Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Joseph Orr

My maternal great great great grandfather, Joseph Orr, is buried under the shade of a very old and sprawling tree in Carlisle Cemetery, Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. He is at one end of a row of Orr tombstones. Joseph, his wife Jane, son Franklin Orr, son William Morlan Orr, granddaughter Mary A.Orr and two grandsons killed in the Civil War, Benjamin F. Orr and Joseph F Orr.

Joseph Orr was born in Ireland on December 15, 1788 and died in Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio on October 26 1857.

Joseph and Jane raised twelve children. Joseph's first Columbiana County, Ohio records show the family living in Lisbon, Centre Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Joseph was employed as the town tailor. By 1826 the Orr's moved one township over to Elkrun, where Joseph owned property in Section 30 and 31 and a portion in Section 19. He was enumerated as a farmer in 1830 and 1840. In 1850, his last census, Joseph is running a hotel in Elkrun.

Joseph was elected to a one year term as a trustee in Elkrun Township. His wife Jane died on December 28, 1847 and Joseph had two unsuccessful and marriages in 1849 to Elizabeth Bowman and in 1850 to Elizabeth Cushman. His third marrige to Elizabeth Cushman ended in divorce a month before he died.

© 2010, copyright Linda Hughes Hiser

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