The name Ortego was originally Ortega. The first written records of this Spanish name date back to the 9th century. More about its early history can be read on Wikipedia.
Jean Joachim Ortego’s family can be traced back to the oldest known Ortego family of Antoine De Ortega, spelled with the “a”, and his wife Catalina Berceruelo who were married in 1640. Their great-great grandson was Jean Joachim Ortego. Jean Joachim Ortego and his wife Maria Josephe D. De Soto are the progenitors of the Louisiana Ortego’s. Maria is the granddaughter of Louis Antoine Juchereau De St. Denis, the founder of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jean Joachim Ortego was born in Spain and married Maria in Orleans Territory, USA. Most of their eight children were born in Southwest Louisiana.
The eight children of Jean Joachim Ortego and Maria Josephe D. De Soto, the progenitors of the Louisiana Ortego families are:
- Jean Francois, b. 1782, married Eugenie LaRose Fontenot in 1806 and Marie Josephe Lucas Fontenot in 1826;
- Joseph Gregoire, b. 1782, married Emelie Fontenot in 1810;
- Denis, b. 1784 and married Felonise Sallier in 1813 and Antoinette Guillory in 1837;
- Anicete, b. 1788 and married Ophelia Charlot Fontenot in 1812 and Ozitte Landreneau in 1828;
- Marie Josephe Mathilde, b. 1790, married Philippe LaRose Fontenot in 1803;
- Joseph Joaquin Marcelin, b. 1792 and married Louise Lejeune in 1817, Modesta Landreneau after 1835 and Melinda Guillory after June 1842;
- Joseph Marie, b. 1794, married Marie Josephe Pierre Guillory in 1814;
- Joseph Manuel, b. 1799, married Marie Denise Vidrine in 1821;
This book includes 300 pages of family information. It includes the names of the spouse’s parent’s names when that information was available. Additionally, it includes all the extended family born to the Ortego ancestor. Occasionally, Rev. Hebert records were incomplete. When that occurred, other sources were used to make the family links. All information references are footnoted. For some families, there are thirteen generations of documented history.