William Orff

1801–
Maine, United States

The Life of William

When William Orff was born in 1801, in Maine, United States, his father, George Orff, was 36 and his mother, Mrs., was 33. He married Hannah Mink on 16 June 1820, in Corinth, Penobscot, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters.

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Family Time Line

William Orff
1801–
Hannah Mink
1799–
Marriage: 16 June 1820
Mary Catherine Orff
1822–
Margaret Elizabeth Orff
1824–
William Stillman Orff
1829–1897
Adaniram Judson Orff
1832–
Royal C. Orff
1839–1902
Hiram Orff
1844–

Spouse and Children

    Male1801–Male

    Hannah Mink

    Female1799–Female

MARRIAGE
16 June 1820
Corinth, Penobscot, Maine, United States
children

(6)

    Mary Catherine Orff

    Female1822–Female

    Margaret Elizabeth Orff

    Female1824–Female

    William Stillman Orff

    Male1829–1897Male

    Adaniram Judson Orff

    Male1832–Male

    Royal C. Orff

    Male1839–1902Male

+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    George Orff

    Male1765–Male

    Mrs.

    Female1768–Female

siblings

(6)

    Henry Orff

    Male1790–Male

    George Orff

    Male1794–1876Male

    Edward Orff

    Male1794–Male

    Simon Orff

    Male1798–Male

    Dau Orff

    Female1800–Female

+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1803

Age 2

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 3

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 31

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

German: variant spelling of Orf .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William Orff in entry for William Stillman Orff, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"
  • William Orff, "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907"
  • William Orff in entry for Hiram B. Orff, "Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"

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