Mary Polly Orr

February 1795–9 June 1881 (Age 86)
Maury, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Mary Polly

When Mary Polly Orr was born in February 1795, in Maury, Tennessee, United States, her father, William Orr, was 34 and her mother, Caty Walker, was 30. She married John Kerr on 14 August 1810, in Maury City, Crockett, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Fifth District, Marion, Tennessee, United States in 1860. She died on 9 June 1881, in Celina, Collin, Texas, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Scott Cemetery, McKinney, Collin, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Kerr
Mary Polly Orr
Marriage: 14 August 1810
Green Williamson Kerr
Samuel Kerr
Elizabeth A Kerr
William Brown Kerr
Mitchell Kerr
Catherine Malinda Carr ( Kerr)
James Orr Kerr
Nancy Jane Kerr
John Whitfield Kerr

Spouse and Children

14 August 1810
Maury City, Crockett, Tennessee, United States


    Green Williamson Kerr


    Catherine Malinda Carr ( Kerr)


    James Orr Kerr



    Nancy Jane Kerr


+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1796 · Tennessee Becomes a State

Age 1

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 5

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 24

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 Northern English, Scottish, and northern Irish: from the Old Norse byname Orri ‘blackcock’ (the male black grouse).2 Scottish: nickname for someone with a sallow complexion, from Gaelic odhar ‘pale’, ‘dun’.3 English: topographic name for someone who lived on a shore or ridge, from Old English ōra ‘shore’, ‘hill-slope’, ‘flat-topped ridge’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word ( see Ore ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Kerr in household of John Kerr, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Keer in household of Jas O Keer, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Polly Kerr in household of John Kerr, "United States Census, 1850"

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