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Orrell Family

Daniel Black Orrell was born 1769 in Maryland and was in the area of Rowan County on Abbotts Creek about 1792. This part of Rowan became Davidson County in 1822. By 1803 Daniel and his family had moved to nearby Browntown. Daniel was first married to Mary Emily Hutchinson and when she died in 1828, he married for the second time, Mahala Garrison, a daughter of Jesse Garrison and Mary Bodenhamer. The first marriage produced 13 children and Daniel and Mahala had 2 children, the last one being born when he was 65 years of age.

"It is thought he may have had a rift with the family about remarrying so soon after his first wife's death and marrying a younger woman. Daniel wasn't buried by his first wife, but one row over and all the way to the end of the row. His second wife is buried next to him." (Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.) Extracted from Daniel Black Orrell and his Descendants, written and published by Robert Stanley Orrell.

Children of Daniel Black Orrell (1769-1871) and 1) Mary Emily Hutchinson (1788-1828)

*Emily Orrell (1805-1862) m. 1) Levi Bodenhamer ; 2) Coleman William Jenkins
Loretta Orrell (1807-1808)
Covington J. Orrell (1810-1849) m. Mildred Eliza Walters (?-1894)
Lorenzo Dow Orrell (1811-1869) m. Elizabeth P. Spence (ca. 1820-1877) (ten children)
Diana Orrell (1813-1884) m. Pearce Benoni
Helen Orrell (1814-1843) m. John H. Ledbetter
Epervia Orrell (1816-1888) m. William Coafner
Robert M. Orrell (1818-1892) m. Julia Glover (1848-1933)
Marcus Lafayette Orrell (1820-1903) m. Lucinda Spoon
Nancy Orrell (1822-1864) m. John Brown
Oliver H. P. Orrell (1825-1871) m. Elizabeth Charity Bodenhamer, d/o David Bodenhamer and Esther Teague
Daniel D. Orrell (1827-1904) m. 1) Mary Ann Faw (m. 1842); 2) Everline Hyer (m. 1845); 3) Elmina Tucker (m. 1850)
Jonathan Orrell (1828-1828) (Jonathan is buried with his mother)

*After Levi Bodenhamer's death, Emily Orrell Bodenhamer married Coleman William Jenkins (1798-?), they had eight children. One of their daughters, Selena Jenkins, married William Farris. The Wolff Family Photograph Gallery has a wonderful photo of Selena Jenkins Farris and William Farris taken during the Civl War but before William Farris was killed. (Use your back button to return to this site.)


Children of Daniel Black Orrell and 2) Mahala Garrison (1806-1887)
Napoleon Bonaparte Orrell (1830-1904) m. Christena L. Motsinger, d/o Solomon Motsinger and Huldah Evans
Mary B. Orrell (1832-1901) m. Joseph Wilson Hedgecock

Updated February 7, 2003 and November 3, 2007.


Personal communications with Robert S. Orrell. Mr. Orrell has done extensive research related to many branches of the Orrell family and is willing to correspond with anyone interested or related. He has also written the definitive Orrell book, Daniel Black Orrell and His Descendants and published The Orrell Family in the U.S. Census, which I have found to be invaluable. Mr. Orrell's email address is:

Cemetery Records of Davidson County, NC Volume IV, North Section, Compiled by the Genealogical Soceity of Davidson County , PO Box 1665, Lexington, NC, 27292

©, 2001-2007 Faye Jarvis Moran

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