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Orr Family
of South Carolina



Our earliest known Orr ancestor is Thomas Orr who was born 19 December 1782 in Bellaheayh, Armagh, Ireland, and died 03 February 1866 in Anderson County, South Carolina. He married Sarah Wilson Abt. 1814 in Anderson County, South Carolina. She was born 01 July 1796 in Georgia, and died 25 October 1865 in Anderson County, South Carolina. Thomas sailed from Ireland aboard the Lady Washington, landing in Charleston, South Carolina harbour in 1804. He had come to America to settle his Uncle William's estate (father's brother or mother's brother?) The children of Thomas and Sarah Wilson Orr are
  1. Sarah Ann Orr, b. 29 November 1815, SC
  2. Abigal Orr, b. 7 August 1817, SC
  3. Alexander Orr, b. 7 August 1817, SC
  4. James Orr, b. 14 January 1821, SC
  5. William M. Orr, b. 1 July 1822, SC
  6. John B. Orr, b. 29 February 1824, SC
  7. Mary J. Orr, b. 22 January 1826, SC
  8. Margaret C. Orr, b. 25 December 1827, SC
  9. Thomas Caswell Orr, b. 27 December 1829, SC
  10. Eliza Orr, b. 28 November 1831, SC
  11. Martha Matilda Orr, b. 16 May 1834, SC
  12. Amanda Melvina Orr, b. 02 February 1836, SC

1820 - M33/120 South Carolina Pendleton Dist. Line Page 180
Head of Household 0-10 10-16 16-18 16-26 26-45 45+ Slave 0-14 Slave 14-26 Slave 26-45 Slave 45+
Thomas ORR
MALES 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1
FEMALES 2 0 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 1

1830 - M19/173 South Carolina Anderson Line Page 163
Head of Household under 5 5 10 10 15 15 20 20 30 30 40 40 50 50 60 60 70 70 80 80 90 90 100 + 100
Thomas ORR
MALES 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
FEMALES 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1840 - M704/507 South Carolina Anderson Line Page 144
Head of Household under 5 5 10 10 15 15 20 20 30 30 40 40 50 50 60 60 70 70 80 80 90 90 100 + 100
Thomas ORR
MALES 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
FEMALES 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0


Sarah Ann Orr was born 29 November 1815 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 13 June 1897 in Bushy Creek Twp, Anderson County, South Carolina. She married Thomas Franklin Rankin 19 May 1840 in Anderson County, South Carolina. He was born 07 September 1807 in Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 04 October 1872 in Anderson County, South Carolina. They are buried in the Rankin Family Cemetery. Their children are
  1. Josephine Rankin, b. abt 1841, SC
  2. William Robertson Rankin, b. abt 1843, SC
  3. George A. Rankin, b, 14 August 1844, SC
  4. Mary T. Rankin, b. abt 1846, SC
  5. William H. Rankin, b. abt 1848, SC
  6. James C. Rankin, b. abt 1851, SC
  7. C. E. Rankin, b. abt 1852, SC
  8. Margaret A. Rankin, b. abt 1854


Abigal Orr was born 07 August 1817 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died Aft. 1860 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas. She married William Mattison Wilson,10 Abt. 1840 in Anderson County, South Carolina. He was born 15 April 1819 in Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 27 May 1859 in Anderson County, South Carolina. Abigail is buried at the Cedarmound Baptist Church Cemetery in Bells, Grayson County, Texas. (Sharon Y. Burton gives a birthdate of 14 February 1819 for Abigail) Abigail and William had these children
  1. Amanda Wilson, b. abt 1841, SC
  2. John Wilson, b. Abt. 1842, SC
  3. Isabella Wilson, b. Abt. 1844, SC
  4. Eliza Wilson, b. Abt. 1846, SC
  5. Margaret Wilson, b. Abt. 1848, SC
  6. Julia Wilson, b. Abt. 1849, SC
  7. Thomas G. Wilson, b. 12 March 1850, SC died 18 January 1858 in Anderson County, South Carolina.
  8. Matilda Wilson, b. Abt. 1854, SC
  9. William Wilson, b. Abt. 1858, SC


Alexander Orr, was born 07 August 1817 in Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 19 November 1897 in Anderson County, South Carolina. He married Malinda Couch August 1842 in Anderson County, South Carolina, daughter of John Couch and Mary Prater. She was born Abt. 1820 in Pickens County, South Carolina, and died 20 June 1890 in Anderson County, South Carolina. Children of Alexander and Malinda Couch Orr are
  1. Thomas Carson Orr, b, 07 August 1841, SC
  2. Mary Lucrecia Orr, b. 06 April 1845, SC
  3. John Lawrence Orr, b. 30 January 1847, SC
  4. Eliza Emeline Orr, b. 04 February 1849, SC
  5. William Jasper Orr, b. 11 September 1851, SC
  6. Amanda A. Orr, b. 26 May 1853, SC
  7. Margaret Celeste Orr, b. 22 February 1855, SC
  8. James Orr, b. Abt. 1857, SC
  9. Malinda Marietta Orr, b. 10 September 1859, SC
  10. Corrie Malinda Orr, b. 26 November 1861, SC
  11. H. Peter Preston Orr, b. Abt. 1863, SC

    1850 - South Carolina Anderson County Eastern Subdivision Page 281
    Lines Dwelling 608 Family 609 xxxx Date
    Name Race/Sex Age Real Estate Value Occupation Birthplace
    Alexander ORR W/M 32 $800 Farmer SC
    Malinda W/F 21 xxx xxx SC
    Thomas W/M 7 xxx xxx SC
    Mary W/F 6 xxx xxx SC


    James Orr, was born 14 January 1821 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died Aft. 1853. He married Elizabeth Abt. 1840 in Anderson County, South Carolina. She was born Abt. 1817 in South Carolina, and died Bet. 1852 - 1912. Their children are
    1. Harvey Orr, b. Abt. 1841, SC
    2. John M. Orr, b. 09 May 1844, SC
    3. William Orr, b. Abt. 1847, SC
    4. Caswell Orr, b. Abt. 1849, SC

    1850 - South Carolina Anderson County Eastern Subdivision Page 322
    Lines Dwelling 1188 Family 1189 xxxx Date
    Name Race/Sex Age Real Estate Value Occupation Birthplace
    James ORR W/M 28 $1200 Blacksmith SC
    Sarah W/F 33 xxx xxx SC
    Harry W/M 9 xxx xxx SC
    John W/M 6 xxx xxx SC
    William W/M 3 xxx xxx SC
    Caswell W/M 1 xxx xxx SC


    William M. Orr, was born 01 July 1822 in South Carolina, and died 09 February 1893 in Oconee County, South Carolina. He married (1) Jane E. Abt. 1846 in Anderson County, South Carolina. She was born Abt. 1826 in South Carolina, and died Abt. 1875 in South Carolina. He married (2) Martha V. Dodd Bef. 1879 in South Carolina, daughter of William Dodd and Sarah J.. She was born November 1860 in South Carolina, and died 30 August 1909 in Oconee County, South Carolina. The children of William and Jane Orr are
    1. Margaret Marietta Orr, b. Abt. 1847, SC
    2. John T. Orr, b. April 1850, SC
    3. Franklin P. Orr, b. Abt. 1853, SC
    4. Leonora Orr, b. Abt. 1859, SC

    The children of William and Martha Dodd Orr are
    1. Sophrone Alace Orr, b. 12 June 1879, SC
    2. James L. Orr, b. April 1881, SC
    3. Burt Mitchell Orr, b. 26 November 1882, SC
    4. Edward T. Orr, b. July 1886, SC
    5. Sloan Alfred Orr, b. 25 June 1891, SC
    6. George W. Orr, b. August 1895, SC
    7. Unknown Orr, b. ??, SC
    8. Unknown Orr, b. ??, SC

    1880 - T9/1236 South Carolina Oconee County Keowee Page 352
    Dwelling Family xxx xxx Date
    Name Relationship Race/Sex Age Married Occupation Birthplace
    William ORR Self W/M 57 M Farmer SC/IRE/GA
    Martha W. Wife W/F 19 M Keeping House SC/SC/SC
    Sophia Daughter W/F 11/12 S xxx SC/SC/SC

    1900 - T1210/ South Carolina Oconee County Keowee P.O.
    Lines Dwelling 152 Family 153 16 /18 Jun 1900 Page 71A
    Name Relshp Race/Sex Birthdate Age Marr/Chld Occup Birthplace
    Martha V. ORR Self W/F Nov 1860 39 Wd/8-6 xxx SC/SC/SC
    James Son W/M Apr 1881 19 S xxx SC/SC/SC
    Burt M. Son W/M Oct 1883 16 S xxx SC/SC/SC
    Edward T. Son W/M Jul 1886 13 S xxx SC/SC/SC
    Sloan A. Son W/M Jun 1891 08 S xxx SC/SC/SC
    George W. Son W/M Aug 1895 04 S xxx SC/SC/SC


    Burt Mitchell Orr, was born 26 November 1882 in Oconee County, South Carolina and died 28 December 1939. He married Mary Lou Brakefield after 1910 in SC. Their children are
    1. Sarah Kathryn Orr, b. abt 1918
    2. Burt Mitchell Orr, Jr.

    1920 - T625/1707 South Carolina Richland Edgewood School Dist #2 Page 182A
    Two Notch Road House # xxx Dwelling 305 Family 305 14 Jan 1920
    Edenoll P.O. Lines 34-36
    Name Reltshp Race/Sex Age Maritial Status Occupation Birthplace
    B. M. ORR Self W/M 32 M Engineer Locomotive SC/SC/SC
    Mary Wife W/F 23 M xxx SC/SC/SC
    Sarah Dau W/F 2 S xxx SC/SC/SC


    Sloan A. Orr, was born 25 Jun 1891, in Oconee County, South Carolina. We will have to wait until the 1930 South Carolina census is online for more details about him and his family. He is found on the 1920 census, enumerated with the family of Ruir B. Cannon as a boarder.

    1920 - T625/1711 South Carolina Spartanburg County Spartanburg City Page 137A
    N. Church St. House # 343 Dwelling 66 Family 86 5 Jan 1920
    Name Reltshp Race/Sex Age Maritial Status Occupation Birthplace
    Ruir B. CANNON Head W/M xxx xxx xxx xxx
    Sloan A. ORR Boarder W/M 27 S Locomotive Engineer RR SC/SC/SC


    John B. Orr was born 29 February 1824 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 25 November 1889 in Bushy Creek Twp, Anderson County, South Carolina. He is buried in the Orr-Wilson Cemetery on Hwy 81, Powdersville, SC. He married Elizabeth Ann Wilson 08 July 1844 in Anderson County, South Carolina. She was born 15 October 1820 in Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 01 January 1897 in Anderson County, South Carolina. The children of John and Elizabeth are
    1. Sarah L Orr, b. Abt. 1844, SC
    2. Martha H. Orr, b. Abt. 1846, SC
    3. Margaret A. Orr, b. Abt. 1848, SC
    4. Amanda M. Orr, b. Abt. 1851, SC
    5. Mary Jane Orr, b. Abt. 1854, SC
    6. John Thomas Orr, b. 07 January 1861, SC
    7. Estelle C. Orr, b. Abt. 1864, SC


    Mary J. Orr, was born 22 January 1826 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 08 February 1899 in Akers, Grayson County, South Carolina. She married Chesley H. Brock Abt. 1846 in Anderson County, South Carolina. He was born Abt. 1813 in Union County, South Carolina, and died Aft. 1861. The children of Chesley and Mary Orr Brock are
    1. Joseph M. Brock, b. Abt. 1847, SC
    2. Manda E. Brock, b. Abt. 1851, SC
    3. Thomas Orr Brock, b. 27 June 1855, SC
    4. Lucy C. Brock, b. Abt. 1857, SC
    5. Zasstem Brock, b. December 1859, SC


    Margaret C. Orr, was born 25 December 1827 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died Abt. 1875 in Pickens County, South Carolina. She married John Jamison Abt. 1855 in Anderson County, South Carolina. He was born Abt. 1819 in Anderson County, South Carolina, and died Aft. 1868. The children of John and Margaret Orr Jamison are
    1. Louisa A. Jamison, b. Abt. 1856, SC
    2. William S. Jamison, b. Abt. 1858, SC
    3. Estelle Jamison, b. Abt. 1862, SC
    4. John Jamison, b. Abt. 1866, SC


    Thomas Caswell Orr, was born 27 December 1829 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, he died 18 September 1918 in Luella, Grayson County, Texas. Contact Morris Orr on this family.


    Eliza Orr, was born 28 November 1831 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died Aft. 1861. She married William Couch Abt. 1850 in Anderson County, South Carolina, son of John Couch and Mary Prater. He was born Abt. 1827 in Pickens County, South Carolina, and died Aft. 1861. The children of William and Eliza Orr Couch are
    1. Franklin Mortimer Couch, b. Abt. 1851, SC
    2. Oscar Couch, b. Abt. 1852, SC
    3. Mary Melvina Couch, b. Abt. 1854, SC
    4. William W. Couch, b. Abt. 1855, SC
    5. Matilda Alice Couch, b. Abt. 1857. SC
    6. Josephine Couch, b. Abt. 1858, SC


    Martha Matilda Orr was born 16 May 1834 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina, and died 10 January 1912 in Howe, Grayson County, Texas. She married P. Franklin McKinney Abt. 1858 in South Carolina. He was born Abt. 1831 in South Carolina, and died Abt. 1864. The children of P. Franklin and Martha Orr McKinney are
    1. Sarah McKinney, b. Abt. 1858, SC
    2. Susan McKinney, b. Abt. 1860, SC


    Amanda Melvina Orr, was born 02 February 1836 in Powdersville, Anderson County, South Carolina; died 11 April in Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina. (Information found on World Family Tree Volumn 27, Tree 844)


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