The Rainbow Bridge, which connected Bridge City to Port Arthur/Port Neches/Groves, wasn't completed until 1938. The ferry ran across the Neches River until then. Another ferry crossed Cow Bayou to reach Orangefield.
Here's a brief history of Bridge City: http://www.bridgecitytex.com/history.html
I think that Bridge City was always a part of Orange County, but I could be wrong. At the very least, Bridge City has always been north of the Neches, and the city of Port Neches has always been on the south side of the river.
You might contact the Orange County Historical Society for old maps. Their address is on this page: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txorange/
The Courthouses might also have deed records for your family, which would tell in more detail where they lived.
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