Elijah Orr

1814–1891 (Age 77)
Harrison, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Elijah

When Elijah Orr was born on 9 July 1814, in Harrison, Kentucky, United States, his father, James Fenton Orr, was 35 and his mother, Katherine Eleanor "Kitty" Williams, was 35. He married Elizabeth Ann Utterback on 23 November 1839. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Anderson, Kentucky, United States in 1850 and Jackson Township, Shelby, Missouri, United States in 1880. In 1848, at the age of 33, his occupation is listed as appointed as postmaster in Camdenville, Anderson, Kentucky, United States. He died on 27 December 1891, in Shelby, Missouri, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Hunnewell, Shelby, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elijah Orr
Elizabeth Ann Utterback
Marriage: 23 November 1839
Samuel Orr
Martha Susan Orr
Landon Orr
Mary Cathrine Orr
James Henry Orr
John Orr
Joshua Orr
William Stevens Orr

Spouse and Children

23 November 1839


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Fenton Orr


    Katherine Eleanor "Kitty" Williams




    Mary Orr


    John Orr


    Eleanor Orr


    Daniel Williams Orr



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World Events (8)

1818 · Jackson Purchase

Age 4

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

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. 
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 22

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

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)

  • Elija Orr, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Elijah Orr, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Elijah Orr, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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