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Orr, Campbell, Mitchell, and Shirley Families (Revised): Descendants of Paul Orr and Isabelle Boyd in Ireland and America
by Elaine L. Orr
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Paperback published 2013-07-13
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This book owes its roots to the Orr Reunion Association of Mount Vernon, Missouri. Members of that group, which has met since 1937, kept records on their earliest attendees. Thanks to them, modern family history researchers could learn even more.
From linen weavers and grain mill operators of Aghadowey Parish in Northern Ireland to the cities and plains of North America came the descendants of Paul Orr and Isabelle Boyd. While some did stay in Ireland, many came to America between 1832 and 1864, some in the mid-1880s. They worked in steel mills in Pennsylvania, helped build churches in Massachusetts and Missouri, farmed throughout the Midwest, taught school everywhere, and fought in two world wars on behalf of their country. Some died in the U.S. Army or its Air Corps, others in the RAF. The grain mills on rivers and creeks became flour companies in Missouri and they moved from one-room school houses to universities. The index of nearly 2,400+ names and many locations tells you how to find them, the stories told by their descendants bring the people to life. They began life in America in Lawrence and Jasper Counties in Missouri, Allen County, IN, and the Philadelphia, PA and Boston areas. The Ozark Prairie Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, MO is modeled after Aghadowey Presbyterian Church. Find out how family history and American progress have crossed paths for the Orrs, Campbells, Mitchells, Shirleys, and the many other families they created. The children of Paul Orr and Isabelle Boyd are: James (married Jane Reed), William (married Jennie Adams), George (married Elizabeth Brown), Martha (married John Mitchell), Ann (married Valentine Shirley), and Isabelle (married Ephraim Campbell). They lived in Aghadowey Parish, in the Townland of Rhee, not far from Coleraine in Londonderry. The Campbells also lived in Ballylaggan, and George Orr taught in Belfast for a time. Descendants have been born in, married in, lived in, or died in 49 of the 50 American states. This second edition (2013) has more family members and some updates from the 1940 U.S. Census. Some births and deaths have been added since 2013.
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