The genealogy of Scottie Luvenia Orr
“The Early Scottish Beginnings”,
1675 - 2010.
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
Both of my parents worked and I spent my summers with my grandparents on their small farm west of
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.
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,
1817 to abt. 1870 - “The
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
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
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
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
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.
The Early Scottish Beginnings
The Early Scottish Beginnings
Since most of our Orr ancestors originated in or around
In 1197 a castle was built by the River Ayr. Shortly afterwards, in 1205 King William the Lion created a burgh at
William also granted the people of the new town of
In the little town of
In the 13th century friars came to
Nevertheless from 1301 to 1312
In the 16th century
During the late 17th and 18th centuries the textile industry in
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.
Orr is a popular surname in
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
Brian J. Orr’s book “Orr-Some” gives excellent background on some of the Orr families in
AYRSHIRE COAT OF ARMS
AYRSHIRE COAT OF ARMS
1. William ORR was born circa 1675 in
Janet BLACKBURN was born circa 1675 in
William ORR and Janet BLACKBURN had the following children:
2 I. John ORR, born Jan 1694,
II. Margaret ORR was born on 1 Jan 1700 in
2. John ORR (William-1) was born in Jan 1694 in
Janet DICKIE, daughter of David DICKIE and Margaret CUNNINGHAME, was born on 13 Dec 1702 in Kilwinning,
John ORR and Janet DICKIE had the following child:
3 I. John ORR was born Jan 1717, Dreghorn,
MEIKLE on 17 Jan, 1737 in Ayr,
3. John ORR (John-2, William-1) was born in Jan 1717 in Dreghorn,
John ORR and Janet MEIKLE were married on 17 Jan 1737 in Ayr,
Janet MEIKLE, daughter of James MEIKLE and Jean NIMMO, was born in Oct 1719 in Loudoun,
John ORR and Janet MEIKLE had the following children:
I. Jane ORR was born on 16 Oct 1737 in Ayr,
II. Katherine ORR was born on 7 Jan 1741 in Ayr,
III. John ORR was born on 10 Dec 1742 in Ayr,
4 IV. James ORR Sr., born 25 Mar 1744, Ayr,
V. Jane ORR was born on 17 Apr 1747 in Ayr,
VI. George ORR was born on 2 Jul 1749 in Ayr,
VII. Grizel ORR was born on 5 Dec 1750 in Ayr,
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”.
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.
A crott of Intromissions by John Hutchison, Collector of the Societys effect since
May 8th 1740 to May 21st 1741.
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 -
John Henderson Collector his Intermissions with the effects of the Merchant Adventurers and Sailors Society
from May 21st 1741 to June 9th 1742.
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
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
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
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
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
William Ballantine his intromissions with the effects of the Merchant Adventurers and Sailors Society
Extract from 26th May 1743 to 19th Jully 1744
1743 £ s d
May 26 to the balance of List Accounts 201 7 10
Lady Casiday £3, 0, 0
to Baillie Lockhead for Ditto for his
Nephew £3, 0, 0
To Capt John Aichen for his and Crew
Poor money for voyage to
Second Ship £14,,6,,0
Moor and Hunter for Ship £ 6,,0,,0
To Capt John ORR for his crew Poor
Money for voyage to
Wm Ballentine for the ship 6,, 0,,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
Extract from 1744
1744 £ s d
May 12 To Capt John ORR for childs Mortcloth 1 4 0
Extract from 1745
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
Extract from 1750
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 -
Extract from 1755
1755 £ s d
April to Cash of John ORR for a childs Mortcloth - 12 -
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
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
Many Orr ancestors remain in
Spaniards explored the
The English also posed a threat. A decade later, after Sir Francis Drake had destroyed
The Proprietors’ first settlers included many Barbadians, and
By 1750s, rice and indigo had made the planters and merchants of the
The people of
When the English and Lord Proprietors first took ownership of
It was in this environment that James Orr, Sr. brought some members of his family from
In July or August of 1817 James Orr, Sr. came to the
They travelled inland to
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
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.
4. James ORR Sr. (John-3, John-2, and William-1) He was born on 25 Mar 1744 in Ayr,
He appeared in the census in 1820 in
James ORR Sr. and Agnes FULTON were married on 10 Jul 1773 in Ayr,
Agnes FULTON, daughter of John
James ORR and Agnes FULTON had the following children:
5 I. Mary ORR, born 29 May 1774, Ayr,
II. John ORR was born on 26 Jan 1776 in Ayr,
III. Sarah Balantine ORR was born on 11 Feb 1777 in Ayr,
IV. David ORR was born on 16 Nov 1779 in Ayr,
V. Agnes Jean ORR was born on 26 May 1783 in Ayr,
6 VI. James ORR Jr., born 31 Mar 1785, Ayr,
VII. William ORR was born on 21 Jul 1788 in Ayr,
VIII. William ORR was born on 7 Jun 1790 in Ayr,
James Orr Sr. came to the
A family story says that James Sr.'s wife refused to cross the Atlantic preferring to stay in
James died on 31 Jul 1824 at the age of 80 in
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
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
5. Mary ORR (James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born on 29 May 1774 in Ayr,
Mary ORR and William BRYCE were married on 13 Apr 1793 in Ayr,
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
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
In 1799, William, Mary and daughters Mary and Elizabeth departed
In 1825 William and Mary were in
In 1827 William and Mary were in
John Bryce married and remained in
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
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
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,
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
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
When they arrived in
They appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in
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
James submitted his hand written Oath of Allegiance to the
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.
Certified by me in open Court this fourteenth day of October 1823
One of the
Associate Judges of the state aforsaid
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
Wm W Thomson
This document is an extract from the Supreme Court of
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
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
She appeared in the census between 2 Jun 1880 and 3 Jun 1880 at
She died on 22 Apr 1884 at the age of 90 in Jonesville,
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
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,
11 V. John ORR, born ca 1825,
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
15 X. Archibald O. "Archie" ORR, born 1837,
7. James ORR III (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1820 in
James ORR III and Martha JACKSON were married in 1835–1837. After they were married James Orr III and Martha Jackson settled in Iuka,
Martha JACKSON was born in
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,
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
George Washington ORR and Sarah PRATHER were married in
9. Thomas Jefferson ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1823 in
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,
Thomas Jefferson ORR and Rhoda BLAIR were married on 9 Sep 1851 in
They lived on Highway 18 south of Gaffney in
His son, Jefferson Davis Orr, was a doctor that was educated at
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,
10. William ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1825 in
William ORR and Martha LILES were married and then moved to
11. John ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1825 in
John ORR and Mahala PICKENS were married, they first settled in
12. David ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born circa 1828 in
He appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in
He appeared in the census on 9 Jul 1860 in
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
David ORR and Mary E. BROWN were married on 30 Oct 1867 in
They appeared in the census on 27 Sep 1870 at
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
He appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in
He died on 27 Oct 1864 at the age of 35 at
Joseph Alexander ORR and Minerva MOORHEAD were married on 13 Aug 1857 in
They appeared in the census on 16 Aug 1860 at Packolet Mill in
Minerva MOORHEAD, daughter of Robert MOORHEAD, was born circa 1834 in
Joseph A. Orr enlisted on 9th June 1862 at the
Since Walter Gilky Orr is my great grandfather I have often wondered where his middle name came from. The
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
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
17 II. Walter Gilky ORR, born 21 Dec 1860,
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
Jane Orr and Harvey J. Williams lived near James Orr Jr. where they had a large family in
Jane ORR and Harvey J. WILLIAMS were married in 1870 in
15. Archibald O. "Archie" ORR (James-5, James-4, John-3, John-2, and William-1) was born in 1837 in
He appeared in the census on 15 Nov 1850 in
Archibald Orr and Alsamena Moorhead lived in the Gowdyville community which is now part of
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,
He also fought in the War Between the States. He was twice wounded, once at Seven Pines. He was paroled at
The exact date of his death is not known. He became ill and went to his nephew's, Dr Jefferson Davis Orr, at
Archibald O. "Archie" ORR and Alsamena
They appeared in the census on 17 Jun 1880–18 Jun 1880 at
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
She appeared in the census on 6 Nov 1850 in
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
She died on 6 Nov 1899 at the age of 61 in
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
II. Waltie Moorhead, aka Waltie ORR was born circa 1858 in
Archibald O. ORR and Alsamena MOORHEAD had the following children:
18 IV. Joseph Alexander ORR, born 14 Sep 1866,
V. Martha Rebecca "Mattie" ORR was born on 13 Aug 1868 in
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
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
VIII. George Boyd ORR was born circa 1874 in
IX. Tallifero ORR was born circa 1878 in
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
John C. Calhoun, from
The first shots of the War Between the States were fired in
My GG grandfather, Joseph Alexander Orr, was killed in action on October 27, at
An overview of the history on Chickasaw and Calhoun counties are in order.
While the Chickasaw Indians lived primarily in northern
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
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
The County court house had been burned by Union soldiers so many records were destroyed.
My parents lived in both
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.
He died on 22 Jun 1894 at the age of 38. John R. B. Orr is buried in
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,
II. Walter ORR was born circa 1880.
He died in 1926 at the age of 66 in
She died on 27 Sep 1945 at the age of 82 in
Walter Gilky ORR and Emily Jane ADAMS had the following children:
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,
26 VIII. Neeley Edmond ORR, born 1907; died 1973.
He appeared in the census on 25 Jul 1870 at
He appeared in the census between 17 Jun 1880 and 18 Jun 1880 at
Joseph died on 16 Jan 1943 at the age of 76 in
Joseph Alexander ORR and Corrie Leath SMITH were married on 12 Jan 1890 in
They appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
Corrie Leath SMITH, daughter of Newell SMITH and Nancy Golden FOSTER, was born on the 14 Mar 1872 in
Joseph Alexander ORR and Corrie Leath SMITH had the following children:
27 I. Leila Gertrude ORR, born Nov 1892,
28 II. Annie Mae Hughes ORR was born 29 Apr 1894,
29 IV. Fannie Bernice ORR, born ca 1896,
30 V. Bessie Truedelle ORR, born 2 Dec 1896,
31 VI. Joseph Furman ORR, born Dec 1897,
32 VII. Walter Columbus ORR, born 18 Feb 1899,
33 VIII. Mae Smith ORR, born 19 Aug 1902,
34 IX. Daniel Boone ORR, born 18 Apr 1901,
35 X. Clara Lucille ORR, born 15 Oct 1905,
36 XI. Clyde Columbus ORR, born ca 1907,
37 XII. Joseph Marion Black ORR, born 8 May 1908,
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
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
As a youngster, James S. Orr worked with the railroad bridge building gangs in
James Silas "Si" ORR and Maude Lillian HIGGINS were married on 16 Jan 1907.
Maude Lillian HIGGINS was born on 22 Aug 1887 in
James Silas ORR and Maude Lillian HIGGINS had the following child:
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
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
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,
42 II. Scottie Luvenia ORR, born 6 Jul 1915,
43 III. James Sherman ORR, born 28 Jul 1918,
44 IV. Max ORR, born 11 Dec 1920, Vardaman,
45 V. Joseph Ray ORR, born 2 Apr 1923,
46 VI. Walter Benjamin ORR, born 4 Apr 1925,
47 VII. Charles Lavert "Chuck" ORR, born 1 Oct 1929,
48 VIII. Jerrel Carley ORR, born 16 Aug 1932,
She died in 1969 at the age of 85.
Minnie Virginia ORR and George "Dock" EDINGTON were married.
He died in 1978 at the age of 92.
George EDINGTON and Minnie Virginia ORR had the following children:
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.
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
She died in 1926 at the age of 35.
Rebecca Alsamena ORR married Zed PHILPOT.
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
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
III. Dorothy ORR
IV. Billy ORR
Walter Gilky Moorhead ORR and Ethel Griffin LOVORN were also married.
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.
III. Ruth Ann ORRmarried Liles Williams and they reside in the area of
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.
She appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at
Leila Gertrude ORR and Cecil COLIE were married.
Cecil COLIE died May 16, 1969.
Bruce Whisnant writes “Aunt Gert lived in
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
She appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at
Annie Mae Hughes ORR and John Franklin JOHNSON were married on 14 Sep 1913 in
John Franklin JOHNSON was born on 2 Aug 1863. He died on 3 Oct 1939 at the age of 76 in
John Franklin JOHNSON and Annie Mae Hughes ORR had the following child:
II. Joseph JacksonJOHNSON
III. Dorothy JOHNSON
IV. Vera JOHNSON
Annie Mae Hughes Orr also married Melton Jolly.
She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
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
She appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at
Bessie Truedelle ORR and John Harley FARR were married.
John Harley FARR was born on 18 Jun 1897 in
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
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
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:
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
He appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at
He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
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
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
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.
He appeared in the census on 19 Jun 1900 at
He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
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
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
She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
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
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
Mae and William lived locally on
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
II. William McPhillips WHISNANT was born 2 Mar, 1925 in
He died on 10 Apr 1984 at the age of 82.
He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
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
Uncle Dan purchased about 57 acres in 1938 for $850 as recorded. He went to
Many stories were told about Uncle Dan coming home from
Uncle Dan returned to
Daniel Boone ORR and Louisa PORTER had the following child:
She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
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
Clara Lucille ORR marriedOliver Donald CRAWFORD had the following boys.
II. James CRAWFORD
III. Raymond CRAWFORD
IV. Marion CRAWFORD
V. Donald CRAWFORD
VI. Harold CRAWFORD
He appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
Bruce Whisnant writes “The story goes that Uncle Clyde “hobo’ed” the train north to Flat Rock in
Clyde Columbus ORR and Della Louise were married and had no children.
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
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
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.
She appeared in the census on 16 Jan 1920 at
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
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
She died on 1 Mar 1996 at the age of 82 in
Linnie Leona ORR and Aaron G. PENICK were married on 29 Aug 1931.
Aaron G. PENICK and Linnie Leona ORR had the following children:
61 II. Joseph Clyde PENICK married Martha ELROD.
III. Aaron Gross PENICK II.
She died on 20 Jul 1998 at the age of 83 in
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
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,
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
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
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
Wesson Murray BROWN Sr., son of Ruel Wesson Brown b. 1894 and Willie Lee Evans, was born on 27 Dec 1915 in
He died on 14 Apr 1968 at the age of 52 at
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
He wanted to own his own business so we moved to
Wesson Murray BROWN and Scottie Luvenia ORR had the following children:
62 I. Wesson Murray BROWN Jr., born 18 Jul 1943,
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.
He died on 17 Jul 2002 at the age of 83 in
After returning from World War II he married Harriett .
Her family owned a furniture store in
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
He died on 1 Feb 1995 at the age of 74 in
Max Orr served in the U.S. Army in
Max ORR and Haley Monet PARKER were married.
She died on 1 Aug 1986 at the age of 62 in
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:
65 II. Charlotte ORR married Dewayne STANLEY.
66 III. Benjamin Wayne ORR married Debbie.
67 IV. Perry Michael ORR.
He died on 1 Sep 1979 at the age of 56 in
Joseph Ray ORR and Marjorie were married.
Joseph Ray ORR and Marjorie had the following child:
I. Janice ORRwas not located for this project.
Uncle Ben related to me and my wife that he joined the army when he was 18. Shortly thereafter he was in
Walter Benjamin Orr fought in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and served in
Following is a recap of Walter Benjamin Orr’s Military Service.
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
Far East-Japan and
War(s): World War II, 502nd Parachute
Infantry Regiment, 101st
2nd Infantry Division
Medals, Awards: TWO Combat Infantry Badges
Helicopter Crew Chief Wings
Expert Badge, M1 Rifle
Sharpshooter Badge Carbine Rifle
TWO Bronze Stars
FOUR Good Conduct Awards
Army of Occupation,
National Defense Service
Korean United Service with TWO Stars
Korean 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!
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,
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
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
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.
He died on 30 Oct 1991 at the age of 62 in
Charles Lavert "Chuck" ORR and Nancy Irene "
Nancy Irene "Nan" EASTMAN was born on 17 Oct 1936 in Hoehenlinden in
Charles Lavert ORR and Nancy Irene EASTMAN had the following children:
69 I. Charles L. "Butch" ORR, born 1962,
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.
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 Orr currently resides in
Jerrel Carley ORR and Mary Jo ORMAN had the following children:
72 I. Donna Jo ORR, born 20 Apr 1954,
73 II. Wanda Joy ORR was born 25 Dec 1955 in
74 III. Jerry Sue ORR was born 26 Feb 1957 in
75 IV. Judy Carol ORR was born 12 Feb 1961 in
76 V. Kimberley ORR, born 17 Apr 1967,
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.
Walter Oakley EDINGTON and Virginia BRYANT were married.
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
II. George Fred CARTER was born on 28 Oct 1962. George F. Carter lives in
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
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
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:
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.
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,
Don Duane ORR and Nancy Augusta COWEN were married on 17 Apr 1971 in
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.
Joseph Clyde PENICK and Martha ELROD were married.
Wesson Murray BROWN Jr. and Patricia Ann ARMSTRONG were married on 26 May 1961 in
Wes and Pat were “sweethearts” at
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
78 I. Cheryl Lynne BROWN, born 29 Dec 1961,
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.
She died on 4 Apr 1996 at the age of 57 in
Claudette BROWN and Thomas Dee WALL Jr. were married on 6 Aug 1956 at
Claudette graduated as Valedictorian of her class at
Thomas Dee WALL Jr. was born on 29 Jun 1938 in
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
II. Leslie Lynn WALL was born on 12 Feb 1960 at
III. Russell Thomas WALL was born on 17 Feb 1964 at
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,
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
Lisa Kay ORR and Wayne WALDNER were married on 20 Apr 1985 in
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
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
Charles L. "Butch" ORR and Sharon ORTIZ were married in Jun 1985.
Sharon ORTIZ was born in
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
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
Pat has served at various marine duties and assignments attached to amphibious units, and served an overseas tour to
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
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
Mr. NEWELL and Wanda Joy ORR had the following children:
I. Paula NEWELL was born in
II. Daniel NEWELL was born in
Mr. GRIDER and Jerry Sue ORR had the following child:
I. Jeremy Burk GRINDER was born in
Jared STAMPS and Judy Carol ORR had the following children:
I. Krystle Dunn STAMPS was born in
II. Ashley Dunn STAMPS was born in
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.
Tom THORN and Kimberley ORR had the following children:
I. Joshua THORN was born in
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
Cheryl Lynne BROWN and Robert Kessler SINER were married.
Robert Kessler SINER was born on 15 Apr 1960 in
Robert Kessler SINER and Cheryl Lynne BROWN had the following children:
Cheryl Lynne BROWN and Michael HARNER were married on 25 Jun 1998 in
Michael HARNER was born on 16 Mar 1960.
Scott Murray BROWN and Tammy Lynn MARCUM were married on 31 Dec 1998 in
Tammy Lynn MARCUM was born on 1 Mar 1972.
Scott Murray BROWN and Tammy Lynn MARCUM had the following children:
Scott Murray BROWN and Lori Beth HERMAN were married on 20 Oct 2007 in
Lori Beth HERMAN was born on 17 Oct 1972.
Scott Murray BROWN and Lori Beth HERMAN had the following child:
Watkins Family History
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.
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
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
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
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
She died on 21 Nov 1957 at the age of 84.
Benjamin Franklin WATKINS and Cora Bell KILGO had the following children:
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:
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.
William Clyde WATKINS and Joseph Andrew ORR were married on 29 Aug 1912.
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,
+17 II. Scottie Luvenia ORR, born 6 Jul 1915,
+18 III. James Sherman ORR, born 28 Jul 1918,
+19 IV. Max ORR, born 11 Dec 1920, Vardaman,
+20 V. Joseph Ray ORR, born 2 Apr 1923,
+21 VI. Walter Benjamin ORR was born 4 Apr 1925,
+22 VII. Charles Lavert "Chuck" ORR, born 1 Oct 1929,
+23 VIII. Jerrel Carley ORR, born 16 Aug 1932,
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