I have spent the past week updating my alpha listing on Flipside. I stopped making additions the first year I blogged....2009. Back then, I figured that since I added a search engine feature, that the alpha list was obsolete. Lately, I have been looking for particular blogs to update or to grab a graphic, and I can't find them using the search engine. Other than getting the list up to date, I was able to find the "holes" in my family genealogy blogs. My maternal great great grandparents, William Morland Orr and Nancy Agnes Cannon Orr McCormick, are ancestors that I have neglected.
|From the will of Matthew's father, Joseph Orr 1857|
Nancy Agnes Cannon was born in April, 1817 probably on a farm in Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Lindsey Cannon and Elizabeth Fife Cannon. The Cannon's and the Fife's were early Columbiana County pioneers, both families relocating from Western Pennsylvania. Nancy' namesake, was her mother's sister, Nancy Agnes Fife Springer.
When Nancy was an infant, the family removed to St Clair Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. She was the youngest of three having two older known sisters. There are gaps between the known children, early in the Cannon's marriage and son, Thomas Cannon, who has no records other than he died at age twenty. Nancy had seven siblings.
|1900 photograph of Cannons Mills|
Nancy grew up in a village named for her family and the business her father ran, Cannons Mills, St Clair Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Although the village was small, Nancy would have come in contact with families coming to the mill for flour and her father was also a distributor of homemade whiskey. In townships close by lived numerous Cannon and Fife families, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Unfortunately, most records for St. Clair Township have been lost for the years before 1840. It appears that the early settlers accounts are primarily based on Steubenville Land Records and recollections and stories of family members who were alive when The History of Columbiana County, Ohio was written in 1879 by Horace Mack. Lindsey Cannon and family had left Cannons Mills between 1840-1850.
How the newly weds met is unknown; however, Nancy's Uncle Matthew Cannon owned farmland in Elkrun Township, where William's father, Joseph Orr also owned a section of land. There was also Fife family nearby.
William and Nancy settled on a farm in Elkrun Township. The Orr's welcomed their first child, Matthew Thomas Orr, on September 8, 1836. Next, two daughters joined the family; Elizabeth Orr, born 1838 and Mary A. Orr, born 1840. The girls birth years are approximates determined from census records.
|Wm M Orr|
1 male under age 5--Matthew Orr
1 male age 10-15--Unknown, perhaps a younger brother of William or Nancy or a hired farmhand
1 male age 20-30--William M. Orr
2 females under age 5--Elizabeth Orr and Mary A. Orr
1 female age 20-30--Nancy Agnes Cannon Orr
Two more daughters were born during the 1840's; Margaret C. Orr, born 1842 and Lucinda Bell Orr, born June 29, 1844. Lucinda is my maternal great grandmother.
William Morland Orr died at age thirty-five on February 11, 1849 in Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. He is buried in Carlisle Cemetery located near his father's land in Elkrun Township. There is a map below with a yellow star marking the cemetery. The photo on Find A Grave is mine and I seriously need to drive back to take better photos of all the Orr grave markers.
|1850 Ohio Federal Census|
Elkrun Township, District 25, Columbiana County
August 29, 1850
Nancy Orr was widowed at age thirty-one and had five children to raise alone. A year later it appears she is living with Jane Fife Cannon, widowed wife of Matthew Cannon, on a farm in District 25 in Elkrun Township. Jane is her aunt times two. Jane was her mother's sister and she married Nancy's paternal uncle, Matthew Cannon.
Jane Cannon, age 54, born in Pennsylvania, value of real estate owned $2,500
Nancy Orr, age 34, born in Ohio (age discrepancy)
Mathias Orr, age 14, born in Ohio, attended school
Elizabeth Orr, age 12, born in Ohio, attended school
Margaret Orr, age 8, born in Ohio, attended school
Lucinda Orr, age 6, born in Ohio, attended school
Elijah McCormick, age 27, farmer, born in Ohio
Mary A. Orr, daughter to Nancy, is enumerated with her Great Aunt Nancy Agnes Fife Springer and Great Uncle John Springer on the Springer Farm in Centre Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Mary is age 10 and attended school.
|1840 Elkrun Township|
On March 25, 1859, nineteen year old, Mary A. Orr, died. To date, the cause of death is unknown. She was buried near her father in the Carlisle Cemetery, Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.
|1860 Ohio Federal Census|
Elkrun Township, Columbiana County
June 9, 1860
|1870 Ohio Federal Census|
New Lisbon, Centre Township
June 1, 1870
Nancy and her daughter, Arabella, have relocated to the town of New Lisbon in the township to the west of Elkrun. Her son, Matthew Thomas Orr, was living there with his family. Perhaps the reason she moved there.
Nancy McCormic, age 53, keeping house, $100 in personal property
Arabell McCormac, age 19, at home, $900 in real estate.
Nancy and Arabella are living in a house. Arabella owns real estate. Either the house they are living in or perhaps she was willed property in Centre Township since her father, Elijah McCormick's family owned property in the township near New Lisbon.
Nancy's daughter, Elizabeth Orr is not enumerated with her mother. I have not been able to trace her. Either she has married or has died between 1860-1870.
November 10, 1870 brought a joyous event as Nancy's daughter, Margaret C. Orr, age twenty-eight married James F. Groomes, age thirty-four at New Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio. James was the son of James Grooms and Nancy Frederick Grooms.
Nancy's father, Lindsey Cannon, age ninety-two, died on his farm in Elkrun Township the day following Christmas, December 26, 1870. He was buried in Carlisle Cemetery, almost across the road from his property.
On September 14, 1873, Nancy's mother, Elizabeth Fife Cannon, age eighty-four, died on the Cannon farm in Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Elizabeth was buried in Carlisle Cemetery beside her husband.
During the 1870's, Nancy became the grandmother to twelve grandchildren, all living in Columbiana County, Ohio.
Lucinda and Alfred Frederick
- Albert L. Frederick--1869
- William Walter Frederick--1871
- Robert Bell Frederick--1873
- Edna May Frederick--1876
Matthew and Mary Ellen Orr
- Effie Orr--1870
- Annie Orr--1872
- Hattie Orr--1874
- Marie Orr--1876
Martha and John F. Groomes
- Addie Groomes--1871
- Myrtha Groomes--1873
- Harriet Groomes--1875
- Achsah Groomes--1878
On December 13, 1879, Matthew Thomas Orr lost his wife, Mary Ellen Smith Orr age thirty-four. Mary Ellen is enumerated in an Elkrun Township death record. She was attended to by Dr. F. P. Moore and died from dysentery. She is buried in Lisbon Cemetery, Lisbon, Centre Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.
|1880 Ohio Federal Census|
Centre Township, Columbia County
Nancy McCormick, age 64, widowed, employed as a tailoress
Arabella McCormick, age 27, at home
A new family member was welcomed into the Orr family when Matthew married Libbie Elizabeth Keck on December 18, 1880 in Columbiana County, Ohio. Elizabeth was the daughter of Charles and Dorothy Keck.
Five additional grandchildren were born in the 1880's. Nancy was now a grandmother to seventeen children.
- Martha Marie Frederick--1880 (My maternal grandmother)
- William M. Orr--1881
- Julia Orr--1883
- Frank Groomes--1885
- Della Orr--1885
A time of great sorrow and grief for Nancy came in February 1889. Her youngest child, daughter Arabella McCormick, age thirty-five, died. Arabella and her mother had lived together since her birth in 1851. I have found no death record or burial place for Arabella; however, she did have a probate record. The only family mentioned were, her mother, Nancy McCormick, her half sister, Lucinda Frederick and her half brother, Matthew Orr.
Without a 1890 census report or any documents from that decade, it is unknown where Nancy lived. Did she live alone in Lisbon or move in with one of her three children?
Seven years after losing her daughter, Arabella, Nancy lost another daughter. Margaret C. "Maggie" Groomes, age forty-four, died in1896. She is buried in Mt. Zion Evangelical Church Cemetery, Centre Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.
|1900 Pennsylvania Federal Census|
Esplen Brough, Allegheny County
June 7, 1900
- Matthew Thomas Orr 1836-1909
- Elizabeth Orr 1838-?
- Mary A. Orr 1840-1859
- Margaret C. "Maggie" Orr Groomes 1842-1896
- Lucinda "Lou" Bell Orr Frederick 1944-1909
Child of Elijah McCormick and Nancy Agnes Cannon Orr McCormick
- Arabella McCormick 1851-1889
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