Mary Polly Orr

FemaleFebruary 1795–9 June 1881

Brief Life History 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 Civil District 5, 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

Sources (18)

  • Mary Kerr in household of John Kerr, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Polly Orr, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Mary Orr Kerr, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 August 1810Maury City, Crockett, Tennessee, United States
  • Children (11)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

    +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

    English: from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Orre (Old Norse Orri, originally a byname meaning ‘black grouse’).

    Scottish (southwestern): nickname from Scottish Gaelic odhar ‘dun, of sallow complexion’. This surname is also common in Ireland. It was brought to Ulster from Scotland in the 17th century.

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

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