6 JUL 1886 - Richmond, VA
6 FEB 1951 - Northumberland, VA

Orah Blanche Lewis

Show Family Line Orah Lewis >> Marvin George >> Maida George

Blanche moved from Richmond County to Lancaster as a young woman. She was post mistress at Lynhams.

Orah Blanche Lewis was born on July 6th, 1886 to Fairfax Lewis and Zepporah Hale in Richmond County. She was the second of five children. Her father was a sharecropper. Her family moved down the Neck to Enon Hall Farm near White Stone sometime before 1900.

The 1900 census shows Blanche's father renting a farm near White Stone. Blanche is 11, neither she or her siblings are marked as going to school that year.

The local news section of the Virginia Citizen mentioned in 1906 that F. Lewis had moved in the house of the late C.S. Dunton. In 1910 the census shows Blanche's family in a different part of White Stone, they are listed as living on the road from White Stone to Palmer. Blanche is listed as 21 and not working. Her father is still a farmer renting land. Her mother is marked as having six children with five still living.

Blanche married Gordon Douglas George on February 5th, 1913. They were married at the White Stone parsonage by Rev. Chas. A. Hall. The couple's first child was a daughter born in 1915. She was born with the umbilical cord around her neck and did not survive. They buried her at Morattico Baptist Church. Gordon and Orah went on to have five more children that all lived to adulthood.

The 1920 census shows Blanche and Gordon renting a home on Ditchley Road in Northumberland. They are only a few entries away from Gordon's mother and brother who lived on Bluff Point Road in the George Home-place. Gordon's occupation was given as a general store merchant. Orah was not listed as working. Sons Luther and Gordon D. Jr. are listed.

The 1930 census shows Blanche, Gordon and all five of their children. Also living with them was Gordon's brother Lloyd. Gordon was marked as the head of the household and owning the home that was valued at $4,000. The home they lived in would have been the George Home-place. Gordon was listed as a farmer. Blanche was not listed as working, but a 1931 newspaper clipping from the Rappahannock Record mentions her as the post mistress of Lynhams.

In the 1940 census the family is still all together except for the oldest son, Luther. The home was valued at $3,500. Gordon is again listed as farmer and reported working 50 hours a week. Blanche is listed as a post office clerk. Blanche is shown as finishing 7th grade and Gordon was shown as completing 4th.

Blanche died on February 6th, 1951. Her death certificate gave the cause as congestive heart failure. Family lore tells that she suffered from "hardening of the arteries" also known as Alzheimers. She was buried at Morattico Baptist Church on February the 8th.

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  • Year: 1900; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: 1714; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0046; FHL microfilm: 1241714
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: T624_1633; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0060; FHL microfilm: 1375646
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: T625_1903; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 136; Image: 542
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: 2452; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 573.0; FHL microfilm: 2342186
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Wicomico, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: T627_4280; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 67-12
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
  • Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940

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Spouse & Children:

  • Gordon Douglas George
    • 1888-1968

  • Unnamed George
    • 1915-1915
  • Luther Fairfax George
    • 1916-1965
  • Gordon Douglas George, Jr.
    • 1919-2005
  • Iris Columbia George
    • 1920-1997
  • Marvin Lewis George
    • 1922-1999
  • Orah Blanche George
    • 1925-2002


Siblings:

  • Harvey Warren Lewis
    • 1883-1955
  • Alvin Kirk Lewis
    • 1888-1934
  • Esther Elizabeth Lewis
    • 1890-1951
  • Parren Wright Lewis
    • 1894-1986

Last Updated: 2/15/2020