange (born about 1834) married Mary Graham on December 31, 1861 in the County Clerk's office in Butler County Ky. Mary was born in 1837 in Butler county as was her parents. They had two children William Franklin Orange born in May 1869 and Anna born about 1872.

In the 1870 Kentucky Census, Newton Orange shows up as 35 years old with Mary being 33 and born in Kentucky. Sophronia show up as 64 again and William shows up as 1 year old. Amanda Payne is shown as being 44 and born in Tn. They are living in Sugar Grove, Butler County Ky.

In the 1880 Butler County, Ky census Newton Orange (age 44 ) shows up with wife Mary (age 42) with son Franklin ( age 11) and daughter Anna ( age 8). Amanda Pain (age 62) listed as sister.

Yearby Newton Orange served in the Civil War on the Union side. He enlisted in Hartford, Ky. on Aug. 14, 1862 and was in the calvary. He was 28, 5'11'3/4' tall with a light complexion, grey eyes, dark hair and a farmer from Tn.

William married Hallie Angeline Manners on January 9, 1891 in Butler County. Picture Hallie was born on Nov.,1872. They had Owen Orange who was born on May 6, 1899 in Butler County. They also had Nora B. born on May, 1892 and Ella E. born April, 1896. The Kentucky vital records has no record of a birth certificate for Owen.

W.F. Orange sold land to L.R. Bridges on Nov. 2, 1894 in Butler County. (25)

Hallie died in 1904 in Corsicana Texas when William moved the family there to be near Hallie's sisters.

William remarried on October 3, 1907 to Mattie Thompson and had Carry, Carlie and Franklin.

William Franklin Orange (born May -1869) died at Owen's house in Bowling Green Ky on June 2, 1953 and was buried in the Orange Cemetery with only a rock as a gravestone. There is no record of his birth in 1869 other than the census since Kentucky quit keeping record during the civil war period.  He does appear in the 1930 Butler County Census as Frank, age 60.

Owen Mitchell Orange married Grace Turner picture in Mitchellville, Tn on September 21, 1919 and had Warren Orange born October 31, 1920 in Butler County. Kentucky vital statistics does not have a birth certificate for Warren.  Owen and Grace do not appear in the 1930 Butler County, KY Census.

 Grace Turner (403-03-6893) was born April 12, 1904 in Kentucky and died April, 1980. Her parents were William Scott Turner ( born 11-1-1852 in KY died 3-16-1923 in Logan Co., Ky) and Nancy (Nannie) T. Cohron (born abt 1860). She had a sister Nellie F who was born in 1901 (26). William S. Turner also appears in the 1860 Butler County, Ky. census as 8 years old as shown below. His father was William Turner (born 5-19-1803 in Warren County,NC died 3-3,1885 in Butler Co. Ky) and mother was Judith T. Chick (born 10-06-1813 in VA. died 3-19-1890 in Butler Co., KY).  Here is my Turner Family  Page.

32 855 791 TURNER Wm 59 M W Black Smith 700 250 North Carolina33 855 791 TURNER Judith T 46 F W sewing Virginia 34 855 791 TURNER Paulina 12 F W Tennessee X 35 855 791 TURNER Rebecca 11 F W Kentucky X 36 855 791 TURNER Wm S 8 M W KY X 37 855 791 TURNER Thos I 18 M W farm labor Tennessee

Owen operated Owen Orange Trucking Company picture and hauled fruit in Tennessee and Kentucky. He also played in a band called Owen Orange and the Bowling Green Cowboys. They were on channel 13 for 5 years in the 1960's.

Warren Orange married Nora Mae Campbell in 1940 and had Ronald Orange born on February 7, 1946. Warren was an Army staff sargent and was discharged at Fort McPherson Georgia on March 17, 1946. Ron Orange married Loretta Bundy and had Jason and Julie Orange. Owen also married Thelma Reynolds and then on May 29, 1942 in Athens Alabama married Isabelle Rutherford born January 19,1918.

Owen Orange died in Bowling Green, Kentucky on July 13, 1991 (402-40-1640) and was buried in the Orange Cemetery. (Gravestone)

Warren Turner Orange (403-10-1994) married Fritzie (Frances) Margaret Ilgenfritz around 1950 in Franklin County Kentucky and had Jerry Louis Orange on March 6, 195X in Louisville Ky. I have still not determined their place of marriage or the exact date. Fritzie's parents were Alfred C. Ilgenfritz and Pearl Ellen Miller, married August 12, 1908 in Hammond, In. Alfred's parents were Charles and Ida M. Lock married Dec. 16, 1883. Frederick B. Ilgenfritz served in the Revolutionary War and many of decendants are listed in the DAR.

Indiana: 1984-Present


Jerry Orange married Vicki Oliver on May 17, 1975 and had Darren James Orange on May 4, 198X in Lafayette, In. and Wesley Thomas on October 11, 199X in Plano, Tx.


  • (01) Family History Library, IGI 205 France, Batch C803144,filmc827727,serial 1451,sheet 0197,film #1168918
  • (1) Huguenot Society of London,10/1,10/2,R284.5 h897 lp

  • (1b) Huguenot Ancestors Local History,e184.H9R43 1983,page 56. The National Huguenot Society of America, 122 E.58th st.,N.Y., N.Y. 10022

    (1c) English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, Des Cognets, page 265 R975.5 D446e

    (1d) Collection of the Virginia Historical Society, New Series, Volume V, F863.945, page 20

    (1e) Naturalizations and Denizations in Colonial Virginia, Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, National Genealogy Quarterly, 1985, vol 73, page 114

    (1f) Henrico County Deeds and Wills, etc. 1714-1718, Virginia State Library, Reel 7 listed under Benjamin Watson's will, about page 10.

    (1g) The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. October, 1953, volume 61, No. 4. The French Huguenot Frontier Settlement of Manakin Town by James L. Bugg, Jr.

    (2) Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia 1654-1737 page 144 r929.3755 wh27c pt.1

  • (3) same as (2) except page 147

    (3b) The Douglas Register, p. 376

    (3c) Huguenot Immigration to Va. R875.5 b864d 1966 vol 21

    (4) Amelia County Virginia Wills 1735-1761 R929.3755 m120w page 67

  • (5) Cumberland County R929.37556 F888a, The Douglas Register, p. 379; Deed Book 2/282.

    (6) Colonial Wills of Henrico County Virginia 1737-1781 page 118 listed in the will of John Parsons, R929.3755 w427c

  • (7) Virginia Grantor Index book 4 page 474

    (8) Virginia Grantor Index book 5 page 406

    (9) Revolutionary War Records micro fiche reel 982, pg 653,655

  • (10) Revolutionary War Records Virginia vol. 1 R973.3 b893R 1967 page 259 and 260
  • (11) 1782 Virginia Census R929.3 v8zu 1961 page 16

    (12) 1784 Virginia Census R929.3 v8zu 1961 page 67

    (12a) Overstreet Family Newsletter Vol. 1, #4 - July 1981 Editor: Gregory S. Smith Rt. 1, Box 35 Mt. Olive, MS 39119

    (13) Virginia deed grantee book 6 page 221-222

    (14) Cumberland County Marriage Records 1749-1840

  • (15) 1787 Census of Virginia vol. 1 R929.3755 1987 Cumberland County personal property-tax 1787 page 332 and page 343
  • (16) Cumberland County tax petitions since 1776 R929.37556 H794C

    (17) Virginia deed grantee book 7 page 159,70

    (17b) Virginia Genealogy 17/250

    (18) Virginia Tax Records R929.3755 v817 page 34

    (19) 1810 Census of Cumberland County R929.3 v8zcri

    (19a) Cumberland County Deed Book 11, page 438

    (20) Cumberland County Will Book book 4 page 140.

    (20a) Talley Kentucky Papers by Wm Talley 929.3769 tal

    (21) Smith County Tennessee wills

    (21b) Butler County History, pg180

  • (21c) Bible records from Zephaniah Orange family held by Linda(Mrs. William F.) Ladd, Jefferson County, Ky.
  • (22) Tennessee Census R929.3768 j13T2 page 77

    (22b) Tenn. Divorces, 1797-1857, Bamman and Spero, gen 929 bam

    (22c) Tn general records, page 253,R929.3768,Whitley

    (22d) Kentucky Ancestor vol 5/125

    (23) Vital Statistics, Butler Cty, Ky. Davenport and Tabor Gen 929.3769 755 dav

    (22e) Abstracts of Marriages, Deaths 1843-1853 Tenn. 929.3 T29m8

    (22f) Smith County, TN will 1826-1843, will book III.

    (22da) Smith County Deed book Reel 117,pg 428

    (20b) Smith County Land Deed, BookA-1,10 pg.191,85-86

    (22db) Smith County History,1986 Tenn. 976.852 h673 Nashville Public Library

    (20c) Tn. enlisted men, war of 1812, tenn. 929.3 t29wa

    (20d) Tn Court records-Smith Cty. reel 254

  • (9a) Rosters of soldiers from N. Carolina in the American Revolution E263.N8D17 cop 2

    (9b) Military Warrant, No. 407, Tenn. Grant no. 370, warrant 2056, book no. 63, pg 142, 15 sept. 1787

  • (20ba) Tenn. Deed Book N, pg 206

    (20bb) Tenn. Deed Book N, pg 453

    (20bc) Tenn. Deed Book O, pg 289,299

    (24) Butler County Deed Book 1, No. 52,218

    (25) Butler County Deed Book 8, pg 126

    (26) 1910 Kentucky Census

    Orange Family Tree


    Jacques Orange Louys Orange

    Guillemette Thomas

    Lewis (Louys) Orange Lewis-2 Orange


    Lewis-2 Orange William Orange


    William Orange Yearby Orange

    Elizabeth Melton

    Yearby Orange Yearby Newton Orange

    Sophrona Jones

    Yearby Newton Orange William Franklin Orange

    Mary Graham

    William Franklin Orange Owen Mitchell Orange

    Hallie Angeline Manners

    Owen Mitchell Orange Warren Turner Orange

    Grace Hall

    Warren Turner Orange Jerry Louis Orange

    Fritzie Margaret Elginfritz

    Jerry Louis Orange Darren James Orange

    Vicki Jo Oliver Wesley Thomas Orange



    Word History: Oranges imported to China from the United States reflect a journey come full circle, for the orange had worked its way westward for centuries, originating in China, then being introduced to India, and traveling on to the Middle East, into Europe, and finally to the New World. The history of the word orange keeps step with this journey only part of the way. The word is possibly ultimately of Dravidian origin, that is, it comes from a language or languages in a large non-Indo-European family of languages, including Tamil and Telugu, that are spoken in southern India and northern Sri Lanka. The Dravidian word or words were adopted into the Indo-European language Sanskrit with the form nâraNgah. As the fruit passed westward, so did the word, as evidenced by Persian nârang and Arabic nâranj. Arabs brought the first oranges to Spain, and the fruit rapidly spread throughout Europe. The important word for the development of our term is Old Italian melarancio, derived from mela, "fruit," and arancio, "orange tree," from Arabic nâranj. Old Italian melarancio was translated into Old French as pume orenge, the o replacing the a because of the influence of the name of the town of Orange, from which oranges reached the northern part of France. The final stage of the odyssey of the word was its borrowing into English from the Old French form orenge. Our word is first recorded in Middle English in a text probably composed around 1380, a time preceding the arrival of the orange in the New World.


    Other Orange Family History

    (most likely unrelated)

    In 1583, there is a Peter de Orange shown as a Frenchman living in London(11a).

    On October 6, 1652 Thomas Orange received a land grant in Lancaster County, VA. for importing two people (himself and Salter Knight).(1a)

    On August 24, 1664 Sivillius Orange had land in Rappa & N'umberland County.(2a)

    Marta Orange received land upon the branches of Aquia Run on September 26, 1678 (Mr. Anto. Buckner) Staff Co. (9a).

    Mehitable Orange was a witness for the sale of land on September 3, 1745 in Boston between Peter King of Boston and Mercy his wife(10a).

    James Orange was listed in the Revolutionary War as from South Carolina(9) page 652. Listed as a grenadier of the 17th British Reg't - deserted for 6 to 8 weeks from Capt. Thomas Meriwether(3a) on June 6, 1777.

    Edward Orange , private, Ziefler's Co., 1st U.S. Reg't (Lt. Col. Darke) was a volunteer soldier from 1785-1790(3b).

    Mary Orange married Mathew Rothery on April 4, 1763. Thought to be the step daughter of William Orange of Norfolk(2a)

    William Orange of Norfolk was listed as a Captain and Major and as a merchant in Norfolk, County(4a). He is listed as a Lt. on Nov 21, 1755 and as a major on Feb. 17, 1864.(6a)

    William Orange of Norfolk married Mary (Malbone) Kenna or Kenner, a widow, who had several children including Mary and Ann(5a).

    William Orange of Norfolk is listed in the Tithtable of Norfolk City from 1750 until June 1771. It appears he died then. William Orange of Norfolk is listed as a resident of England and as a property owner in the borough of Norfolk whose house was one of 1331 that was destroyed in the Rev. War(7a). He is also listed as Vestryman for the Elizabeth River Parish in June 8, 1761.

    William Orange moved from Norfolk Virginia back to Liverpool, Lancaster, England. His will was dated June 1789 in Liverpool and probate to John Sparling, William Bolden, Richard Kent and William Charles Lake(8a).

    A Thomas Orange of New York City whose will is listed in the court of Canterbury England died in Nov. 1824 and probate to the surviving executor Henry Kermit(8a).

    Cosby Orange was born in 1798. He m(1) Nancy Montgomery in 1828 in Cumberland Co. They had five daughters and one son, born between 1829 and 1841. Nancy must have died sometime after 1841. By 1850 Cosby had\par migrated to Highland Co., OH, taking the children with him. He m(2) Locky Mosby on 25 Apr 1850. They had a son, who was born 5 Oct 1851 but only lived three months. Cosby died on 8 Mar 1860.

    Bibliography - a

    All hyperlinks will be designated as the letter B with a number

    (1a) Virginia Colonial Abstracts, pg 182, R929.3755 F594v 1988

    (2a) William and Mary 8w(2)104

    (3a) 18th Century VA. Newspapers R929.3755 H4336 1987 pg 254

    (3b) Vol Soldiers 1784-1811 R929.373

    (4a) Loyalist of Southern Campaign R929.375 C594L pg 167, 178, 188

    (5a) Boston Transcripts June 15, 1931 Article 1920

    (6a) Loyd D. Bockstruck Vir. Col. Soldiers 975.5 B665v

    (7a) Virginia Magazine 23v413 and 2v216

    (8a) Prerogative Court of Canterbury R929.373 col

    (9a) Cavaliers and Pioneers patent book 6 R875.5 n967c pg 188

    (10a) Boston Transcripts, Nov 11, 1912, 2447

    (11a) Huguenot Society of London 10/2, 354 R284.5 H897 lp

    Other Orange Family Geneologists


    Jean Orange Sullivan 10159 Provo Road Rochester, KY 42273 (502) 934-2101

    Elizabeth "Betty" J. King 210 W. 2nd #39a Andover, KS 67002 (316) 733-5535

  • Attendees an annual Orange family reunion on the 4th Sunday in August at the Dawson Springs, KY Community Center. Zephianah Orange’s line.
  • Tom W. Orange 145 White Hall Berea, OH 44017 (216) 234-5076

    Nora Elizabeth Ellis 500 N. Mahan Clute, TX 77531 ??????????????

    Marian John 955 E. 13800 S. Draper, UT 84020

    Sally Ann Henderson 17812 Orangetree Ln. Justin, CA 92680

    Jimmy Orange

    I got a lot of the info & pictures from Melvin Crum: a descendant of Byrd Orange, and Verna Lou Orange: a descendant of William Sanford Orange. And Patricia Lorentz: a descendant of Benjamin J. Orange

    Edith Bastin

    Polston/Poston Family
    Harrod/Herrod Family

    This is a genealogy page of Jim Farmer, and has some Oranges on it.

    This a good genealogy page for Orange research.