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8. MATTHEW ELIJAH3 ORR (MATTHEW2, MATTHEW1) was born July 27, 1842 in Frankfort,Clinton County, Indiana16, and died September 19, 1915 in Cortez, Colorado16. He married ELIZABETH JANE SCIRCLE September 10, 1863 in Scircleville, Clinton County, Indiana17, daughter of GEORGE SCIRCLE and MALINDA RYAN. She was born April 02, 1844 in Scircleville, Clinton County, Indiana18, and died January 27, 1929 in Cortez, Montezuma County, Colorado.

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When Matthew and Elizabeth Orr were first married they ran a the store built by his father. Dale Orr had a page out of the store ledger, December 23, 1863, written in Grandfather's (Matthew Orr) handwriting and contained an account of Nathan (Uncle) giving the items and prices of the purchases.

Dale Orr told that when Matthew Elijah Orr came home from the Civil War, His mother saw him coming up the road. She went to meet him and could hardly recognize him for he had spent 6 months in Libby Prison and had one hand shot off. He was so thin he could hardly walk. He also had a bowel disease that bothered him all his life. This was contracted in prison. His mother said that was the last of her boys the war would get and sent them off to Montana.

The story was told that Matthew Elijah Orr was wounded in the hand at the Battle of Stones River, Murphreesboro, TN. on December 31, 1862. He was unconscious from loss of blood, when a farm woman found him on the battlefield. She bound up his wounds and thus saved his life. He was with General Cook's 3rd Division, under General Pap Thomas, 14 Corps. He enlisted in the Civil War, August 14, 1862, at Taylorville, Indiana. He was taken prisoner January 1, 1863, and was sent to Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia. He was discharged July, 1863.
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Children of M
  i.   DORA ALICE4 ORR, b. June 21, 186419; d. 195119; m. UNKNOWN HOWARD, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Deceased.
  Notes for DORA ALICE ORR:
As told by Dale Orr

Dora Howard had a picture of a large man seven feet - six inches, weight 450 pounds who was in the circus and was a relative.

  ii.   JACKSON ELMER ORR, b. December 22, 186520; d. July 192520.
  iii.   HARRIET ANN ORR, b. April 06, 186920; d. July 11, 191520.
  iv.   ADDIE BOWMAN ORR, b. 187121; d. 1942, Cortez, Colorado21.
  v.   ADDIE MINA ORR, b. March 27, 187121,22; d. 1945, Cortez, Colorado23; m. GEORGE BOWMAN, Unknown; b. Unknown; d. Deceased.
  vi.   WILLIE PIERCE ORR, b. April 30, 187424; d. Abt. 189024.
21. vii.   RUTH LUCY ROSABELLE ORR, b. November 16, 1879, Ohio; d. October 19, 1949, Los Angeles, California.
  viii.   CECIL JOHN ORR, b. Aft. 188125; d. Deceased.
22. ix.   DORSEY CLEVELAND ORR, b. May 17, 1884, Platt County, Kansas; d. March 15, 1927, Pueblo, Colorado.

9. CURRAN3 ORR (MATTHEW2, MATTHEW1) was born December 13, 1843 in Johnson Township, Clinton County, Indiana26, and died June 28, 1920 in Kempton, Clinton County, Indiana26. He married CAROLINE SCIRCLE October 25, 1868 in Clinton County, Indiana26, daughter of GEORGE SCIRCLE and MALINDA RYAN. She was born June 05, 1848 in Clinton County, Indiana26, and died January 19, 1926 in Gaylor, Clinton County, Indiana26.

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Information in this section is credited to Bob Orr:

Ref: A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone and Clinton Counties, IN, Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Prominent and Representative Citizens, together with Biographies and Portraits of all the President of the United States, and Biographies of the Governors of Indiana, Chicago, A. W. Bowen & Co., 1895, pg. 819.

Curran Orr, an enterprising farmer, was born in Johnson township, Clinton county, IN, December 13, 1843, and here he still resides. His grandfather, Matthew Orr, came from Scotland and settled in the state of New York. He was a stonecutter by trade, and became quite wealthy. He married Mary Eagles, and the two passed a great portion of their lives in Coshocton county, OH. Matthew Orr, father of our subject, and son of the above, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, and at eleven years began the life of a drover, which he followed till grown. Later he engaged in canal boating. He came to Clinton county, IN, in 1839, when this was a wilderness, and accumulated considerable property, owning, at his death, 1,245 acres of Johnson township land. He could have purchased LaFayette and all it included, when he first came, for $300. He was a Jackson democrat, and held the first trusteeship of Johnson township. He married Armina Shaw, daughter of Elijah Shaw, and to this union were born the following children: Jerry, Nathan, Thomas, James Matthew, Curran, Alford, George, Catherine E., Julia A., Mary J., William H. and John S. The death of the father took place March 20, 1870, but the mother is still living on the old home farm at the age of nearly eighty years.

Curran Orr has been a farmer all his life and now owns 100 acres of very fertile land. He is democratic in politics in his political proclivities, and he and wife are members of the Methodist church. He married Caroline Scircle, daughter of George A. and Malinda (Ryan) Scircle. Her father was one of the first to settle on Indian Prairie in Johnson township, and was a large land owner and prominent citizen, after whom Scircleville was named. James Ryan, Mrs. Orr's maternal grandfather, was a soldier in the war of 1812. The children of Curran Orr and wife were born in the following order; James M., Della, Minnie C., Jennie, Adam C., and Eve S.; of these, James has taught school five years in Johnson township, Della has taught three winter schools and a number of summer schools, and both hold high rank in the profession. Both the Orr and Scircle families have always held high positions in the social circles of Johnson and surrounding townships, and the younger generation gives fair promise of upholding the credit of the family name.

Ref: 29 Jun. 1920, Frankfort Crescent News, Frankfort, IN, pg. 6
-- Curran Orr, who resided in the east end of the county, north of Kempton, died Monday morning at the age of 75 years.

Mr. Orr, fell and broke one of his legs several months ago and while recovering sustained a refractor of the same leg. His death was caused by complications that arose subsequent to the last accident.

He leaves many surviving relatives in the Kempton neighborhood as well as scores of friends and acquaintances.

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Clinton County, Indiana Index to Marriage Records L-Z Book 1 Vol 2 1852-1905:
Curran Orr md Carolina SOIROLE

Information in this section is credited to Bob Orr:

Ref: 21 Jan. 1926, Frankfort Times, Frankfort, IN, pg. 1 -- Aged Woman Died After Illness of Only A Few Days -- Mrs. Carolina Orr Suffers Complications After Being Overcome by Gas -- After fighting for her life for one week, Mrs. Carolina Orr, well known and highly esteemed woman residing in the Gaylor neighborhood three miles southeast of Scircleville died at 9:25 o'clock Tuesday night. Death resulted from pneumonia following being overcome by coal gas from a heating stove.

One week ago Wednesday morning, Mrs. Orr was found in an unconscious condition in her home and since at that time, although under constant medical attention, she failed to rally.

She recovered to a certain extent from the effects of the coal gas but pneumonia developed and resulted in her death. The members of her family were at the bedside when death came.

Carolina Orr, a daughter of Adam and Malinda Scircle, early pioneers of the county, was a native of Clinton county and was born south of Scircleville, June 5, 1848, and at the time of her death was past 77 years of age. All her life was spent within the vicinity of her birth. Entering into young womanhood she was (united in marriage to Curran Orr?), also a native of the county. They were married October 25, 1868.

Mr. Orr died June 29, 1920. Three children, two daughters and a son also preceded the mother in death.

She is survived by two daughters and one son, James Orr, of Los Angeles, CA; Mrs. Charles McQuinn, of near Scircleville, and Mrs. Asa Crail, of Kempton. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Orr of Cortez, CO and by two brothers, William Scircle, of Scircleville, and J. R. Scircle of Michigantown.

Mrs. Orr had for many years been a member of the Salem M. P. church, a member of the Aid Society of the church and was known as a true Christian woman and was beloved and held in high esteem by a wide acquaintance of friends. The esteem in which she was held was best attested by the countless friends who called to aid in any manner they could during her illness.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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  i.   JAMES M.4 ORR, b. Abt. 187026; d. Deceased.
  Notes for JAMES M. ORR:
James M. Orr taught at least five years in Johnson Township. He held high rank in the profession.

  ii.   DELLA ORR, b. December 20, 187226; d. January 19, 1903, Colorado26; m. FRANK KELLY, October 04, 1899, Clinton County, Indiana26; b. Unknown; d. Deceased.
  Notes for DELLA ORR:
Della taught at least three winter schools and number of summer schools. She had high rank in the profession.

  iii.   MINNIE CAREY ORR, b. Abt. 187626; d. Deceased; m. WILLIS CAYLOR, May 23, 1898, Clinton County, Indiana; b. Unknown; d. Deceased.
  iv.   JANE ORR, b. Abt. 187826; d. Deceased; m. CHARLES E. MCQUINN, December 24, 1900, Clinton County, Indiana; b. Unknown; d. Deceased.
  v.   EVE STELLA ORR, b. Abt. 188526; d. Abt. 196826; m. ASA T. CRAIL, October 14, 1903, Clinton County, Indiana; b. Abt. 187026; d. Abt. 194226.
  vi.   GEORGE ADAM ORR, b. Unknown; d. Deceased.

10. GEORGE E.3 ORR (MATTHEW2, MATTHEW1) was born 1848 in Clinton County, Indiana27, and died 1931 in Ford, Dinwiddie County, Virginia28. He married MARGERET ANN WELSHONS January 25, 1872 in Clinton County, Indiana28, daughter of DANIEL WELSHONS and TAMER OVERMAN. She was born August 26, 1853 in Tipton County, Indiana28, and died January 1928 in Ford, Dinwiddie County, Virginia29.

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Information in this section is credited to Bob Orr:

Ref: 26 Jan. 1928, Frankfort Times, Frankfort, IN, pg. 1
-- Mrs. Fred Spencer and Mrs. Frank Goggard, of Kempton, received word Monday of the death of their sister, Mrs. George Orr, at Churchroad, VA. Mrs. Orr has been in poor health for some time but her condition was not considered serious until the last few days. The immediate cause of her death was heart complications.

Mr. and Mrs. George Orr formerly resided in the Kempton and Scircleville communities and will be remembered by many of the older people in those places. They removed to Virginia in 1894 and resided since that time near Churchroad.

Children of G
23. i.   ELLIOTT HEBRON4 ORR, b. February 08, 1888, Virginia; d. 1959, Colonial Heights, Virginia.
24. ii.   MARIAM OLTA ORR, b. October 06, 1889, Clinton County, Indiana; d. January 09, 1966, Richmond, Virginia.
25. iii.   ETHELL ORR, b. November 14, 1891, Clinton County, Indiana; d. December 1976, Amelia County, Virginia.

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