History of White County, Illinois. Indian Creek Township
John H. Orr, born in Pennsylvania, Washington County, Aug. 7, 1826, was a son of James and Elizabeth (Grant) Orr, natives of Pennsylvania. The father's sire was from Ireland, and settled, on landing in New York, in Lancaster, Pa. and the mother's parents were from Germany, and moved to Pennsylvania, the border of civilization at the time. James and Elizabeth Orr's family consisted of eight children- John H., Sarah (deceased in PA, Margaret (Mrs. John DeNormandy, Washington County, PA), Nancy (Mrs. Absalom B. Snyder, Washington County, PA), Elizabeth (Mrs. Joseph S. Martin, of Allen County, Kan.), William (living at Hot Springs, Ark.), Samuel H. of Kansas City.
Mr. Orr came to New Haven in the spring of 1851, where he remained some eight years. His trade being that of a joiner and carpenter, he found ready work when that place had one of its periodical times of activity. He moved to WHITE COUNTY in 1860, into INDIAN CREEK PRECINCT, where he has since resided. He married , March, 1856, Mary M. Acord, daughter of Volentine and Elizabeth (Oliver) Acord, both natives of Virginia. Their children are--and infant, born May 13, 1857, died before named;,another infant, unnamed (deceased), born June 17, 1859; John F. and Mary E. born June 18, 1860, James P., born June 29, 1862; Martha C., Jan. 15, 1864; RUTH A., Nov. 4, 1866; Joseph H. March 21, 1868; (deceased); Orpha H., Aug. 4, 1870; Florence B., born Aug. 16, 1872; Emma C., Dec 1, 1874; Sarah E., July 2, 1877;.
Mr. Orr by strict attention to business, good calculation, and honest frugality, has won for himself and family a good home and a fine farm, of which he can well be proud.
Submitted by Steve
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