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Reb Orrell's Personal Biography & Family Information

I was born 2 June, 1949 in Baltimore City, Maryland, the only child of Reverdy Lewin Orrell, Jr. and Jean Catherine Malle.  I attended public school and graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1967, later graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County Campus (UMBC) with a B.A. degree in Social Work and Sociology.  Later I briefly studied Criminal Justice in the Master's program at the University of Baltimore.

I was first married in July, 1970.  That marriage produced one son, Reverdy Lewin Orrell, IV.  He also graduated from UMBC with a degree in history.  Reb IV has always been interested in history with the War Between The States as his main interest.  He is constantly working out and pursues his interests with power lifting and bodybuilding.  His  photo section is here and photos of his son, Jackson Reverdy Orrell, are here.

On November 13, 1999, I married Nora Skerry, formerly of Ellicott City, Maryland.   We reside in Riviera Beach, Anne Arundel County, Maryland with our two dogs Brandi (Cocker Spaniel) and Cheyanne (Sheltie).  Our previous cocker, Lacey, passed away in April, 2004.

From 1970 to 1976 I was actively involved with playing the game of chess.  I participated in many tournaments for various chess correspondence organizations.  My favorite was the Knights of the Square Table (NOST) where I learned several chess variation games and served as their Chess Variants and Non Chess Games Tournament Director.  During that time I became interested in chess problems.  For several years I wrote an article for their publication entitled 'Reb's Retazos.'  Retazos is a Spanish word meaning 'odds and ends.'  The focus was on 'odd end games' for various chess variants.  I also serve as webmaster for the StrateGems.org chess problem website. 

My Masonic affiliations are noted elsewhere.  I am pleased to be a Past Master of Palestine Lodge No. 189 and a Past Sovereign Master of Southern Cross Council No. 264, Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America.  I have also served as Secretary / Treasurer of several other Masonic bodies.  In November, 2004, I joined Martinsburg Moose Lodge #120.

My interest in genealogy began in 1985.  Shortly afterwards I founded the Orrell Family Association and began writing the Orrell Family Association Newsletter.  For many years I hosted the Orrell Family Reunion.  My main genealogy database program was, for many years,  Personal Ancestry File (PAF)In 2006, I switched to Roots Magic A six generation ancestral chart appears on my genealogy page.  I am the webmaster of the Orrell Family Association website and co-author a genealogy blog with Robert Stanley Orrell.   

In May, 2001, Nora and I purchased a vacation / resort / retirement home in Hedgesville, West Virginia.  The house is in a resort community know as 'The Woods'.  Our first cabin was called 'Chocolate Mousse I'.  'Chocolate Mousse' is Nora's favorite dessert.  Whenever she eats it she always says, "This is heaven".  In June, 2004, we purchased 'Chocolate Mousse II', about three blocks away from the first cabin. 

In November, 2002, I started Reb's Web Design & Computer Tech Support. 

I have a religious blog on this website.  Also, here is my list of bible books.

In June, 2008, the company I worked for had a cutback and I was let go after 15 years.  At that time I became 'semi-retired' and decided to concentrate on my website design & computer tech support.


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