Isabella Orr

22 August 1835–15 August 1915 (Age 79)
Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Isabella

When Isabella Orr was born on 22 August 1835, in Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Orr Sr, was 32 and her mother, Catharine Jackson, was 31. She married Isaac Nelson Russell on 24 December 1860, in Danville, Contra Costa, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Contra Costa, California, United States in 1880 and Danville, Contra Costa, California, United States in 1900. She died on 15 August 1915, in San Francisco, California, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Isaac Nelson Russell
Isabella Orr
Marriage: 24 December 1860
Mary Catherine Russell
George Orrin Russell
Thomas Alonzo Russell
William Henry Russell
Louella Orr Russell
Nina Bell Russell

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 December 1860Danville, Contra Costa, California, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 4
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    Age 8
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 21
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    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.

    Sources (20)

    • Isabella Orr in household of Thomas Orr, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Isabella Orr in household of Thomas Orr, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Isobel Orr, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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