This is a collection of
rambling, loosely conceived, and assembled thoughts of Lewis L Orcutt put
together in random fashion for the purpose of informing my future generations
of the nature of my existence and my cohabitation with Carol M. Michael/Orcutt
on this glorious and wondrous planet given to us by our Lord and Savior who by
his grace assigned us as caretakers for the short time we are here. Keep in
mind while we read and digest this information that although the mind rambles
and can sometimes fade, the stories of walking 5 miles to school in 2 feet of
snow at 20 below zero uphill in both directions, are all 100% true and
verifiable. After all you may giggle when I mention the one room school with 8
grades all together in one room as there was not a kindergarten yet and you
didn't even start 1st grade till you were 6 or maybe 7 like I attended, or
chuckle at the fact we had no electricity only kerosene lamps and my brother
an I had a bedroom with a dirt floor or the fact we had no TV. You might even
laugh out loud when I say we had no phone till I was about 14 and and
our ring was two longs and a short and the Cell phone was unheard of. To use
it you turned a crank in the combination of longs and shorts to reach the
party you wanted and every one there on the line could pick up and listen.
Many of the early years are rambling memories and things that happened to me
and my family until we reach the Sunday journals which were written every
Sunday morning from then on. These were the thoughts and things during the
week that took place as we grew and aged and hopefully will let my kids and
grandkids know of the things in our life that we found of some importance and
meaning. My father wrote faithfully in a journal that I would greatly like to
read but it has disappeared over the years and I never got a chance to read it
so this will maybe keep that from happening to my following generations.
I am including the following
thoughts and findings from previous data I found that has since
disappeared from the web. Through these findings and research and contrary to
all Urquhart postings, DNA testing and disbelief I feel we are direct
descendents of the Urquhart clan of Urquhart Near Cromarty in Scotland. I
believe we descended from William Orcutt of Fillongley England whose ancestors
were of the Urquhart clan from Scotland. I have no proof positive at
this time and if you find some I would willingly add and post it. My belief
stems from the facts I found in the late 1960's through a genealogy search and
the findings by Nancy L. Halbert on the Orcutt Coat of arms and our name as
listed on Pages 1 thru 5 of the Lewis L. Orcutt Lineage. Also on some
Getz genealogy I found on the internet in the late 80's early 90's that has
since disappeared by Frederick Scott Orcutt Sr. who compiled the most
extensive Orcutt Genealogy to date as written on the Orcutt page at that time,
and it came from his book by way of Florence Mae (Orcutt) Getz. In these
writings they state that genealogy data for the Orcutt name has them as the
clan Urquhart, living in northern Scotland around Loch Ness and that religious
persecution moved some of the Urquhart family to Warwickshire, England and
eventually over to the United States. You can then see the Orcutt line
starting on page 5 through the 9 generations in America to finally arrive at
our generation being the 10th here. As you study this and more you can see
many findings I got from the 1960's shows up in the Urquhart lineage on the
web today and is identical in nature. There is much more clan information on
the web if you care to further research these findings and our heritage.
Enjoy and God
Urquhart Castle overlooking
The Ruins Of Urquhart
Castle in Scotland
Loch Ness although probably
best known for its legendary monster is also home to one of Scotland's largest
fortifications, Urquhart Castle. Standing on a promontory jutting into the
loch the castle was built on an ideal site for defense as it commands the
views Northeast and Southwest of the main axis of the Great Glen. This was a
vital consideration to the castles royal owners in the middle ages, because it
gave them a visible presence in an area which, at the time, was effectively
with the control of the Scottish kings. Due to the sites strategic importance
it was almost certainly inhabited long before the first recorded occupation
date of the early 13th century, when the castle was granted to the Durwards, a
powerful Anglo-Norman family. During the next three centuries the castle was
besieged and occupied by various warring factions, who were quick to realize
the the importance of a prominent power base at Glen Urquhart. In the last
major attack in 1545 the castle was plundered and looted of many of its
possessions. Restorations were undertaken in the 16th and 17th centuries, but
it finally fell into a state of disrepair from which it never recovered.
Archaeological excavations have unearthed many objects including a bronze
ewer, weapons, jewelry, and pottery. The castle was both self sufficient and
self contained with private halls and bedrooms, complete with fireplaces and
plaster walls for the lord and his family. There was also accommodations for
servants, a kitchen, smithy, dovecot and chapel. Now under the care of
Historic Scotland, Urquhart Castle has become one of Scotland's major tourist
attractions drawing people from all over the world.
Urquhart Modern tartan from
Lochcarron of Scotland
Urquhart Clan Badge
Urquhart Clan Motto = Meane
weil speak weil and doe weil
Clan Crest Badge
All Clansmen are entitled to
wear this distinctive insignia which consists of a lady from the waist upward
issuing from a crest coronet and brandishing in her right hand a sword and in
her left hand a palm sapling, encircled by a strap and a buckle bearing the
motto, "Meane Weil, Speak Weil, and Doe Weil." The clan crest badge
identifies those who use it as members of Clan Urquhart and signifies their
loyalty to the The Urquhart, Chief of the the Clan, whose crest and motto are
embodied in the badge.
is a Highland Scottish clan. They traditionally occupied the lands in the
district and town of Cromarty, a former Royal Burgh with an excellent natural
harbor on the tip of The Black Isle. Chiefs of the Clan were Barons and
hereditary Sheriffs of the county for hundreds of years. Today the Clan is an
international body organized in part by the Clan Urquhart Association, with
Clan members in Scotland, England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and
America. The current Chief, Kenneth Trist Urquhart of Urquhart, is one of four
Scottish Highland Chiefs that are American citizens.
The home of the family Urquhart
was near Cromarty. William Urquhart was sheriff of Cromarty in the 14th
century, and his son, Adam became hereditary sheriff. Sir Thomas Urquhart is
said to have had 25 sons, of whom seven were killed at the battle of pinkie in
1547.Probably the best known member of the family is Sir Thomas Urquhart,
Famous as a writer in the 17th century. His most notable work was the
translation of Rabelais. He compiled his own genealogy and claimed to be
the 143rd in direct succession from Adam & Eve.
History Of Clan Urquhart
Clan Urquhart is of ancient
Celtic origin. Associated during most of its history with the northeast of
Scotland, the Clan derives its name from Glen Urquhart and Urquhart Castle on
Loch Ness. Traditional history traces the descent of the Urquharts from
Conachar Mor, scion of the Royal House of Ulster, a mighty warrior and hunter
who ruled over the territory around Urquhart Castle during prehistoric times.
Hero of a Gaelic legend, Conachar Mor killed a wild boar of extraordinary
fierceness from which no man had ever escaped. Mor's descendant, William de
Urchard, the first Chief of the Clan whose name appears on written Scottish
records, was a staunch supporter of Robert the Bruce. Adam de Urchard, second
Chief, became Baron and Sheriff of Cromarty about 1358, and for over three
hundred years, the Chiefs of the Clan held the Barony of Cromarty as their
principle seat. There they erected an imposing castle overlooking Cromarty
Firth. Younger sons of the family acquired extensive land holdings of their
own, establishing themselves as Lairds of Meldrum, Byth, Craigston, Craighouse,
Kinbeachie, Newhall, Braelangwell, and Burdsyards.
From 1741 until 1898, the seat
of the Chief of Clan Urquhart was the Barony of Meldrum in Aberdeenshire. The
last Chief of the Meldrum line was Major Beauchamp Urquhart, an officer of the
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action. The Chiefship
passed to his cousin, Urquhart of Braelangwell. In 1959, Wilkins Fisk Urquhart
was recognized by the Lord Lyon as Chief of the Name and Head of Clan
Urquhart. He was succeeded in 1974 by Kenneth Trist Urquhart of Urquhart, 27th
Chief of Clan Urquhart. The seat of the Clan is Castle Craig, the ancient
Urquhart fortress on the Cromarty Firth, which will be restored as a center
for the clan.
Lewis L. Orcutt
The Orcutt Coat of Arms illustrated above was drawn by an
heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic
archives. Documentation for the Orcutt Coat Of Arms design can be found in
Moncreffe and Pottinger's Scotland of old. Heraldic artists of old developed
their own unique language to describe an individual Coat Of Arms. In their
language, the Arms ( shield ) is as follows:
" Or three boars" heads gules,
armed argent, tangued azure."
When translated the arm description is:
"Gold: three red boars heads,
armed silver, tongue of blue
Above the shield and helmet is the crest which is described
"Out of a ducal coronet or a lady from the
waist upwards holding in her dexter hand
a dagger point upwards and in
her sinister a palm tree, all purr."
A translation of the Crest description is:
" Out of a gold crown, a lady from the
waist upwards holding in her right hand a
dagger point upwards
in her left hand a palm tree in natural color."
Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries
in medieval times. The Motto recorded with the Orcutt Coat of Arms
"Meane Weil, Speak Weil
and Doe Weil"
well, Speak well, and Do well )
Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific
identification. The four primary sources for second names were: occupation,
location, fathers name and personal characteristics. The surname Orcutt appears
to be locational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the English
meaning, " dweller at, or near the slope or incline. " The supplementary sheet
included later is designed to give you more information to further your
understanding of the origin of names. Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable
spelling variations. The most prominent variations of Orcutt are Ocut, Orcut,
Orchute, Orcute and Orcutts.
Census records available disclose the fact there are
approximately 1100 heads of households in the United States with the old and
distinguished Orcutt name. The United States Census Bureau estimates there are
approximately 3.2 persons per household in America today, which yields and
approximate total of 3520 people in the United States carrying the Orcutt name.
Although the figure seems relatively low, it does not signify the many important
contributions the individuals bearing the Orcutt name have made to
No genealogical representation is intended or implied by this
report and it does not represent individual lineage or your family
Nancy L. Halbert
Until about 1100 AD most people in Europe had only one name.
(This is still true in some primitive countries today). As the population
increased it became awkward to live in a village wherein perhaps 1/3 of the
males were named John, another sizeable percentage William, and so
And so to distinguish one John from another a second name was
needed. There were four primary sources for these second names. They were
a man's occupation, his location, his father's name, or some peculiar
characteristic of his. Here are some examples.
Occupation: The local house builder, food
preparer, grain grinder and suit maker would be named respectively: John
Carpenter, John Cook, John Miller and John Taylor.
Location: The John who lived over the hill became
known as John Overhill, the John whom dwelled near a stream might be named John
Brook or perhaps John Atbrook.
Patronymical: (fathers name): Many of these surnames can
be recognized by the termination---son, such as Williamson, Jackson, Etc. Some
endings used by other countries to indicate "sons" are: Armenian's---ian, Dane's
and Norwegian's---sen, Greek's---oulos, Spaniard's---ez, and Pole's---wiecz.
Some prefixes denoting " son " are the Welsh---Ap, the Scot's and Irish---Mac,
and the Norman's Fitz. The Irish O' incidentally denotes
Characteristic: An unusually small person might be
labeled Small, Short, little or Lytle. A large man might be named largfellow,
Large, Lang, or Long. Many persons having characteristics of a certain animal
would be given the animal's name. Examples: a sly person might be named Fox, a
good swimmer, Fish, and a quiet man, Dove; etc.
In addition to needing an extra name for identification, one
occupational group found it necessary to go a step further. The Fighting Man.
The fighting man of the middle ages wore a metal suit of armor for protection.
Since this suit included a helmet that completely covered the head, the knight
in full battle dress was unrecognizable. To prevent friend from attacking friend
during battle, it became necessary for each knight to somehow identify himself.
Many knights accomplished this by painting colorful patterns on their battle
shields. These patterns were also woven into cloth surcoats, which were worn
over a suit of armor. Thus was born the term, "Coat Of Arms."
As this practice grew more popular, it became more likely that
two knights unknown to each other might be using the same insignia. To prevent
this, records were kept that granted the right to a particular pattern to a
particular knight. His Family also shared his right to display these arms. In
some instances, these records have been preserved and/or compiled into book
form. The records list the family name and an exact description of the "coat of
arms" granted to the family.
Interest in heraldry is increasing daily. This is especially
true among people who have a measure of family pride and who resent attempts of
our society to reduce each individual to a series of numbers stored somewhere in
a computer. In our matter of fact day and age, a "coat of arms" is one of the
rare devices remaining that can provide an incentive to preserve our heritage.
We hope you will agree that it is much more than just a wall decoration. If you
are interested in a more in depth study of the subject of this paper, may we
suggest you contact the genealogy department of any fair sized public library.
We especially recommend " The Dictionary of American Family Names" published by
Harper And Faw and also " The Surnames Of Scotland" available from the New
York Public library as excellent sources on the meaning of
Nancy L. Halbert
From Then to now
Born in England and died on September 14 1693 in Bridgewater, Mass.
and buried in a cemetery in Bridgewater, Mass. William Orcutt; Elbert E. Orcutt,
New London, CT gives the first authentic record of William Orcutt, Father of the
Orcutt families in America. On January 24 1663 in Hingham, Ma. he married Mary
Lane, daughter of Andrew and Tryphena Lane of Hingham, MA. and a granddaughter of
William Lane of Dorchester, MA. Legend handed down by John the second son of
William Orcutt says William Orcutt came from England as a cabin boy on the
second ship to Plymouth, MA. This indicates that possibly he had chosen as his
life career that of a sailor. Another indication would be that there is no
record of him or the birth of his children in any of the towns around Hingham
MA. except that of Susannah Orcutt, born 1685 at Bridgewater MA. The family
completely disappears for 3 or 4 years after his marriage. The next authentic
record is the baptismal records of ten of there children in the second church of
Scituate, located east of Hingham MA. On these records William Orcutt gave his
residence as Marshfield, MA., a ship harbor and port. The last authentic records
of William Orcutt found as of 1996, are his death record and that of the
inventory of his estate. Also, the Plymouth Probate Records upon the
administration of estate. The most authentic record of his death appears on the
inventory of the estate the following: William Orcutt, deceases ye 14th, of
September 1693. The inventory of the estate was taken 11 October 1693, by John
Field and John Leonard, and presented to the court 11 December 1693, by William
Orcutt, eldest son of William the deceased, 119 lbs 11 shillings.
Descendents Of William Orcutt,
Generation No. 1
William Orcutt Sr. Was born December
18, 1618 in Fillongley, Warwickshire, England, and died September 24, 1693 in
Bridgewater, Plymouth County MA. He married Mary Martha Lane January
24,1663/1664 in Hingham, Plymouth County, MA., daughter of Andrew Lane and
Tryphena Lane. She was born August 16, 1646 in Hingham, Plymouth County, MA. ,
and died between 1685 - 1735.
Children of William Orcutt and Mary Lane are;
William Orcutt Jr.
THOMAS ORCUTT was born October 02,
1677 in Scituate, Plymouth County, MA. , and died between 1722 - 1769. He
Married Jane Emerson June 29, 1703 in Concord, Middlesex County, MA, daughter of
Joseph Emerson and Mary ??. She was born 1679 in Concord, Middlesex County, Ma ,
and died between 1722 - 1780.
Children of Thomas Orcutt and Jane Emerson are:
THOMAS ORCUTT, Jr.
THOMAS ORCUTT, Jr. was born July 03,
1707 in Hingham, Plymouth County, MA., and died 1764 in Hingham, Plymouth
County, MA. He married Thankful Jenkins January 17, 1733 in Hingham, Plymouth
County, MA. She was born 1712 in Hingham, Plymouth County, MA., and died Between
1741 - 1744. He Married Margaret Ray, May 15, 1744, daughter of James Ray and
Children Of Thomas Orcutt, Jr. and Thankful Jenkins are:
Generation No. 4
EDWARD ORCUTT was born May 06, 1736
in Cohasset, Norfolk County, MA., and died January 06, 1801 In Goshen, Hampshire
County, MA. He married Mehitable Hudson, Daughter of Joseph Hudson and Martha
Children Of Edward Orcutt and Mehitable Hudson are:
Generation No. 5
QUARTUS ORCUTT was born March
20, 1769 in Chesterfield, Hampshire County, MA., and died November 11, 1821 in
Rome, Oneida County, NY. He married Mary ??. She died April 05, 1813 in Rome
Oneida County, NY.
Children of Quartus Orcutt and Mary ?? are :
Generation No. 6
FRANCIS ORCUTT was born March
30, 1806, and died August 07, 1874 in Rome, Oneida County, NY. He married
Margaret Bidell. He Married (2) Caroline Glass February 22, 1835. She was born
October 12, 1811 and died February 24, 1860 in Rome, Oneida County,
Children Of Francis Orcutt And Caroline Glass are :
FRANCIS LEWIS ORCUTT
George Jay Orcutt
Delia Caroline Orcutt
Norman Glass Orcutt
Generation No. 7
FRANCIS LEWIS ORCUTT was born
May 27, 1836 in Rome Oneida County, NY and died July 16,1887 in Sheridan, Tama
County IA. He married Roxy Brainard March 03, 1859. She died December 08, 1877.
He married Anna Hartzell June 01, 1879.
Children of Francis Lewis Orcutt and Roxy Brainard are:
John L. Orcutt
DeEtta Caroline Orcutt
Charles Stanley Orcutt
Generation No. 8
FRANCIS EDWARD ORCUTT was born
August 07, 1867 in Grinnell, Powshiek County, IA. , and died between 1947 -
1952. He married Sarah Stocking March 06, 1887. She died 1903. He married (2)
Matilda Theadora Hansen November 19, 1909. She was born May 06, 1881, and died
between 1950 - 1955.
Children of Francis Edward Orcutt and Sarah Stocking are:
Clifford Francis Orcutt
Children of Francis Edward Orcutt and Matilda Hansen are:
John Edward Orcutt
Blanche Lena Orcutt
Ella Irene Orcutt
Generation No. 9
CHARLES FRANCIS ORCUTT was born
April 15, 1910, Wheaton, Traverse County, Mn. and died in 1981. He married
Myrtle Belle Clark
Children of Charles Francis Orcutt and Myrtle Belle Clark
Thomas Francis Orcutt
Ellen Mary Orcutt
Elaine Marie Orcutt
DeEtta Blanche Orcutt
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Generation No. 10
LEWIS LEROY ORCUTT was born
April 03, 1942 in Wheaton, Redpath township, Minn. He married Carol Marie
Michael November 10, 1962. She was born May 04, 1945 in Tacoma, Wash.
Children of Lewis LeRoy Orcutt and Carol Marie Michael are:
TAMMRA MAE ORCUTT
MATTHEW BRYON ORCUTT
BRADLEY ALLAN ORCUTT
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