Orr, Campbell, Mitchell, and Shirley Families

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About the author:
Elaine L. Orr has been doing research on the Orrs and related families since 1994. Soon after that, as a regular attendee at annual Orr Reunions in Mount Vernon, Missouri, she began collecting material from cousins in the U.S. and Ireland. A career in the public and private sectors provided the skills to compile and analyze information on the literally thousands of descendants. A couple decades writing fiction helped pull together the disparate stories of this diverse family. The stories are true, but an interest in creating characters helped put the stories on the page. Elaine was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland. She moved to the Midwest in the mid-1990s and met her husband in a writers' group in an Iowa library.

Orr, Campbell, Mitchell, and Shirley Families

Descendants of Paul Orr and Isabelle Boyd in Ireland and America

Authored by Elaine L. Orr

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.

Publication Date:
1463595301 / 9781463595302
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
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Reference / Genealogy

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