Richmond, Virginia: Honoring family, the Ortons and Youngs of Church Hill

The Young Family, Portsmouth, Virginia, ca. 1927. All rights reserved.

One never knows where priceless bits of family history can be found. In 2012, we visited the household of the Parkers, paternal cousins, in Portsmouth, Virginia. They shared with us a great photo of my paternal grandmother, Lillian Vann Young Orton, who was born in 1927, Portsmouth, Virginia. She is featured in this photo, the infant in the center, surrounded by several of her siblings.

As shared with the ExPRT team of Enrichmond in 2018, the current stewards of historic Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond, my grandfather, Horace Orton, a Portsmouth, Virginia native, was a Pullman Porter with the Seaboard Airline Railroad. After the company relocated to Richmond from Portsmouth, Virginia in 1958, my grandparents moved to Richmond, for Horace to retain his employment as a Pullman Porter. The Orton Family became the first African American family to purchase a home on 36th Street in Church Hill. After their deaths, Horace and Lillian were both interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

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