The genealogy of Scottie Luvenia Orr

 

“The Early Scottish Beginnings”,

“The Carolina Connections”,

 “The Mississippi Years”

 

1675 - 2010.

 

 

 

 

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Foreword

 

 

This sets forth the efforts of Wesson Murray Brown, Jr. to document, in honour of his mother, Scottie Luvenia Orr, the genealogy of his maternal ancestors.  This documentation is supplemented with some prior work from other relatives and researchers, verbal as well as published. It is further supplemented by comments, reasonably drawn from the historical times, in which the generations lived and based on their occupations, and surrounding environment.  These supplemental comments are drawn from visits to some of the areas as well as my first hand memory as a child growing up in Calhoun City, Mississippi, USA.

 

Both of my parents worked and I spent my summers with my grandparents on their small farm west of Vardaman, Mississippi in the New Liberty Community.

 

Data with respect to names and the ensuing personal facts are factual, to the best of my ability, based on family records, census, birth records, marriage records, death notices, cemetery records, and other generally acceptable sources of documentation for genealogical work. Historical information regarding various locales and history has been taken from public published sources.

Any errors or omissions and/or mistakes are mine in my first time effort to engage in an effort such as this.  Anyone with suggested corrections, or additions are encouraged to contact the writer.

 

 

 

 

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 Acknowledgements

 

Rather than footnoting each instance I have chosen to acknowledge my sources in this overall manner and give them credit for their work as they were also Orr descendants or paid professional genealogists.  These people are as follows.

 

 

1675 to 1817- “The Early Scottish Beginnings”

 

 

 

Research complied by Shirley Obrzud, Owner and Managing Director of Scotland’s Gengenie, a private research company specializing in Scottish ancestry and located near Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. In addition to research Shirley used her software and inputted the data, including photos that generated this report. She is a “lady of great skill and patience”. Shirley@gengenie.co.uk

 

 

1817 to abt. 1870 - “The Carolina Connection”

 

Research complied by Sarah J. Holloman, an Orr descendant, and published by the Union County Historical Society in the 1981 Union County Heritage, Mannie Lee Mabry, editor. In particular, reference is made to articles 367, 464, 465 and 466 as related to this branch of the Orr Family Tree.

 

 

1870 (abt.) to 1976- “The Mississippi Years”

 

Research compiled by Shirley Mathis, an Orr descendant, and published by the Chickasaw County Historical and Genealogical Society, Shirley Mathis, Project Director. The publication is “A History of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Volume II”. In particular, reference is made to article F1067. 

 

 

1976 to 2010 - “The Journey-Mississippi to Virginia

 

 About the time of my retirement in January of 2003 I became interested in genealogy and started work on both my paternal and maternal lines.  As is often the case more information is available along one line than is another and one tends to follow the line he has success with.  My early success was in placing a few long distance calls to relatives back in Mississippi to find out who had information. 

One of these calls was to Walter Benjamin Orr, my “Uncle Ben” who actually had some information about the articles written by Sarah J. Holloman.  He forwarded these to me and that started my interest in looking back to 1817 and beyond.  I am eternally thankful to “Uncle Ben” for the initial information along with other leads he gave me including Virginia Carter.

 

 

 

Thanks to Virginia Edington Carter, daughter of Minnie Orr, and my second cousin who supplied me with great verbal inputs. 

 

She also spent the day directing me to cemeteries where our ancestors were buried and I was able to photograph many gravestones for documentation and further research work.  In addition she allowed me to photograph relevant pages from a family bible that further provided documentation and well as allowing me to photograph some of her framed photographs of ancestors. She directed me to her son John Ed Carter who has done some research and who provided me with some of his work.

 

Thanks to The Chickasaw County Historical and Genealogical Society and its members for answering inquires and filling my orders for books and directing me to other research data.

 

A special Thanks to Ola Jean Kelly, Director of the Union County Museum and to her assistant, Delle Ivey Bright, who has Orr connections, for taking time with me during my visit to the Union County, SC Museum and for generally assisting me with my early research and acquainting me with numerous possible sources to follow up and for subsequent assistance via emails and telephone.

 

Also thanks to Bruce Whisnant who is also an Orr descendant.  I came in contact with him later in my work and he has been an excellent contributor regarding his branch of the Orr family. Bruce lives in Union County, SC and knows more about the Orr roots in Union Country than anyone I have talked to. I am scheduled to visit with Bruce in 2010 and he has promised to show me many of the cemeteries where Orr family members are buried as well as much of the historical information he has gathered.

 

A loving thanks to my wife, Pat who has endured my “quest” accompanied me on trips to visit relatives, cemeteries, museums, and The South Carolina state archives centre.

 

 

 

 

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 The Early Scottish Beginnings

 

Since most of our Orr ancestors originated in or around Ayr, Scotland I thought it beneficial to include a brief history of the area.  “A History of Ayr, Scotland”, by Tim Lambert was posted on the internet and this is most of his article.

 

AYR IN THE MIDDLE AGES

In 1197 a castle was built by the River Ayr.  Shortly afterwards, in 1205 King William the Lion created a burgh at Ayr.  He laid out streets and set aside plots of land for building houses.  William also started a market at Ayr.  In those days there were few shops so if you wished to buy or sell anything you had to go to a market.  Once the market at Ayr was up and running people would come to live in the new town.

William also granted the people of the new town of Ayr a charter which was a document granting to the townspeople certain rights and privileges.  From 1261 Ayr also had an annual fair.  Fairs were like markets but they were held only once a year and they attracted buyers and sellers from a wide area.  The little town of Ayr flourished, although it would seem tiny to us with a population of at most 1500.

In the little town of Ayr there were the same craftsmen you would find in any Scottish town such as skinners and fleshers.  There was also a wool industry in Ayr with weavers and dyers.  There were also fishermen in Ayr and there was a shipbuilding industry. It was a busy little port.  Skins, hides, and wool were exported from Ayr while wine and salt was imported.

In the 13th century friars came to Ayr.  Friars were like monks but instead of withdrawing from the world they went out to preach.  In 1230 Dominican friars arrived in Ayr.  They were called black friars because of the color of their clothing. However not all was peaceful in Ayr. According to legend at the end of the 13th century the English invited some prominent Scots to a meeting at Ayr but they then captured and hanged them.  In revenge William Wallace set fire to some barns where English soldiers were staying and burned them to death. 

Nevertheless from 1301 to 1312 Ayr was in English hands. In 1315 a Scottish parliament met in the Church of St John the Baptist in Ayr to decide who would succeed Robert the Bruce.  During the 14th century Ayr flourished.  A new settlement grew up across the River Ayr at Newton.  In the 13th century the houses in Ayr were made of wood but in the 15th century some richer citizens began rebuilding their houses in stone. 

 

AYR 1500-1800

In the 16th century Ayr remained a busy port.  Wool, fish, and hides were exported from Ayr.  Wine and salt were still imported.  The population of Ayr continued to grow.  This was despite outbreaks of plague.  Like all Scottish towns Ayr suffered from epidemics in the 16th and 17th centuries.  The last outbreak was in 1647.  By the middle of the 17th century the population of Ayr was probably more than 2,000 and it continued to grow.  By the middle of the 18th century it was probably around 4,000.

During the late 17th and 18th centuries the textile industry in Ayr flourished.  Both wool and linen were made in Ayr.  Meanwhile a shoemaking industry also prospered.  Meanwhile Scotland’s greatest poet, Robert Burns, was born in Alloway, three miles from Ayr in 1759.  The great road builder John McAdam was born in Ayr in 1756.

As you read more about our Orr ancestors you find references to their occupations that reflected the industries in the area.  Some of these are:  Ship’s Master (Captain), Weaver, Tailor and Merchant.   Some are mentioned as Deacon of the Tailors.  This is believed to be a position of instruction for apprentices, rather than a church term that we may know it by today.

 

 

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 ORR SURNAME

Orr is a popular surname in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Its origin is within the ancient kingdom of Dal Riata.  For further reading on this ancient kingdom I recommend to search for the “DalRiataKingdom” at www.wikipedia.org.  The name may have a few origins such as Anglicization of the name Ivar or deriving from an Old English name Ora, or from the Gaelic order Donn.

In Scotland, the name is first known to have been recorded in Renfrewshire.  The evidence seems to indicate that a Hugh Del Urre rendered homage in 1296 to Edward I and a John Or was a follower of Campbell of Cawdor in 1578.  Brian J. Orr researcher and author of “Orr-Some”, suggested that, and also that it possibly comes from the Parrish of Urr in the Stalwartly of Kirkcudbright.

Since 1290, however, we have seen it mainly in the counties of Renfrew and Ayrshire.  The Orr name is now quite common throughout Lowland Scotland and having spread through Lanarkshire across to Edinburgh, Haddingtonshire (Now known as East Lothian) into Fife and even the Highlands.

Brian J. Orr’s book “Orr-Some” gives excellent background on some of the Orr families in Scotland.  Although you may not find your particular ancestral line, there is good information about the historical environment including living conditions, social political and religious backgrounds that most of our Orr ancestors faced before migrating to America and other former colonies in search of freedoms and opportunities.

 

 

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AYRSHIRE COAT OF ARMS

 

 

 

 

First Generation

 

 

1.  William ORR was born circa 1675 in Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

Janet BLACKBURN was born circa 1675 in Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

William ORR and Janet BLACKBURN had the following children:

 

2        I.  John ORR, born Jan 1694, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 3 Sep 1787, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

         II.  Margaret ORR was born on 1 Jan 1700 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

 

 

 

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Second Generation

 

 

2.  John ORR (William-1) was born in Jan 1694 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was baptized on 14 Jan 1694 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. He died on 3 Sep 1787 at the age of 93 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

Janet DICKIE, daughter of David DICKIE and Margaret CUNNINGHAME, was born on 13 Dec 1702 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland. She died on 24 Feb 1784 at the age of 81 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

John ORR and Janet DICKIE had the following child:

 

3        I.  John ORR was born Jan 1717, Dreghorn, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.  He married Janet

               MEIKLE on 17 Jan, 1737 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

 

 

 

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Third Generation

 

 

3.  John ORR (John-2, William-1) was born in Jan 1717 in Dreghorn, Irvine, and Ayrshire, Scotland. He was baptized on 17 Jan 1717 in Dreghorn, Irvine, and Ayrshire, Scotland. Being a Ship's Master (Captain) would have required John Orr to be away on trips quite often.  It is concluded, although not proven, that this probably why he was absent at several baptisms of his children whereby relatives stood in for him.

John ORR and Janet MEIKLE were married on 17 Jan 1737 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When he was married James Orr was noted as working as Ship's Mastor in Ayr.

 

Janet MEIKLE, daughter of James MEIKLE and Jean NIMMO, was born in Oct 1719 in Loudoun, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was baptized on 16 Oct 1719 in Loudoun, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

John ORR and Janet MEIKLE had the following children:

 

                      I.   Jane ORR was born on 16 Oct 1737 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was baptized on 16 Oct 1737 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When baptized the child was presented by James Meikle Late Deacon of the Tailors, grandfather to the child in the absence of the parent. Witnesses for the child were John Meikle, writor and James Meikle, Merchant. Both were Uncles to the child.

 

                     II.   Katherine ORR was born on 7 Jan 1741 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was baptized on 7 Jan 1741 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When the child was baptized the witnesses were James Meikle Present Deacon of the Tailors, Mr Orr, both grandparents to the child and John Meikle, Merchant.

 

                    III.   John ORR was born on 10 Dec 1742 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was christened on 18 Dec 1742 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When baptized the child was presented by James Meikle Late Deacon of the Tailors, grandfather to the child in the absence of the parent. Witnesses for the child were James Ball and John Meikle, Merchants in Ayr.

 

 

          4       IV.   James ORR Sr., born 25 Mar 1744, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; married Agnes FULTON, 10 Jul 1773, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 31 Jul 1824, South Carolina, America.

 

                    V.   Jane ORR was born on 17 Apr 1747 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was baptized on 19 Apr 1747 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When the child was baptized the witnesses were George Knox, Book Seller and James Meikle, Late Deacon of the Tailors in Ayr. He was grandfather to the child.

 

                   VI.   George ORR was born on 2 Jul 1749 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was christened on 9 Jul 1749 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When baptized the child was presented by James Meikle Late Deacon of the Tailors, grandfather to the child in the absence of the parent. Witnesses for the child were George Knox, Book Seller and Mr John Maer, Prison Clerk.

                  VII.   Grizel ORR was born on 5 Dec 1750 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was christened on 7 Dec 1750 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When the child was born the witnesses were James Meikle, Grandfather to the child and John Kannay, Tailor.

 

These are extracts located at the National Library of Scotland which have been transcripted as they were written from the MARINERS SOCIETY OF AYR, MINUTES BOOK. Captain JOHN ORR is mentioned in several sections and was Captain of the ship “Brother”, not to be confused with the ship, “The Brothers”.



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Ayr 13 Aprile 1741

Conveind of the comitee for Examination John Hutchison Collections and Captain James Montgomerie, Peter Burrall Andrew Lesly and James Hunter.

Which day the committee forsaid pern sad and examined John Hutchison Collector his associets of Intromissions and Depursements.
They find the same just by which there is a Balance of -
Fourty Nine Pounds One Shilling and Ten Pennies Scots.
Due by the Society to the Collectors which they allow this Collector to take and for his next years assets there for the Committee forsaid Exonour and Discharge the Collector of this Intermission from 20th of May 1739 to the 8th of May 1740.

Signed

James Hunter
Peter Burrall
Andrew Lesly

 

 

A crott of Intromissions by John Hutchison, Collector of the Societys effect since
May 8th 1740 to May 21st 1741.

Credited

1740                                                                                              £      s      d
May  12   From John Gardiner Sailor aboard
                The Rebecca for 6 months voyage                             -    12       -
         23   From Capt John ORR for the  Brother
         24   For Last voyage for Ship and Crew                           1    10       -                                       
                From Ditto For the Ship                                               1    10       -
         29   From James Wrights heirs for best
                Mortcloth                                                                       3       -       -
June 14   From Capt Crighton for London Norroway
                and 2 Bristoll Voyages                                                 4       -       -
         23   From Baillie Wm Ballantine for The Brothers
         24   a Maryland Voyage For Master and Crow
                10 at 4 8 for ship 6 at in all                                        16      4       -   
                From Wm Hunters Heirs for Second
                Mortcloth                                                                       1       4       -                                     
         27   From Cornet Tempos for a childs Mortcloth              1     10       -                                                         
July  16   From John Wilsons wife for childs Mortclo                1       4       -                                      
Aug   23   From John Aitken master of the Friendship for
                 Master and Crow for last Virginia voyage                  6    18      -                                          
Sept    9   From Patrick Euine Master of the Adventurer
                for a Holland and Norroway voyage for
                Ship and Crow And Self                                               3      -      -  
         25   From Wm Reid Mast of the America for  a
                Virginia voyage got from owners for all                    15      -      -  

                                                                                                  £ 55   12      -


 

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John Henderson Collector his Intermissions with the effects of the Merchant Adventurers and Sailors Society
 from May 21st 1741 to June 9th 1742.

Debited

1741                                                                                            £     s      d

May 21   to last year’s balance from May 21st 1741

              To June 9th 1742                                                     246      9      2
              To Patrick Ballentine for his entry money
              As Prooman                                                                13      6       -
        26 To Patrick Euine Skipper of the Adventurer
              For a Norway Voyage                                                    1      1       -
June   1 To John Johnstone master of the Brother of Ayr

              For the last voyage from Virginia for Men and

              Master £12 and for ship £6 from Baillie Ballantine   18      3       -
Aug 25 To John Aitken Master of the Friendship For a

              Voyage from Birga for Master and Men                    11    14       - 

Sept 18 to a child’s Mortcloth                                                     1      4       -
        22 To Patrick Euine Master of the Adventurer
              for a Norroway voyage                                                  1       1       -

Oct 28   To William Reid Master of the America for
              Aving a voyage for Master and Men                             9       -        -

Dec 15   To James Blair for the 2nd Mortcloth                          1      4        -
         "    To the 2nd Mortcloth from Wm Noill                            1      4         -
       23    To Patrick Ballantine Town Insuror for one years

               Interest of 1000 at from Whit 1740 To Whit 1741   50       -        -
               To ditto for Interest of 400 mki from Whit
               1738 to Whit 1741                                                      40      -         -
               To ditto for Interest of 400 mki from March
               7th 1740 to March 7th 1741                                       13      6       8


  


1742
Jan 13    To Henderwood for the 2nd Mortcloth                          1      4       -
               To Alexander Ritchie for ditto                                         1      4       -

Mar   2    to John ORR Master of the Brother for Last

               Voyage to Virginia for men and Master £13, 4, 0

               And for ship £6, 0, 0                                                      19      4      -
Jun    2   To James Mcsorrow for the best Mortcloth
               For his father                                                                     3      -       -
               To James Fergusson writer for a childs Mortcloth        1      4       - 
                           
                                                                                                   £436      9     6


 

 

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William Ballantine his intromissions with the effects of the Merchant Adventurers and Sailors Society
Extract from 26th May 1743 to 19th Jully 1744

Debited

1743                                                                                                £       s      d
May 26      to the balance of List Accounts                              201       7    10
                  To Miss Dunbar for best Mortcloth For

                   Lady Casiday                                           £3, 0, 0
                   to Baillie Lockhead for Ditto for his

                   Nephew                                                    £3, 0, 0
                   To James Bell for ditto for Miss
                   Belly Campbell                                         £3, 0, 0
                   To Capt John Aichen for his and Crew

                   Poor money for voyage to Virginia on

                   Second Ship                                          £14,,6,,0
                   Moor and Hunter for Ship                      £ 6,,0,,0
                                                                                    £20,,6,,0
                   To Capt John ORR for his crew Poor

                   Money for voyage to Virginia in

                   Brothers                                                   18,,15,,0
                   Wm Ballentine for the ship                        6,, 0,,0
                                                                                   £24,,15,,0
                   To Thomas John Marr for his And

                   Crew poor money for Voyage to

                   France and Norraway in Rebecca             3, 3, 0
                   for ship Nothing
                   to Capt Wm Reid for his and Crew Poor

                   money for voyage to Virginia In America 7,,16,,0
                   Moor and Hunter for ship                            6,, 0,,0
                   To Adamtown for best Mortcloth
                   For his Lady                                                 6,, 6,,0

 

 

 

 

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Extract from 1744

Debited

1744                                                                                              £    s     d

May 12       To Capt John ORR for childs Mortcloth                 1     4     0


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Extract from 1745
                                                           
Credited

1745                                                                                              £      s      d
Aug  4           To Cash of Capt ORR for childs Mortcloth           1      4      0


Accounts of Joseph Macihains Intermissions of the Effects of the Merchant Adventurers an Sailors Society from the Eleventh Day of May 1749 to the 10th May 1750

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Extract from 1750

Credited
1750                                                                                             £       s      d
Jan   3  To 5 months and 2 days Interest of John Bonnes

             Bill of £13, 19, 8 and a new Bond granted for

             The money                                                                      3     14      6
       18  From Mr ORR for the small Mortcloth                           5       4      -
  

 

 

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Extract from 1755

Credited

1755                                                                                             £       s      d
April          to Cash of John ORR for a childs Mortcloth             -     12      -


 

 

 Ayr 31 May 1764

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The Society continue James Muir their officers for the insuing year and allow him for pension sallery as their officer one pound twelve shillings in privilege of sitting what valued seats may be in the two Bach seats of all the sailors what came to Church and acciered an officers pension and left the place.

                                                                                                       £     S     d
       Officer                                                                                    1   12      -  paid
1.   Robt Dinbyers Widow                                                            0   10     0 paid
2.   Jean Hogg                                                                              1   10     0 paid
3.   Mary Patan                                                                              0   10     0 paid
4.   Nelly Wood                                                                             0   10     0 paid
5.   Janet Ronald                                                                          0   15     0 paid
6.  John Kenniday   to by a horse                                                2     0     0 paid
     and no other penny him this year
7.  Jenny Crawford                                                                       1     0     0 paid
8.  Grizel Killy                                                                                     15     0 paid
                                                                                                  £ 8    12     0
The Society alter Jonny Crawford who is lying and a child also lying ten shillings.
Mr Cosider his pension, also One pound to Jn. ORR Ship Master.
Write to ____________to pay up his £30 Wm Bill

 

 

 

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 The Carolina Connection

 

 

Present day South Carolina stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge Mountains, containing 31,113 square miles.  Fortieth in geographic area among the fifty states, it ranks 26th in population.  The PalmettoState’s more than four million citizens value its rich history.  Because of its history as a point of entry to the southern area of the United States via the Port of Charleston, many original settlers and immigrants passed through the state. 

The state has done an exceptional job in documenting and archiving much of its history and family genealogy.  Primarily this is located in the State Archive Centre in Columbia, SC and is supplemented by local County records and Genealogical Societies.  Therefore we can pick up much of the Orr Family history as it passed through Charleston and settled in what is present day UnionCounty

Many Orr ancestors remain in UnionCounty and in close proximity.  Others pushed further west as cheap land and opportunity opened up with the expansion of the United States.  Before the present day a historical perspective is in needed to place the Orr Family in its proper surroundings and environment in the “new land” which was formerly a colony but now was a New Nation and emerging quickly.

 

Spaniards explored the South Carolina coast as early as 1514. Spanish fears of French rivalry were heightened when Huguenots attempted to settle on what is now Parris Island near Beaufort in 1562. This same Parris Island is now home to a major military base for the U.S. Marines. Within a few years that colony was abandoned. The Spanish build Fort San Felipe on Parris Island in 1566 and made the new settlement there, known as Santa Elena, the capital of La Florida Province.  In 1576, under attack from Native Americans, Santa Elena was abandoned, but the fort was rebuilt the next year. 

 

The English also posed a threat.  A decade later, after Sir Francis Drake had destroyed St. Augustine, the Spanish decided to concentrate their forces there.  With the withdrawal from Santa Elena to St. Augustine in 1587, South Carolina was again left to the Native Americans. In 1660, the Prince of Wales, Charles II assumed the throne of England.  Several years later, he granted eight ex-generals—the Lords Proprietors—title to Carolina to reward them for their political support against the forces of Lord Cromwell.  In 1666 the AshleyRiver was explored and named by Capt. Robert Sanford, who on June 23 took formal possession of Carolina for England and the Proprietors. The English established the first permanent European settlement at Albemarle Point on the AshleyRiver in 1670.  In historical context, this was only 63 years after the founding of the first permanent settlement in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

 

The Proprietors’ first settlers included many Barbadians, and South Carolina came to resemble more closely the plantation economy of the West Indies than did the other mainland colonies.  By 1708 a majority of the non-native inhabitants were African slaves.  Native Americans, ravaged by the diseases against which they had no resistance, last significantly threatened the colony’s existence in the Yemassee War of 1715. 

 

By 1750s, rice and indigo had made the planters and merchants of the South Carolina low country the wealthiest men in what would become the United States.  Government encouragement of white Protestant settlement in townships in the interior and migration from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina were to give the upcountry (North Carolina) a different character; smaller farms and a larger percentage of German, Scots-Irish and Welsh settlers. By 1790 this part of the state temporarily gave the total population a white majority, but the spread of cotton plantations soon again made African American slaves the majority.

 

 

 

The people of Charleston, formerly Charles Town, were strong supporters of their rights as Englishmen in the Stamp Act crisis in 1765, and South Carolina would play a significant role when differences escalated into the American Revolution. The Charleston merchant Henry Laurens served as President of the Continental Congress in 1777 and 1778 following our Declaration of Independence in 1776. The first decisive victory of the war was the repulse of a British fleet by patriot defenders in palmetto log fort on Sullivan’s Island on June 28, 1776. Over two hundred battles and skirmishes occurred in the state, many of them vicious encounters between South Carolinians who opted for independence and those who chose to remain loyal to King George. Battles at KingsMountain (1780) and Cowpens (1781) were turning points in the war.

 

South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1788, and in 1790 moved its seat of government from Charleston to the new city of Columbia in the state’s midlands.  Present day UnionCounty at various times had several designations. Prior to 1764 and 1772, the boundary lines between the provinces of North and South Carolina had not been established in the “western region”. This led to quite a bit of confusion and UnionCounty was in the disputed region. Other disputed areas were MecklenburgCounty which was a part of AnsonCounty. Records show that some of the area land grants were issued by North Carolina and some by South Carolina. Finally in 1772 the border between North and South Carolina west off the Catawba River was established, and UnionCounty landed in the province of South Carolina.

 

When the English and Lord Proprietors first took ownership of South Carolina there were only four colonial counties for the entire state running in straight lines from the ocean to the mountains. In the upper part of South Carolina these counties were not very distinct. Also, the whole of South Carolina was laid out in parishes. UnionCounty was in a section that was first called either Berkley or CravenCounty, or both. In 1757, St. Mark’s Parish was formed and included all of present UnionCounty plus one-third to one-half of the rest of South Carolina.  In 1769 the state was divided into Judicial Districts, one named Ninety Six. This was later split to form seven counties, one of which was Union.  At that time, west of UnionCounty, was designated “Cherokee Indians” and separated on maps by an “Indian Boundary”. That would later become CherokeeCounty.

 

It was in this environment that James Orr, Sr. brought some members of his family from Scotland.

 

In July or August of 1817 James Orr, Sr. came to the United States from Scotland. It is believed, although not proven, that he and his family immigrated through the Port of Charleston, SC. Immigrating with James, Sr. was James Orr Jr. with Martha Shirley Orr, his wife whom he had recently married in Scotland. Also with them were his daughter, Mary Orr Bryce, her husband William Bryce, and probably their son, James Bryce. 

They travelled inland to Union County, SC where James, Sr. bought land from Judge Abram Nott. 

This land is between highways old #176, #18, and #9. On June 7, 1824 he bought 200 acres that was the John Tillison Estate.  He had sold to his son, James Jr., all or part of the first land in 1820 known as Lockhart Junction, but formerly called Orr’s crossing after James Orr Sr. James Orr Sr. made his will shortly after the last purchase on June 30, 1824. It has been shown later in this report in an unabridged manor so as to see its authenticity and nuances.

 

A family story says James Sr.’s wife refused to cross the Atlantic preferring to stay in Scotland along with three of the children. There is no mention of her in his will, but the children are mentioned, so she must have died before he did. Since James’ father, John, was a Ship’s Master, it is concluded that he was less fearful of the crossing.  Almost without much doubt, the father had shared many stories of his voyages with his wife and children.  It is not known why the remaining children were not mentioned in the will. The writer proposes that maybe, although not proven, that William, born 21st July, 1788 died at an early age and as was the Scottish custom of the time the next male child was named the same.  That is William, born June 7, 1790. Therefore, perhaps, he and John, born January 26, 1776 were already grown, married and had started their own families.

 

Now that you have read about the land where this family will continue their lives, let’s pick up the family tree starting with James Orr Sr. patriarch of the clan who led them to the new country, The United States of America.

 

 

 

 

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 Fourth Generation

 

4.  James ORR Sr. (John-3, John-2, and William-1) He was born on 25 Mar 1744 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland and was baptized the same month. When James Orr was born his father John was noted as working as a Ship Mastor in Ayr.

He appeared in the census in 1820 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

James ORR Sr. and Agnes FULTON were married on 10 Jul 1773 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

Agnes FULTON, daughter of John FULTON and Jonet DAVIE, She was born on 8 Sep 1750 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland and was baptized the same month. When Agnes Fulton was born her father John was working as a Weaver.

 

James ORR and Agnes FULTON had the following children:

 

          5          I.   Mary ORR, born 29 May 1774, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; married William BRYCE, 13 Apr 1793, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

                     II.   John ORR was born on 26 Jan 1776 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was baptized on 28 Jan 1776 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

                    III.   Sarah Balantine ORR was born on 11 Feb 1777 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was baptized on 12 Feb 1777 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

                   IV.   David ORR was born on 16 Nov 1779 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was baptized on 21 Nov 1779 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

                    V.   Agnes Jean ORR was born on 26 May 1783 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was baptized on 5 Jun 1783 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

          6       VI.   James ORR Jr., born 31 Mar 1785, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; married Martha SHIRLEY, ca 1817; died 6 Dec 1879, Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

                  VII.   William ORR was born on 21 Jul 1788 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was baptized on 27 Jul 1788 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

                 VIII.   William ORR was born on 7 Jun 1790 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was baptized on 13 Jun 1790 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

James Orr Sr. came to the America from Scotland in 1817. He bought land near Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina from Judge Abram Knott. This land is between Highway #9 and '176. On June 7th 1824, he bought 200 acres that was the John Tillison Estate. He had sold to his son James Orr Jr. all or part of the first land in 1820 known as Lockhart Junction now, but formerly called Orr's Crossing after James Orr.

A family story says that James Sr.'s wife refused to cross the Atlantic preferring to stay in Scotland. Another family story tells of a feud between the Orr's and the Shirley's in Scotland.

 

James died on 31 Jul 1824 at the age of 80 in South Carolina, America.

 

 

 

WILL OF JAMES ORR

Union Districk South Carlinia                 30th June 1824

Last Will, and testament of James Orr Seinour,

First I do Commite My soul to God, Second my Body to the dust from whences it came, Third I do Appoint my Sone James Orr and Herein Colman to administer and look over my affairs and if that there Be as much left of Property and Money that is Comming to me so as to Eneable them to pay all my lawful Debts for them to do it, and if that there should Be any Property and Money left I wish it to Be given to my Children that is to say Marry Orr Bryce ten Dollars the remainder to be sent to my three children that is in Scotland that is to say David, Sarra and Agnes Jean Orr Giving Each of them and Ewqail Shair

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Also the Bill of Sail that I hold of John McCoulloch Property I wish them the Said James Orr and Herein Colman for to Give him another years Cresid it that he does not live in the Country. All this I do of my own freewill and word, being impoured by God to be in my right Sencess and Stidness of mind altho being affected by his Diven will.

All this I do sing seal and Deliver to them to do at my Death Before theses Witness Present.

Witness (     John McCullough)
              (                                  )                     James Orr
Present (    James McCullough)
              (    David I. Ward        )
                       his mark                                      same
Recorded in Will Book B Page 95
Recorded 15th July 1824
Gn, Rice, Ordy, Box 14 Package 8

 

 

 

 

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Fifth Generation

 

 

5.  Mary ORR (James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 29 May 1774 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When Mary Orr was born her father James was working as a Weaver. She was baptized on 9 Jun 1774 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

Mary ORR and William BRYCE were married on 13 Apr 1793 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. When they were married James Bryce was working as a Weaver.
 

The following work appeared in The Heritage of Carroll County Georgia 1826-2001, as item number

379 - “William and Mary Orr Bryce/Brice”.

 

 The item was written and submitted by Mary Bryce Wilding of JacksonvilleFlorida.

Mary Bryce Wilding states that William and Mary Orr Bryce were her GGG-grandparents.

 

“William Bryce was named a member of the Grand Jury for the first court in CarrolltonGeorgia.  William is mentioned in the book Georgia’s Last Frontier by James C. Bonner as being appointed a Commissioner for the Town of Carrollton on 22 December 1829.  William Bryce and Mary Orr Bryce married 13 April, 1793 in Ayr, Ayr, Scotland.  Their daughter, Agnes was christened 9 February, 1794 in Ayr, Ayr.  They moved to Lanark, Gorbals, Scotland, and had three more children.  Mary born 18 October 1795, Thomas Jimison born 23 July, 1797 and Elizabeth christened 19 June, 1799.

 

In 1799, William, Mary and daughters Mary and Elizabeth departed Scotland for the United States, leaving Agnes and Thomas Jimison in Scotland (reason unknown).  They settled in Union District (now Columbia), South Carolina and had either eight or nine more children:  William, James, John, Robert, Joseph, Ellen/Eleander, Sally/Sarah, and Emily.  In October 1808 William filed a petition for citizenship.

 

In 1825 William and Mary were in DeKalbCountyGeorgia.  They settled near Decatur, Georgia, in a village later called Ingleside.  On 29 October, 1825, they were co-founders of the present day Decatur Presbyterian Church.

 

In 1827 William and Mary were in Carroll County, Georgia.  In the Carroll County Abstract of Deed Book A and B 1827-1836 there are numerous entries indicating William was a Justice of the Peace.  Five of their sons were with them in CarrollCounty---Thomas Jimison (who had been left in Scotland), William, James, Robert and Joseph.

 

John Bryce married and remained in Decatur.  He apparently visited his family and purchased Land Lot #200, 5th District, on 22 November, 1830.  CarrollCounty and Her People by Private Joe Cobb states that William and Mary’s son, James, was one of the early white settlers in the county. On 14 May, 1829 James and Eleanor Ray Sharp (e) were issued the first marriage license from CarrollCounty.  James, later in life became an ordained Methodist minister.  Five of James’ sons became Methodist ministers.

 

In the 1840 census for Carroll County, the five Bryce brothers, --Thomas J., William, James, Robert and Joseph—are all shown as living in Militia District 649, Land District 6.  Joseph is listed as head of household and in the home with Joseph is a male between the ages of

70-80, and a female, age 60-70. It is suspected that this was William and Mary.

Inferior Court minutes in Carrollton indicate that William’s will dated 12 August, 1837 was recorded 4 January, 1841. 

It is believed William passed away late in 1840.

My search for their final resting place with the help of Cousin Dick Chamber of Villa Rica, led me to the BriceCemetery in Bremen. I located the graves of Thomas Jimison and his wife. Close to their graves, sunk in the ground, are two plain unmarked stone slabs. I do believe these are the graves of my GGG-grandparents.”

 

For those wishing to know more about the Mary Orr Bryce line they may check the following family trees in rootsweb.ancestry.com: Moon, Bryce, Phelps; Bryce, Adams, Lantz; Knowles-Miner Family Tree 2006.  All of these have mention of Mary Orr.

 

 

6.  James ORR Jr. (James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 31 Mar 1785 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was baptized on 3 Apr 1785 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He appeared in the census in 1820 in Union County, South Carolina, America. James died on 6 Dec 1879 at the age of 94 in Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina, America. James Orr Jr. is buried in New HopeMethodistChurchCemetery near Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina

 

James Orr Jr. had two indentured children, William and Sarah "Sally" Smith. This is part of a deed concerning the pair: "Father, Edmund Smith, hath voluntary put and placed and bind my son, William, unto James Orr Jr. and his wife until my son is twenty-one years of age." It states he must be sent to a good English school at between the ages of 14-21. Sarah until 18 was bound 12th August 1849 to receive 18 months schooling between her present age and age 18.

 

I. I. Whitlock was the Magistrate who drew up the papers.

James Jr. apparently became very fond of "Sally" for he leaves a tract of land that he has bought on Rocky Creek from Wiley Ward to his daughter Mary, providing she takes care of Sally. This is mentioned in the will dated 19th February 1868 and codicil dated 17 Marc 1874.

James and Martha Orr were known to lend money. Even in his will James specified extra time is given if necessary on some of the loans.

In a letter from Dr. Michael Orr of Scotland he states "The Orr's are from the Lowlands, they are hardworking farmers, teachers, engineers etc," This applies to the family today, All I know are honest, hardworking, God Loving People.

 

James ORR Jr. and Martha SHIRLEY were married circa 1817. It is said that when James Orr Jr. and Martha Shirley were married they immediately got on a ship for America along with his father, a sister Mary Orr Bryce and her husband William Bryce and probably their son James Bryce.
When they arrived in America in July or August 1817 the cotton was blooming. Martha was so overwhelmed at seeing the fields in bloom that she is reported to have said "Ah, I didn't know they grew only flowers here!"

 

They appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1850 census James Orr is noted as owning real estate valued at $2400. They appeared in the census on 9 Jul 1860 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

In the 1860 census James Orr is noted as having real estate to the value of $2650 and personal estate of $500. 

James and Martha appeared in the census on 24 Sep 1870 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1870 census James Orr is working as a Farmer with a real estate of 795 Dollars and a personal estate of 500 Dollars. James and Martha Orr have Sarah Smith Orr and her 5 month old daughter living with them. They also have Joe Morehead, a 40 year old black farm labourer living with them.

James submitted his hand written Oath of Allegiance to the United States dated 14th October 1823. Transcribed is as follows, with a copy of the original in possession of the writer. Spelling and nuances are transcribed as written.

 

 

State of South Carolina)

Union District                  )     The humble petition of James Orr sheweth to your honours that he was born in Scotland a subject of George the third of Great Britain, that he has removed to the United States, that he has resided in this state for four years and wishes to become a denizen.

 

Jas Orr

 

I do hereby certify solemnly swear that it in Bona Fide my intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce for ever all Allegiance and Fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or Sovereignity whatsoever and particularly George the third fourth King of Great Britain Ireland & Scotland that I will support the constitution of the United States and that I doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate State or Sovereignity whatever and particularly George the third fourth King of Great Britain Ireland and Scotland.

Certified by me in open Court this fourteenth day of October 1823

 

                                                                                            Daniel E.

Huger 

                                                                                            One of the

Associate Judges of the state aforsaid

 

South Carolina    )

Union District      )      we do hereby certify that James Orr is of good character and that we do believe that he is of would make a good citizen that he is well of this government.

 

                                                                                                Wm W White

                                                                                                Thomas X Scott

                                                                                                John Liles

                                                                                                Wm W Thomson

                                                                                                Aaron Mcollum

 

 

 

This document is an extract from the Supreme Court of South Carolina as related to the Estate of James Orr Jr.

 

Orr et al. v. Orr ET aI.
(Supreme Court of South Carolina, Aug. 11, 1891)

Elicitors - Collection Op Assets - Evidence

1. The mere fact that an executor made no attempt to collect the unsecured note of a solvent person will not render him liable to the remainder-men for loss occasioned by the unforeseen failure of such person, especially when the executor was deterred from suing by the express objections of the life-tenant.

2. The testimony of the executor that his mother, the life-tenant, objected to his suing upon such note was competent as bearing upon his In/ini fides.

3. The executor's testimony that the life-tenant told him that testator requested her not to sae on such notes was hearsay.

4. It was also incompetent on the ground that the will alone should determine testator's wishes.

Appeal from common pleas circuit court of OnionCounty; Izlak, Judge.

Action for an accounting by David Orr, Archie Orr, and James Orr against Thomas J. Orr, as executor of James Orr, deceased, and in his own right, George Orr, William Orr, John Orr, Mary Orr, Jane Williams, Robert Orr, Walter G. Orr, and Violet Martin. Judgment for plaintiffs, Defendants appeal, reversed.

J. C. Wallace, for plaintiffs.  G. McKissick, for defendants.

James Orr, having duly made his last will and testament, departed this life some time in the year 1876, and the appellant Thomas J. Orr was appointed executor thereof, who, on the 20th of December, 1876, duly qualified and entered upon the discharge of his duties as such. There is no copy of the will set out in the "case," but it is therein stated that "the testator devised and bequeathed to his wife, Martha Orr, all his real and personal estate, of every kind and description whatsoever, to have, to hold, and enjoy during her natural life, with remainder after his death of his whole estate, real and personal, to his children, to be equally divided, share and share alike."

 

On the 22d of April, 1884 the life-tenant departed this life, and on the 20th of June, 1884, this action was commenced, in which an account of the testator's estate was demanded of the appellant, as executor as aforesaid. Among the assets of the testator's estate was a note of B. B. Foster for $400, dated December, 1875 and payable to the testator. This note has never been collected and the maker having become insolvent, the amount thereof has been lost to the estate; and the only question in the case is whether the appellant, as executor is chargeable with the amount due on the note. The executor, being examined as a witness, testified that the note came into his hands as executor alter the death of his mother, the life-tenant; that his mother, being an old lady, unable to attend to any business, gave witness all the papers to keep for her during her life; that she never would let witness collect any money on the notes, especially the Foster note, saying it was the testator's wish that Foster's note should stand as long as she lived, unless she act Dally needed the money; and although advised by the appellant several times to collect some of the money, she always objected. After the death of the life-tenant appellant received a payment of $10 on the note, to bring the note within date.

Counsel for respondents objected to the witness testifying "as to any transaction between witness and his mother in regard to this note; and, furthermore, what his mother said would be hearsay." So far as we can discover, there was no ruling, either by the master or the circuit judge, as to the competency of the testimony objected to, and no exception seems to raise this point.

 

The defendant Mary Orr, the daughter of testator and the life-tenant, testified that she lived with her mother up to the time of her death, and also corroborated the testimony of the executor as to the wish expressed by the testator that the notes should not be collected until after the death of the old lady, unless actually needed, as well as to the unwillingness of the mother to have the notes- particularly the Foster note-sued. This testimony was also objected to, but there does not appear to have been any ruling as to such objection.

 

There was also testimony tending to show that the note of Foster was at one time collectible, as other claims against him had been enforced by third "persons, after the death of the testator. The master found as matter of law "that it was the duty of the executor to have collected and invested the securities, or at least to have kept the same active and secured," and as matter of fact that the Foster note was good and collectible, and that the debt secured thereby was lost by the failure of the executor to collect the same; and he therefore charged the executor with the amount due thereon.

This report, upon exceptions thereto, was confirmed by the circuit judge, and from his judgment the executor Thomas J. Orr appeals upon the single ground that there was error in holding the executor liable for the Foster note.

While, as we have said, there does not appear to have been any ruling by the court below as to the competency of the testimony objected to as above, yet in a case of this kind we do not see how we can avoid a consideration of the competency of such testimony, bearing so directly as it does upon one of the vital questions in the case,-as to the good faith with which the executor has acted. We do not see any valid ground of objection to the testimony as to what passed between the executor and the life-tenant, except that portion of it which undertook to state the wishes of the testator in regard to the collection of the note in question, which is objectionable upon two grounds: First, because it was hearsay; and, second, because we must look alone to the will for the purpose of ascertaining the wishes of the testator, without regard to any verbal directions which he may have undertaken to give either as to the disposition or management of his estate after his death. But the appellant was not thy executor of the life-tenant, and hence the testimony as to any transaction or conversation with her would not be incompetent under section 400 of the Code; and, while it is true that the respondents not claiming under her would not ordinarily be bound by anything she may have said, yet her expressed wishes as to the management of property in which she had the more immediate interest would seem to be competent as throwing light upon the question of good faith on the part of the executor. Assuming for the present that, although the Foster note constituted a part of the residue of the estate which was given in mass to the life-tenant, still it was the duty of the executor to look after it, and see that the principal sum secured thereby was preserved for the remainder-men, yet it never was supposed that an executor was bound to insure the absolute safety of all the assets committed to his care. On the contrary, he is only required to exercise such care and diligence as prudent persons usually do in the management of their own affairs.

 

Now, while ordinarily it is the duty of an executor or administrator to collect in the choices in action due the testator or intestate, and after providing for the debts, distribute the surplus among the several parties entitled under the terms of the will or the provisions of the law, in reference to the distribution of intestate estates, yet even in such a case, if the parties interested prefer to receive their portions in the form in which their ancestor has seen fit to invest his property, whether by loans on notes or bonds, or in bank-stock,  or otherwise, we do not see how the executor would be chargeable with any breach of duty in omitting to collect such notes and bonds, and turning them over in specie to the parties interested. But where, as in this case, the choices in action, if collected, would have to be reinvested and held for an uncertain time,-the life of the life-tenant,-there would be still greater reason for the executor omitting to call in an investment made by the testator, simply for the purpose of reinvesting the amount in some other form. In such a case the court would, and has in the case of Pope v. Mathews, 18 S. C. 444, sanctioned the conduct of the executor in pursuing such a course. It is true that the case just nited was decided by a divided court, of which the writer of this opinion constituted the minority: but, in the first place, there was no division in the court as to the non-liability of the executor for Judge O'Neall's individual note, in which the testator had allowed a portion of his estate to remain invested, just us the testator had here invested a portion of his funds in the Foster note; and, in the second place, although the writer did not then, and does not now, approve of all that was decided in that case, yet it is an authoritative decision of the court of last resort, and no one, whatever may be his official station, has the right to disregard it. It is also true that in that case the loss resulted from the general disasters which followed the War Between the States, while the loss here can not be attributed to any such cause.

But the case does decide that, while it is the duty of an executor or other trustee having funds in his hands to invest to require good and sufficient security, yet, where funds of the testator have been invested by him in his lifetime In the note of a solvent person, without security, the simple fact that he allows the fund to remain in the form in which his testator saw fit to invest it will not render the executor liable, in case of unforeseen loss, unless such loss has been occasioned by some other fault on the part of the executor than that of allowing the fund to remain in the form in which the testator left it.

 

It is clear, therefore, that the simple fact that the executor allowed the money due on the Foster note to remain invested in the same form in which it was left by the testator would not render him liable; and, to make him so, some fault on his part should be shown, from which the eventual loss resulted. The fault claimed in this case was in not suing the note in time to get ahead of other creditors of Foster, for all the claims which exhausted Foster's estate seen to have been sued.

Whether the executor could by the use of proper diligence have succeeded in getting ahead of the other creditors is not shown by the testimony in this case. Foster might, by giving voluntary liens upon his property, as he seems to have done, in one instance at least, have defeated any effort upon the part of the executor to secure this debt. But, more than this, the testimony shows that the executor was deterred from suing by the express and earnest objections of the life-tenant,-the party more immediately interested. This possibly may have rendered the estate of the life-tenant liable to the remainder-men, just as if she failed or refused to take proper measures for the preservation of any other portion of the property given to her for life; but it seems to us it would be a bard measure of justice to hold the executor liable under all the circumstances.

There is also another view of this case, which we will present without intending to decide anything definitely, as it was not argued. As we understand the decisions in this state, it seems to be settled that where property, real and personal, is given to one in mass, for life, with remainder over, the whole mass is to be placed in the hands of the life-tenant to be used as a whole during life, with a liability to account for and turn over to the remainder-men the whole mass, not in precisely the same plight and condition in which it was received, but in as good a plight and condition, allowing for the necessary "wear and tear" of imperishable articles,-for example, plate, furniture, etc. See Patterson v. Devlin, McMul.

Eq. 459; Robertson v. Collier, 1 Hill, Eq. 373; Calhoun v. Furgeson, 3 Rich. Eq. 160; iilover v. Hearst, 10 Rich. Eq. 329; Brooks v. Brooks, 12 S. C. 422. Under this rule it might well be argued that, where an estate, consisting of various kinds of property, one of which is a chose in action, is given as a whole to one for life with remainder over, the life-tenant being entitled to. The possession of the entire estate, when the executor has delivered the same to the life-tenant In accordance with the directions of the will his liability ceases, and the remainder-men can look alone to the estate of the life-tenant, who, in a proper case, may be required to give security for the forthcoming of the estate at the termination of the life-estate, in as good, though not in the same, condition in which it was received, the proper allowance, above indicated, being made.

 

If this view be adopted, then it is clear the executor would not be liable for the Foster note, as he seems, from the testimony, to have turned over that note, along with all the rest of the property, to the life-tenant, who exercised absolute control over it during life. The judgment of this court is that the judgment of the circuit court, in so far as it makes the executor liable for the amount of the Foster note, be reversed, and that the case be remanded to that court for such further proceedings as may be necessary to carry out the views herein announced.

 

 

Martha SHIRLEY was born circa Apr 1794 in Scotland. As we have been unable to locate a birth record so far for Martha we have estimated her birth from her age on her grave stone.

 

She appeared in the census between 2 Jun 1880 and 3 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. Martha Orr has a Maggie Orr 10 year’s old living with her who is the daughter of Sally Smith Orr.

She died on 22 Apr 1884 at the age of 90 in Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina, America. Martha S. Orr is buried in New HopeMethodistChurchCemetery near Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina.


 At the sheriff's sale of James, Sr.'s estate, A.W. Thompson bought 200 acres of land and in turn sold it to James Jr. and his wife Martha. It seems times were hard in 1828 for there is a notation on this transaction stating that payment will be made when Martha receives "From her funds in Scotland ". 

 

This is a true romantic story and should be made into a movie.  Born in Scotland, came to the U.S., settled land, took care James, Sr. and guided the remaining Orr family, had ten children, took in two indentured children when James was about 66, and raised them.  Lived to be in their 90’s and died within a few years of each other. 

 

Wow!  What a story!

 

James ORR and Martha SHIRLEY had the following children:

 

          7          I.   James ORR III, born ca 1820, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Martha JACKSON, 1835–1837.

 

          8         II.   George Washington ORR, born ca 1821, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Sarah PRATHER, Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

          9        III.   Thomas Jefferson ORR, born ca 1823, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Rhoda BLAIR, 9 Sep 1851, Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

        10       IV.   William ORR, born ca 1825, Union County, South Carolina, America, married Martha LILES.

 

        11        V.   John ORR, born ca 1825, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Mahala PICKENS.

 

        12       VI.   David ORR, born ca 1828, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Mary E. BROWN, 30 Oct 1867, Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

        13      VII.   Joseph Alexander ORR, born 10 Dec 1828, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Minerva MOORHEAD, 13 Aug 1857, Gaffney, South Carolina, America; died 27 Oct 1864, Virginia, America.

 

        14      VII.   Jane ORR, born ca 1831, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Harvey J. WILLIAMS, 1870, Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

                   IX.   Mary ORR was born circa 1834 in Union County, South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in Union County, South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census on 9 Jul 1860 in Union County, South Carolina, America. Mary appeared in the census on 27 Sep 1870 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census between 2 Jun 1880 and 3 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. Mary Orr never married but after her parents passed away she moved to Alabama.

 

        15        X.   Archibald O. "Archie" ORR, born 1837, Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

 

 

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Sixth Generation

 

 

7.  James ORR III (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1820 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

James ORR III and Martha JACKSON were married in 1835–1837. After they were married James Orr III and Martha Jackson settled in Iuka, Tishomingo County, Mississippi.

Martha JACKSON was born in Georgia, America.

 

James ORR and Martha JACKSON had the following children:

 

                      I.   Fran M ORR.

 

                     II.   Charles H. ORR.

 

                    III.   William Tom ORR.

 

                   IV.   Elizabeth "Bettie" ORR.

 

                    V.   Martha "Mattie" ORR.

 

                   VI.   Caroline "Mary" ORR.

 

        16      VII.   John R. Bynum ORR, born 13 Jul 1855, Alabama, America; died 22 Jun 1894.

 

 

James ORR and Mary VANDERFER (VANDIVER) had the following children:

 

                      I.   James "Robert" ORR.

 

                     II.   Edward "Ed" ORR.

 

 

8.  George Washington ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1821 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

George Washington ORR and Sarah PRATHER were married in Union County, South Carolina, America. After they were married George W. Orr and Sarah Prather went to ChambersCounty with the Liles family.
 

 

9.  Thomas Jefferson ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1823 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

Thomas J. Orr enlisted in the Confederate Army on 22nd January 1864. On 28th April 1864 General Robert Lee ordered him as a tailor to report to Captain Weisiger A. Q. M. of the Navy Bureau, Richmond, Virginia.

 

Thomas Jefferson ORR and Rhoda BLAIR were married on 9 Sep 1851 in Union County, South Carolina, America. Thomas J. Orr and Rhoda Blair were married by Reverend J. O. A. Conner (taken from page 74 of the S. C. Magazine of Ancestral Research, spring issue).

They lived on Highway 18 south of Gaffney in CherokeeCounty and in 1860 he was listed as one of 22 postmasters in UnionCounty when it was formed and served the GowdysvilleTownship.  He was a tailor by trade, a farmer, and acting Trial Justice.

 

His son, Jefferson Davis Orr, was a doctor that was educated at RutherfordCollege in North Carolina and the Medical School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He practiced medicine in Spartanburg and UnionCounty for 31 years with his last twelve years in Spartanburg.

 

Most likely this was the nephew referred to that attended Archibald O. Orr.

 

A document dated and filed May 27th, 1893, page 647, appears in the Circuit Court records, UnionCounty regarding Jefferson Davis Orr, assuming it is the same as Doctor Jefferson Davis Orr.  This was a contract whereby he swore that he would never drink any more intoxicating liquor or do any bodily harm to my wife, Bessie Orr, and in the event that he does either he will relinquish all his interest in his estate to her.

 

 

10.  William ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1825 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

William ORR and Martha LILES were married and then moved to Chambers County, Alabama.

 

 

11.  John ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1825 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

John ORR and Mahala PICKENS were married, they first settled in Georgia where their children were born. Later they and their children moved to Cherokee County, Alabama.

 

 

12.  David ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1828 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census on 9 Jul 1860 in Union County, South Carolina, America. David Orr is noted as working as Farm Manager on his father James's farm.

He was a member of Company "K", 5th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry, Confederate Army.

 

Orrie Aurelia WHITE was born on 2 Oct 1838. She died on 29 Sep 1866 at the age of 27.

 

David ORR and Orrie Aurelia WHITE had the following child:

 

                      I.   Charles ORR was born circa 1869 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. He appeared in the census on 27 Sep 1870 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

David ORR and Mary E. BROWN were married on 30 Oct 1867 in Union County, South Carolina, America. David Orr and Mary E. Brown lived in JonesvilleTownship and later moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina.

They appeared in the census on 27 Sep 1870 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1870 census David Orr is working as a Farmer with a real estate of 300 Dollars and a personal estate of 220 Dollars.

A descendant reported that he had a large family, and was killed by a freight train.

 

13.  Joseph Alexander ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 10 Dec 1828 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

He died on 27 Oct 1864 at the age of 35 at Petersburg in Virginia, America. Joseph A. Orr was killed in action on 27th October 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia. After his death his wife Minerva later took their three children to live in Calhoun County, Mississippi. According to South Carolina records she sold her land, 176 acres, to John A. Jefferies on December 1, 1879 for one thousand dollars. The document was signed by Thomas J. Orr, Trial Justice.

 

Joseph Alexander ORR and Minerva MOORHEAD were married on 13 Aug 1857 in Gaffney, South Carolina, America.

They appeared in the census on 16 Aug 1860 at Packolet Mill in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1860 census Joseph Orr was working as a Farmer with a real estate of 2000 Dollars and a personal estate of 1300 dollars.

 

  Minerva MOORHEAD, daughter of Robert MOORHEAD, was born circa 1834 in South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census on 6 Nov 1850 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

Joseph A. Orr enlisted on 9th June 1862 at the CitadelAcademy as a Private in Company F, 6th Regiment of the South Carolina Cavalry and fought in the War Between the States.

 

Since Walter Gilky Orr is my great grandfather I have often wondered where his middle name came from. The Moorhead family was of Scottish decent but came to America from Ireland in the late 1700’s and settled in the UnionCounty area of South Carolina. Minerva Moorhead’s grandmother was Agnes Guyton Gilky b. 1766, daughter of Jonathan Gilky b. 1740. Therefore it is concluded that they named him after his mother’s ancestors.

 

Minerva’s sister, Alsamena, married Joseph Alexander Orr’s brother, Archibald O. Orr and they in turn named their first son Joseph Alexander, for his brother who was killed in action at Petersburg, Virginia. The names Joseph, Joseph Alexander, Gilky, Moorhead, and Alsamena were handed down through the Orr descendants for several generations.

 My grandfather was Joseph Andrew Orr and probably named after his grandfather.  My mother’s name was Scottie Luvenia Orr and I in turn named my son, Scott. 

The Scottish name influence continues to this day.  However, Scott will be the end of the line as I have five lovely granddaughters and none bear a Scottish name.

 

Joseph Alexander ORR and Minerva MOORHEAD had the following children:

 

                      I.   Robert James ORR was born on 20 Jan 1859 in Union County, South Carolina, America. He appeared in the census on 16 Aug 1860 at Packolet Mill in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

    17          II.  Walter Gilky ORR, born 21 Dec 1860, Union County, South Carolina, America; died 1926, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.

 

                    III.   Violet Nancy ORR was born on 13 Jun 1863.

 

 

 

 

 

14.  Jane ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1831 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

Jane Orr and Harvey J. Williams lived near James Orr Jr. where they had a large family in GowdyvilleTownship, UnionCounty (now CherokeeCounty). They later moved to Walton County, Georgia.

 

Jane ORR and Harvey J. WILLIAMS were married in 1870 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

15.  Archibald O. "Archie" ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1837 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

Archibald Orr and Alsamena Moorhead lived in the Gowdyville community which is now part of Cherokee County, South Carolina.

 

Archibald Orr was enlisted at the age of 24 on the 4th of June 1861. By the 31st of May 1862 he had been injured and was sent home from south Pines, Virginia.

He also fought in the War Between the States. He was twice wounded, once at Seven Pines. He was paroled at Appomattox, Virginia following the South's surrender on the 9th April 1865.


The exact date of his death is not known. He became ill and went to his nephew's, Dr Jefferson Davis Orr, at Pacolet, South Carolina for treatment. He died there but because of the winter weather his children did not learn of his death until sometime afterwards.

 

Archibald O. "Archie" ORR and Alsamena MOORHEAD appeared in the census on 25 Jul 1870 at GowdysvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1870 census Archibald Orr was working as a farmer with a real estate value of 1515 Dollars and a personal estate of 500 Dollars.

They appeared in the census on 17 Jun 1880–18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1880 census Archie Orr is working as a Farm Labourer. It is noted that he cannot read or write and that his father and mother were born in Scotland. Alsamena is down as Keeping House, she is unable to read or write as well.

 

In my acknowledgements at the beginning of this report I mentioned Bruce Whisnant and Delle Bright. Bruce contributed much of the information regarding this line of the ORR family as he was related to this line through his grandmother, Bessie Truedelle Orr Farr who lived with his family in her later years.  Bessie Truedelle Orr Farr was also the grandmother of Delle Bright.

 

Alsamena MOORHEAD, daughter of Robert MOORHEAD, was born circa 1838 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

She appeared in the census on 6 Nov 1850 in Union County, South Carolina, America. As noted above she was the sister of Minerva Moorhead Orr.

 

Alsamena first married her cousin, William Goodman MOORHEAD according to the microfilm records from the Union County Library. (Copy of this is in my possession) “Family Search Ancestral File” shows a William Goodman Moorhead born 18 May 1833 Union County, died August 1863, Union County and was married 17 May, 1855, Union County. According to the court house records Archibald Orr helped close the estate of William Goodman Moorhead.

 

 

The estate file of Robert Moorhead, the father of Alsamena and Minerva, dated 1866 is rather a rather lengthy file of forty pages.  Robert Moorhead died “intestate”, therefore not leaving a will.  However, the file does contain a letter, dated 28 September 1866 and signed by Walter G. Moorhead and James T. Moorhead, petitioning the court to allow them to act as administrators of the estate.  The letter noted that Robert Moorhead died “leaving him surviving the following children and grand children, namely Synthia Bankhead, wife of James T. Bankhead of Yellow Bushy County, Mississippi, Mary Tolleson, wife of John Tolleson, Walter G. Moorhead, Robert M. Moorhead, Violet Wilkins, wife of Robert Wilkins, Minerva Orr, Alsamena Orr, wife of Archibald Orr, James T. Moorhead, Jesse Moorhead, Hannah Moorhead, Dresden Moorhead and Gilky Moorhead.  (The last four are minor children of William J. Moorhead).”  To say the Orr’s and Moorhead families were close as families is an understatement.  I did not find when Archibald and Alsamena married but it was most certainly after the death of first husband, William Goodman Moorhead, but before the death of her father Robert Moorhead with this document dated 28th September, 1866.

 

She died on 6 Nov 1899 at the age of 61 in Union County, South Carolina, America and is buried in EL Bethel cemetery in UnionCounty.

 

William Goodman MOORHEAD and Alsamena MOORHEAD had the following three children.  They appear in the census as part of the Archibald O. Orr household following the marriage of Archibald and Alsamena.

 

 

                      I.   Robert James Moorhead, aka Robert ORR was born circa 1856 in South Carolina, America. He appeared in the census on 25 Jul 1870 at GowdysvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. He died on 7 Mar 1877 at the age of 21 and is buried next to his mother, Alsamena Moorhead Orr at EL Bethel cemetery, Union County, South Carolina. The name on his gravestone is Robert James Moorhead.

 

                     II.   Waltie Moorhead, aka Waltie ORR was born circa 1858 in South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1880 census Waltie Orr was working as a Farm Labourer.

 

                    III.   ColumbusMoorhead, aka Columbus ORR was born circa 1860 in South Carolina, America. He appeared in the census on 25 Jul 1870 at GowdysvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. He appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1880 census Columbus Orr was working as a Farm Labourer.

 

Archibald O. ORR and Alsamena MOORHEAD had the following children:

        18       IV.   Joseph Alexander ORR, born 14 Sep 1866, South Carolina, America was the FIRST born son to Archibald O. Orr and Alsamena Moorhead Orr and was named after his Uncle who was KIA as previously mentioned. Joseph married Corrie Leath SMITH, daughter of Newell Smith and Nancy Golden Foster Smith, 12 January 1890, Union County, South Carolina, America. They were married by the Rev. J. H. Couch of UnionCounty. Joseph died 16 Jan 1943, Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

                    V.   Martha Rebecca "Mattie" ORR was born on 13 Aug 1868 in South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census on 25 Jul 1870 at GowdysvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1880 census Mattie Orr was working as a Farm Labourer. Mattie married John “Jack” Giles Hughes on the 6 April 1882. John HUGHES was born circa 1858 and died 7 November 1948. Mattie ORR died on 2 Aug 1958 at the age of 89.

                      Martha andJohn had the following children.

                    

                      Russell Archie Hughes, born 1893

                      Herman Mayhew Hughes, born 1894, died 1929

                      Claude Hughes, born 1896, died 1982

                      Sara Lounette Hughes, born 1898

                      Veta Alsamena Hughes, born 1901

                      Annie Mae Hughes, Born 1903, died 1929

                      John Giles Hughes, born 1905, died 1948

                      Walter Moorhead Hughes, born 1907

                      Joseph “Joe” Wright Hughes, born 1909

                      James Gordon Hughes, born 1912, died 1977 

 

 

                   VI.   Edward(Edger) ORR was born circa 1871 in South Carolina, America: died 1934.He appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at Jonesville Township in Union County, South Carolina, America. He is buried next to his mother, Alsamena Moorhead Orr in EL Bethel cemetery in UnionCounty. Edward married Mary M. born December, 1876, died November 1998. 

 

                        Edward and Mary had the following children.

 

                        Charles ORR, born 1903

                        W.M. ORR, born 1908

                        Jim ORR, born 1910

                        Louise ORR, born 1913

 

In the 1900 census both Toliver ORR and Violet ORR lived with their brothers, EDWARD ORR and

Boyd ORR after their mother died November 6, 1899.

 

 

                  VII.   James Jesse ORR was born circa 1873 in South Carolina, America. He appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1900 census Jesse was boarded with the James T. Moorhead & Nancy E. Moorhead family along with their daughter, Bessie W. Moorhead in Gowdysville, Cherokee County, South Carolina.

 

                 VIII.   George Boyd ORR was born circa 1874 in South Carolina, America. He appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. He married Jessie L. Williamson.

 

                   IX.   Tallifero ORR was born circa 1878 in South Carolina, America; died September 29, 1964. He appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. Tallifero Jefferson ORR married Minnie Gertrude Noland in 1908; she was born February 4, 1882, died October 24, 1975. 

 

 

                        They had the following children.

 

                         Edna ORR, born 1907, married Charles Gardner

                         Lolliver ORR, born 1908

                         Ida Alisemena ORR, born 1911, married Alcie Martin

                         Mary ORR, born 1913

                        Jannie ORR, born 1915

                         Robert Boyd ORR, Sr. born 1916

                         Walter Herbert ORR, Sr., born 1924, died June 10, 2005, married Vivian Peeler.          

                         They had the following children.

 

                         William Herbert “Dub” ORR, Jr.

                         Michael Ray ORR

                         Barry Lynn ORR

                         Timothy Dale ORR

                         John Briar ORR

 

                X.   Violet Leila ORR, born 22 December 1880, died 24 January 1968, on 24 January, 1907 married William Churchill Wilburn born 19 April 1862 died 8 September 1941.                

                      

                       They had the following children.

 

                       William Churchill Wilborn, Jr., born 6 February 1908, died 2 March 2002.

                       Mary Alsia Wilburn, born 15 November 1909, died 28 May 1986.

                       Faye Columbus Wilburn, born 14 May 1911.

                       David Moorhead Wilburn, Sr., born 3 September 1913.

 

 

                   XI.   Annie Mae ORR

 

                  XII.   Furman ORR

 

 

 

 

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  The Mississippi Years

 

John C. Calhoun, from South Carolina, served as secretary of war becoming vice president of the United States in 1824. Calhoun emerged as the preeminent political theorist of state’s rights when South Carolina nullified federal tariffs in 1832. The state thereafter was in the lead in resisting he threat to southern institutions from abolitionists and a stronger federal government and was the first to secede from the Union when it ratified the Ordinance of Secession on December 20, 1860.

 

The first shots of the War Between the States were fired in CharlestonHarbour on April 12, 1861. South Carolina was a “hotbed” for defending the confederate government and consequently took a lot of damage and retribution after the war ended. One fifth of South Carolina’s white males of fighting age were sacrificed to the Confederate cause and General William Tecumseh Sherman’s march through the state, at war’s end left a trail of destruction. Poverty would mark the state for generations to come. The state was occupied by federal troops from 1866 to 1867.

 

My GG grandfather, Joseph Alexander Orr, was killed in action on October 27, at Petersburg, Virginia. His three children along with his wife left Union County, South Carolina. My great grandfather, Walter Gilky Orr along with his mother Minerva Moorhead Orr, settled in the present day county of Calhoun (previously part of ChickasawCounty), Mississippi, west of Vardaman, near the community of New Liberty. Walter Gilky Orr bought property on the “Hollis Switch Road, past the George Evans place, and he gave each child forty acres. George Taylor Evans b. 1868 was my great grandfather, on my Brown side, being the father of Willie Lee Evans Brown. Grandpa Evans owned land from his place on the “Hollis Switch Road all the way to the “Blue Road” (#433) and gave 40 acres to Ruel Wesson Brown and Willie Lee Evans Brown. This land was at the corner of the “Blue Road” and the road to the George “Doc” Edington property. An overview of a map would show that my maternal great grandparents, Watkins and Evans, lived within a five mile radius that included the Walter Gilky Orr family. So the community included not only my great grandparents but also my grandparents, Ruel Wesson Brown, Willie Lee Evans Brown, Joseph Andrew Orr, and William Clyde Watkins Orr. 

An overview of the history on Chickasaw and Calhoun counties are in order.

 

While the Chickasaw Indians lived primarily in northern Mississippi during historic times, their extensive land claims included parts of northern Alabama, West, and parts of Middle Tennessee, and western Kentucky. Those Tennessee and Kentucky claims were primarily for hunting grounds.

Chickasaw claims overlapped Cherokee claims in Middle Tennessee. Chickasaw land was roughly bounded by the Ohio River in western Kentucky, south with the east side of the Mississippi River through Tennessee into Mississippi to the 34th or 33rd parallel, south-eastward with the northern boundary of their often unfriendly Choctaw neighbours and into Alabama to Creek Country, then northward to the Tennessee River.

 

Over a period of time the United States had various treaties with the Chickasaw Indians to cede land they needed for western expansion and the western movement of settlers. The last large push was while Andrew Jackson was president. 

 

In 1832, he sent General Thomas Hinds to force the Chickasaws, “by any means possible”, to sign a treaty of migration west of the Mississippi river and ultimately to Oklahoma. The treaty was signed in 1832 in Pontotoc, MS. but it was near the end of 1836 before most of the Indians had departed.

The War Between the States had hit ChickasawCounty hard also but it was not as settled as was Union County, SC.  It was still sparsely settled, mostly wooded, and good for farming when cleared.

 

The County court house had been burned by Union soldiers so many records were destroyed.

 

 

ChickasawCounty was a vast geography and several counties subsequently were formed from it.  One of those formed was CalhounCounty with the county seat being in Pittsboro, MS.

 

My parents lived in both Houston, in ChickasawCounty, and in CalhounCity, in CalhounCounty.  I attended the first grade in Houston where my father owned a grocery store located on the south side of the square.  I attended grades two through five in Calhoun City, MS where my father had moved his grocery store.  It was located south of town and named “People’s Grocery”. The Houston store operated under the same name. My father and mother worked in the store stocking, checking out, bagging, etc. and my grandfather, Ruel Wesson Brown, was our butcher. Before I started the 6th grade my father had given up the store, went to work for a supplier, and we were relocated to Simpsonville, SC.  Simpsonville is south of Greenville and not too far from UnionCounty (maybe one hour by car) but at that time we had no knowledge of our genealogy or much interest beyond what our parents and grandparents had told us.

I find it somewhat ironic that my ancestors who moved from South Carolina, where John C. Calhoun who was such a champion of State’s Rights and a distinguished leader for the South, moved to a State that was equally passionate about State’s Rights, to a County named after John C. Calhoun and I grew up in that county in a city named Calhoun City.  Mississippi was the next to last State to rejoin the Union after the war, with Texas being the last. 

 

 

 

 

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  Seventh Generation

 

 

16.  John R. Bynum ORR (James-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 13 Jul 1855 in Alabama, America.

 

 

 

He died on 22 Jun 1894 at the age of 38. John R. B. Orr is buried in HickeyCemetery located about 12 miles southwest of Hillsboro, Texas.

John R. B. Orr is reported to have worked on the railroad, apparently in the maintenance of war department. According to the information that has been handed down he was injured in some kind of railroad accident from which he later died.

 

John R. Bynum ORR and Georgina A. STEWARD had the following children:

 

        19          I.   James Silas "Si" ORR, born 26 Apr 1882, Iuka, Mississippi, America; married Maude Lillian HIGGINS, 16 Jan 1907.

 

                     II.   Walter ORR was born circa 1880.

 

 

 

17.  Walter Gilky ORR (Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 21 Dec 1860 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

 

He died in 1926 at the age of 66 in Calhoun County, Mississippi, America. Walter G. Orr was buried with his mother Minerva Moorhead Orr at the original MountHarmonCemetery.

 

Emily Jane ADAMS, daughter of William Austin ADAMS and Mary Elizabeth MARTIN, was born on 12 Dec 1862.

 

 

 

She died on 27 Sep 1945 at the age of 82 in Calhoun County, Mississippi, America. Emily J. Adams Orr was buried with her husband and her mother-in-law Minerva Moorhead Orr at the original MountHarmonCemetery.

Walter Gilky ORR and Emily Jane ADAMS had the following children:

 

        20          I.   Joseph Andrew ORR, born 13 Jan 1887; married William Clyde WATKINS, 29 Aug 1912; died 8 Feb 1967.

 

        21         II.   Minnie Virginia ORR, born 30 Aug 1884; died 1969.

 

        22        III.   William Marshall ORR, born 1889; married Myrtle HARDIN; died 1970.

 

        23       IV.   Rebecca Alsamena ORR, born 1891; married Zed PHILPOT; died 1926.

 

                    V.   James Wiley ORR was born in 1894. He died in 1896 at the age of 2.

 

        24       VI.   Lola Mary ORR, born 1896; married Robert Lee GABLE; died 1977.

 

        25      VII.   Walter Gilky Moorhead ORR, born 1901; married Ruby VANCLEAVE, 2 Aug 1923, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America; died 1976.

 

        26     VIII.   Neeley Edmond ORR, born 1907; died 1973.

 

18.  Joseph Alexander ORR (Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 14 Sep 1866 in South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census on 25 Jul 1870 at GowdysvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at JonesvilleTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1880 census Joseph Orr was working as a Farm Labourer.


 

Joseph died on 16 Jan 1943 at the age of 76 in Union County, South Carolina, America. Joseph A. Orr was buried in PhilippiCemetery in Union County, SC.

 

Joseph Alexander ORR and Corrie Leath SMITH were married on 12 Jan 1890 in Union County, South Carolina, America by Rev. J. H. Couch. They appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1900 census Joseph A. Orr was working as a Farmer. It states that Joseph and Leath have been married for 10 years and that they have had 9 children 6 of which were still alive.

They appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. In the 1920 census Joseph A. Orr is working as a Farmer.

 

Corrie Leath SMITH, daughter of Newell SMITH and Nancy Golden FOSTER, was born on the 14 Mar 1872 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

Joseph Alexander ORR and Corrie Leath SMITH had the following children:

 

        27          I.   Leila Gertrude ORR, born Nov 1892, Union County, South Carolina, America; married Cecil COLEY.

 

        28         II.   Annie Mae Hughes ORR was born 29 Apr 1894, Union County, South Carolina, America, married John Franklin JOHNSON, 14 Sep 1913, Union County, South Carolina, America.  His DOB was 2 Aug 1863, DOD was 3 Oct 1939.

 

 

                    III.   Bernice Ophelia ORR was born in Sep 1895 in Union County, South Carolina, America. She appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. She died 1 Feb 1997.  She Married James Mack Farr, DOB 20 Nov 1896, and DOD 15 Dec 1965.

 

                          



 

        29       IV.   Fannie Bernice ORR, born ca 1896, Union County, South Carolina, America; She died 9 Nov 1987.married Coley MOORE, born 29 Mar 1912, died 22 Jan 1957. 

 

        30        V.   Bessie Truedelle ORR, born 2 Dec 1896, Union County, South Carolina, America; died 10 May 1990. She married John Harley FARR born 15 Jun 1898, died 16 Sep 1940.  

 

        31       VI.   Joseph Furman ORR, born Dec 1897, Union County, South Carolina, America; died May 8, 1985. Married Lillie GREGORY born 9 Mar 1903, died 19 Dec 1994.  

 

 

        32      VII.   Walter Columbus ORR, born 18 Feb 1899, Union County, South Carolina, America; died August 7, 1971. Married May Lillie Gregory born 6 Jan 1901, died 3 Mar 1958.

 

 

        33     VIII.   Mae Smith ORR, born 19 Aug 1902, Union County, South Carolina, America; died 31 Jan 1986, married (His second marriage) William WHISNANT born 22 Jun 1903, died 29 Oct 1980.

 

        34       IX.   Daniel Boone ORR, born 18 Apr 1901, Union County, South Carolina, America; died 10 Apr 1984, married Louise Porter born 15 Mar 1902, died 8 Jul 2006.

 

        35        X.   Clara Lucille ORR, born 15 Oct 1905, Union County, South Carolina, America died 4 Sep 1996 married Oliver D. Crawford born 16 Jan 1909, died 13 Jan 1969.

 

        36       XI.   Clyde Columbus ORR, born ca 1907, Union County, South Carolina, America; died ca 1994 married Della Louise born 1908, died 1990.

 

        37      XII.   Joseph Marion Black ORR, born 8 May 1908, Union County, South Carolina, America died 14 Sep 1988 married Amelia “Millie” Starsnich born 19 Mar 1909, died 1 Mar 2008.

 

        38     XIII.   Arthur William ORR, born ca 1912, Union County, South Carolina, America 1 Mar 1997 married Dorothy Moore born 1910, died 1985.

 

        39     XIV.   Aileen Corrie ORR, born ca 1917, Union County, South Carolina, America died 19 Mar 1999 married Woodrow Smith born 1914, died 1979.

 

Bruce Whisnant, grandson of Bessie Truedelle Orr, with whom he had personal contact in his early years, states she told him that there were 19 children.  Bruce has found four infant graves along with other Orr family members at the PhilippiCemetery in Union County, South Carolina and these are believed to be the graves of two sets of twins; Katie and Irene, and Lewis and Freeman.  This accounts for 18 of the 19 and it is believed that they lost their very first child for which there is not a grave found to date.  This was quite a family and was very active in their community and PhilippiBaptistChurch. A book with, a copyright date of 1988, about the Philippi Baptist Church on page 117 has a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Alexander Orr along with a short bio. Paraphrasing it states, “their daughter, Bessie, who married John Harley Farr, joined Philippi Baptist Church in 1913.  For 75 years she has remained a member at Philippi.  Mrs. Farr recently celebrated her 91st birthday.  Mr. Orr served as a deacon at Philippi for many years. Many of his children and their families were also active in leadership positions at the church. He was an honest, hard-working farmer, highly respected, and very generous.  It has been said that at harvest time, Mr. Orr often would send a wagon load of wheat to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home.  In the 1920’s he donated to Philippi Church a Delco System which produced electricity and provided the first electric lights for the church.  He also had the first fence build around the church property.  Mr. and Mrs. Orr and Mrs. Martha Smith Ivey, sister of Mrs. Orr were among the first to join Philippi Church after it was built in 1889.  Their names appear on the early 1900 church roll.  Both were buried in the Philippi Church cemetery, having served faithfully throughout their lives.”  As noted above Bruce has verified and photographed many of the family gravestones in this same cemetery.

 

 

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 Eighth Generation

 

 

19.  James Silas "Si" ORR (John R. Bynum-7, James-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 26 Apr 1882 in Iuka, Mississippi, America. Shortly after James S. Orr was born in Alabama, his parents moved with him to Hillsboro, Texas. Shortly after the move his mother died and at the early age of 12 his father’s death left him an orphan.
 As a youngster, James S. Orr worked with the railroad bridge building gangs in Central Texas. Having moved to Hereford, Texas in 1906, he with his older brother Walter opened a barber shop in 1907. Later he owned and operated a ranch northeast of Hereford and then farmed north of the city before returning to barbering later in life.

 

James Silas "Si" ORR and Maude Lillian HIGGINS were married on 16 Jan 1907.

 

Maude Lillian HIGGINS was born on 22 Aug 1887 in Dexter, Texas, America. Maude L. Higgins along with her parents, were among the earliest settlers in the area of Dexter prior to the building of the railroad across DeafSmithCounty. Most of the county earlier had been deeded to the English syndicate in lieu of cash for construction of the TexasStateCapitalBuilding in Austin.

 

James Silas ORR and Maude Lillian HIGGINS had the following child:

 

        40          I.   James Duane ORR, born 29 Apr 1912, married Virginia Lynn STAGGERS, 22 Nov 1936.

 

 

20.  Joseph Andrew ORR (Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 13 Jan 1887.

 

 

 

He died on 8 Feb 1967 at the age of 80.


Joseph Andrew Orr was given forty acres of land by his father according to Virginia Edington, but was unable to “hold onto it” during the depression and sold it. He was a cotton farmer all of his life and after selling his land spent most of his working life as a “share cropper”. He never learned to drive a car or a tractor, worked all of his land with mules, and drove a wagon to town and to church. After WWII when most of his sons came home, he was given some land and a home place by his son Max Orr. The children, now married with families of their own gave money and build a house for them out of pine slabs and tar paper with a tin roof.  It sat up on concrete pillars. There were cracks in the floor wide enough to see the chickens and dogs resting under the house to stay cool. There was no indoor plumbing so of course there was an outhouse. It was at this house that my wife, Pat, first met my Orr grandparents. She was quite shocked to say the least as she was born and reared in Memphis, TN and had not spent any time in the rural south. The place was adjacent to his son’s and included small cotton acreage as well as a barn and a stock pond. Joseph Andrew Orr was the strong silent type, and went about his business. I spent many summers with Grandma and Grandpa Orr while my parents ran our store in Houston and Calhoun City, Mississippi. Being too young to help in the field, except to pick cotton, was assigned chores around the house. These included splitting stove wood and carrying it in for the cooking stove, drawing well water when the well was “clear” and helping Grandma on washing day. She washed outside by boiling the clothes in a large black pot over an open fire.  I was to gather the firewood, carry water, and help stir. Grandma made her own lye soap and it was very strong.  If you had a cut or scratch on your hand it would really burn when you got soapy lye water on it. The clothes were then hung to dry on a barbed wire pasture fence. Other chores included helping pick black berries for canning, helping in the garden and shelling peas and butter beans. The first time I shelled purple hull peas I thought my fingers would never be white again.

On “special days” grandpa would let me go to the field with him. My job was to carry the jug of sweet tea and lunch pail and keep them in a cool shady place as there was no ice. When he would rest the mules and take a break we had the tea. During season he would occasionally break open a watermelon and we would eat the heart out of it with our unwashed hands. There was usually a lunch that Grandma fixed and wrapped in a damp cloth and placed in a pail that we would take for lunch. This consisted of ham or sausage biscuits and maybe an extra piece of ham. 

On the way home in the afternoon, after putting the mules up, he would milk the cows and we would take it to the house to drink, cook, and to churn for butter. Guess who did the churning. Then we would have buttermilk and cornbread for supper after churning. The milk was never pasteurized and sometime still warm when we drank it. Not very much was bought in the way of food. Salt, pepper, flour in 50 or 100 pound sacks, sugar, and hoop cheese were the things I remember. He would take corn to the grist mill to have ground into meal for corn bread. The garden was always large enough to have fresh vegetables in the summer with plenty to can for the winter along with berries for jelly and jams. This was supplemented by pears, apples and peaches that they would get from neighbours. Every year Grandpa helped a neighbour kill hogs and make molasses. He was paid for his help with meat and molasses so these were always plentiful for eating and cooking. There being no refrigeration the meat was salt cured or smoked with a few hams being sugar cured. He loved to “coon hunt” and always kept blue tic hounds, trading them with others hunters. Since he did not have hogs, the dogs got all of the table scraps along with “bad milk”. The only things that I remember him truly enjoying was coon hunting on Friday nights with his friends and teaching “old harp” music at singings. My grandparents hardly ever visited the children as there was always stock to tend to on the farm and to be gone overnight required getting a neighbour to tend to them. It was standard procedure for the children and grand children to visit them.

It sounds very difficult and a tough life and it was, but I have tons of pleasant memories and would not trade the experiences for anything.

 

Following the death of my grandmother he stayed on the farm for a while with my Aunt Monet and Uncle Max looking in on him but he was never the same without my grandmother.  In fact, he seemed to be more silent than ever. Ultimately he gave up the farm, visited some of his children, and lived with his daughter, Scottie Orr Brown, in Calhoun City, Mississippi and Memphis, TN.  After developing health issues he resided in a nursing home in Grenada, MS where he passed away.



Joseph Andrew ORR and William Clyde WATKINS were married on 29 Aug 1912.

 

William Clyde WATKINS was born on 25 Dec 1896.

She was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin WATKINS and Cora Bell KILGO. (See addendum at end of this report for Watkins family.)

 

 

 

She died on 21 Jun 1958 at the age of 61.

 


Joseph Andrew ORR and William Clyde WATKINS had the following children:

 

        41          I.   Linnie Leona ORR, born 21 Oct 1913, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Aaron G. PENICK, 29 Aug 1931; died 1 Mar 1996, Habersham, Georgia, America.

 

 

 

        42         II.   Scottie Luvenia ORR, born 6 Jul 1915, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Wesson Murray BROWN Sr., 5 Jun 1837, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America; died 20 Jul 1998, Decatur, Illinois, America.

 

        43        III.   James Sherman ORR, born 28 Jul 1918, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Harriett; died 17 Jul 2002, Riverside, California, America.

 

        44       IV.   Max ORR, born 11 Dec 1920, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Haley Monet PARKER; died 1 Feb 1995, Webster, Louisiana, America.

 

        45        V.   Joseph Ray ORR, born 2 Apr 1923, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Marjorie; died 1 Sep 1979, Tishomingo, Mississippi, America.

 

        46       VI.   Walter Benjamin ORR, born 4 Apr 1925, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Teresa BUNDARENKO in Germany.

 

        47      VII.   Charles Lavert "Chuck" ORR, born 1 Oct 1929, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Nancy Irene EASTMAN, Dec 1953; died 30 Oct 1991, Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

        48     VIII.   Jerrel Carley ORR, born 16 Aug 1932, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Mary Jo ORMAN; died 13 May 2010.

 

 

 

21.  Minnie Virginia ORR (Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 30 Aug 1884.

 

 

She died in 1969 at the age of 85.

Minnie Virginia ORR and George "Dock" EDINGTON were married.

 

George "Dock" EDINGTON was born in 1886.

 

 

He died in 1978 at the age of 92.



 

George EDINGTON and Minnie Virginia ORR had the following children:

 

        49          I.   Rettie Lorene EDINGTON, born 1909; died 1990.

 

        50         II.   Nora Francis EDINGTON, born 1911.

 

        51        III.   Lillian Earle EDINGTON, born 1913.

 

                   IV.   George H. EDINGTON was born in 1915. He died in 1980 at the age of 65.

 

        52        V.   Walter Oakley EDINGTON, born 1917.

 

        53       VI.   Jessie Virginia EDINGTON, born 1920.

 

        54      VII.   William Marion EDINGTON, born 1922.

 

22.  William Marshall ORR (Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1889.

 

 

He died in 1970 at the age of 81.

William Marshall ORR and Myrtle HARDIN were married.

 

 

William Marshall ORR and Myrtle HARDIN had the following children:

 

                      I.   Lucille ORR

 

                     II.   Mary ORR

 

                    III.   Billy ORR

 

                   IV.   Wilma ORR

 

                    V.   Patricia ORR

 

                   VI.   Jerry ORR

 

 

 

23.  Rebecca Alsamena ORR (Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1891.

 

 

She died in 1926 at the age of 35.

Rebecca Alsamena ORR married Zed PHILPOT.

 

 

 

 

24.  Lola Mary ORR (Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1896.

 

 

She died in 1977 at the age of 81.

Lola Mary ORR and Robert Lee "Bob" GABLE were married.

 

Robert Lee "Bob" GABLE was born in 1892. He died in 1975 at the age of 83.

 

 

 

25.  Walter Gilky Moorhead ORR (Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1901.

He died in 1976 at the age of 75.

 

Walter Gilky Moorhead ORR and Ruby VANCLEAVE were married on 2 Aug 1923 in Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.

 

 

Walter Gilky Moorhead ORR and Ruby VANCLEAVE had the following children:

 

                      I.   Fredric ORR

 

                     II.   Eugene ORR died on 21 Nov 1986. She was buried in Banford, Florida, America.

                       

                    III.   Dorothy ORR

 

                    IV.   Billy ORR

 

Walter Gilky Moorhead ORR and Ethel Griffin LOVORN were also married.

 

 

26.  Neeley Edmond ORR (Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1907.

 

 

He died in 1973 at the age of 66.

Neeley Edmond ORR and Ethel ALLEN were married.

 

Ethel ALLEN was born in 1911. She died in 1979 at the age of 68.

 

Neeley Edmond ORR and Ethel ALLEN had the following children:

 

                      I.   Naomi ORR was born in 1928. She died in 1932 at the age of 4.

 

                     II.   EdmondLien ORR

 

                  III.   Ruth Ann ORRmarried Liles Williams and they reside in the area of Jackson,

                          Mississippi. Ruth Ann had a brief career singing Southern Gospel.

                          Liles Williams worked for the Stuart C. Irby Company before retiring.

                          He is now the State Commissioner for Workman’s Compensation.

                 

 

                 IV.   Douglas ORR was born in 1933. He died in 1933 at the age of 0.

 

 

27.  Leila Gertrude ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in Nov 1892 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

She appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.


 


 

Leila Gertrude ORR and Cecil COLIE were married.

Cecil COLIE died May 16, 1969.

 

Bruce Whisnant writes “Aunt Gert lived in Cheraw, South Carolina and had a college education. She taught school for the public school system. Uncle Cecil was a farmer and share cropper all his life. They owned property on the main road going into Cheraw just beyond the airport.  Aunt Gert always

had my Grand Mother Mae to make bed linen for Uncle Walt’s son, Kent, while he was in college.  She was a caring person. Today she would be proud of Kent as he has been successful and blessed.

 

 

28.  Annie Mae Hughes ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 29 Apr 1894 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

She appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.


Annie Mae Hughes ORR and John Franklin JOHNSON were married on 14 Sep 1913 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

John Franklin JOHNSON was born on 2 Aug 1863. He died on 3 Oct 1939 at the age of 76 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

John Franklin JOHNSON and Annie Mae Hughes ORR had the following child:

 

 

        55          I.   Sarah Elizabeth JOHNSON, born 25 Jun 1914, married William HOLLOMAN.

 

                      II.  Joseph JacksonJOHNSON

 

                     III.  Dorothy JOHNSON

 

                     IV.  Vera JOHNSON

 

Annie Mae Hughes Orr also married Melton Jolly.

 

 

29.  Fannie Bernice ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born 30 Sep 1909 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

She died November 9, 1987.

She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

Fannie B. Orr has a niece by marriage who is Ola Jean Kelly, Executive Director of the Union County Museum and who is active in the Genealogy Society of Union County, SC. Ola Jean writes "Aunt Fannie Belle was one of the finest, most godly women I ever knew and I could not have loved here more than had we been related by birth instead of marriage".

 

Bruce Whisnant writes, “Aunt Fannie Belle was my pick. She worked in the Monarch Cotton Mill.  Uncle Coley was a peddler by trade selling mostly vegetables up and down the streets of the mill villages. He died of cancer. They lived in the county and I stayed some with her on weekends to keep her from being alone. She told me as children they would gather “dog ice” in the mornings and make ice cream following school for the day. One statement she made has stuck with me. That is “love looks beyond all things”, and she was right.”

 

Fannie Bernice ORR and Coley MOORE were married.

 

Coley MOORE was born 29 Mar 1912, died 22 Jan 1957.

 

Coley MOORE and Fannie Bernice ORR had the following children:

 

                      I.   Nadine MOORE

 

                     II.   Bobby MOORE

 

                    III.   Betty Jo MOORE

 

                   IV.   Grace MOORE was born circa 1920 in Union County, South Carolina, America. She appeared in the   census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America. Baby grace was living with her mother and grandparents in the 1920 census.

 

 

30.  Bessie Truedelle ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 2 Dec 1896 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

She appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

Bessie Truedelle ORR and John Harley FARR were married.

 

John Harley FARR was born on 18 Jun 1897 in Union County, South Carolina, America. He died on 19 Sep 1940 at the age of 43 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

Bruce Whisnant writes “Aunt Bessie and Harley Farr lived on Joseph Alexander Orr’s farm. Granny Farr used her apron to wash my face and dry the tears from my eyes as a child, patched my pants, and viewed me as the son she never had. She made potato salad, sweet potato pies, chocolate pies, and cornbread. She read her bible, prayed before bed, faithful to her church, and even read my mail! 

 

She used a kerosene lamp to heat nails to curl her hair before going to church. “I have that lamp”.  O’ the memories!  She raised two lovely girls, Ferol and Corrie Farr after her husband had killed himself. My grandmother never owned the roof over her head. 

 

She was one of God’s Champions, True Blue, and a Southern Belle!  Granny Farr took those girls to Oliver and Clara Crawford dairy farm to make their way. They worked for their keep as there was no welfare. God made a way and people looked after one another which would be unheard of today. She too was a seamstress by trade, a good one, and sewed for women. As a young man women would put their new dress on and say, “How does this look”. So from the beginning I have been an admirer of women’s clothes. I remember hats, gloves, seams on hose, high heels and now all are gone. Yes, you guessed it, I wore hand-me-downs and overalls, and don’t you know it.”

 

Bruce writes further that his great grandfather, Joseph Alexander ORR purchased and donated the first organ for the PhilippiBaptistChurch. His daughter, Bessie Truedelle ORR Farr played this pump organ “by ear” as she had no lessons and could not read music. 

Bessie ORR Farr’s daughterCorrie Farr Whisnant had the organ and at the time of her death, it was passed to Bruce Whisnant after Corrie died. Today he has it in the home of William McPhillips Farr, his father, and it has the original vases for flowers. His father Will was 85 on March 2, 2010 and lives near Bruce in Union County, South Carolina. Hopefully, when I visit with Bruce this year he will take me to meet his father.

 

On a personal note Bruce writes “I loved my grandmother very much”.  In fact we slept together for years. Had it not been for me she would have froze to death! Her Father Joseph Alexander Orr was a character too. It has been said of him the statement “It’s not what you make, it’s what you save!!!”

 

 

John Harley FARR and Bessie Truedelle ORR had the following children:

 

        56          I.   Ferol Mae FARR. Ferol Mae Farr married Everette W. Ivey.  They had two daughters, Carole Ivey and Delle Ivey Bright, who is mentioned in the acknowledgements.

                       

                      Mabel FARR (died as an infant).

 

        57         II.   Corrie Eleatha FARR, Corrie Eleatha Farr married William McPhillips Whisnant.  One of their children is Bruce Whisnant, who is mentioned in the acknowledgements.  Following the death of her husband, Bessie Truedelle Orr Farr lived with the Corrie Eleatha Whisnant family.  It was through this source that Bruce learned much about the Orr history.

 

31.  Joseph Furman ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4,       John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 3 Jan 1897 in Union County, South Carolina, America; died May 8, 1985.

 

 

He appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

Bruce Whisnant writes “Uncle Furman Orr and Lillie Gregory owned the J. A. Orr farm. They had guinea hens on the farm and they had the run of the place. Uncle Furman said that they were the best watch dogs. They were always noisy and I always had guinea eggs on Easter to dye. They were hard to break. Uncle Furman would bring them to the house for me.

 

Shortly after his father’s death he bought the Joseph Alexander ORR farm from his brothers and sisters. At that time it was about 238 acres and included the houses and barns.  Today, his son, Harold ORR and Shirley, own the “old home place”. Uncle Furman never owned a tractor but rather hired that type work done. He could not talk plain and had some verbal challenges. He stayed busy farming, drove a school bus, and worked in the Monarch Cotton Mill. He always buttoned the top button of his shirts, even his work shirts. When going to and from town he would always stop and visit with us. Uncle Furman was able to send Harold to ClemsonCollege.”Furman Orr and Harold Orr both appear as members of PhilippiBaptistChurch.

 

Furman ORR and Lillie GREGORY were married.

 

Lillie GREGORY was born on 9 Mar 1903; died Dec 19, 1994

 

Furman ORR and Lillie GREGORY had the following child:

 

 

                      I.   Furman Harold ORR born 2 Feb 1935 married ShirleyWEST born 11 May 1936.  Harold owns one of the Orr “home places” in Union County, South Carolina, but does not live on it. Furman Harold Orr and Shirley West had two children.

 

 

                    II.   Karen D. ORR, born 16 Mar 1960, married Tim Cassell and they have one daughter Kasie born 25 Feb 1989.

 

                  III.    Kimberly D. ORR, born 12 Apr 1963, married Tim Powell and they have twin boys Tyler and Taylor, born 14 Sep 1995.

 

 

 

32.  Walter Columbus ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born 18 Feb 1899 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

He appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

Walter Columbus ORR married May Lillie Gregory, born 6 Jan 1901, died 3 Mar 1958.  They had one child that died as an infant.

 

Walter Columbus ORR married again to Ellen Moss and they had one child.

 

                     I. Kent ORR married Kathy Nelson, and works for the State of South Carolina.

 

Bruce Whisnant writes about “Uncle Walter ORR that he died when his son Kent was 11 years old. It was said that Grandpa Joe whipped Walt with the chains off the horses. Joseph Alexander had an uncontrollable temper. 

Kent ORR and his wife, Kathy resides in Union, South Carolina and he works for the University of South Carolina. Uncle Walt’s home place was in what is today called Fairview Circle.  I remember Uncle Walt rolling his own cigarettes and it always amazed me as a child. He also visited our home often. He too loved his overalls.”

 

 

33.  Mae Smith ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born 19 Aug 1902 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

She died January 31, 1986.

She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

Mae Smith ORR and William WHISNANT were married 22 Dec 1928.

 

William WHISNANT was born 22 Jun 1903 and died 29 Oct1980.

 

Bruce Whisnant writes that William Whisnant was a widower who had first married Rhoda Sealy born June 7, 1903. She died July 4, 1927 just days after the birth of their daughter, Levern Whisnant. 

My dad, William McPhillips Whisnant was born in Lockhart, South Carolina and was a little over 2 years old when his mother died.  Iverson Sealy and Julia Vandeford Sealy, the grandparents, took them to rear as their own. 

When “Papa” came for his children Grand Pa Sealy wanted to get his son-in-law for kidnapping! 

Grandpa Sealy was a red head and a man of the church, known as “Uncle Fox” Sealy.  He lived off highway #49 on Bonnie Horton Road on property that was owned by the Lockhart Mill, of which Grandpa was caretaker. 

Mae and William lived locally on Elm Street, also in Draytonville, Gaffney, the Tracy Place, on highway #49 Cross Keys, and Second Street Ottary, Union, South Carolina.  “Papa” sold dirt off his property to the Foundry to pay for his place at Draytonville, South Carolina.  At his death he still drove his 1950 ford that he had bought new. When I purchased their home from my father and Aunt Levern, the house still had single phase power, no hot water or lavatory in the bathroom.  

They were happy with just the simple things in life.”

 

 

Mae Smith ORR and William WHISNANT had the following children.

 

                    I. Jimmie WHISNANT born 29 Sep 1929, died as an infant in Gaffney, South Carolina.

     

                  II. William McPhillips WHISNANT was born 2 Mar, 1925 in Lockhart, South Carolina.

 

 

 

34.  Daniel Boone ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born 18 Apr 1901 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

He died on 10 Apr 1984 at the age of 82.

He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

Daniel Boone ORR and Louise PORTER, born 15 Mar 1902, died 8 Jul 2006, were Married 16 May 1929.

Bruce Whisnant writes “Uncle Daniel Boone ORR was the giant among the Orr’s. When he came to town, he would stop by and give us vegetables from his garden. 

Uncle Dan took me as a young boy to the cattle sale in York, South Carolina, in his Chevrolet truck which was always well kept. Uncle Dan’s farm was on Highway #105 near Pinckneyville, South Carolina. It was beautiful country with well kept barns, fenced pastures, and just a show place. 

Uncle Dan purchased about 57 acres in 1938 for $850 as recorded. He went to Detroit, Michigan and worked for Ford Motor Company. Uncle Dan called Alcie “Toots”, short for “Tootsie”, his name for Alcie. 

 

Many stories were told about Uncle Dan coming home from Detroit. He would drive home in a Ford car, sell it, and take the train back. He was a good salesman. He knew Henry Ford personally as Mr. Ford had a great interest in farming and started manufacturing the Ford Tractors.  

Uncle Dan returned to UnionCounty in 1944 for good. Alcie ORR was 13 years old when she returned. Times were hard and different then.”

                                                 

 

Daniel Boone ORR and Louisa PORTER had the following child:

 

        58          I.   Alsie ORR married Howard BYARS and had one daughter, Karen Byars Van Nostrand.

 

 

 

 

 35.  Clara Lucille ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born 15 Oct 1905 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.


Clara Lucille ORR and Oliver Donald CRAWFORD were married.

 

Oliver Donald CRAWFORD, born January 16, 1909, died January 13, 1969.

 

Bruce Whisnant writesparaphrasing, “She never taught school even though she had a college education. Uncle Oliver ran Crawford’s Dairy. Having all boys they began “pulp-wooding” in the SumterNational Forest. Oliver was good enough to provide a home for my grandmother, Aunt Ferol and my mother Corrie after my grandfather, Harley Farr, took his life. Through time, some of the boys made their way through life in “logging”. Crawford’s Logging, etc. Oh yes, they loved dirty racing too!”

 

Clara Lucille ORR marriedOliver Donald CRAWFORD had the following boys.

 

               I.Oliver D. CRAWFORD, Jr.

 

              II. James CRAWFORD

 

             III. Raymond CRAWFORD

 

             IV. Marion CRAWFORD

 

              V. Donald CRAWFORD

 

             VI. Harold CRAWFORD

 

 

 

36.  Clyde Columbus ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1907 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

He died in 1994.

 

He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.


Bruce Whisnant writes “The story goes that Uncle Clyde “hobo’ed” the train north to Flat Rock in Henderson County, North Carolina, met Della, got married and settled for his entire life. He worked all his life constantly doing something to make money. Even as close as he lived he did not visit often. Uncle Clyde had a dining room suite made and one extra chair had wood off the ORR farm and from the different trees there. Aunt Della collected small glass shoes and fine blue dishes.”

 

Clyde Columbus ORR and Della Louise were married and had no children.

 

 

 

  37.  JosephMarion Black ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born 8 May 1908 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

He died September 14, 1988.

He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.

Joseph Marion ORR and Amelia “Millie” STARSNICH were married.

 

Amelia “Millie” STARSNICH, born Mar 1909, died 1 Mar 2008

 

Bruce Whisnant writes that Joseph Marion ORR was known to them as “Uncle Black”. 

He lived and worked in Detroit, Michigan, for the Utility Company and did not visit back to UnionCounty very much. His son Joe worked for Caterpillar, Inc.  When Joe moved to Jackson Mississippi, Uncle Black and Aunt Millie moved there also. Uncle Black had a routine sinus surgery but died and it was a shock to everyone. He was in good health otherwise. When he died he was in Jackson. Millie was in Marietta, Georgia when she died.”

 

Joseph Marion ORR and “Millie” had the following children.  Each of their children had five children.

 

                      I.   Richard Lewis ORR

 

                     II.   Joseph ORR

 

                    III.   Frankie ORR

 

                   IV.   Virginia ORR

 

                    V.   Elaine ORR

 

 

 

38.  Arthur William ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1912 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

He died on March 1, 1997.

He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.


Arthur William ORR and Dorothy MOORE were married.

 

Dorothy MOORE, born circa 1910, died circa 1985.

 

Bruce Whisnant writes “Uncle Arthur worked hard and raised his family. Aunt Dorothy never worked.  After Dorothy died Uncle Arthur remarried and moved into a trailer. They gardened, which he loved, cut grass, raked leaves, picked up cans along the road, and did odd jobs for the general public. Some people called him “Skinner”. I asked my father why and he said son, he would “skin a flea for his hide”. 

Uncle Arthur used to set rabbit traps of which he had over 100. He would sell the rabbits to make money. During cotton picking time Grandpa Joe would require his kids to pick so much poundage of cotton after school. One day, Arthur got home late from school and put some rocks in his cotton sack along with the cotton to make weight. 

My Grandmother Bessie said she would never forget the whipping Uncle Arthur received from his father for what he had done just to get by. Today, it would be child abuse!”

 

Arthur William ORR and Dorothy MOORE had the following children:

 

                      I.   Harry ORR

 

                     II.   Etrulia ORR

 

                    III.   Jackie ORR

 

                   IV.   Joe ORR

 

A grandson, J.R. ORR, was raised in his house and he has a daughter, Mackenzie ORR.

 

 

39.  Aileen Corrie ORR (Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1917 in Union County, South Carolina, America.

 

 

She died on March 19, 1999.

She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at PinckneyTownship in Union County, South Carolina, America.
Bruce Whisnant writes “Aunt Aileen was the baby child of the ORR’s. She called her

Husband “Woody”. My mother, Corrie Farr Whisnant who was Bessie’s daughter was close to Aunt Aileen. I have a photo of them together. 

When Rickey was born we kept him in our home for weeks so as to help Aunt Aileen as she had a complete operation. For those weeks, I had a brother. My mother cried when he went home.

Even when he grew up and he made the scene, my mother would say, “Here comes my baby”. Mother loved Ricky Smith! It seems after that Aunt Aileen was in bad health for the rest of her life.

Aileen Corrie ORR and Woodrow SMITH were married.

Woodrow SMITH was born circa 1914, died circa 1979.

 

Aileen Corrie ORR and Woodrow SMITH had the following children,

 

                      I. Wayne Smith

 

                     II. Earl Smith

 

                    III. Judy Smith

 

                    IV. Kenneth Smith

 

                     V. Ann Smith

 

                    VI. Rickey Smith

 

 

 

 

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Ninth Generation

 

 

40.  James Duane ORR (James Silas-8, John R. Bynum-7, James-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 29 Apr 1912.

 

James Duane ORR and Virginia Lynn STAGGERS were married on 22 Nov 1936.

 

Virginia Lynn STAGGERS was born on 16 Mar 1914.

 

James Duane ORR and Virginia Lynn STAGGERS had the following child:

 

        59          I.   Don Duane ORR, born 2 Jul 1948, Corpus Christie, Texas, America; married Nancy Augusta COWEN, 17 Apr 1971, Fort Worth, Texas, America.

 

 

 

41.  Linnie Leona ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 21 Oct 1913 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

She died on 1 Mar 1996 at the age of 82 in Habersham, Georgia, America.

Linnie Leona ORR and Aaron G. PENICK were married on 29 Aug 1931.

 

Aaron G. PENICK and Linnie Leona ORR had the following children:

 

        60          I.   Carolyn June PENICK married a Mr. WHITEHEAD.

 

        61         II.   Joseph Clyde PENICK married Martha ELROD.

 

                    III.   Aaron Gross PENICK II.

 

 

 

42.  Scottie Luvenia ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 6 Jul 1915 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

She died on 20 Jul 1998 at the age of 83 in Decatur, Illinois, America. Scottie Luvenia Orr Brown was looked after by her grandson Dr Michael Murray Wall who was her physician. She was buried with her husband Wesson Murray Brown in PinecrestMemorialCemetery in Calhoun County, Mississippi.

 

Much can be said about my mother, particularly by her only son. Let me start at the beginning with what I know by records and what she told me. First she was one of eight children, daughter of a cotton share cropper, and a mother whom she always thought had too many children, and in some way held her father responsible. She thought he was too hard on the children and too demanding of her mother. The family grew up the hard way during the great depression in the United States. This caused economic hardships on top of the rural social and cultural isolation they lived in. Somehow through all of this she persevered and excelled in her own way. 

She was the only one of the children to go to college. While in high school she fully participated in school activities, often “covered for” by her mother as her father wanted the children working on the farm.

She attended school in Derma, Mississippi, was active in the 4-H Club, an outstanding basketball player at shooting forward, and was the Class Secretary when she graduated. Her basketball career was pretty outstanding as in that time they played by “girl’s rules” which was separate from “boy’s rules”.  In girls basketball only the forwards could shoot the ball. Guards simple were ball handlers and it was basically a half court game. The centre was for rebounding and for helping he guards set up the forwards. Scottie’s skill was she could shoot the ball through the net. The guards brought the ball down court, the centre and the guards rotated the ball until they could get it to an open forward who would shoot.  So, only two people on the team could shoot from the floor. She was one of these two and the best. She told me that she once scored 65 points in a game and for a while held the State of Mississippi scoring records for women. She also related that her father did not know she played until the last of her senior year. The girls had to wear “bloomers” to play in and he did not approve. Somehow she pulled it all off and was good enough to get a scholarship to a “Junior College” where she obtained her teacher’s certificate to teach the first grade. I have that certificate as well as the basketball letter she earned and many pictures of her team.

 

After marrying Wesson Murray Brown, Sr. she had to leave the area to go where his jobs were but she always stayed close to her roots and early on we never lived more than a few hours or so away from her parents whom we would visit often. Usually it was alternating weekend visits to either the Orr’s or the Browns.  Families were close then, even after marriage. When I was in the sixth grade my father was relocated to Simpsonville, SC and my sister stayed behind to finish high school. At that time “daddy” had a travelling sales job whereby he left on Monday morning and returned on Friday afternoons. Therefore it was just my mother and me together all week. The same scenario continued when we moved to Memphis, TN after one year in SC.

 

I loved my father and missed him but functionally spent more time with my mother. Unfortunately he died at age 52 after a six month sickness with lung cancer, and before I finished college, and he asked me to promise him that I would look after “my mother”. I promised and did it. The reason was he had always handled everything financially. She did not even know how to write a check or what the insurance benefits were, or about car payments, mortgages, etc. So, even after his death, mother and I were thrown together by circumstances although I had my own family and Pat was a great help to me though this period. My sister had married first and moved away and I was always in the closest proximity to where mother lived. My father was a little bit “old school” in that I was the male and had to take the responsibility. He even gave me specific verbal details of how he wanted his funeral to be conducted and where to have him buried along with the job of picking out a burial plot. I ultimately sold their home in Memphis, bought her a house in Vardaman where she truly enjoyed being with friends and family, and she lived there until her health became such that I moved her to Virginia to be near my family.  As her situation deteriorated I moved her to Decatur, Illinois to a nursing home where her grandson was a physician and had many patients in the home. Therefore he could frequently look in on her as I had been transferred to Connecticut.

 

I could go on and on about what she did but will end by saying I loved them both but she physically had more time on this earth and spent more time with me which as I matured allowed for me to grow to respect her more, and acknowledge what she did for me.

 

Scottie Luvenia ORR and Wesson Murray BROWN Sr. were married on 5 Jun 1837 in Calhoun County, Mississippi, America. When they were married Scottie L. Orr and Wesson M. Brown were married by Minister R. B. Patterson, there witnesses were, Mrs William Clyde Orr, Mrs Willie Lee Brown, Mrs Nora Orr Parker and Mr Tommie Lee Parker.

 

 

 

 

Wesson Murray BROWN Sr., son of Ruel Wesson Brown b. 1894 and Willie Lee Evans, was born on 27 Dec 1915 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

He died on 14 Apr 1968 at the age of 52 at BaptistHospital in Memphis, Tennessee, America. Wesson Murray Brown Sr. was buried in PinecrestMemorialCemetery, Calhoun County, Mississippi.

 

To the better of my memory Daddy’s first job was with the Core of Engineers working on a survey crew at the time that the Mississippi River Flood Control project was in full gear. This involved building a series of dams in Mississippi and Arkansas to take some of the runoff from tributaries before they filled the Mississippi to overflow flood stage. We moved to whatever locale the dams were being built in.  All of this was taking place while the Tennessee Valley Authority was taming the Tennessee River the same way. The Mississippi Flood Control Project included the following dams:  Sardis, Enid, Arkabutler, Grenada and Jackson. Consequently we lived in Hernando (where I was born), Oxford and Grenada and from these locations Daddy could commute to each dam site.  Often he was gone for several days at a time. During this period he took out time to serve in the U.S. Navy from April, 1945 until May, 1946.

 

He wanted to own his own business so we moved to Houston, MS where he started “People’s Grocery” located on the west side of the square.  That lasted about two years until he moved the store to Calhoun City, MS where he and my grandfather Ruel Wesson Brown had build us a house on land that his father sold to him and adjacent to their home.  Ultimately that store also failed and he went to work for a supplier in a sales position where he continued until his death.                               

 

Wesson Murray BROWN and Scottie Luvenia ORR had the following children:

 

        62          I.   Wesson Murray BROWN Jr., born 18 Jul 1943, Hernando, Mississippi, America; married Patricia Ann ARMSTRONG, 26 May 1961, Tate County, Mississippi, America.

 

        63         II.   Claudette BROWN, born 13 Apr 1938, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Thomas Dee WALL Jr., 6 Aug 1956, Calhoun City, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America; died 4 Apr 1996, Chesterfield, Missouri, America.

 

 

43.  James Sherman ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 28 Jul 1918 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

He died on 17 Jul 2002 at the age of 83 in Riverside, California, America. J. Sherman Orr served in the U.S. Army in Europe.

 

After returning from World War II he married Harriett .

 

 

Her family owned a furniture store in Allegheny County, PA. This store did upholstery and Sherman was taught the trade and business. He and his family settled and lived in Glenshaw, PA in Allegheny County, PA until Harriett died. Then Sherman moved to Thousand Oaks, CA to be near his son Jimmy.

 

James Sherman ORR and Harriett were married.

James Sherman ORR and Harriett had the following child:

 

I.  Jimmy ORR has not been located although he is my younger cousin and reported to be living in California.

 

44.  Max ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 11 Dec 1920 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

He died on 1 Feb 1995 at the age of 74 in Webster, Louisiana, America.

 

Max Orr served in the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II.

 

Max ORR and Haley Monet PARKER were married.

 

 Haley Monet PARKER, daughter of Stanley PARKER, was born on 24 Apr 1924.

 

 

She died on 1 Aug 1986 at the age of 62 in Webster, Louisiana, America.

She and Uncle Max lived across from the Parker family on land that Max bought from Monet’s father. The Parkers and Orr families were close friends and my grandfather helped “Mr. Stanley” kill hogs for a share of the pork.

 

Max ORR and Haley Monet PARKER had the following children:

 

        64          I.   Maxine ORR, born 29 Apr 1943; married Ken VOWELL. Maxine was instrumental in updating the information on Uncle Max’s family.  As young cousins we used to play together with some of the Parker children when I visited Grandpa and Grandma Orr’s, as Uncle Max and the Parker family lived nearby.

 

        65         II.   Charlotte ORR married Dewayne STANLEY.

 

        66        III.   Benjamin Wayne ORR married Debbie.

 

        67       IV.   Perry Michael ORR.

 

 

 

45.  Joseph Ray ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 2 Apr 1923 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

He died on 1 Sep 1979 at the age of 56 in Tishomingo, Mississippi, America.


Joseph Ray ORR and Marjorie were married.


 

Joseph Ray ORR and Marjorie had the following child:

 

                      I.   Janice ORRwas not located for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

46.  Walter Benjamin ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 4 Apr 1925 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

 

 

Uncle Ben related to me and my wife that he joined the army when he was 18.  Shortly thereafter he was in Europe with a rifle and shooting at people. He came off of a small family cotton farm in rural Mississippi, had only seen airplanes fly over the cotton fields, ended up in the Airborne Division as a paratrooper and jumped out of the first plane he flew in.  As he related this story he laughed out loud. 

 

Walter Benjamin Orr fought in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and served in Vietnam for two years.  After serving 25 years in the Army, he retired, took a civilian job doing the same thing he was doing for the Army (this was part of the military's great outsourcing) and made much more money.  In total he served his country 43 years.  His last years of service to the military and via the civilian job was at FortRucker in Enterprise, Alabama.  At the end of his career he was a civil service academic instructor for helicopter pilots.  He presently is in a nursing home in Enterprise where he is checked on by his daughter Lisa Kay ORR Waldner.  Lisa Kay has his numerous medals, commendations, etc mounted and displayed proudly in her home.
 

Following is a recap of Walter Benjamin Orr’s Military Service.

Branch:                                          United States Army

Rank:                                             1st Sergeant, E-8

Years of Service:                           25 Years, plus 18 years service as a civilian contract employee

 Where Served:                              Stateside-Multiple Army Posts

                                                        England and Italy

                                                        Europe-Multiple Countries

                                                        Far East-Japan and Korea

                                                        Viet Nam

War(s):                                            World War II, 502nd Parachute

                                                        Infantry Regiment, 101st 

                                                        Airborne Division  

                                                        Korea, 9th Infantry Regiment,

                                                        2nd Infantry Division

                                                        Viet Nam, 68th Assault

                                                        Helicopter Company

Medals, Awards:                            TWO Combat Infantry Badges

                                                        Parachute Badge

                                                        Helicopter Crew Chief Wings

                                                        Expert Badge, M1 Rifle

                                                        Sharpshooter Badge Carbine Rifle

                                                        TWO Bronze Stars

                                                        PURPLE HEART

                                                        FOUR Good Conduct Awards

                                                        American Campaign

                                                        Europe Campaign with THREE Stars

                                                        Victor, European

                                                        Army of Occupation, Germany

                                                        National Defense Service

                                                        Korean United Service with TWO Stars

                                                        Viet Nam Service with TWO Stars

                                                        Korean Service

                                                        United States Presidential Unit

                                                        Korean Presidential Unit

                                                        Viet Nam Presidential Unit

I have pressed hard to get this work completed so that Uncle Ben can read it while his memory is still good. Hopefully I have made it.  Uncle Ben is a REAL AMERICAN HERO! 

 

Walter Benjamin ORR and Teresa BUNDARENKO were married in Germany while Walter was on military duty. She subsequently immigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island with the maiden name of Swalko which she said was Polish. Following immigration she came to Calhoun City, MS and lived with the Scottie Orr Brown family until acclimated. Teresa was very beautiful and could speak several languages. When my Uncle Ben could get leave he would come over to visit with us also. Ultimately Teresa found herself a small apartment in town until Uncle Ben was transferred back stateside where she joined him.
 

Teresa BUNDARENKO was born on 1 May 1926.

 

 

Walter Benjamin ORR and Teresa BUNDARENKO adopted the following child when she was four months old. Her birth name was Leah Beth but Walter Benjamin and Teresa changed it to Lisa Kay at time of adoption:

 

        68          I.   Lisa Kay ORR, born 2 Jun 1959; married Wayne WALDNER, 20 Apr 1985, Enterprise, Alabama, America.

 

 

I visited with Lisa Kay a few years ago and she related that before Teresa died she told her that her

Name was not Swalko and she was not Polish. She was born 1 May 1926 near the CrimeanSea.

Her parents were Russian Jewish with the surname of Bundarenko.  She was one of 13 children.

Her family was well educated.  Teresa’s mother was 49 when Teresa was born.

Her father was a teacher and all of her family was killed.  She was taken to a slave labour camp in Germany.  It is suspected that the name and background was changed as a means of survival.  Lisa Kay confirmed this information to me in December, 2009.  I will visit her and Uncle Ben next month.  Hopefully he will remember me.  His is now 84 years old, takes oxygen, and has some memory loss.

Lisa still takes him to Church on some Sundays.

                  

"Having taken the ultimate risks to his life in service to his country, Walter Benjamin Orr is the longest

surviving child of Joseph Andrew Orr. That also means that he is my only surviving uncle, or aunt,

paternal, or maternal.  His inspiration and contribution to this report was timely.



 

47.  Charles Lavert "Chuck" ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 1 Oct 1929 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

He died on 30 Oct 1991 at the age of 62 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America. He was buried in NewLibertyCemetery, Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

Charles Lavert "Chuck" ORR and Nancy Irene "Nan" EASTMAN were married in Dec 1953.

Nancy Irene "Nan" EASTMAN was born on 17 Oct 1936 in Hoehenlinden in Chickasaw County, MS.

 


 Charles Lavert ORR and Nancy Irene EASTMAN had the following children:

 

        69          I.   Charles L. "Butch" ORR, born 1962, Omaha, Nebraska, America; married Sharon ORTIZ, Jun 1985.

 

        70         II.   Patrick Adam ORR, born 1963, Houston, Chickasaw County, Ms, America; married Denise CHEELY, Apr 1985; married Lori Barber KELLY, Feb 1994.

 

        71        III.   Andrew Cortus ORR was born 1966 in The Netherlands; married Tina BENSON, 1988.

 

 

48.  Jerrel Carley ORR (Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 16 Aug 1932 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

He died on 13 May 2010 at the age of 77. Jerrel C. Orr served in the U.S. Army and was medically discharged due to a history of Rheumatic Fever.

 

Jerrel Carley ORR and Mary Jo ORMAN were married.

 Mary Jo ORMAN, daughter of Henry Clay ORMAN and Jewell LESTER, was born on 10 Nov 1937 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.


 

 

Mary Jo Orr currently resides in Houston, Texas.

 

Jerrel Carley ORR and Mary Jo ORMAN had the following children:

 

        72          I.   Donna Jo ORR, born 20 Apr 1954, CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America; married THOMPSON; died 26 Apr 2006, Houston, Texas, America.

 

        73         II.   Wanda Joy ORR was born 25 Dec 1955 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.

 

        74        III.   Jerry Sue ORR was born 26 Feb 1957 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.

 

        75       IV.   Judy Carol ORR was born 12 Feb 1961 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.

 

        76        V.   Kimberley ORR, born 17 Apr 1967, Houston, Texas, America; married Tom THORN.

 

49.  Rettie Lorene EDINGTON (Minnie Virginia Orr-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1909.

She died in 1990 at the age of 81.

 

Rettie Lorene EDINGTON and Henry Elton RAMAGE were married.

 

Henry Elton RAMAGE was born in 1902. He died in 1928 at the age of 26.

 

 

50.  Nora Francis EDINGTON (Minnie Virginia Orr-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1911.

 

Nora Francis EDINGTON and Tommie Lee PARKER were married.

 

Tommie Lee PARKER was born in 1908. He died in 1992 at the age of 84.

 

 

51.  Lillian Earle EDINGTON (Minnie Virginia Orr-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1913.

 

Lillian Earle EDINGTON and Jackson Percy BURT were married.

 

Jackson Percy BURT was born in 1910. He died in 1980 at the age of 70.

 

 

  

52.  Walter Oakley EDINGTON (Minnie Virginia Orr-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1917.

 

Walter Oakley EDINGTON and Virginia BRYANT were married.

 

 

 

53.  Jessie Virginia EDINGTON (Minnie Virginia Orr-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1920.


 


Jessie Virginia EDINGTON and Everette Ingram SKINNER were married.

Everette Ingram SKINNER died in battle in World War II.

 

 

Jessie Virginia EDINGTON and J. E. "Dude" CARTER were married.

 

J. E. CARTER and Jessie Virginia EDINGTON had the following children:

 

                      I.   John Ed CARTER.   John E. Carter lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

                     II.   George Fred CARTER was born on 28 Oct 1962. George F. Carter lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.

 

 

54.  William Marion EDINGTON (Minnie Virginia Orr-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1922.

 

William Marion EDINGTON and Jenelle WILLIAMSON were married.

 

 

55.  Sarah Elizabeth JOHNSON (Annie Mae Hughes Orr-8, Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 25 Jun 1914.

 

Sarah E. Johnson Holloman did much research and written contribution to the Orr family genealogy and published under the name of Sarah J. Holloman. Many of her articles are published in the Union County Heritage Book, available from the UnionCountyMuseum in Union, SC.

 

Sarah Elizabeth JOHNSON and William HOLLOMAN were married.

 

 

56.  Ferol Mae FARR (Bessie Truedelle Orr-8, Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) her date of birth is unknown.

 

Ferol Mae FARR and Everette W. IVEY were married.

 

 

 

 

Ferol Mae FARR and Everette W. IVEY had the following children:

 

                      I.   Delle IVEY. Delle Bright is the Assistant to the Executive Director of the UnionCountyMuseum.

 

                     II.   Carole IVEY

 

 

 

57.  Corrie Eleatha FARR (Bessie Truedelle Orr-8, Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1)

 

Corrie Eleatha FARR and William McPhillips WHISNANT were married.

 

William McPhillips WHISNANT and Corrie Eleatha FARR had the following child:

 

        77          I.   Bruce WHISNANT.

 

 

 

58.  Alsie ORR (Daniel Boone-8, Joseph Alexander-7, Archibald O.-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1)

 

Alsie ORR and Howard BYARS were married.

 

 

 

 

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  Tenth Generation

 

 

59.  Don Duane ORR (James Duane-9, James Silas-8, John R. Bynum-7, James-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 2 Jul 1948 in Corpus Christie, Texas, America.

 

Don Duane ORR and Nancy Augusta COWEN were married on 17 Apr 1971 in Fort Worth, Texas, America. Don D. Orr and his family reside in Richardson, Texas.

 

Don Duane ORR and Nancy Augusta COWEN had the following children:

 

                      I.   David Duane ORR

 

                     II.   Bryan Andrew ORR

 

 

60.  Carolyn June PENICK (Linnie Leona Orr-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1).

 

Carolyn June PENICK and a Mr. WHITEHEAD were married.

 

 

 

61.  Joseph Clyde PENICK (Linnie Leona Orr-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1)


 


Joseph Clyde PENICK and Martha ELROD were married.

 

 

 

 

62.  Wesson Murray BROWN Jr. (Scottie Luvenia Orr-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 18 Jul 1943 in Hernando, Mississippi, America.

 


Following graduation from TreadwellHigh School in Memphis, TN he graduated CUM LAUDE from MemphisStateUniversity with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and a minor in Manufacturing Technology.  He worked on his MBA at MemphisStateUniversity and later at Virginia Tech. Wesson’s working career included stints with Firestone, ITT, and Northern Electric Company.  In 1976 he joined Hubbell Incorporated as Controller of its Lighting Division in Christiansburg, VA.  There he was promoted to Vice President Marketing & Sales and then General Manager before being promoted to Group Vice President of the Wiring Systems Group in Bridgeport, CT.  In addition, Wes worked for Hubbell, as a Senior Group Vice President, for its Power Systems Group and Lighting Group. Upon returning to the Lighting Group he presided over assimilating an acquisition that tripled its size and required relocating its Group Headquarters to Spartanburg, SC.   Spartanburg is a short drive from UnionCounty, the origin of my maternal U.S. genealogy, but at this time I was not aware of my genealogy.  During his tenure with Hubbell he lived in Connecticut, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and after 27 years of service retired in January, 2003.  It was then that I became interested in my genealogy.  He now resides with his family in Roanoke, VA where he enjoys golf, reading, travel and working on his genealogy.

 

Wesson Murray BROWN Jr. and Patricia Ann ARMSTRONG were married on 26 May 1961 in Tate County, Mississippi, America.

Wes and Pat were “sweethearts” at MemphisTreadwellHigh School and married when Wes was a senior.

 

Patricia Ann ARMSTRONG, daughter of Robert Duke ARMSTRONG b. c. 1913 and Willie Josephine KRESSENBERG b. 1915, was born on 1 Jan 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee, America.


 


 

Pat did an outstanding job of running the house, caring for the family, and stretching our income to feed and clothe the family while Wes attended college at night.  Present at my graduation were Pat, Cheryl, Scott, and Scottie Luvenia Orr Brown.  It was truly a team effort to get me through college. In fact we did not have enough money for me to have a college class ring so my mother gave it to me as a graduation gift. Pat learned sewing from her mother and made many of our children’s clothes. Even in retirement she still sews for the grand children and has her own label, “Grandy”, that they all cherish. With five grand daughters she is often called on to make to make special dresses, alters and fit prom dresses, and now is back making garments for Ella Brooklyn Brown, our latest family addition. She also enjoys golf, travel, and is active with the various women’s activities at our church.

 

Wesson Murray BROWN and Patricia Ann ARMSTRONG are retired and live in Roanoke, Virginia, America where their children and grand children also reside.  They had the following children:

 

        78          I.   Cheryl Lynne BROWN, born 29 Dec 1961, Memphis, Tennessee, America; married Robert SINER first then she married Michael HARNER, 25 Jun 1998, Roanoke, Virginia, America.

 

        79         II.   Scott Murray BROWN, born 10 Jun 1966, Memphis, Tennessee, America; married Tammy Lynn MARCUM, 31 Dec 1998, Roanoke, Virginia, America then he married Lori Beth HERMAN, 20 Oct 2007, Roanoke, Virginia, America.

 

 

63.  Claudette BROWN (Scottie Luvenia Orr-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 13 Apr 1938 in Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

 

She died on 4 Apr 1996 at the age of 57 in Chesterfield, Missouri, America.

Claudette BROWN and Thomas Dee WALL Jr. were married on 6 Aug 1956 at FirstBaptistChurch in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.

 

Claudette graduated as Valedictorian of her class at CalhounCityHigh School.  At the end of her junior year in school my father was relocated to Simpsonville, SC but Claudette stayed in CalhounCity, living with my paternal grandparents in order to finish school there and compete for her honours. Soon after graduation she married rather than attend college.  After her marriage she lived in Westover, Massachusetts while her husband served in the U.S. Air Force.  Following that service they returned to Memphis where he entered the start of a long successful career in the automotive parts industry.  They subsequently lived in Illinois and Missouri.  Following her death at the early age of 57 her husband moved to Decatur, Illinois where he now resides close by his son, Michael Murray Wall.

 

Thomas Dee WALL Jr. was born on 29 Jun 1938 in Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.

 

 

Claudette BROWN and Thomas Dee WALL had the following children:

 

                      I.   Michael Murray WALL was born on 17 Jan 1958 at Westover Air Force Base Hospital in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, America.

 

                     II.   Leslie Lynn WALL was born on 12 Feb 1960 at BaptistHospital in Memphis, Tennessee, America.

 

                    III.   Russell Thomas WALL was born on 17 Feb 1964 at BaptistHospital in Memphis, Tennessee, America.

 

64.  Maxine ORR (Max-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 29 Apr 1943.

Maxine ORR and Ken VOWELL were married. Maxine Orr and Ken Vowell reside in Sunset, Texas. Ken Vowell is a retired Delta Airline Pilot and they live on a ranch in Sunset, Texas, America.

 

 

 

65.  Charlotte ORR (Max-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1)

 

Charlotte ORR and Dewayne STANLEY were married.

 

Dewayne STANLEY and Charlotte ORR had the following children:

 

                      I.   Ashley STANLEY

 

                     II.   Josh STANLEY

 

 

66.  Benjamin Wayne ORR (Max-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1)

 

Benjamin Wayne ORR and Debbie were married. Debbie

 

Benjamin Wayne ORR and Debbie had the following child:

 

                      I.   Spencer ORR

 

 

67.  Perry Michael ORR (Max-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1)

 

Perry Michael ORR and his wife had the following children:

 

 

                      I.   Clint ORR

 

                     II.   Michael ORR

 

 

 

68.  Lisa Kay ORR (Walter Benjamin-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 2 Jun 1959. She was adopted in Oct 1959.

Lisa Kay ORR and Wayne WALDNER were married on 20 Apr 1985 in Enterprise, Alabama, America.

 

Wayne WALDNER and Lisa Kay ORR had the following child:

 

                      I.   Benjamin Wayne WALDNER was born on 12 Jul 1987. Benjamin W. Waldner is a Flight Mechanic at Ft.Rucker, Hancey Field, Enterprise, Alabama.

 

69.  Charles L. "Butch" ORR (Charles Lavert-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1962 in Omaha, Nebraska, America.

 

Charles L. "Butch" ORR and Sharon ORTIZ were married in Jun 1985.

 

Sharon ORTIZ was born in Ashland, Ms, America.

 

 

70.  Patrick Adam ORR (Charles Lavert-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1963 in Houston, Chickasaw County, MS, America.

 

At the time the Chickasaw County History, Volume II was published, Patrick's mother wrote the following.  "S/Sgt. Patrick A. Orr is presently serving the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Division, 10th Marines, in Camp Lejeune, NC.  Patrick graduated from HoustonHigh School in May, 1981. 

He attended NortheastJunior college for one Semester.  When he reached the age of eighteen he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves.  He received his boot camp training at Parris Island where he graduated second in his outfit and received a meritorious promotion to corpora.

 

Pat has served at various marine duties and assignments attached to amphibious units, and served an overseas tour to Okinawa.  He served in the Persian Gulf War with the amphibious unit off the coast of Saudi Arabia.  He served three years as a Marine Security Guard in Cairo, Egypt and Jerusalem.

Patrick Adam ORR and Denise CHEELY were married in Apr 1985.

 

Patrick Adam ORR and Denise CHEELY had the following child:

 

                      I.   Elizabeth Marie ORR was born on 6 Sep 1986.

 

Patrick Adam ORR and Lori Barber KELLY were married in Feb 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71.  Andrew Cortus ORR (Charles Lavert-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1966 in The Netherlands.

 

Andrew Cortus ORR and Tina BENSON were married in 1988.

 

72.  Donna Jo ORR (Jerrel Carley-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 20 Apr 1954 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America. She died on 26 Apr 2006 at the age of 52 in Houston, Texas, America.

 

Donna Jo ORR and a Mr. THOMPSON were married.

 

Mr. THOMPSON and Donna Jo ORR had the following child:

 

                      I.   Christopher Brown THOMPSON was born in Houston, Texas, America.

 

 

73.  Wanda Joy ORR (Jerrel Carley-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 25 Dec 1955 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.


 



Mr. NEWELL and Wanda Joy ORR had the following children:

 

                      I.   Paula NEWELL was born in Houston, Texas, America.

 

                     II.   Daniel NEWELL was born in Houston, Texas, America.

 

 

 

74.  Jerry Sue ORR (Jerrel Carley-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 26 Feb 1957 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.


 



Mr. GRIDER and Jerry Sue ORR had the following child:

 

                      I.   Jeremy Burk GRINDER was born in Houston, Texas, America.

 

 

 

75.  Judy Carol ORR (Jerrel Carley-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 12 Feb 1961 in CalhounCity, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America.


 



Jared STAMPS and Judy Carol ORR had the following children:

 

                      I.   Krystle Dunn STAMPS was born in Houston, Texas, America.

 

                     II.   Ashley Dunn STAMPS was born in Houston, Texas, America.

 

 

76.  Kimberley ORR (Jerrel Carley-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 17 Apr 1967 in Houston, Texas, America.

 

 

Kimberly and Tom met when they both worked for Target.  Now she is a stay at home Mom and has helped me with updated information about Uncle Jerrel, her mother, and their family. I visited with Kim in January, 2010.

 

Kimberley ORR and Tom THORN were married. Tom Thorn works for Target as a Store Manager.

 

Tom THORN and Kimberley ORR had the following children:

 

 

 

                      I.   Joshua THORN was born in Mobile, Alabama, America.

                          

                          

 

                         

                    II.   Tyler THORN was born in Mobile, Alabama, America.


 

                         


 

                    III.  Tiffany THORN was born in Mobile, Alabama, America.



                   IV.   Krystle THORN was born in Mobile, Alabama, America.

                         

 

 

 

 

77.  Bruce WHISNANT (Corrie Eleatha Farr-9, Bessie Truedelle Orr-8, Joseph Alexander-7,

Archibald-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1).

 

Bruce Whisnant and Iris Brown were married.

 

Iris BROWN Whisnant works in the Union County Courthouse and has helped me locate and copy original land purchase and transfer records covering the original acquisition of property by James Orr Sr. when he settled in UnionCounty from Scotland.

 

 

 

 

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 Eleventh Generation

 

 

78.  Cheryl Lynne BROWN (Wesson Murray-10, Scottie Luvenia Orr-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 29 Dec 1961 in Memphis, Tennessee, America.

Cheryl Lynne BROWN and Robert Kessler SINER were married.

 

Robert Kessler SINER was born on 15 Apr 1960 in Salem, Virginia, America.

 

Robert Kessler SINER and Cheryl Lynne BROWN had the following children:

 

                      I.   Meredith Lynne SINER was born on 30 Jan 1990 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, America.




                     II.   Robyn Kessler SINER was born on 29 Jan 1993 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, America.



 

Cheryl Lynne BROWN and Michael HARNER were married on 25 Jun 1998 in Roanoke, Virginia, America.

 

Michael HARNER was born on 16 Mar 1960.



 

79.  Scott Murray BROWN (Wesson Murray-10, Scottie Luvenia Orr-9, Joseph Andrew-8, Walter Gilky-7, Joseph Alexander-6, James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 10 Jun 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee, America.

Scott Murray BROWN and Tammy Lynn MARCUM were married on 31 Dec 1998 in Roanoke, Virginia, America.

 

Tammy Lynn MARCUM was born on 1 Mar 1972.

 

Scott Murray BROWN and Tammy Lynn MARCUM had the following children:

 

                      I.   Alexis Paige Marcum BROWN was born on 20 Apr 1994.



                     II.   Madelyn Leigh BROWN was born on 23 Feb 2000 in Roanoke, Virginia, America.



 

Scott Murray BROWN and Lori Beth HERMAN were married on 20 Oct 2007 in Roanoke, Virginia, America.

 

Lori Beth HERMAN was born on 17 Oct 1972.



 

Scott Murray BROWN and Lori Beth HERMAN had the following child:

 

                      I.   Ella Brooklyn BROWN was born on 19 May 2009 in Roanoke, Virginia, America.





 

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Watkins Family History

 

 

First Generation

 

 

1.  Dock WATKINS and Sarah Jane Jackson THORN were married.

 

Dock WATKINS and Sarah Jane Jackson THORN had the following child:

 

                      I.   Benjamin Franklin WATKINS, born 9 Apr 1862; died 12 Apr 1948.

 

 

 

 

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Second Generation

 

 

2.  Benjamin Franklin WATKINS (Dock-1) was born on 9 Apr 1862.

 

 

He died on 12 Apr 1948 at the age of 86.

 

Benjamin Franklin Watkins and Cora Bell Kilgo Watkins were my great grandparents and owned a large farm in the New Liberty community west of Vardaman, Mississippi.  They had a large house with multiple gables and a porch that went all around the house. 

Uncle Ben told me that they ran a store out of the back of the house.  I remember plum and apple orchards and in one corner of their property there was a church for the Negro people in the community.  At one time Joseph Andrew Orr and William Clyde Orr lived on the Watkins farm and Joseph Andrew "share cropped" for his father-in-law.  The Watkins house sat a good distance back from the road and had a long entry drive.  I remember thinking that the house and entry always looked like something out of a movie. 

Grandma Watkins always had "tea cookies" (like a thin sugar cookie) out for company to "nibble" on.  As a young boy, no matter how poor my grandparents and great grandparents were, there was always plenty of food around the house and they were all great cooks.  All cooked on a wood stoves, used very little salt for seasoning because you had to buy it, and often used molasses to sweeten cakes and pies because it was cheaper than sugar. Salt was used as a preservative for curing meat, mainly pork. Butter was in plentiful supply as they had cows to milk and eggs were abundant because of their chickens.  Cows were never killed for food but hogs were because they birthed in litters and would replenish themselves quickly and they grew quickly.  Everything we were fed was seasoned with butter and grease.  Pork was the staple meat supplemented by chickens for "Sunday Lunch".  Everything was fried and leftover grease was saved in a container for future use. In fact they purchased very little because they grew vegetables and raised animals to provide everything they needed.  Farming was done with mules and horses.

 

It all sounds rather primitive but it was fun times for me and my cousin, Rex Collins (son of Opal Watkins Collins). When I was in first grade in Houston, Mississippi, after school, I would walk downtown to our store, check in with Momma and Daddy, then go one block to Aunt Opal's to spend the afternoon and play with Rex. 

It was at her house that I broke my wrist when I fell out of a "china berry" tree that Rex and I were climbing.  Uncle Scott Collins had large farming interests outside of town with many white and Negro share croppers.  He brought a small orphaned Negro boy to live with them. He was sent to school and in his spare time he was to help around the house and yard.  His name was "Ink".  When he finished his chores, Rex, Ink, and Wes would all play together and had wonderful times.  My, how times have changed.

Aunt Hassie Watkins never married and was the librarian for the City of Houston, MS public library which was across the street from Aunt Opal's house.  She was frequently visiting Aunt Opal after the library closed so I got to see her quite often. They seemed to be my grandmother's favourite sisters because they stayed in contact with the family.  Since Grandpa Orr had to tend the stock on Sundays my mother and father would take my grandmother, William Clyde Watkins to visit her sisters, Opal and Hassie, at Aunt Opal's house.  I would get to accompany them on "Sunday outings".

Many of the Watkins, Orr’s, Evans, and Edington’s belonged to NewLibertyBaptistChurch, a MissionaryBaptistChurch, but Grandpa Orr belonged to the MountHarmonPrimitiveBaptistChurchMountHarmon Baptist is located a few hundred yards from the Evans home place.  The "old original" cemetery is located on a corner of the Evans property that my Great Grandpa George Evans (paternal side) donated to the church.  It is here that Walter Gilky Orr, Emily Jane Adams Orr, and Minerva Moorhead Orr and some infants are buried.  Many other Orr ancestors are buried in the "new" cemetery behind the church.
New Liberty Baptist also is the final resting place of many Orr, Evans, Edington, Watkins, and Kilgo family members.


Joseph Andrew Orr taught "Old Harp" singing at both churches as well as other local churches. Some call "Old Harp" "shape note music".  It was sung acappella after striking a tuning fork to "get the note".  The sound was somewhat of a chant (might be of Scottish origin) rather than a melody and rather popular in that time even though it was very difficult to sing. I have his old songbook. My fond memories of the NewLibertyBaptistChurch were the May Singing and Fourth of July Singing.  This was like a "homecoming" for relatives and visitors from around the community. The singing started about nine or ten in the morning and went all day.  There was "dinner on the ground" as all of the families brought food and spread it on homemade tables under the shade trees.  There were more attendees than the church could accommodate so people would walk through the cemetery view graves of friends and relatives, visit with each other, eat, kids would play and sit in the windows of the church, and listen to the music.  There were many groups that performed, some family groups singing Southern Gospel Harmony, some choir and congregation singing, solos, and "Old Harp".  Somewhere in there was a sermon or devotion or two. I was always there when Grandpa led the "Old Harp".  For church he always wore clean coveralls over the only white shirt he owned.

 

Cora Bell KILGO was born on 14 Jul 1873.

 

 

She died on 21 Nov 1957 at the age of 84.

Benjamin Franklin WATKINS and Cora Bell KILGO had the following children:

 

          3          I.   William Clyde WATKINS, born 25 Dec 1896; married Joseph Andrew ORR, 29 Aug 1912; died 21 Jun 1958.

 

          4         II.   Flora Jane WATKINS was born on 14 May 1894. She died on 29 Dec 1939 at the age of 45.

 

          5        III.   Hassie Rebecca WATKINS was born on 31 Aug 1898. She died on 1 Aug 1987 at the age of 88.

 

          6       IV.   Joseph Byron WATKINS was born on 3 Jul 1902. He died on 10 Aug 1971 at the age of 69.

 

          7        V.   Charlie Newton WATKINS was born on 2 Feb 1904. He died on 16 Jan 1936 at the age of 31.

 

          8       VI.   Opal WATKINS was born 12 Feb 1906.  She married Scott COLLINS.

 

          9      VII.   Woodrow Wilson WATKINS was born on 1 Oct 1912. He died on 1 Aug 1932 at the age of 19.

 

        10     VIII.   Benjamin Wayne WATKINS was born on 31 Oct 1915. He died on 13 Aug 1947 at the age of 31.

 

 

Benjamin Franklin WATKINS and Ella HOLLIS had the following children:

 

        11          I.   Brooks Franklin WATKINS was born on 22 Nov 1884. He died on 4 Mar 1950 at the age of 65.

 

        12         II.   Esther Elizabeth WATKINS was born on 16 Aug 1886. She died on 17 Jul 1889 at the age of 2.

 

        13        III.   Susie Mae WATKINS was born on 19 Mar 1888. She died on 26 Sep 1898 at the age of 10.

 

        14       IV.   John Clifton WATKINS was born in Mar 1890.

 

        15        V.   Tommie Lee WATKINS was born on 18 Feb 1892.

 

 

 

 

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Third Generation

 

 

3.  William Clyde WATKINS (Benjamin Franklin-2, Dock-1) was born on 25 Dec 1896. She died on 21 Jun 1958 at the age of 61.


 

William Clyde WATKINS and Joseph Andrew ORR were married on 29 Aug 1912.

 

 

 

Joseph Andrew ORR, son of Walter Gilky ORR and Emily Jane ADAMS, was born on 13 Jan 1887.

 

 

He died on 8 Feb 1967 at the age of 80.

 

 

Joseph Andrew ORR and William Clyde WATKINS had the following children:

 

     +16          I.   Linnie Leona ORR, born 21 Oct 1913, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Aaron G. PENICK, 29 Aug 1931; died 1 Mar 1996, Habersham, Georgia, America.

 

     +17         II.   Scottie Luvenia ORR, born 6 Jul 1915, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Wesson Murray BROWN Sr., 5 Jun 1837, Calhoun County, Mississippi, America; died 20 Jul 1998, Decatur, Illinois, America.

 

     +18        III.   James Sherman ORR, born 28 Jul 1918, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Harriett; died 17 Jul 2002, Riverside, California, America.

 

     +19       IV.   Max ORR, born 11 Dec 1920, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Haley Monet PARKER; died 1 Feb 1995, Webster, Louisiana, America.

 

     +20        V.   Joseph Ray ORR, born 2 Apr 1923, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Marjorie; died 1 Sep 1979, Tishomingo, Mississippi, America.

 

     +21       VI.   Walter Benjamin ORR was born 4 Apr 1925, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Teresa BUNDARENKO, Germany.

 

     +22      VII.   Charles Lavert "Chuck" ORR, born 1 Oct 1929, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Nancy Irene EASTMAN, Dec 1953; died 30 Oct 1991, Vardaman, Mississippi, America.

 

     +23     VIII.   Jerrel Carley ORR, born 16 Aug 1932, Vardaman, Mississippi, America; married Mary Jo ORMAN; died 13 May 2010.

 

8.  Opal WATKINS (Benjamin Franklin-2, Dock-1) was born on 12 Feb 1906.

 

Opal WATKINS and Scott COLLINS were married.

 

Opal WATKINS and Scott COLLINS had the following child:

                     I.    COLLINS, Rex    B.   c.   1939