Nelson Mills Orr

Brief Life History of Nelson Mills

When Nelson Mills Orr was born on 24 August 1832, in Corinth, Orange, Vermont, United States, his father, William Orr, was 47 and his mother, Hannah Towl, was 41. He married Ada Parker on 4 December 1866, in San Joaquin, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in California, United States in 1863 and Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States in 1870. He died on 30 December 1901, at the age of 69.

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Nelson Mills Orr
Ada Parker
Marriage: 4 December 1866
Mary Edna Orr
William Travis Orr
Nelson Mills Orr
Edith Somers Orr

Sources (30)

  • N M Orr, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Nathan M. Orr, "Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908"
  • N M Orr, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

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.


Historical Boundaries: 1850: San Joaquin, California, United States

1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

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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