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 Zipporah 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 listed Fairfax Lewis renting a farm near White Stone. Blanche was 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 listed the family in a different part of White Stone, they were marked as living on the road from White Stone to Palmer. Blanche was listed as 21 and not working. Her father was still a farmer renting land. Her mother was 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. Charles. A. Hall. The couple's first child was born in 1915. She was delivered with the umbilical cord around her neck and did not survive. They buried her at Morattico Baptist Church. They went on to have five more children that all lived to adulthood.

In 1917 Gordon was named as postmaster of Lynhams Post Office. At some point the post office closed and was reestablished in 1925 with Clifford Jett as postmaster. In 1928 Gordon D. George was again named postmaster, and kept the title until the office closed permanently in 1945.

The 1920 census listed Blanche and Gordon renting a home on Ditchley Road in Northumberland. They were 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. Blanche was not listed as working.

The 1930 census named 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 mentioned her as the post mistress of Lynhams.

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

In 1950 Gordon and Blanche were listed as ages 61 and 63. He reported working as a farmer for 78 hours the previous week. Gordon's bother Lloyd still lived in the home and he reported working 48 hours "doing odd jobs." Also living with them was their son, Marvin, his wife Alease, and two year old daughter Margaret.

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
  • 1950 United States Federal Census, Virginia, Northumberland, Wicomico, 67-16, Page 4, Line 12, Ancestry.com. 1950 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2022.
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
  • Virginia, Marriage Registers, 1853–1935. Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  • "Rockbridge, Virginia, United States Records," images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9YG-RRK8 : January 22, 2021), image 508 of 598; Virginia. Bureau of Vital Statistics.


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


  • Harvey Warren Lewis
    • 1883-1955
  • Alvin Kirk Lewis
    • 1888-1934
  • Esther Elizabeth Lewis
    • 1890-1951
  • Unnamed Lewis
    • 1893-1893
  • Parran Wright "Caney" Lewis
    • 1894-1986

Last Updated: 2/22/2023