The Orr Family
An historical and photographic perspective

Samuel Orr & Agnes Littlewood | Samuel Orr & Elizabeth McCall | Christina Orr & John Waugh

From Scotland to the Coal Mines of Montana

Ancestry Chart
Index of Official Parish Registries and Statutory Registries for Births, Marriages and Deaths

The Waugh Family Library

72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C. (34 MB)
Canada's Hundred Days, With the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons, by JFB Livesay, 1919 (41 MB)
Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919, by Colonel G.W.L. Nicholson, C.D., 1962 (34 MB)
Five Typical Scotch Irish Families of the Cumberland Valley, Mary Craig Shoemaker, 1922 (4 MB)
Ulster Pedigrees, Descendants of James Orr and Jane McClement, Ray A. Jones, 1977 (54 MB)

 

The Plantation of East Ulster

"The first recorded evidence of the Orrs in Ireland..."

From Five Typical Scotch Irish Families of the Cumberland Valley
From Five Typical Scotch Irish Families of the Cumberland Valley (4 MB)

James Orr born around 1580
From Ulster Pedigrees, Descendants of James Orr and Jane McClement, Ray A. Jones, 1977 (54 MB)

James Orr (1580) had two son James and Patrick. Gawin Orr remarks that Patrick and his descendants migrated to Armagh and Donegal and regrettably gives no details of that branch.

Orr in the Plantation

The earliest Orr found in Ireland is that of Richard Orr of Clontarf who died ca 1563. Whether he was of Scots origin or otherwise can only be conjecture, however there are no doubts about James Orr and Margaret McClement, from Ayrshire, who settled in Co Down in 1607 as part of the Montgomery settlement. It is highly probable that there were a number of Scottish Orrs in the early influx of new settlers under the Plantation although documentation is quite another thing. There is one Orr listed in the early `denizens` (a form of naturalisation so that they could legally hold title to the lands granted to them) this being James Orr, of Raphoe in County Donegal who was granted denization 20 November 1617. It is probable that this Orr originated from either Ayrshire or Galloway. It was from these regions that the Scots settlers in the County Donegal baronies of Boylagh and Banagh, and Portlough, originated. There was a Thomas Orr in East Inishowen and a Donnell Orr in Raphoe in the 1630 Muster. By the time of the Hearth Tax Rolls in 1665 there were quite a few Orr families - William Orr in Conleigh; John and William Orr in Letterkenny; John Orr in Castlefin; Alexander Orr in Beltany and Joseph Orr in Drumay. Robert Bell in his "Book of Ulster Surnames" says that there were settler families in Co Tyrone in 1655. The Hearth Money Rolls and Poll Tax Returns for Co Antrim 1660 - 1669 show a reasonably well off William Orr in Antrim Town with 2 hearth taxes (ie he probably had a house with two fire places) in 1666 and 1669. In the Parish of Raloo in 1669 there was a Robert Orr (townland of Ballyrickard More) and a Widow Orr (townland of Ballywillin). In the Parish of Ballymoney there was a Pat Ore (townland of Ballymoney) in both 1666 and 1669 Hearth Money Rolls. In the Parish of Dunluce a John Orr (townland of Ballybogy) in 1669. In the Parish of Larne John Oure (townland of Larne Parish & Town) in 1669. In the Parish of Ballinderry John Orr (townland of The New Park) in 1669.

- from The Plantation Scheme 1610 - 1630

There was a William Orr living in the Parish of Mullaghbrack, Armagh in the Flax Grower Roster for County Armagh in 1796 and a William Hadden living in the neighbouring Parish of Ballymore.

See also:

Notes to The Scotch-Irish or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America, Vol. I. Chapter XXXIII
East Ulster 1606 - The Private Enterprise of Hamilton & Montgomery
The Montgomery Plantation in County Down
The Settlement Story
Ulster-Scots Biographies

See also Ulster Scots

 

Samuel Orr &

Agnes Littlewood
Born: about 1815 Born: about 1820
Place: Ireland Place: Ballylean, Armagh, Ireland
Married: about 1838
Place: Ireland
Died: October 29, 1866 Died: April 2, 1882
Place: 40 Johnston St, Airdrie, Lanarkshire Place: Plains, New Monkland, Lanarkshire
Buried: Buried:

Thomas Orr & Isabella Adams | Samuel Orr & Elizabeth McCall
Margaret Orr & Samuel Bell | Agnes Orr & David McKee | Elizabeth Orr & John McCartney

DNA: Jeff Waugh has an ancestry.com dna match with "kendrickwatson" through Agnes Orr and Henry Rae to Samuel Orr and Elizabeth McCall. Jeff also has one to "oregonken" who goes back through Samuel Orr's brother Thomas to Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood. We have an Ancestry.com DNA match (3rd cousins) with Alan Keene (son of Arlo Thomson Keene and Leona Margaret Bell)  with common ancestors of Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood. Jeff also has an Ancestry.com DNA match with Jerilyn Meidinger who goes back to Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood through Alice Becklen and Richard Hurtt and Agnes Orr and David McKee. We also have an Ancestry.com DNA match with Mark Bertelsen who goes through John Rae and Evelynn Carter to Agnes Orr and Henry McIntosh Rae and Samuel Orr and Elizabeth McCall. We also have an Ancestry.com DNA match with J.G. who goes back through Margaret Orr and Samuel Bell to Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood.

Agnes Littlewood's parents were Samuel Littlewood and Mary Ann Hadden of the Parish of Mullaghbrack in Markethill, Lower Fews, County Armagh, Ireland. Samuel Orr's father was John Orr (no other information) and his mother is unknown at this time. John Orr and his wife had at least three children: David Orr (born about 1811 in Ireland), Samuel Orr (born about 1816 in Ireland) and Sarah Orr (?) (born about 1816 in Ireland). - Glenda Waugh John Orr may also have had a daughter Jane (born between 1794-1801) who married William Freckleton in Keady Parish, Armagh, Ireland, about 1818.

David Orr & Jane Siller

David Orr married Jane Siller about 1826. They had at least five children: Annie (baptized April 8, 1828); Thomas (baptized April 18, 1830);  James (baptized Jan 13, 1833); Robert (baptized June 21, 1835);  and Nancy (born Sept 30, 1839); all in Keady Parish, County Armagh. - Glenda Waugh & Mission Journal of John Orr Freckleton & 1841 Scotland Census

Thomas Orr & Elizabeth Little

 

Keady Parish is bordered on the south by the Parish of Newtownhamiltion

 

Samuel Orr & Agnes Littlewood

Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood were probably married in Ireland sometime before 1840. Their son Thomas was born Nov 8, 1837, in Clarkesbridge (Newtownhamilton) in the Barony of Upper Fews, Armagh, Ireland. Clarkesbridge is set in rural South Armagh on the border with Co. Monaghan. First Newtownhamilton was founded in 1781. Clarkesbridge was established as a Secession congregation in 1791. The union of the congregations took place in 1888 - from MyLocalTown.info.

Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood had seven children: Thomas Orr (born Nov 8, 1837, in Clarkesbridge), Samuel Orr (born February 15, 1842, in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland), Margaret Orr (born May 2, 1846), Mary Jane (born 1849), Agnes (born June 24, 1853), Elizabeth (born April 8, 1856), and David (born June 24, 1860).

Children Born Place Died Place
Thomas Nov 8, 1837 Clarkesbridge, Armagh, Ireland Nov 25, 1897 (MI) Belt, Montana
SAMUEL February 15, 1842
(1901 Canada Census)
Airdrie, Lanarkshire May 25, 1909 Chestnut, Montana
Margaret May 2, 1846 (?) Druisgolch, Airdrie (?) 1908 Gallatin Co., Montana
Mary Jane 1849 (?) New Monkland, Lanarkshire before 1861  
Agnes June 24, 1853 (?) Ballochney, Lanarkshire Dec 21, 1911 Bozeman, Montana
Elizabeth April 8, 1856 Airdrie, Lanarkshire 1884-1898 Montana
David June 24, 1860 Airdrie, Lanarkshire Dec 9, 1861 Johnston St.,  Airdrie, Lanarkshire

David died from "chin cough" or whooping cough.

Plains has its origins in the growth of the mining industry.  The men of Whiterigg, Meadowhead, Ballochney, Arden and Stanrigg all working in the pits... In the early 1860's the population of Plains was just over 200 people.  The town grew in tandem with the area's mining industry. 

Flax was grown on many local farms and the town became a well-established centre of woollen and linen fabrics. The population of the town continued to grow from 2,745 in 1801 to 4,860 in 1821 which was the year Airdrie was created an Independent Burgh. The expansion of the coal and iron industries led to a demand for machinery and tools and Airdrie became important for engineering works and the population climbed to 13,488 in 1871...

The growth in population was not due to high birthrate, but instead due to an influx of residents from the Highlands and predominantly Ireland. This followed the potato famine of the mid 1840s and also reflected the change from cottage industry to heavy industry in the area. Most of the Irish immigrant population were involved with mining and labouring. This led to an increase in ironwork foundries around the area. Because of this explosion in industry, railway links were soon established (circa 1830) and by 1862, the Airdrie and Bathgate Junction Railway provided a direct link to Edinburgh with Airdrie South Station providing the starting point for trains to Glasgow.

From http://www.monklands.co.uk/airdrie/index.htm

 

1841 ..........

1841 Scotland Census - Robertson's Town, Clarkston, Lanarkshire
Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood living with Samuel's older brother David Orr and Jane Siller (b. Ireland) and their family (all born in Ireland)

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 25
Estimated birth year: abt 1816
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
   
Civil parish: Clarkston
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Robertsons Town
Occupation: Iron Drawer
Parish Number: 651
Household Members:
Name Age
David Orr 30
Jane Orr 25
Thomas Orr 10
James Orr 7
Robert Orr 4
Nancy Orr 2
Thomas Mcgowan 20
Sarrah Mcgowan 25
Arthur Mcgowan 1
Samuel Orr 25
Agness Orr 25
Thomas Orr 4

Source Citation: Parish: Clarkston; ED: 2b; Page:  6; Line: 630; Roll   ; Year: 1841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: 1841 Scotland Census. Edinburgh, Scotland: General Register Office for Scotland. Reels 1-151. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1841 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 6 June 1841. The following information was requested: name, age, gender, profession, and birthplace.

The ages of David and Jane are probably incorrect considering the stated ages of the children and the Keady Parish records. Is Sarrah Mcgowan Sarah Orr? One family tree on ancestry.com thinks so...

There is a Thomas McGowan listed on the 1815-1819 Freeholders Record for Ballylean, Ireland, along with Samuel Littlewood. That Thomas McGowan may be the father of this Thomas McGowan. David, Jane, Thomas, James, Robert and Nancy were all born in Ireland, as were Thomas McGowan and Sarah (Orr?) McGowan and 4 year old Thomas Orr. It would appear that the Orrs emigrated from Ireland about 1840.

Map showing Airdrie, Clerkston and Colliertree, John Thomson's Atlas of Scotland, 1832
Map showing Airdrie, Clerkston and Colliertree, John Thomson's Atlas of Scotland, 1832

 

1842 ..........

Mobbing and Rioting At Airdrie

John Harper, collier, James Rice, collier, William Graham, miner or collier, William Herbertson and Hugh Herbertson, miners or colliers, and John Overin, were charged with the crimes of mobbing and rioting for the purpose of obstructing and deforcing officers of the law in the execution of their duty, in having, on the night of Thursday 22nd of September last, assembled opposite the house of Frederick Cowperthwaite, innkeeper, Stirling Street, Airdrie, in which was William Brown, messenger-at-arms, having in custody five of the workmen at Ballochray Colliery, for the purpose of riotously and tumultuously rescuing, by the aid of the mob then and there assembled, the said prisoners, from. the hands of the said William Brown, and in having in a riotous and tumultuous manner, and in breach of the peace, invaded the said house, and with large stones and other heavy missiles, and with a log of wood, destroyed the door and windows of the house, and demolished and destroyed, or taken away, in a lawless, theftuous, and masterful manner, great part of the furniture, and large quantities of spirits, wines, &c., which belonged to the said Frederick Cowperthwaite, and with having attempted to set fire to the said house, by throwing large quantities of hay, straw, and other combustibles into the passage of the house, for the purpose of igniting the same; by all which riotous conduct, continued for the space of three hours, the said mob succeeded in liberating the prisoners from the custody of the said William Brown and his assistants—the prisoners being all and each of them actively engaged aiding and abetting the said mob in these unlawful acts.

All the prisoners pleaded Not Guilty. The diet against Hugh Herbertson was deserted in the meantime, owing to the absence of a witness. Mr Montgomery, for the prisoners, objected to the expression theftuouslv in the indictment, which neither stated nor contemplated a charge of theft. The Lord Advocate not objecting to this, the word was omitted.

A great number of witnesses were examined by the Crown. It was clearly proved that a most serious riot and destruction of property took place on the occasion libelled; and certain prisoners, who were miners, and in the custody of the police, were forcibly liberated by the mob. Exculpatory witnesses were examined at length, on the part of William Herbertson, by Mr Shand. Counsel on both sides having addressed the jury, the Lord Justice-Clerk summed up the evidence ; and the jury, after retiring for a quarter of an hour, returned a verdict of guilty against all the prisoners, recommending Graham and Herbertson to the leniency of the court. Sentence – Harper, Rice, and Overin transportation for seven years, Graham and Herbertson imprisonment for fifteen months.

The prisoners were then removed from the bar.

Counsel for Harper and Rice, Mr M'Duff Rhind. For Graham and Overin, Mr J. M. Montgomery. G. Cotton, S.S.C., agent. For Wm. Herbertson, Mr Charles Shand, J. Marshall, S.S.C., agent.

[Scotsman 23 November 1842]

 

1846 ..........

A topographical dictionary of Scotland Samuel Lewis, 1846
http://www.scottishmining.co.uk/7.html

Airdrie, a burgh and market-town, in the parish of New, or East Monkland, Middle ward of the county of Lanark, 32 1/2 miles (W. by S.) from Edinburgh; containing 12,418 inhabitants, and comprising the late quoad sacra parishes of High Church, and East, South, and West Airdrie, in which are respectively 1983, 2556, 4666, and 3213 persons. This place, which is comparatively of recent origin, is advantageously situated on the road from Glasgow to Edinburgh, and appears to have been indebted for its rise to the numerous mines of coal and ironstone with which the parish and adjoining district abound, and which, within the last half century, have been wrought with increased assiduity and profit. Its situation within a moderate distance of the capital and other principal towns, with which it has facility of intercourse, by means of the Monkland canal, and good turnpike-roads, has rendered it important as a place of trade, and as the residence of numerous persons engaged in collieries and mines; and it is rapidly increasing in population and prosperity. The town is regularly built; the houses are of neat appearance, and the streets are well paved, lighted with gas, and watched, under the provisions of an act of 1 and 2 Geo. IV. A theatre, likewise, is supported by the inhabitants. The principal trade carried on in the town, is that of weaving, in which many persons are employed; and a large cotton factory has been recently established, which affords constant occupation to a large number, in spinning, carding, and other branches of the manufacture. There are a tan-work, brewery, and extensive distillery. The Monkland canal, passing by the town, affords ready communication with Glasgow, to which place coal is likewise forwarded by the Ballochney railroad, which joins those of Kirkintilloch and Garnkirk; and great quantities of coal and mineral produce are also conveyed to the Clyde and Forth canal, whence they are forwarded, eastward to Edinburgh, and westward to Greenock. The market, which is well supplied, and numerously attended, is on Thursday; and fairs, chiefly for cattle, are held generally about the end of May and the middle of November.

The town was erected into a burgh of barony by act of the 1st and 2nd of Geo. IV., by which the government was vested in a provost, three bailies, a treasurer, and seven councillors, assisted by a town-clerk and other officers. The provost and bailies are elected from the council, by a majority of the burgesses and other inhabitants possessing the elective franchise; the former, with two of the bailies, annually, the third bailie retaining office for two years. The town-clerk is chosen annually, by the proprietor of the Rochsolloch estate, but is subject to the controul of the magistrates and council; and the provost and bailies are justices of the peace within the burgh, in which, however, the county magistrates have concurrent jurisdiction. The bailies hold courts monthly, for the recovery of debts under 40s. The burgh unites with those of Lanark, Hamilton, Falkirk, and Linlithgow, in returning one member to the imperial parliament; the right of election is vested in the resident burgesses and £10 householders, and the provost is the returning officer. The town-hall, recently erected, is a neat edifice, comprising also a police office, and a small prison for the temporary confinement of offenders previously to their committal by the county magistrates. There is also a public building called the Masons' Hall, which is connected with the trade of the town. The ecclesiastical affairs are under the controul of the presbytery of Hamilton and synod of Glasgow and Ayr: the parochial church of East Airdrie, which contains 631 sittings, was erected, as a chapel of ease, in 1797; and a new church for West Airdrie, having 1200 sittings, was built by subscription, in 1835, at a cost of £2370. The stipend of the minister of the former is £120, derived solely from seat-rents; and that of the minister of the latter, £105, derived from seat-rents and collections. There are also two places of worship for South Airdrie and High Church, a town school, and meeting-houses for members of the Free Church, Independents, Roman Catholics, the United Secession, and other congregations.

 

Rules and Regulations for the Grange Colliery
Rules and Regulations for the Grange Colliery, March, 1847

 

1851 ..........

In the 1851 Census, Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood were living at Colliertree, New Monkland, Lanarkshire, on the outskirts of Airdrie, with their four children and a James Reid. Samuel Orr Sr.'s occupation was listed as "Coal Miner". Samuel Littlewood, his son Joseph and his wife Ann and their son Samuel were living at  55 Clark Street in Airdrie. Samuel Littlewood's occupation was transcribed as "Said to Law Weaver".

 1851 Scotland Census - Airdrie, New Monkland
Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood and family

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 35
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1816
Relationship: Head
Spouse's Name: Agnes
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Parish Number: 651
Civil Parish: New Monkland
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Colliertree
Occupation: Coal Miner
ED: 16
Household schedule number: 45
Line: 1
Roll: CSSCT1851_170
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 35
Agnes Orr 30
Thomas Orr 13
Samuel Orr 9
Margaret Orr 6
Mary Jane Orr 1
James Reid 22

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland; ED: 16; Page: 1; Line: 12; Roll: 304; Year: 1851. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1851 Scotland Census. Reels 1-217. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1851 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 30/31 March 1851. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Map showing location of Colliertree and Clarkston, on the outskirts of Airdrie, c 1851
Map showing location of Colliertree and Clarkston, on the outskirts of Airdrie, c 1851

 

1853 ..........

17 March 1853

Culpable Homicide - Robert Scott, a pitheadman at Rawyards, New Monkland, was charged with having, on the 17th March last, at No. 3 Pit, at Airdriehill, wickedly and feloniously attacked and assaulted the now deceased Michael Bamrick; and did, with a hammer, strike him one or more blows about the head, and did otherwise maltreat and abuse him so that his skull was fractured, in consequence of which the said Michael Bamrick died on the 18th day of April thereafter. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and the case went to trial. Mr. Moncrieff appeared for the defence. From the evidence it appeared that on the day libelled, in consequence of a previous difference, a number of men had gone to the pit in question, followed by a crowd from the contiguous village of Whiterigg, and quarrelled with the coal trimmers employed at the pithead, and a fight ensued between several of the opposing parties, in which the Whiterigg men were seen to use a shovel, a bar of iron, and to throw missiles. Scott, the pitheadman, interfered to stop the fight, and forcibly took one of the pitheadmen who was under his charge out of the melee. The Whiterigg men then attacked Scott, and one of them struck him on the back of the head with the flat portion of a shovel, and three men were in the act of following him up to renew the assault, when Scott seized a hammer that lay within his reach on the boiler scat, and, the men having closed in on him, he struck one of them named Michael Bamrick on the head with the hammer, inflicting the injury which caused his death. The trial occupied five hours; after which the Advocate-Depute spoke at considerable length, asking for a conviction. Sir. Moncrieff followed in a very brilliant defence, claiming an acquittal. Lord Ivory then reviewed the evidence with an elucidation in favour of the prisoner, who had always borne an unblemished character. The jury retired for a short time, and returned into Court with a verdict finding the prisoner not guilty, by a large majority, and he was dismissed from the bar. [Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Friday, September 29, 1854]

 

Thomas Orr (son of David Orr and Jane Siller) married Elizabeth Little (daughter of Archibald Little and Margaret Turner) on June 24, 1855, in Auchinleck, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. They had at least seven children: David Little (born about 1855); Elizabeth (born about 1857); Robert (born about 1859); Thomas (born about 1861); Helen (born Aug 22, 1863, in Shotts); James (born about 1865);  Jane (born Aug 18, 1867, in Dalserf, Lanarkshire (from Barron Family Scotland to New York on Ancestry.com); Archibald (born Aug 1, 1869); Samuel (born Sept 30, 1871); and John (born about 1874). - 1871 & 1881 Scotland Census

David Little Orr & Margaret Campbell | Jeanie Orr & David Thomson

 

1860 ..........

Thomas Orr & Isabella Adams

Thomas Orr married Isabella Adams (daughter of Robert Adams and Ann Bell, b. 1841, in Ireland, d. May 31, 1904, in Belt, Montana) February 3, 1860, in the West Manse Airdrie Free Church. They had at least nine children:  Ann (1861-1863); Samuel (born March 4, 1863, in Airdrie); Robert (1866-1867); Thomas (born Feb 4, 1870, in Airdrie); William Adams (born Feb 2, 1872, in Airdrie); Margaret (born April 28, 1874, in Whiterigg, New Monkland and died on Nov 27, 1948); Elizabeth "Lizzie" (born 1877); Jane Adams (born 1879 in Airdrie); and another Samuel (1881-1952). - 1881 & 1891 Scotland Census and Scotland's People We have not been able to find any record of the born in 1863 Samuel's death nor a birth record for Elizabeth born in 1877.

Thomas Orr & Bridgett Bessie Burke | William Adams Orr & Ida Johnson | Margaret Orr & Samuel Armstrong | Margaret Orr & George Morgan
Elizabeth Orr & John Atchison Rae | Jane "Jennie" Orr & Casper Gonser | Samuel Orr & Alberta Kernaghan Burrows

 

1861 ..........

Airdrie, c. 1860
Airdrie, c. 1860

1861 Scotland Census - Airdrie, New Monkland, Lanarshire
Samuel Littlewood

Name: Samuel Littlewood
Age: 92
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1769
Relationship: Head
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Registration number: 651/1
Registration district: Airdrie
Civil parish: New Monkland
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 17 Johnston St
Occupation: Retired Farmer
ED: 16
Household schedule number: 90
Line: 7
Roll: CSSCT1861_117
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Littlewood 92

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland; ED: 16; Page: 18; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1861_117. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. Reels 1-150. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1861 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 7/8 April 1861. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood were living at the same address and next door to each other.
See original document

In the 1861 Census, both Samuel Orr, Sr. and Samuel Orr, Jr. (18) were listed as "Miner" and the family was living at 17 Johnston St., Airdrie, New Monkland, Lanarkshire.

1861 Scotland Census - Airdrie, New Monkland
Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood and family

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 52
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1809
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Agness
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Registration Number: 651/1
Registration district: Airdrie
Civil Parish: New Monkland
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 17 Johnston St
Occupation: Miner
ED: 16
Household schedule number: 91
Line: 8
Roll: CSSCT1861_117
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 52
Agness Orr 48
Samuel Orr 18
Margt Orr 14
Agness Orr 7
Elizabeth Orr 5
David Orr 8 Mo
Joseph Datcher 14

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland; ED: 16; Page: 18; Line: 8; Roll: CSSCT1861_117; Year: 1861. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. Reels 1-150. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1861 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 7/8 April 1861. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Map showing Johnston St., Airdrie, c 1861
Map showing Johnston St., Airdrie, c 1861
The Orrs lived at 17 Johnston St. and the Littlewoods lived at 55 Clark St.

David died from "chin cough" or whooping cough on Dec 9, 1861.

 

1866 ..........

Samuel Orr

Samuel Orr, Sr. died on October 29, 1866, at 40 Johnston St, Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

 

1867 ..........

Margaret Orr & Samuel Bell

Margaret Orr (steam loom weaver) married Samuel Bell (coal miner) (son of David Bell and Jane Douglas, b. July 11, 1844, in Ireland, died 1902 in Gallatin County, Montana) on June 17, 1867, in Airdrie, Lanarkshire. They had at least nine children: David (1868-1931); Thomas (1872-1889); Agnes (1876-1907); Jane Douglas (1874-1885); Elizabeth (Jan 22, 1877-1907); Margaret (born Aug 18, 1879, died 1907); William Douglas (born about 1881); Samuel (Jan 3, 1884 - Nov 7, 1947); Jane (1886-1888); . - from 1871 & 1881 Scotland census and 1900 US Census & Glenda Waugh

David Bell & Agnes McCartney* | Elizabeth Bell & James McCafferty Craig* | Margaret Bell & John J. Lawyer | Samuel Bell & Bessie Helen Ford

* from  Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com

 

1868 ..........

Samuel Orr & Elizabeth McCall

Samuel Orr married Elizabeth McCall (born about 1844, daughter of Thomas McCall, handloom weaver, and Christina Dunn) on June 4, 1868, in Airdrie. They had six children: Samuel Orr McCall (born July 9, 1867, in New Monkland), Christina Orr (born June 11, 1869, in Dalry, Ayrshire), Agnes Orr (born October 3, 1871, in Plains), Thomas Orr (born December 11, 1873), David Orr (born November 21, 1875) and James Orr (born Dec 23, 1878).

Samuel Orr & Elizabeth McCall

 

1871 ..........

1871 Scotland Census - Plains, New Monkland
Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams and their son Thomas

Name: Thomas Orr
Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1838
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Isabella Orr
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Registration number: 651/2
Registration district: New Monkland Landward
Civil parish: New Monkland
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Plains (back Row)
Occupation: Coal Miner
ED: 16
Household schedule number: 59
Line: 2
Roll: CSSCT1871_147
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 33
Isabella Orr 26
Thomas Orr 1

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland; ED: 16; Page:  12; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1871_147; Year: 1871. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1871 Scotland Census - Airdrie, Lanarkshire
Margaret Orr & Samuel Bell and their family

Name: Margaret Bell
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1847
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name : Samuel Bell
Gender: Female
Where born: arichore, Lanarkshire
Registration number: 651/1
Registration district: Airdrie
Civil parish: New Monkland
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 15 Band St Rawyards
ED: 27
Household schedule number: 49
Line: 14
Roll: CSSCT1871_147
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Bell 26
Margaret Bell 24
Danel Bell 3
Agnes Bell 1

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland; ED: 27; Page: 9; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT1871_147. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

"Danel" is David. Samuel's occupation is coal miner.

 

1874 ..........

Agnes Orr & David McKee

Agnes Orr (power loom weaver) married David McKee (iron miner) (son of David McKee and Jane Ewart) on Oct 9, 1874, at Clarkston Manse near Airdrie, Lanarkshire. They had at least eight children: Agnes (born Oct 26, 1874); David (born about 1876); Ann Jane (born about 1879): Elizabeth (born Feb 3, 1882); Margaret (born about 1884); Samuel (born about 1887); Christina (born about 1892); and Thomas (born about 1895). - from Census.

Agnes McKee & Henry McCartney |Ann Jane McKee & Richard Mallin | Margaret McKee & Vincent Martin
Samuel McKee & Cathrine McCartney | David McKee & August Kienitz | Christina McKee & William Becklen

 

Elizabeth Orr married John McCartney (son of Charles McCartney and Elizabeth Boyd) on Dec 31, 1874, in Airdrie, New Monkland. They had at least three children: Agnes (born about 1876); Charles (born about 1878); and Lizzie (born about 1884). - Scotland's People and US Federal Census

Agnes McCartney & David Bell

 

1879 ..........

David Little Orr (son of Thomas Orr and Elizabeth Little) married Margaret Campbell (daughter of Dugald Campbell and Margaret Barclay) on Feb 4, 1879, in Old Monkland, Lanarkshire. They had at least twelve children.

 

1881 ..........

Agnes Littlewood Orr was living with her daughter Agnes Orr McKee and her family.

1881 Scotland Census - Plains, New Monkland
Agnes Littlewood Orr and her daughter Agnes Orr McKee and her family

Name: Agnes Orr
Age: 62
Estimated birth year: abt 1819
Relationship: Mother-in-law
Gender: Female
Where born: Ireland
Registration Number: 651/2
Registration district: New Monkland Landward
Civil parish: New Monkland Landward
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Plains
ED: 17
Household schedule number: 48
Line: 3
Roll: cssct1881_264
Household Members:
Name Age
David McKee 31
Agnes O McKee 28
Agnes O McKee 7
David McKee 5
Ann Jane McKee 2
Agnes Orr 62

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland Landward; ED: 17; Page:  10; Line: 3; Roll  cssct1881_264; Year: 1881. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

David McKee's occupation is listed as Iron Stone Miner.
Their son David will be a pallbearer for Samuel Orr's son Thomas at his funeral in Bozeman, Montana, in 1941.
Their son David was born on July 15, 1876 and died on Nov 24, 1944 (MI Mountview Cemetery, Billings, Montana)

1881 Scotland Census - 16 Airdriehill Sq., New Monkland
Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams and their family

Name: Thomas Orr
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Isabella Orr
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Registration number: 651/2
Registration district: New Monkland Landward
Civil parish: New Monkland Landward
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 16 Airdriehill Sq
Occupation: Coal Miner
ED: 18
Household schedule number: 23
Line: 10
Roll: cssct1881_264
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 42
Isabella Orr 38
Thomas Orr 11
William Orr 9
Margaret Orr 7
Eliza Orr 4
Jane Orr 2
Samuel Orr 1 Mo

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland Landward; ED: 18; Page:  8; Line: 10; Roll: cssct1881_264; Year: 1881. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1881 Scotland Census - Plains, New Monkland
Margaret Orr & Samuel Bell and their family
 

Name: Margaret Bell
Age: 34
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1847
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name : Samuel Bell
Gender: Female
Where born: Airdrie, Lanarkshire
Registration number: 651/2
Registration district: New Monkland Landward
Civil parish: New Monkland Landward
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Plains
ED: 17
Household schedule number: 15
Line: 14
Roll: cssct1881_264
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Bell 36
Margaret Bell 34
David Bell 12
Agnes Bell 10
Thomas Bell 8
Jane Bell 6
Elizabeth Bell 3
Margaret Bell 1

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland Landward; ED: 17; Page: 3; Line: 14; Roll: cssct1881_264. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1881 Scotland Census - Plains, New Monkland
Elizabeth Orr & John McCartney and their family

Name: Elizabeth McArtney
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name : John McArtney
Gender: Female
Where born: New Monkland, Lanarkshire
Registration number: 651/2
Registration district: New Monkland Landward
Civil parish: New Monkland Landward
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Plains
ED: 17
Household schedule number: 47
Line: 19
Roll: cssct1881_264
Household Members:
Name Age
John McArtney 28
Elizabeth McArtney 24
Agnes McArtney 5
Charles McArtney 3

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland Landward; ED: 17; Page: 9; Line: 19; Roll: cssct1881_264. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Agnes McCartney married David Bell on Dec 6, 1892, in Livingston, Montana, USA.

 

1882 ..........

Agnes Littlewood

Agnes Littlewood died on April 2, 1882, in Plains, Lanarkshire, at the age of 61.

 

1883 ..........

From Scotland to the Coal Mines of Montana

Agnes Orr (daughter of Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood) with her husband David McKee and children Agnes (8), David (6), Jane (4) and Elizabeth (1) were the first of the Orr family to emigrate from Scotland to Montana in 1883. They were followed by Elizabeth Orr (daughter of daughter of Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood) and her husband John McCartney and their children Agnes (7) and Charles (5) in 1884. Samuel Orr (son of Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood) and his son Thomas (18) arrived into New York in 1891. Isabella Adams and her children Elizabeth (16), Jane (13) and Samuel (11) arrived in 1893. Her husband Thomas and sons Thomas and William had probably arrived into the USA earlier.

 

The McKee Family

The City of Richmond

Agnes Orr (daughter of Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood) and David McKee and children Agnes (8), David (6), Ann Jane(4) and Elizabeth (1) emigrated to the United States of America and arrived into New York City from Liverpool aboard the "City of Richmond" on April 14, 1883, and eventually settled in Montana. - See original document

 

1884 ..........

The McCartney Family

Elizabeth Orr McCartney, John McCartney (miner) and children Agnes (7) and Charles (5) arrived into Boston aboard the SS Prussian on July 14, 1884. See original document

 

1888 ..........

Thomas Orr

Thomas Orr (son of David Orr and Jane Siller) died in Hamilton, Lanarkshire on Nov 27, 1888, at the age of 55.

 

1890 ..........

Agnes McKee & Henry McCartney

Agnes Orr and David McKee's daughter Agnes married Henry McCartney (son of Charles McCartney and Elizabeth Boyd, born about 1864 in Whitburn, Scotland) on Dec 25, 1890, in Timberline, Gallatin, Montana. Henry McCartney died in 1931 and Agnes died in 1934. They are buried in the Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana.

Margaret Orr and Samuel Bell emigrated from Scotland to Montana.

 

1891 ..........

1891 Scotland Census - Airdrie, New Monkland
Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams and their family

Name: Thomas Orr
Age: 55
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Isabella Orr
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Registration number: 651/1
Registration district: Airdrie
Civil parish: New Monkland
County: Lanarkshire
Address: No 15 Clark St
Occupation: Coal Miner
ED: 29
Household schedule number: 53
Line: 20
Roll: CSSCT1891_314
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 55
Isabella Orr 49
Thomas Orr 21
William Orr 19
Margaret Orr 16
Lizzie Orr 14
Jane Orr 12
Samuel Orr 10
Henry McCherbay 19

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland; ED: 29; Page:  11; Line: 20; Roll: CSSCT1891_314; Year: 1891. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1891 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 5/6 April 1891. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Thomas Orr, Samuel Orr and Elizabeth McCall and their family and Margaret Orr emigrated from Scotland to the United States of America and settled in Montana.

Samuel Orr (45) and Thomas Orr (18), miners, arrived into New York City aboard the Ethiopia on Aug 3, 1891, with destination "Montana".

 

1893 ..........

Margaret Orr & Samuel Armstrong

Margaret Orr (daughter of Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams) married (?) Samuel Armstrong. They had at least eight children: Robert ("Illegitimate" born April 19, 1893 in Airdrie); Robert (born Oct 12, 1894 in Airdrie); Thomas Orr (born Jan 19, 1897 in New Monkland); Samuel (born Feb 15, 1899 in Bothwell); Isabella Orr (born Jan 31, 1901, in Bothwell, died Dec 4, 1975 in Canada); Margaret Mark (born Feb 13, 1903 in Bothwell); John (born July 22, 1907, in Dalmeny, Linlithgow); and Jean (born April 11, 1909 in Glasgow). The birth certificates for some of the children indicate that her parents were married on Sept 2, 1893, in Blythswood, Glasgow, but we have been unable to locate the marriage certificate. Samuel Armstrong died of "acute bronchitis" on Nov 19, 1910, in Inveresk and Musselburgh.

Robert Armstrong & Sarah Meldrum | John Armstrong & Helen Margaret Lining
Thomas Orr Armstrong & Anne Graham | Samuel Armstrong & Maggie McGugan | Isabella Orr Armstrong & Thomas Black
Margaret Mark Armstrong & William Paterson | Jean Armstrong & George Hunter King

Margaret Orr Family Group Sheet

My Grandmother's Story - As told by Margaret Black McMullen
[edited for historical accuracy by Jeff Waugh]

 

Isabella Adams Orr (46), Elizabeth Orr (16), Jane Orr (13) and Samuel Orr (11) arrived into Ellis Island from Liverpool aboard the Etruria on Dec 11, 1893, with destination Timberline, Montana. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Orr would marry John Aitchison Rae in Montana. Thomas was probably already in Timberline, Montana.

 

Cunard Line

R.M.S. Etruria

RMS Etruria
RMS Etruria

Built by John Elder & Company, Glasgow, Scotland, 1884. 8,127 gross tons; 520 (bp) feet long; 57 feet wide. Compound engine, single screw.  Service speed 19 knots.  1,510 passengers (550 first class, 160 second class, 800 third class).Two funnels and three masts rigged for sails. Four decks. Built for Cunard Line, British flag, in 1884 and named Etruria. Liverpool-New York service. Captured trans-Atlantic Blue Ribbon for speed in 1885. Laid up 1908; scrapped in England in 1909.

Cunard Steam Ship Company

RMS Etruria and her sister ship RMS Umbria were the last two Cunarders that were fitted with auxiliary sails.[1] RMS Etruria was built by John Elder & Co of Glasgow, Scotland in 1884. The Etruria and her sister Umbria, by the standards of the time, were record breakers. They were the largest liners then in service, and they plied the Liverpool to New York Service. RMS Etruria was completed and launched in March 1885, twelve weeks later than her sister Umbria.

The Etruria had many distinguishing features that included two enormous funnels which gave the outward impression of huge power. She also had three large steel masts which when fully rigged had an extensive spread of canvas. Another innovation on Etruria was that she was equipped with refrigeration machinery, but it was the single screw propulsion that would bring the most publicity later in her career.

R.M.S. Etruria at the Liverpool docks
R.M.S. Etruria at the Liverpool docks

The ship epitomized the luxuries of Victorian style. The public rooms in First Class were full of ornately carved furniture and heavy velvet curtains hung in all the rooms, and they were cluttered with bric-a-brac that period fashion dictated. These rooms, and the First Class cabins, were situated on the Promenade, Upper, Saloon and Main Decks. There was also a Music Room, Smoke Room for gentlemen, and separate dining rooms for First and Second Class passengers. By the standard of the day, Second Class accommodation was moderate, but spacious and comfortable. RMS Etruria's accommodation consisted of 550 First Class, and 800 Second Class passengers. However late in 1892 this changed to 500 First Class, 160 Second Class, and 800 Third Class (Steerage) passengers. - Read more about the Etruria from Wikipedia

 

Ship Manifest from the Etruria Dec 11, 1893
Ship Manifest from the Etruria Dec 11, 1893
Isabel Orr (46), Elizabeth (16), Jane (15), Samuel (11), Catherine Boyle (24), John (2), Richard Mallen (19), Mary Quinn (20)
All of the above indicated Timberline or Bozeman, Montana as their destination
Richard Mallin will marry Ann Jane McKee (daughter of Agnes Orr and David McKee)
See original document

Ellis Island c 1892
Ellis Island c 1892

Passenger Record for Isabel Orr

 

1894 ..........

Elizabeth Orr & John Atchison Rae

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Orr (daughter of Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams) married John Aitchison Rae on Dec 18, 1894, in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana. They had at least six children: Isabel (1895-1911); Elizabeth (1897-1995); John William (1899-1983); Janet Grace (1901-1986); Pearl Isabel (1902-2006); and William (1905-1989).

Pearl Rae & Harold Fritz Kregness | William Rae & Dorothy Clementine Prahl

 

1896 ..........

Agnes Orr & Henry McIntosh Rae

Agnes Orr (daughter of Samuel Orr and Elizabeth McCall) married Henry McIntosh Rae (born Feb, 1874 in Pennsylvania) on July 1, 1896, in Timberline, Gallatin County, Montana. 

Read more about the Rae Family and the Orrs

 

Margaret Bell & John J. Lawyer

Margaret Bell (daughter of Margaret Orr and Samuel Bell) married John J. Lawyer on Nov 12, 1896. They had at least one child: Margaret Emily Lawyer (born Oct 2, 1911, in Butte, Montana, died in 1981). - Glenda Waugh

Margaret Emily Lawyer & John Henry Pfister

 

1897 ..........

Jane Jeanne "Jennie" Adams Orr & Casper Gonser

Jennie Orr (daughter of Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams) married Casper Gonser on June 15, 1897, in Great Falls, Montana. They had at least six children: Thomas; Casper, Jr.; Ruth; Arthur; Earl; and William (born May 7, 1931 in Great Falls, died Jan 19, 2011).

Casper Gonser, Jr. & Juanita | William Adams Gonser & Alice Gertrude Lease | Ruth Gonser & Howard Lease

 

Jubilee at Lethbridge

The Belt Football Team...

In other games the Belt boys...
Jubilee at Lethbridge, All Toasted the Queen
A Party of Americans from Great Falls Join in the festivities...
From Jubilee at Lethbridge, Anaconda Standard, June 28, 1897

 

David Orr

David Orr (son of Samuel Orr) died on Oct 5, 1897, in Belt. His uncle, Thomas Orr (b. 1837) died Nov 25, 1897 (MI), in Belt, Montana, at the age of 60. Thomas Orr's wife, Isabella Adams,  died on May 31, 1904, in Belt (MI).

 

Ann Jane McKee & Richard Mallin

Agnes Orr and David McKee's daughter Ann Jane McKee married Richard Mallin (born in 1876 in Lanarkshire, Scotland) on Nov 22, 1897, in Bozeman, Montana.

Thomas Orr

Mother Isabella Orr Died May, 1904, Father Thomas Died Nov 25, 1897
Mother Isabella Orr Died May, 1904, Father Thomas Orr Died Nov 25, 1897
Pleasant View Cemetery, Belt, Montana
Photo courtesy Patricia Larson

 

1900 ..........

1900 United States Federal Census - Belgrade, Gallantin County, Montana
Margaret Orr & Samuel Bell

Name: Margaret Bell
Age: 53
Birth Date: Jun 1846
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Belgrade, Gallatin, Montana
[Gallatin] 
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1890
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Samuel Bell
Marriage Year: 1868
Years Married: 32
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother: number of living children: 5
Mother: How many children: 9
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Bell 55
Margaret Bell 53
Samuel Bell 16

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Belgrade, Gallatin, Montana; Roll: 912; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0182; FHL microfilm: 1240912. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

1900 United States Federal Census - Chestnut, Gallantin County, Montana
Agnes Orr is living with her husband and their family
Note that the Immigration Year is 1882, but they immigrated in 1883
 

Name: Agnes Mc Kee
[Agnes Mckee
Home in 1900: Chestnut, Gallatin, Montana
Age: 46
Birth Date: Feb 1854
Birthplace: Scotland
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1882
Relationship to Head of House: Wife
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother: number of living children: 8
Mother: How many children: 10
Spouse's name: David Mc Kee
Marriage Year: 1874
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 26
Occupation:  
Household Members:
Name Age
David Mc Kee 49
Agnes Mc Kee 46
Maggie Mc Kee 16
Samuel Mc Kee 13
Christina Mc Kee 8
Thomas Mc Kee 5

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Chestnut, Gallatin, Montana; Roll: 912; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0184; FHL microfilm: 1240912. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

Samuel McKee and his older brother David will be a pallbearers for
Samuel Orr's son Thomas at his funeral in Bozeman, Montana, in 1941.

1900 United States Federal Census - Chestnut, Gallatin County, Montana
Agnes McKee and Henry McCartney

Name: Henry Mccartney
Age: 34
Birth Date: Mar 1866
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Chestnut, Gallatin, Montana
[Gallatin] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1889
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Agnes Mccartney
Marriage Year: 1891
Years Married: 9
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Mccartney 34
Agnes Mccartney 25
Agnes Mccartney 8
Robert Mccartney 6
Susan M Mccartney 4
George Mccartney 1

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Chestnut, Gallatin, Montana; Roll: 912; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0184; FHL microfilm: 1240912. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

1900 United States Federal Census - Chestnut, Gallatin County, Montana
Ann Jane McKee and Richard Mallin

Name: Richard Mallin
Age: 22
Birth Date: Oct 1877
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Chestnut, Gallatin, Montana
[Gallatin] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1895
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Jane Mallin
Marriage Year: 1898
Years Married: 2
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Richard Mallin 22
Jane Mallin 20
Lizzie Mallin 9/12

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Chestnut, Gallatin, Montana; Roll: 912; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0184; FHL microfilm: 1240912. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

1900 United States Federal Census - Kibbey, Cascade, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's son Thomas Orr

Name: Thomas Orr
Age: 29
Birth Date: Feb 1871
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Kibbey, Cascade, Montana 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1891
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 29

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Kibbey, Cascade, Montana; Roll: 910; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 149; FHL microfilm: 1240910. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

1900 United States Federal Census - Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's son Samuel Orr

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 20
Birth Date: Feb 1880
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana
[Cascade] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1893
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Jos F Whitehead 36
Hannah J Whitehead 34
Nora L Whitehead 14
Wm F Whitehead 12
Myrtle E Whitehead 9
Hazel Whitehead 6
Bearela M Comstock 4
Gina E Comstock 24
Samuel Orr 20
Thos Ellis 42
Danil F L Reilley 26

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana; Roll: 910; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 151; FHL microfilm: 1240910. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

1900 United States Federal Census - Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana
John McCartney

Name: John Mc Cartney
[John Mccartney] 
Age: 44
Birth Date: Jun 1855
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana
[Cascade] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1885
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Janet Mc Cartney
Marriage Year: 1898
Years Married: 2
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
John Mc Cartney 44
Janet Mc Cartney 42
Lizzie Mc Cartney 14

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana; Roll: 910; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 0151; FHL microfilm: 1240910. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

John married Janet in 1898. Lizzie was born in Montana in 1884.

1900 United States Federal Census - Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana
Charles McCartney (son of Elizabeth Orr and John McCartney)
 

Name: Chas Mccartney
Age: 22
Birth Date: May 1878
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana
[Cascade] 
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1884
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Chas Mccartney 22

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana; Roll: 910; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 0151; FHL microfilm: 1240910. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.

Charles occupation is "farm laborer"

 

1901 ..........

1901 Scotland Census - Bothwell, Lanarkshire
Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams daughter Margaret and her family
 

Name: Samuel Armstrong
Age: 30
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Maggie Armstrong
Gender: Male
Where born: Airdrie, Lanarkshire
Registration number: 625/1
Registration district: Bothwell
Civil parish: Bothwell
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 15 Donaldson Place
Occupation: Coal Miner Hewer
ED: 9
Household schedule number: 232
Line: 1
Roll: CSSCT1901_247
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Armstrong 30
Maggie Armstrong 25
Robert Armstrong 6
Thomas Armstrong 4
Samuel Armstrong 2
Isabella Armstrong 2 Mo
Martha Craig 16

Source Citation: Parish: Bothwell; ED: 9; Page: 56; Line: 1; Roll: CSSCT1901_247. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1901 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 31 March/1 April 1901. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

See original document

 

1902 ..........

Thomas Orr and Isabella Adam's son William married Ida Johnson in Belt, Montana on Nov 13, 1902. Ida Johnson was born in South Dakota in about 1878 and her parents were Ole Johnson and Ingborg Pattenan. They had at least six children: twins Violet and William (born May 31, 1903); Isabella (born Nov 8, 1904); Thomas Littlewood (born Nov 26, 1908); Leonard Eugene (born May 1, 1916); and Ida May (born May 31, 1918); all in Belt, Montana.

Violet Orr & C.O. Boettger |Isabella Orr & John Bertch | Isabella Orr & Robert J. Carnes | Thomas Littlewood Orr & Ruby A. Hyland
Leonard Eugene Orr & Pauline Shaver | Ida Mae Orr & Kenneth McCarty

 

1904 ..........

Thomas, William and Samuel Orr (sons of Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams) opened a mine about 1 mile north of Belt on the east side of Belt Creek by January, 1904. They immediately began making coal shipments (probably domestic coal) to Helena and also served the local market. The distribution pattern continued at least through 1907, when their reported annual output was almost 4500 tons of coal. In that year, the mine employed 14 mean. The Orr brothers were still operating in 1911, if not later, but specific production numbers, numbers of workers, equipment used, and markets were not identified in consulted sources for the 1910s. Production is likely to have continued into World War I. - from Great Falls Coal Field: Historic Overview, June 2009 (10 Mb pdf)

 

1906 ..........

Thomas Orr & Bessie Burke

Thomas and Isabella Orr's son Thomas married Bessie Burke (born about 1880) on April 3, 1906, in Bozeman, Montana. They had at least four children: William (born about 1907); Robert (born July 28, 1910); Gordon (born April 21, 1911); and Dorothy (born about 1914), all in Belt, Montana. Robert died Dec 11, 2004, in Simi, California, and Gordon died on March 12, 1996, in Butte County, California. - from Catherine and William Kremer's Tree on Ancestry.com

William Orr & Olga Mark | Robert Orr & Edith Millicent Dutton | Gordon Samuel Orr & Ruth Viola Burger | Dorothy Orr & Melvin C. Jensen

"My Grandfather was Robert Orr. He was the only of (I think 7) to go to College. He ended up going to UNR (University of Nevada, Reno), and his family sold their ranch in Belt Montana, to by an Almond Farm in California in Chico. Many of our relatives are still out in Chico. I now live in South Lake Tahoe... Edith was my beloved grandma. My mom and Uncle are both buried out in Orland Cemetery now.  My Mother Katherine Orr was the daughter of Robert and Edith. My dad's name is Jon Stamm. I unfortunately don't know much about him." - David Orr, Jan 17, 2017

 

1908 ..........

Margaret Orr

Margaret Orr Bell died sometime in 1908 in Gallatin County, Montana.

 

1909 ..........

Samuel McKee & Cathrine McCartney

Agnes Orr and David McKee's son Samuel married Cathrine McCartney on March 30, 1909, in Red Lodge, Montana.

 

1910 ..........

David McKee & Augusta Kienitz

Agnes Orr and David McKee's son David D. McKee married Augusta Kienitz (born 1882 in Hovea, Wisconsin) on March 25, 1910, in Red Lodge, Montana.

 

1910 United States Federal Census - Red Lodge, Carbon, Montana
Agnes Orr and her husband David McKee

Name: David McKee
Age in 1910: 60
Birth Year: 1850
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1910: Red Lodge Ward 3, Carbon, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1889
[1887] 
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Agners McKee
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
David McKee 60
Agners McKee 56
[54] 
Margaret McKee 25
Christine McKee 18
Thomas McKee 15
Antone Saldes 44

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Red Lodge Ward 3, Carbon, Montana; Roll: T624_829; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0010; Image: 296; FHL microfilm: 1374842.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

1910 United States Federal Census - Fergus, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Aitchison Rae

Name: John Rae
Age in 1910: 39
Birth Year: 1871
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1910: School District 55, Fergus, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Rae
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
John Rae 39
Elizabeth Rae 34
Isabel Rae 14
Elizabeth Rae 12
John Rae Jr. 10
Jennie Rae 8
Pearl Rae 6
William Rae 4
Milliard F Miles 58

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: School District 55, Fergus, Montana; Roll: T624_831; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0130; Image: 1235; FHL microfilm: 1374844.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

1910 United States Federal Census - Belt, Cascade, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's son Thomas and his family

Name: Thomas Orr
Age in 1910: 37
Birth Year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1910: Belt, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1893
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Bessie Orr
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 37
Bessie Orr 30
William Orr 3
Robert Orr 0
[8/12] 

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Belt, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T624_830; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0055; FHL microfilm: 1374843. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

1910 United States Federal Census - Belt, Cascade, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's son William Adams Orr and his family

Name: William A Orr
Age in 1910: 37
Birth Year: 1873
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1910: Belt, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1893
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Ida Orr
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
William A Orr 37
Ida Orr 32
Violet Orr 8
[7] 
William Orr 7
Isabella Orr 5
Thomas Orr 1

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Belt, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T624_830; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0055; Image: 745; FHL microfilm: 1374843. Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

1910 United States Federal Census - Belt, Cascade, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's son Samuel Orr

Name: Samuel Orr
Age in 1910: 29
Birth Year: 1881
Birthplace: United States of America
[Scotland
Home in 1910: Belt, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1893
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: United States of America
[Scotland] 
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Aubow Humpe 48
Annie Humpe 49
[48] 
Theodore Humpe 21
Margarite Humpe 18
Theresa Humpe 16
Mike Humpe 12
Olga Humpe 10
Elizabeth Humpe 8
Christina Humpe 4
Samuel Orr 29
William Bjorne 2

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Belt, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T624_830; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0055; Image: 745; FHL microfilm: 1374843. Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

 

Samuel Armstrong

Samuel Armstrong (Margaret Orr's husband) died on Nov 19, 1910, in Inveresk and Musselburgh.

 

1911 ..........

1911 Scotland Census - Inveresk, Midlothian
Margaret Orr Armstrong and family

Margaret Armstrong (34), Samuel (12), Isabella (10), Margaret (8), John (3) and Jeanie (1)
Margaret Armstrong (34), Samuel (12), Isabella (10), Margaret (8), John (3) and Jeanie (1)
See original document

1911 Scotland Census - Clarkston, Airdrie, New Monkland
Robert & Thomas Armstrong with their uncle Robert in Clarkston

Robert Armstrong (50), Robert (25), John (23), Robert (nephew, 16), Samuel (91) and Thomas (nephew, 14)
Robert Armstrong (50), Robert (25), John (23), Robert (nephew, 16), Samuel (91) and Thomas (nephew, 14)
See original document

Robert Armstrong (50)'s son Robert (#77192) served with Company B, 3rd Seaforth Highlanders Artillery in France in World War I. - British Army WWI Service Records, Ancestry.com

 

Christina McKee & William Becklen

Agnes Orr and David McKee's daughter Christina O. McKee married William F. Becklen (born about 1890 in Arapahoe, Nebraska) on Oct 15, 1911, in Red Lodge, Montana. They had at least one child: Alice (born in 1922 in Bearcreek, Montana)

Alice Becklen & Richard Hurtt

 

Agnes Orr

Agnes Orr McKee died Dec 21, 1911, in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, at the age of 58 (from MI Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana and Montana Death Index).

 

1912 ..........

Margaret McKee & Vincent Martin

Agnes Orr and David McKee's daughter Margaret married Vincent Martin (born about 1889 in Kirkintilloch, Scotland) on Feb 3, 1912, in Roundup, Musselshell, Montana.

 

Samuel Orr & Alberta Kernaghan Burrows

Samuel Orr (son of Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams) married Alberta Kernaghan Burrows in Belt, Montana, on Nov 30, 1912. Alberta was born in Canada in about 1879 and her parents were Moses Kernaghan and Eliza Pointon. Jasper and Jennie Orr Gonser were witnesses.

 

 

1913 ..........

Robert Armstrong (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) joined the Cameron Highlanders in Glasgow on Jan 7, 1913.


No. 9420 Robert Armstrong, Cameron Highlanders
See original document

 

1914 ..........

Samuel Bell & Bessie Helen Ford

Samuel Bell (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Bell) married Bessie Helen Ford on Jan 29, 1914, in Bozeman, Montana. They had three children: Leona Margaret (born Nov 3, 1914, in Belgrade, Montana, and died Oct 30, 1979, in Newark, California); one living sister; and one living brother.

Leona Margaret Bell & Arlo Thomson Keene | Thelma Isabel Bell & Carold Freeman Bjork

Thelma Elizabeth Bell (married Carold Freeman Bjork), daughter of Samuel Orr and Bessie Ford, was a writer. She wrote "Where Go the Lonely Nights?" Her husband wrote "Inherit the Universe". He graduated in chemistry from Montana State. - Glenda Waugh, June 2, 2015

DNA: We have an Ancestry.com DNA match (3rd cousins) with Alan Keene (son of Arlo Thomson Keene and Leona Margaret Bell) with common ancestors of Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood.

 

The Great War, 1914-1918


Robert Armstrong, Gunshot Wounds...
See original document

 

1915 ..........

Instructions for Use of Respirators

Respirators
From 1914-1919.net

 

Margaret Orr & George Morgan

Margaret Orr Armstrong (daughter of Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams) married George Morgan (son of Thomas Morgan and Janet Muir) on June 25, 1915, in Calderbank, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire.

 

John Wilson Rae

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Orr's father-in-law (she was married to John Atchison Rae) and Agnes (daughter of Samuel Orr and Elizabeth McCall) Orr's father-in-law (she was married to Henry MacIntosh Rae) John Wilson Rae (son of Robert Rae and Mary Wilson), died on Nov 29, 1915, in Gebo, Wyoming at the age of 73 and is buried in the Red Lodge Cemetery, Red Lodge, Montana. His third wife, Margaret Carroll Rae (born July 17, 1852) died on April 14, 1902, and is buried in the Red Lodge Cemetery. See the 1880 US Census for Zenorsville, Boone, Iowa.

Among the representative and enterprising citizens of Carbon county is the gentleman whose name here appears, occupying as he does a position in the front rank among those noted for success, integrity and fair business dealing, as well as having occupied various positions of public trust during the last six years and displaying executive ability of a high order. Mr. Rae was born at Fort Dodge, Webster county, Iowa, and is a son of John and Margaret (Carroll) Rae, natives of Scotland, the former born January 19, 1842, and the latter ten years later.

John Rae came to the United States at the age of twenty years on a sailing vessel, and after landing in New York City, made his way to Ohio and subsequently to Webster county, Iowa. He was employed as a stationary engineer and mining foreman, and moved to Red Lodge, September 22, 1887, here being engaged in developing coal mines for the Rocky Ford Coal Company. In 1911- he retired from active business cares, and at this time is making his home with his children at Gebo, Wyoming. In his native country he was initiated into Masonry, and here became a member of Star of the West Lodge, No. 40, A. F. & A. M. In political matters he is a Democrat. In Iowa he was married to Margaret Carroll, who died in 1902, having been the mother of seven sons and seven daughters, thirteen of these children still surviving, and William C. being the seventh in order of birth.
 
William C. Rae was educated in the public schools of Red Lodge, Montana, and his first employment was a clerk for Col. L. Whitney, of Carbanido, in whose employ he continued for about six years. At the end of that time he returned to Red Lodge, where he was employed as a clerk, and also spent some time in the same occupation at Butte and Billings. In the latter city he was associated with Col. A. L. Babcock, in the hardware business until 1905, when he became manager for the Bear Creek Mercantile Company, at Bear Creek, and was connected with that concern until March 1, 1906. At that time he took up the duties of county treasurer, to which office he had been elected, and continued to serve therein until 1910, when he was elected county clerk and recorder, being the present incumbent of the office. His long business experience has been of great value to him in managing the county's affairs, and his administration has been such as to win the unqualified approval of the citizens of his community. But higher honors have been accorded him; on November 5, 1912, he was elected state treasurer of Montana, in political matters he is a stanch Democrat and is influential in the councils of his part in Carbon county. Fraternal matters have demanded his interest to some extent, and he is a valued member of Star of the West Lodge, No. 40, A. F. & A. M. and Carbon Chapter, R. A. M., and past exalted ruler of Bear Tooth Lodge, No. 534, B. P. O. E.
 
On May 7, 1905, Mr. Rae was united in marriage with Miss Eleanor Lennon, who was born at St. Paul, Minnesota, and they have one daughter, Ruth Eleanor. The family home is situated at No. 19 West Third street. Red Lodge, Mr. Rae's official duties making it necessary that he maintain an office in the court house in this city. He and his wife have a wide acquaintance here and are general favorites socially. [Source: the History of Montana by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders, Volume 3, 1913 - Submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy]

Thermopolis, Wyoming, 1915
2 Dec 1915 

John Wilson Rae, aged 73 years, 4 months and 15 days, passed away at his home at Gebo at 2 o'clock in the morning of Monday, November 29, 1915. He had been ill for some time and at his advanced age nature could not throw off the ailment from which a younger man might have rallied.

Mr. Rae was born in Scotland, came to America when a young man and came west a few years later. For many years he lived at Red Lodge, Montana, but for a number of years past has made his home with his sons at Gebo. He was a man in whom old age ripened a naturally kindly disposition and he was the fatherly advisor and sympathetic friend of everyone in the mining town in which he passed the sunset of life. His touch of human interest in the welfare of others smoothed many a rough place in life's pathways and his taking off is a personal one to many who were not related to him by ties of blood. He had been a Mason for 55 years, and a number of members of that fraternity went to Gebo to attend the funeral service.

The partner of his life's joys and sorrows passed away many years ago. Mr. Rae was the father of twelve children, all of whom were present when the end came. There were many grandchildren and other relatives there, the total number of his blood connection who were present reaching fifty-seven. Three sons, Robert C., James C., and Thomas Rae, live at Gebo, all holding responsible positions with the mining company. The other sons and daughters mostly live in Montana, and one of them William C. Rae being treasurer of that state.

Funeral services were held at Gebo at 9:30 Tuesday morning and the same day the body was shipped to Red Lodge for interment, accompanied by the children of deceased and many other relatives.

All who knew John W. Rae will feel that in his death they have lost a friend indeed.

See more information about John Wilson Rae

 

Alberta Kernaghan

Samuel Orr's wife Alberta Kernaghan Burrows Orr died on Dec 19, 1915, at the age of 34, and is buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Belt, Montana.

 

Death Claims Mrs. Sam Orr
Death Claims Mrs. Sam Orr
Belt Valley Times, Dec 23, 1915

 

1916 ..........

Thomas Armstrong & Anne Graham

Thomas Armstrong (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) married Anne Graham (daughter of Thomas Graham and Janet Russell) on Sept 23, 1916, in Blythswood, Glasgow. They had at least one child: Janet Russell G. (born in Airdrie in 1918). - Scotland's People (no image)

Thomas Armstrong went into the war and was wounded and ended up with bullets in his body which they had to get out at all cost. They operated on him and got all the bullets out but one. They tried for hours but it kept moving, finally they decided to leave it. But they told him that sooner or later the bullet would hit a vital organ and at that time it would kill him. - Margaret Black McMullen

 

Robert Armstrong & Sarah Meldrum

Robert Armstrong (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) married Sarah Meldrum (daughter of Thomas Meldrum and Barbara Shelton) on June 13, 1916, in Airdrie.

 

1917 ..........

Archibald Little Orr
1897 - 1917

Archibald Little Orr Killed in Action
Hamilton Advertizer, Saturday, July 28, 1917

Archibald Little Orr 1897-1917
Photo courtesy University of Glasgow

Informal Will for Archibald Little Orr

Archibald Little Orr (son of David Little Orr and Maragert Campbell) was killed in action in France on July 12, 1917, and is buried in the Cambrin Military Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France.

209568 Pioneer A. L. Orr Royal Engineers 12 July 1917
209568 Pioneer A. L. Orr Royal Engineers 12 July 1917
Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Photo by Steve Rogers, The War Graves Photographic Project


In Memory of Pioneer A.L. Orr
209568, "O" Special Coy., Royal Engineers who died on 12 July 1917

The Special Companies at the start of the war

No Special Companies existed in 1914. They were a war time invention. The Great War was the first in which chemical weapons were deployed. There was great moral shock and outrage at the first use of Chlorine, released by the Germans against defenceless French troops in the Ypres Salient. The Special Companies of the Royal Engineers were formed to develop the British response. By 1918, gas was used both offensively and defensively, delivered by a range of sophisticated techniques.

The first use of poison gas, 22 April 1915

A bulletin issued by the French Tenth Army on 30 March 1915 noted that the German XV Corps in the neighbourhood of Zillebeke (near Ypres) had installed iron cylinders containing an asphyxiating gas into their front-line trenches. A German prisoner taken near Langemark on 14 April told of a forthcoming gas attack on the French units in that sector, arranged for noon on 13 April but delayed while waiting for a favourable wind. The man carried a small sack filled with cotton waste, which would be dipped in some chemical solution to counteract the effect of the gas. A Belgian agent reported much the same thing. A reconnaissance flight by No 6 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps reported nothing unusual in the German positions. Further information from Belgian sources on 16 April 1915 reported the manufacture in Ghent of 20,000 face masks.

Despite these warning signs, no specific defensive steps were taken: the concept of large concentrations of a poison gas was unfamiliar, and barely believable from a practical or moral viewpoint. It was specifically banned by the Hague Convention of 1907.

The Germans attacked using a cloud of Chlorine gas, a bluish-white mist rolling forward on the wind, on 22 April 1915 near Langemarck. The subsequent fighting, with both sides rushing reinforcement into the area, developed as the Second Battle of Ypres.

Chlorine has a powerful irritant action on the lungs and mucous membranes; prolonged exposure is fatal. Men who stayed in position, especially on the firestep of the trenches, suffered least as the cloud rolled past them. Terrified men who ran with it, and the wounded lying on the ground or in trench bottoms, got the worst exposure. The Germans released 180 tonnes of gas, in a flow which lasted for 5 minutes...

- from The Special Companies

 

Thomas Orr & Dorothy Lindsay

Thomas Orr & Dorothy Lindsay
The Scotsman, Edinburgh, Wednesday, Aug 1, 1917

Thomas Orr (son of David Orr and Margaret Campbell) married Dorothy Lindsay (daughter of Robert Wotherspoon Lindsay and Annie Morris) in Kippen, Stirling on Oct 18, 1917.

Thomas Orr & Dorothy Lindsay
Hamilton Advertizer, Saturday, Oct 20, 1917

 

Miss Margaret Orr

Miss Margaret Orr
Hamilton Advertizer, Saturday, Oct 20, 1917

 

- War Honours -

Military Cross

Second Lieutenant Dugald Campbell Orr

Second Lieutenant Dugald Campbell Orr
The Scotsman, Edinburgh, Thursday, Nov 1, 1917

The award was created on 28 December 1914 for commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below and for Warrant Officers. In August 1916, Bars were awarded to the MC in recognition of the performance of further acts of gallantry meriting the award and recipients of a bar continue to use postnominal letters MC. In 1931 the award was extended to Majors and also to members of the Royal Air Force for actions on the ground. Since the 1993 review of the honours system, as part of the drive to remove distinctions of rank in awards for bravery, the Military Medal, formerly the third-level decoration for other ranks, has been discontinued. The MC now serves as the third-level award for gallantry on land for all ranks of the British Armed Forces. - Wikipedia

 

At one time six of Liet. Orr's brothers were with the colours


Daily Record and Mail, Glasgow, Thursday, Nov 1, 1917

Miliray Cross for Hamilton Officer
Hamilton Advertizer, Saturday, Nov 3, 1917

He captured 30 prisoners and saved many casualties to his men

He captured 30 prisoners and saved many casualties to his men
Hamilton Advertizer, Saturday, March 23, 1918

 

1918 ..........

Second Lieutenant Dugald Campbell Orr has been wounded

Second Lieutenant Dugald Campbell Orr has been wounded
Hamilton Advertizer, Saturday, March 30, 1918

 

1919 ..........

Samuel Armstrong & Maggie McGugan

Samuel Armstrong (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) married Maggie McGugan on March 21, 1919, in Airdrie, Scotland. They had one daughter. - Glenda Waugh

Thomas Armstrong (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) and his wife Annie Graham and their daughter Janet departed from Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov 20, 1919, aboard the Saturnia with destination Halifax, Nova Scotia. They arrived in Halifax on Nov 29, 1919, with stated destination Great Falls, Montana.

Cunard & Anchor Lines

 

T.S.S. Saturnia

Saturnia
Anchor-Donaldson Line, T.S.S. Saturnia

The "Saturnia" was built by C.Connell & Co, Glasgow in 1910 for the Donaldson Line of Glasgow. She was an 8,611 gross ton ship, length 456.3ft x beam 55.3ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was accommodation for 250-2nd and 950-3rd class passengers. Launched on 29/3/1910, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Glasgow for Quebec and Montreal on 11/6/1910. In Aug.1911, she collided with an iceberg near Belle Isle but completed her homeward voyage. Her last voyage commenced on 12/3/1925 when she left Glasgow for Portland. She was laid up until 1928 when she was sold, and broken up in Italy the following year. There was a later (1927-1940) Italian liner with the same name.

The Glasgow shipping companies Anchor Line (Henderson Brothers) and the Donaldson Line both operated services to Canada. In 1916 they agreed to share these routes and form a joint company, Anchor-Donaldson, to operate the services. Four Donaldson ships, the Letitia, Saturnia, Cassandra and Athenia, were transferred to the new shipping line. Anchor-Donaldson survived until 1935, when the liquidation of Anchor Line (Henderson Brothers) resulted in the termination of the joint venture and Donaldsons formed the Donaldson Atlantic Line.

 

1920 ..........

In the 1920 US Census David McKee was living with his son Thomas and his wife Hattie in Roundup, Montana.

1920 United States Federal Census - School District 12, Musselshell, Montana
Agnes Orr's husband David McKee living with their son Thomas

Name: David Mc Kee
Age: 73
Birth Year: abt 1847
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: School District 12, Musselshell, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1883
Relation to Head of House: Father
Marital Status: Widowed
[Widow] 
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Mc Kee 25
Hattie Mc Kee 20
[21] 
David Mc Kee 73

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: School District 12, Musselshell, Montana; Roll: T625_973; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 71; Image: 284. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents? birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

1920 United States Federal Census - Wyoming, Glenn, California
Thomas & Isabella's son Thomas Orr and his family

Name: Thomas Orr
[Thomas Oro
Age: 45
Birth Year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Wyoming, Glenn, California
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1894
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Besse Orr
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Home Owned: Own
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 45
Besse Orr 40
William Orr 13
Robert Orr 10
Gordon Orr 8
Dorothy Orr 6

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Wyoming, Glenn, California; Roll: T625_93; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 37; Image: 965. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents’ birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

1920 United States Federal Census - Belt, Cascade, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's son William Orr and his family

Name: William Orr
Age: 47
Birth Year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Belt, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1893
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: Charles Lochray
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Lochray 65
Maria L Lochray 60
Maria Louise Lochray 18
William Orr 47
Ida Orr 42
Violet Orr 16
William Orr 16
Isabelle Orr 15
Thomas Orr 11
Lenard Orr 3
[3 6/12] 
Ida May Orr 1
[1 6/12] 
Wilbert T Orr 6

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Belt, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T625_968; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 794. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents? birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

Wilbert T. Orr is a "nephew"

1920 United States Federal Census - Belt, Cascade, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's son Samuel Orr

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 38
Birth Year: abt 1882
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Belt, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1893
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 38
Fred Woods 51

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Belt, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T625_968; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 794. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents? birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

1920 United States Federal Census - Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
Thomas & Isabella's daughter Elizabeth with her family
 

Name: John A Ray
Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1874
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1920: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Ray
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
John A Ray 46
Elizabeth Ray 41
John W Ray 21
William Ray 14

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana; Roll: T625_973; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 380. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents? birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

1920 United States Federal Census - Sand Coulee, Cascade County, Montana
Thomas and Isabella's grandson Thomas Armstrong (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) & Anne Graham

Name: Thomas Armstrong
Age: 23
Birth Year: abt 1897
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1919
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Annie Armstrong
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Armstrong 23
Annie Armstrong 25
Janet Armstrong 1
[1 1/12] 

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T625_968; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 622. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents’ birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

1920 United States Federal Census - Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana
Samuel Bell & Bessie Ford and their family

Name: Samuel Bell
Age: 37
Birth Year: abt 1883
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Bozeman Ward 3, Gallatin, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1884
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Bessie Bell
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Bell 37
Bessie Bell 29
Leona Bell 5
Marvin Bell 3
Thelma Bell 1

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Bozeman Ward 3, Gallatin, Montana; Roll: T625_970; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 1017. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents’ birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

 

 

1922 ..........

Isabella Orr Armstrong & Thomas Black

Isabella Orr Armstrong (daughter of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) married Thomas Black on July 21, 1922, in Airdrie, New Monkland. They had six children: Thomas C.  (born Feb 6, 1924, in Airdrie, died Feb 12, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario);  Margaret (born Jan 12, 1925, in Kendal, Cumberland); Agnes Rankin (born May 16, 1927 in Airdrie, died Sept 15, 1997 in Toronto); Samuel A. (born July 4, 1929 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire); Isabella A. (born March 10, 1931 in Airdrie, died March 12, 2007 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England); and Jean "Sheena" (born Aug 11, 1936, in Scotland). - from Higgins/Murdoch Family Tree  and The Nut Tree on ancestry.com

Margaret Black & Patrick McMullan | Agnes Rankin Black & Myles Shanley | Agnes Rankin Black & Thomas Renton Thomson
Samuel A. Black & Elizabeth Lillian Laycock | Isabella A. Black & Reginald Gregory

 

1924 ..........

 


Bozeman, Montana, c 1924
Back: Leona and Marvin
Front: Bessie Ford, Thelma, Donald and Samuel Bell
Photo courtesy Steve Ford

 

1928 ..........

Mine Leaders at Work

 David McKee of Bearcreek, international representative
Mine Leaders at Work
Carry Plea for Acceptance of New Wage Scale to Local
... David McKee of Bearcreek, international representative
From the Spokesman Review, Dec 10, 1928
 

1929 ..........

David McKee

David McKee, Sr. died on Dec 10, 1929, at the age of 86.

Pioneer Coal Miner

Pioneer Coal Miner David McKee Dies
Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 12 Dec 1929 Thu

David McKee, who died Tuesday, had been resident of State 46 years.
Was One of first Coal Miners in State of Mont.
David McKee, who died Tuesday, had been resident of State 46 years.
From The Roundup Record, Roundup, Mussellshell County, Montana, Friday, December 13, 1929.
"Miss Agnes Owen" should read Miss Agnes Orr.

Samuel Orr's grandson Thomas was also living in Roundup at this time.

 

Jean Orr Armstrong & George Hunter King

Jeanie Orr Armstrong (daughter of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) married George Hunter King on Dec 27, 1929, in Airdrie. They had at least one son.

 

1930 ..........

1930 United States Federal Census - Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Thomas & Isabella's daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Rae
 

Name: John Rae
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Race: White
Home in 1930: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Rae
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
John Rae 59
Elizabeth Rae 50

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming; Roll: 2622; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 866.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

John Rae's brother Henry was also living in Gebo with his wife Agnes Orr (Elizabeth's cousin)

 

 
1930 United States Federal Census - Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Agnes Orr Rae and her family
 
Name: Agness Ray
Birth Year: abt 1872
Home in 1930: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Henry Ray
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Ray 56
Agness Ray 58
William Ray 20

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming; Roll: 2622; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 866.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

Henry and John's brothers James and Robert Rae were also living in Gebo at the time

 

1930 United States Federal Census - Glenn, California
Thomas & Isabella's son Thomas Orr and his family

Name: Thomas Orr
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Scotland
Race: White
Home in 1930: Township 2, Glenn, California
Marital Status: Married
Immigration Year: 1894
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Bessie Orr
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 65
Bessie Orr 50
Robert Orr 20
Gordon Orr 18
Dorothy Orr 16

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Township 2, Glenn, California; Roll: 115; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 341.0; FHL microfilm: 2339850. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: The 1930 Census contains records for approximately 123 million Americans. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

 

Thomas Orr

Thomas Orr (son of Thomas Orr and Isabelle Adams) died Feb 7, 1930 (?) and is buried in the Orland Masonic Cemetery, Glenn County, California, Plot 5121. Bessie Burke Orr died on Nov 15, 1949 in Chico, Butte County, California, and is buried in Plot 5120 of the same cemetery.

Thomas Orr 1870 - 1930
Thomas Orr 1870 - 1930

I've been to the cemetery in Orland quite a few times. Your right, it can be hot in the summer. And, it can be very cold and windy in the winter. There are other Orr's there. In fact, there's another Thomas Orr who passed on just a few years ago. He was a cousin to both David and I. Thomas and Bessie lived just a short distance north east on this cemetery. They bought a 10, maybe 20, acre farm in the Capay water district. Their children took a shortcut to school and crossed Stonyford Creek close by the cemetery. In fact, when the weather allowed the whole family took this shortcut when going to town. It was + or- a mile walk. The family moved to Orland around 1919. William Orr, their oldest son, purchased the families first car around 1929. It was a short lived reprieve from walking to town, he left home within a year. The next family car was purchased by my dad Gordon in the early 30s. No more walking to town. - Thomas Burke Orr, June 28, 2014

 

1930 United States Federal Census - Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana
Samuel Bell & Bessie Ford and their family

Name: Samuel Bell
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1884
Birthplace: Scotland
Race: White
Home in 1930: Bozeman, Gallatin, Montana
Marital Status: Married
Immigration Year: 1884
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Bessie H Bell
Father's Birthplace: Northern Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Bell 46
Bessie H Bell 39
Leona M Bell 15
Marvin F Bell 13
Thelma E Bell 11
Donald W Bell 9
Samuel O Bell 3
Ramond C Pratt 23
Austen O De Frate 20

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Bozeman, Gallatin, Montana; Roll: 1256; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 706.0; FHL microfilm: 2340991. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: The 1930 Census contains records for approximately 123 million Americans. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

 
 
Miners Want 6-Hour Day
 
Miners Want 6-Hour Day
Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 30 Dec 1930, Tue
 
1932 ..........

David McKee is Named Chairman of United Mine Workers Scale Committee

David McKee is Named Chairman of United Mine Workers Scale Committee
Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 27 Jan 1932, Wed.

Hitler Threatened by Dusseldorf Mob


Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 27 Jan 1932, Wed.

 

Samuel Orr

Samuel Orr (son of Samuel Orr and Betsy McCall) died in Vancouver on April 30, 1932. Samuel had lived in Belt, Montana.

 

1933 ..........

Labor Speaker Asks Gas Heating Plants Replaced by Coal

Labor Speaker Asks Gas Heating Plants Replaced by Coal
Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 29 June 1933, Thu

 

Thomas Orr Armstrong

Thomas Orr Armstrong (son of Margaret Orr and Samuel Armstrong) died on Dec 19, 1933, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, at the age of 36. - B.C. Canada Death Index, Ancestry.com A family story passed down by Margaret Black McMullen indicates that "He moved to Canada with his family and was not heard from again. No one knew what became of him for maybe a year or two. Then Tom's wife who came from the same town as him wrote to her mother that the bullet in Tom's body had at last moved up in his body and hit his heart causing death instantly... There was no further communication from his family after that". The bullet was the result of an injury sustained in World War I.

 
1934 ..........

Agnes McKee

Agnes McKee (daughter of Agnes Orr and David McKee and widow of Henry McCartney) died in June 1934.

Funeral at Bozeman Planned for Woman

Agnes McKee (daughter of Agnes Orr and David McKee and widow of Henry McCartney) died in June 1934.
Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 20 June 1934, Wed

 

1938 ..........

William Orr

Thomas and Isabella's son William Orr died on Aug 28, 1938, at the age of 66 and is buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Belt, Montana. His wife, Ida E. Orr, died on Oct 17, 1948, at the age of 71 and is buried next to William.

William A. Orr (1872-1938) and Ida E. Orr (1877-1948)
William A. Orr (1872-1938) and Ida E. Orr (1877-1948)
Pleasant View Cemetery, Belt, Montana
Courtesy of Find a Grave

 

1943 ..........

The Smith Mine Disaster

Smith Mine
Smith Mine

February 27, 1943 began on an optimistic note for most families in Bearcreek, Washoe and Red Lodge. The bright sun reflecting off a light covering of new snow gave most people living in the shadows of the Beartooth Mountains a trusting view of the world...

Little did the residents of the three communities suspect that morning that their lives would soon be changed forever. The miners knew the danger of their profession. That knowledge was likely in the back of their minds each time they descended beneath the surface of the earth. Their wives shared that knowledge; the thought of their husbands being injured or even killed likely crossed their minds each day they left for work. But the magnitude of the impending disaster was almost beyond comprehension...

The men began work at 8 a.m. Seventy-seven men entered the mine that morning; some into the earth 8,000 feet, on Seam Number Three. Only three would come out alive.

The explosion inside the mine took place at about 9:37 a.m. Shortly after, the mine's siren was wailing and smoke was billowing from the mine entrance. As if acting on cue, threatening clouds begin filling the sky and the temperature began to drop. That glorious Saturday morning had indeed darkened...

Richard Mallon, 68, Red Lodge. Born Oct. 7, 1874 at South Stanrigg, Scotland. Came to Montana in 1893. Married Anne Jane McKee at Bozeman Nov. 22, 1897. Came to Red Lodge in 1908. He worked in the Red Lodge mine until it closed, then worked in the mines in Bearcreek region. Survivors included his wife, 4 daughters, 1 son, 6 sisters, 6 grandchildren. Buried in Bozeman.

- from Mine Accidents and Disasters - Bear Creek Mountain, Montana, Smith Mine Explosion
See also Historic American Engineering Record, The Smith Coal Mine

 

1945 ..........

Casper Gonser

Casper Gonser (husband of Jeanne Orr) died on Feb 26, 1945, in Monterrey, California. -  from Ahern Family Tree, ancestry.com

 

1948 ..........

Margaret Orr

Thomas and Isabella's daughter Margaret Orr Morgan (widow of George Morgan) died on Nov 27, 1948, in Scotland. Margaret Paterson, granddaughter, signed the death certificate. See the letter from Peggy Paterson (Margaret's daughter) to her Aunt Lizzie dated Dec 1, 1948.

 

1949 ..........

Bessie Burke

Bessie Burke Orr died on Nov 15, 1949 in Chico, Butte County, California, and is buried in Plot 5120 (next to her husband Thomas) of the Orland Masonic Cemetery, Glenn County, California.

Bessie Orr 1874 - 1949
Bessie Orr 1874 - 1949

 

1952 ..........

Samuel Orr

Thomas and Isabella's son Samuel died on June 18, 1952, at the age of 71 and is buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Belt, Montana.

Samuel Orr (1881-1952) and Alberta Orr (1878-1915)
Samuel Orr (1881-1952) and Alberta Orr (1878-1915)
Pleasant View Cemetery, Belt, Montana
Courtesy of Find a Grave

 

1953 ..........

Elizabeth Orr

Thomas and Isabella's daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Orr Rae died on May 27, 1953, in Turlock, Stanislaus County, California. - Glenda Waugh

John A. Rae 1870-1946, Elizabeth O. Rae 1876-1953
John A. Rae 1870-1946, Elizabeth O. Rae 1876-1953

 

1955 ..........

Jeanne Orr

Thomas and Isabella's daughter Jeanne Orr Gonser died on July 22, 1955, in Monterrey, California. - Glenda Waugh

Casper Gonser
Casper Gonser

Jennie Orr Gonser
Jennie Orr Gonser

Casper Gonser was a native of Germany, who came with his family to Minnesota and then to the Belt area in 1895. Here he met his wife Jennie Orr, whose family came from Scotland to Montana. They were married in Belt and lived here until 1916. All their children were born in Belt. Casper was associated with the A.C.M. for a time, then farmed in the Waltham country. Later they moved to Great Falls. Casper Gonser, Jr. was  Great Falls park superintendent; Ruth (Mrs Howard Lease) was the dramatics consultant to the Junior Leagues of America; Arthur was on the faculty of the University of Denver; Earl was a section manager for J.C. Penney; and Thomas was the developmental consultant at the College of Great Falls. He later went to Northwestern University. The children established a Casper and Jennie Orr Gonser Memorial Book Fund at the College of Great Falls. Jennie died in 1955 in Monterey, California and Casper in 1963 (Ed Note: Casper died in 1945). - from Belt Valley History by Ethel Castner Kennedy and Eva Lesbell Stober

Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA July 26, 1955 p2

Mrs. Jennie Orr Gonser died suddenly July 22 at her Seattle, Wash., home. Burial services will be held in Monterey. Mrs. Gonser was 79. She was born in Airdrie, Scotland and came to the United States as a child. She lived many years in Great Falls, Mont., moving to Monterey when her husband retired. Mrs. Gonser moved to Seattle from Monterey three years ago after the death of her husband, Casper. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Monterey. Mrs. Gonser is survived by her five sons, Thomas A. Gonser, Evanston, Ill., Casper Gonser, Great Falls, Mont.; William Gonser, Berkeley; Earl Gonser, Bakersfield and Arthur Gonser, Denver; a daughter, Mrs. Howard Lease of Seattle; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services are pending at the Dorney and Farlinger Funeral Home.

 

1980 ..........

 

Hugh Campbell Orr

Hugh Campbell Orr (son of David Orr and Margaret Campbell) died on April 30, 1980, in Wolverhampton, England, at the age of 81.

Obituary in the British Journal of Ophthalmology

 

1991 ..........

Thomas Littlewood Orr

Thomas Littlewood Orr (son of William Orr and Ida Johnson) died on June 17, 1991.

 

2008 ..........

Richard T. Orr
May 5, 1938 - Dec 25, 2008

Richard T. Orr 1930-2008

LEWISTOWN -- Richard T. "Dick" Orr, of Lewistown and formerly of Bozeman, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, after a short battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. He was born in 1938 in Great Falls to Tom and Ruby (Hyland) Orr. He graduated from Great Falls High in 1956 and Montana State University in 1960. He taught high school government, social studies, history and English in Belt, Edmonds, Wash., and retired after teaching in Bozeman at the junior and senior high schools in 1992. He was active in local education associations throughout his teaching career. In retirement, he and Charlotte had the opportunity to take several cruises and trips abroad. Richard's happiest time was spent with his family, however his passion was hunting birds and big game. Richard was also a social and political agitator and if you knew him, you knew he had an opinion on everything. Mostly, though, he had a huge and generous heart and an abiding love for his family and friends. Richard is survived by his wife of 49 years, Charlotte; sons Thomas (Susan) of Missoula, Scott of Billings; and his daughter Melissa Puelicher-Smid (Charles) of Moose, Wyo., and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Carol (Gnojek). Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at the family home in Lewistown. If you are planning on joining Richard anytime soon, be sure you brush up on your state capitols. Friends and former students, raise a toast! Memorials may be made to the Central Montana Medical Center Hospice Program. - Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2008

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Richard T. "Dick" Orr, of Lewistown and formerly of Bozeman, passed away December 25, 2008 in Lewistown after a short battle with cancer. He was born to Tom and Ruby (Hyland) in Great Falls. He graduated from Great Falls High in 1956 and Montana State University in 1960. Dick taught high school government, social studies, history and English in Belt, MT and Edmonds, WA and retired after teaching in Bozeman at the junior and senior high schools in 1992. He was active in local education associations throughout his career. In retirement, he and Charlotte had the opportunity to take several cruises and trips abroad. Richard's happiest time was spent with his family, however his passion was hunting birds and big game. Richard was also a social and political agitator and if you knew him, you knew he had an opinion on everything. Mostly though, he had a huge and generous heart and an abiding love for his family and friends. Richard is survived by his wife Charlotte of 49 years, sons Thomas (Susan) of Missoula, Scott of Billings and a daughter Melissa (Charles) Puelicher-Smid of Moose, WY, and four grandchildren. Preceding Mr. Orr in death are his parents and a sister. A Celebration of his life will be December 28, 2008 from 2 - 6 PM at the family home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Montana Medical Center Hospice Program. - from Remington Letcher Chapels

 

2010 ..........

Ida Mae Orr
1918 - 2010

Ida Mae (Orr) Page, 91, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Peace Hospice. Private family services will be held at a later date. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Ida Mae, the youngest of six children, was born to William and Ida (Johnson) Orr on May 31, 1918, in Belt. She was raised in Belt and Sun River and graduated from Belt High School. She married Kenneth McCarty in 1936. They farmed in the Sun River area until the mid-1950s. In 1955, the McCarty family moved to Bozeman. Kenneth passed away in 1967. In 1976, Ida Mae married Bob Page. As snowbirds they traveled extensively in retirement. Ida Mae lived a long and happy life and will be remembered for her smile. Survivors include her sons, Kenneth William McCarty and Elizabeth Garber of Hood River, Ore., Dennis (Debbie) McCarty of Great Falls, and Douglas (Bridget) McCarty of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Laurie Riepe of Seattle, Michael McCarty of New York City, Reena and Colter McCarty, both of Great Falls; great-grandchildren, Annie and Jackson Riepe of Seattle, and Liam McCarty of Rome, Italy. Liam was abducted to Italy by a noncustodial parent. - from legacy.com

 

2011 ..........

William Gonser
1931 - 2011

William Gonser

William Gonser Resident of Lafayette William Lease Gonser, age 79, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 19. The son of William and Alice (Lease) Gonser, Bill was born May 7, 1931, in Great Falls, Montana. His family moved to Berkeley when he was six, and he remained in the Bay Area for the rest of his life. He was a graduate of Berkeley High School, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law. After graduating from Stanford, Bill spent three years in the Army, stationed in Japan. Following his graduation from Boalt in 1958, he embarked on a long and successful law career: first in Sacramento where he served as Assistant Attorney General, followed by private practices in Berkeley, Walnut Creek and Lafayette. Bill shared 52 years of life with Carol Norton Gonser, with whom he was united in marriage on August 16, 1958. Together they raised three children: Barbee, Bill and Bob. Bill and Carol celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2008 on an Alaskan cruise with their family. Bill was a devoted father and grandfather, and a vital member of his community, where he lived for 45 years. He was active in the LMYA swim and basketball programs, and was a member of the Lafayette School Board, where he served as president for several terms. He was a long-time member of Orinda Country Club, where he also served as president. He loved all sports and games of chance, and was particularly fond of golf and traveling. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara (Barbee) Gonser Bozzini. He is survived by his wife, Carol; his brother Thomas Gonser and his wife, Stephanie Gonser of Bend, Oregon; brother-in-law Walter Norton of San Marino; two sons and their spouses: William Norton Gonser and his wife, Mary Ann Gonser of Green Valley, and Robert Lease Gonser and his wife, Patty Gonser of Lafayette; his son-in-law Ken Bozzini and his wife, Kit Bozzini-Lukins of Lafayette; and 13 grandchildren: Peter, Sean, Randy, Caroline, Julianne, Krissy, Corinne, and Tara Bozzini-Lukins of Lafayette, John, Jenny and Chris Gonser of Lafayette, and Amy and Will Gonser of Green Valley. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, January 25 at Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante in Orinda. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or one of the following: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF); 26 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10004; University of California Berkeley, Women's Golf or Aquatic programs, University of California Berkeley, 195 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720-442; or the Stanford University athletic program of your choice, Gift Processing, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309. Please include, "in the memory of William L. Gonser" with any donation. - Published in Contra Costa Times from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2011

 

 

Samuel Orr &

Elizabeth McCall
Born: February 15, 1842 (1901 Canada Census) Born: Oct 16, 1844 (1901 Canada Census)
Place: Airdrie, Scotland Place: ?
Married: June 4, 1868
Place: Airdrie, Scotland
Died: May 25, 1909 Died: Died: February 15, 1922
Place: Chestnut, Montana, USA Place: Place: Washoe, Montana, USA
Buried: Bozeman Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana Buried: Bear Creek Cemetery, Bear Creek, Montana

Samuel McCall Orr & Hannah Orr | Christina Orr & John Waugh | Agnes Orr & Henry McIntosh Rae | Thomas Orr & Isabella Taylor

Elizabeth McCall and Samuel Orr
Elizabeth "Betsy" McCall & Samuel Orr c. 1905

DNA: Jeff Waugh has an ancestry.com dna match with "kendrickwatson" through Agnes Orr and Henry Rae to Samuel Orr and Elizabeth McCall. Jeff also has one to "oregonken" who goes back through Samuel Orr's brother Thomas to Samuel Orr and Agnes Littlewood. Jeff also has an Ancestry.com match with J.A. who has William Dunn and Christina MacLachland in their tree with a son John born April 3, 1806, in Lanarkshire (no birth record found on Scotland's People).

Elizabeth "Betsy" McCall's parents were Thomas McCall (Hand Loom Weaver) and Christina Dunn. Christina Dunn McCall may have died January 28, 1848, in Ochiltree, Ayr (no additional information available). Elizabeth McCall and Samuel Orr were married on June 4, 1868, in Free West Manse, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They had six children: Samuel Orr McCall (born July 9, 1867, in New Monkland), Christina Orr (born June 11, 1869, in Dalry, Ayrshire), Agnes Orr (born October 3, 1871, in Plains), Thomas Orr (born December 11, 1873), David Orr (born November 21, 1875) and James Orr (born Dec 23, 1878).

Children Born Place Died Place
Samuel Orr McCall July 9, 1867 New Monkland, Scotland April 30, 1932 (Obit) Vancouver, BC
CHRISTINA June 11, 1869 Dalry, Scotland Oct 13, 1940 Nanaimo, BC
Agnes Oct 3, 1871 Plains, Scotland Nov 2, 1933 Gebo, Wyoming
Thomas Dec 11, 1873 Plains, Scotland Jan 19, 1941 (Obit) Bozeman, Montana
David Nov 21, 1875 Clarkston, Scotland Oct 5, 1897 (MI) Billings, Montana
James Dec 23, 1878 Ballochney, Scotland 1918* Washoe, Montana

* from Carbon County, Montana Burials

What was Elizabeth McCall doing in Dalry in 1869 when she gave birth to Christina? Was she visiting family? In the 1871 Scotland Census for Dalry there was a Thomas McCall (46, born in Barrhead, Rendrewshire), Margaret McCall (38), Thomas McCall (19) and Elizabeth (16). Thomas, Sr., died on June 1, 1878 and his father was identified as James McCall (mother not identified). His son Thomas was the informant.

 

1871 ..........

In the 1871 Scotland Census, Samuel Orr, Jr. was living at 25 Black Street, Airdrie, New Monkland, Lanarkshire, with his wife Elizabeth McCall and their two children Samuel (3) and Christina (2) and Samuel's occupation was "Coal Miner".

1871 Scotland Census - Airdrie, New Monkland
Samuel Orr, Jr. and Elizabeth McCall and family

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Elisabeth
Gender: Male
Where born: Airdrie, Lanark
Registration Number: 651/1
Registration district: Airdrie
Civil Parish: New Monkland
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 25 Black Street
Occupation: Coal Miner
ED: 28
Household schedule number: 9
Line: 15
Roll: CSSCT1871_147
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 28
Elisabeth Orr 29
Samuel Orr 3
Christina Orr 2

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland; ED: 28; Page: 2; Line: 15; Roll: CSSCT1871_147; Year: 1871. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1871 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 2/3 April 1871. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Map showing Black Street and Airdreill on the outskirts of Airdrie c 1864
Map showing Black Street and Airdreill on the outskirts of Airdrie c 1864

 

1881 ..........

In the 1881 Scotland Census Samuel Orr and his family were living at 7 Airdriehill Square, New Monkland Landward, Lanarkshire. Both he and his 14 year old son were listed as "Coal Miner".

1881 Scotland Census - New Monkland
 

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 38
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1843
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Betsy
Gender: Male
Where born: Clarkston, Lanarkshire
Registration Number: 651/2
Registration district: New Monkland Landward
Civil Parish: New Monkland Landward
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 7 Airdriehill Sq
Occupation: Coal Miner
ED: 18
Household schedule number: 14
Line: 12
Roll: cssct1881_264
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 38
Betsy Orr 39
Samuel Orr 14
Christina Orr 12
Agnes Orr 9
Thomas Orr 7
David Orr 5
James Orr 2

Source Citation: Parish: New Monkland Landward; ED: 18; Page: 5; Line: 12; Roll: cssct1881_264; Year: 1881. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1881 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 3/4 April 1881. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1881 Distribution of Surname Orr

 

1890 ..........

Samuel McCall Orr & Hannah Orr

Samuel McCall Orr married Hannah Orr (born March 8, 1871, daughter of William Orr and Elizabeth Goodall) on Sept 26, 1890, in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland. According to Samuel's obituary they had eight children (four sons and four daughters - from Samuel's obituary) but they may have had ten: Elizabeth Goodall (born June 27, 1892); Samuel (born Jan 27, 1894); Joan (born July 29, 1896); Agnes Littlewood (born Sept 20, 1898); William (born Dec 13, 1900); Hannah (born July 13, 1901); Davidina (born June 28, 1903); John (born about 1905); Edith (born about 1907); and George (born about 1908). - Scotland's People and 1921 Canada Census

Elizabeth Goodall Orr & Thomas Cawley

 

In 1916, Samuel McCall Orr indicated that he was married with five children. The five children in the 1921 Census of Canada were William, David, John, Edith and George.

 

1891 ..........

In the 1891 Scotland Census (April 5-6) the Orr's were living in Linlithgow, West Lothian. Samuel Orr's occupation is listed as Shale Miner. Also living in Linlithgow at the time was William Waugh and his family. William was an Oil Labourer and his son John was also a Shale Miner.

1891 Scotland Census - Linlithgow, West Lothian
Samuel Orr and Betsy McCall and Family

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 50
Estimated birth year: abt 1841
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Betsy
Gender: Male
Where born: Lanarkshire, New Monkland
Registration Number: 668
Registration district: Linlithgow
Civil parish: Linlithgow
County: West Lothian
Address: Rows 35
Occupation: Shale Miner
ED: 13
Household schedule number: 61
Line: 12
Roll: CSSCT1891_326
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 50
Betsy Orr 49
Christina Orr 21
Agnes Orr 19
Thomas Orr 17
David Orr 15
James Orr 12

Source Citation: Parish: Linlithgow; ED: 13; Page:  12; Line: 12; Roll  CSSCT1891_326; Year: 1891. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1891 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 5/6 April 1891. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

Samuel Orr and Hannah Orr

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 20
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Hannah Orr
Gender: Male
Where born: Lanarkshire, Airdrie
Registration number: 668
Registration district: Linlithgow
Civil parish: Linlithgow
County: West Lothian
Address: Rows 44
Occupation: Shale Miner
ED: 13
Household schedule number: 72
Line: 17
Roll: CSSCT1891_326
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 20
Hannah Orr 19

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1891 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 5/6 April 1891. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

 

Ordnance Survey, One-inch to the mile maps of Scotland 2nd Edition - 1885-1900
Ordnance Survey, One-inch to the mile maps of Scotland 2nd Edition - 1885-1900

Thomas Orr and Isabella Adams and their family, Samuel Orr and Elizabeth McCall and their family and Margaret Orr emigrated from Scotland to the United States of America and settled in Montana.

Samuel Orr (45) and Thomas Orr (18), miners, arrived into New York City aboard the Ethiopia on Aug 3, 1891, with destination "Montana".

List of Passengers, District of the City of New York, Port of New York
List of Passengers, District of the City of New York, Port of New York
See original document

 

S.S. Ethiopia


Anchor-Donaldson Line

Steerage passengers on the deck of the SS Ethiopia c 1900
Steerage passengers on the deck of the SS Ethiopia c 1900

Built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow, Yard No 166
Port of Registry: Glasgow
Propulsion: Steam. New compound engines fitted in 1884
Launched: Tuesday, 12/08/1873
Built: 1873
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Ship's Role: Glasgow-Moville-New York
Tonnage: 4004 grt
Length: 400 feet
Breadth: 40 feet
Owner History:
Anchor Line Glasgow
Status: Scrapped - 1907
Remarks: 13th December 1873 maiden voyage Glasgow
to Moville and New York. Sold to Barrow Steamship Co in 1874 but operated by Anchor. Returned to Anchor Line ownership in 1893. Her last sailing on the Glasgow New York run began on 24th May 1907.

 

1892 ..........

The Orr's (except for Samuel and Hannah) emigrated to the United States sometime after April 6, 1891 and before August 8, 1892. Samuel Orr signed a "Declaration of Intention" to become a citizen of the United States of America on August 8, 1892. They lived in the coal mining towns of Timberline and Chestnut, Montana, situated in Gallatin County between Livingston and Bozeman.

Map showing Bozeman, Chestnut, Timberline and Livingston, Montana, 1893
Map showing Bozeman, Chestnut, Timberline and Livingston, Montana, 1893

Bozeman, Montana c 1893
Bozeman, Montana c 1893

Livingston, Montana c 1893
Livingston, Montana c 1893

Their daughter Christina gave birth to Elizabeth McCall Waugh on September 29, 1892, in Belt, Cascade County, Montana. John Waugh emigrated to Belt, Montana, in December, 1892. Christina Orr married John Waugh in Timberline on March 3, 1893 (see Waugh Family). Agnes and Thomas Orr signed as witnesses on their Certificate of Marriage. Christina and John were living in Timberline and then Belt, Montana, from 1892 until they moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia, around 1899.

Christina Orr & John Waugh

Agnes and Christina Orr
Agnes & Christina Orr c. 1892

Christina Orr c. 1892
Christina Orr c. 1895

Thomas Orr & Isabel Taylor Orr
Thomas Orr & Isabell Taylor c. 1895
Finn Studios, Livingston, Montana
Christina Orr Waugh
Christina Orr c. 1895
Hamilton Studios, Bozeman Montana

Crow Indians near the Crow Indian Reservation, 1893
Crow Indians near the Crow Indian Reservation south of Billings, 1893

Map of Montana, 1895

Timberline had a post office from January 19, 1885 to April 22, 1898, then the mail went to Chestnut. Timberline is on the hill called the Bozeman Pass. Coal was used to make coke, which was used in the smelting of the copper from the world's largest copper mine in Butte. Some of it was used by the Northern Pacific Railroad for their steam engines. The copper and gold mining operations used up so much timber to reinforce the mine walls that firewood became scarce, so residents also bought coal to heat their homes. Timberline had a school and even had a Silver Cornet Band which toured the state, giving concerts. It says, "Timberline once supported a population of three hundred families. Miners came from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Denmark. A few Chinese immigrants cooked at the boardinghouses. Miners from Montenegro achieved local notoriety for their famous pork and beer parties." - From http://emrld-isle.com/timberline_1885_.html

 

1896 ..........

Agnes Orr & Henry McIntosh Rae

Agnes Orr married Henry McIntosh Rae (born Feb, 1874 in Pennsylvania) on July 1, 1896, in Timberline, Gallatin County, Montana. They had at least eight children, all born in Montana: Henry Samuel (born June 21, 1897); Elizabeth (born Dec 23, 1898); John David (born March 26, 1903, in Stockett and died Sept 23, 1991, in Gallatin County); twins Rachel and Ruth Eleanor (born Jan 28, 1904); twins James and Agnes (born Nov 19, 1905); and William (born Jan 10, 1910).

Henry Samuel Rae & Rose Subbick | | John David Rae & Althea Berry | John David Rae & Evelynn Carter
Rachel Rae & Roy Royal Linn | William Rae & Mabel Johnstone

Ed Note: I met Bill Rae and his wife Mabel in Butte, Montana in 1993, and videotaped him telling some stories about his grandmother Elizabeth "Betsy" McCall Orr when she lived with his family in Bear Creek, Montana, just before her death in 1922. We had met Goldie Rae in Billings earlier on that trip and she suggested that we should visit Bill.

Agnes Orr, Bozeman, Montana c 1895
Agnes Orr, Bozeman, Montana c 1895
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

Agnes Orr and Henry Rae, c. 1896
Agnes Orr and Henry Rae, c. 1896
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

 

Thomas Orr & Isabella Taylor

Thomas Orr married Isabell Taylor (April 24, 1877 - May 2, 1920) on Dec 24, 1896. They had three children: David (born 1899); Jennet (born 1901 in Trail Creek, Montana, died after 1992); and Edith (born Aug 3, 1902, in Extension, B.C., died Aug 5, 1992, in Flathead, Montana). Jennet Orr married Frank Beaver (born 1888, in Iowa).

David Orr & Christine E. Hahner | Jennet Orr & Frank Beaver

 

Extension Mine Shaft No. 4, 1901
Extension Mine Shaft No. 4, 1901
Read about the Extension Mine Fire of 1901

Extension, B.C.... The growing importance of the coal industry at Nanaimo incited others to search for coal, among them the late Hon. Robert Dunsmuir, who discovered extensive deposits at Comox and Wellington. The Wellington mines were discovered in 1869 and were worked successfully for many years, being finally abandoned in 1900 for the more promising measures at South Wellington and Extension. The Extension mine was only opened in 1898, but development has been so rapid that already the output aggregates 2,000 tons per day, and this, through the admirable plan of working, may be easily doubled at any time. Diamond drill borings demonstrate the fact that there is coal enough to supply 2,000 tons a day for 100 years. At present three inclines are being sunk at different points, all converging to a main tunnel, which now pierces the earth for over a mile, and which will eventually be the main highway of the mine. The Extension mines are eight miles from the new town of Ladysmith, a splendid harbor on Oyster Bay, where the Wellington Colliery Company (which owns and operates these mines, as well as those at Alexandria and Comox) has bunkers and wharves that will accommodate and load five of the largest steamships at one time. The Alexandria mine, which is also close to Ladysmith, is producing about 800 tons a day and is being systematically developed. - from Coal Mining on Vancouver Island

 

1897 ..........

Jennie Orr & Casper Gonser

Thomas Orr and Isabella Adam's daughter Jennie Orr married Casper Gonser on June 15, 1897, in Great Falls, Montana.

 

Typhoid Fever Rages
David Orr Succumbs to the Malady

David Orr Succumbs to the Malady
Great Falls, Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 07 Oct 1897, Thu
Great Falls, Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 07 Oct 1897, Thu

 

To the Memory of David Orr

In Memory of David Orr
To the Memory of David Orr
Died Oct 5, 1897

 

Thomas Orr

Thomas Orr (born in 1837), David's uncle, died on Nov 25, 1897, in Belt, Montana.

 

1899 ..........

At the Hotels in Great Falls

Samuel Orr and wife, James Orr
Samuel Orr and wife, James Orr
Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 05 March 1899, Sun

Belt

Samuel Orr and family left last Saturday for Nanaimo, B.C.


Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Montana, 25 June 1899, Sun

John Waugh & Christina Orr

 

1900 ..........

1900 United States Federal Census - Joliet, Carbon, Montana
Thomas Orr was living with his cousin David McKee (son of Agnes Orr and David McKee)
Note that the Immigration Year is 1891

Name: Thomas Orr
Home in 1900: Joliet, Carbon, Montana
Age: 26
Birth Date: Dec 1873
Birthplace: Scotland
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1891
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Marriage Year: 1897
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 3
Residence : Joliet, Carbon, Montana
Occupation:  
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 26
Lewis Thomas 18
David McKee 23
Hanlen Redmond 23

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Joliet, Carbon, Montana; Roll: T623_909 Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 4. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more.

1900 United States Federal Census - Joliet, Carbon, Montana
Agnes Orr and Henry Rae and their family

Name: Agnes Ray
Age: 25
Birth Date: Oct 1874
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1900: Joliet, Carbon, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1892
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Henery Ray
Marriage Year: 1896
Years Married: 4
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother: number of living children: 2
Mother: How many children: 3
Household Members:
Name Age
Henery Ray 26
Agnes Ray 25
Henery Ray 2
Lizzea Ray 5/12

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Joliet, Carbon, Montana; Roll: T623_909 Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 4. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more.

Henry Rae's father John Wilson Rae was also living in Joliet at the time with his third wife Margaret Carroll with 9 of their 10 children.

 

1901 ..........

1901 Scotland Census - Linlithgow, Scotland
Samuel and Hannah Orr and Family

Name: Samuel Orr
Age: 34
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Hannah Orr
Gender: Male
Where born: airdie, Lanarkshire
Registration number: 668
Registration district: Linlithgow
Civil parish: Linlithgow
County: West Lothian
Address: 3 Bridgend Rows
Occupation: Shale Miner
ED: 13
Household schedule number: 20
Line: 11
Roll: CSSCT1901_357
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 34
Hannah Orr 30
Elizabeth Orr 8
Samuel Orr 7
Johanne Orr 4
William Orr 1

Source Citation: Parish: Linlithgow; ED: 13; Page: 4; Line: 11; Roll: CSSCT1901_357.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. Description: The 1901 Census for Scotland was taken on the night of 31 March/1 April 1901. The following information was requested: place, name, relationship to head of family, marital status, age, gender, profession, birthplace, and whether blind, deaf, and dumb.

1901 Canada Census - Nanaimo, British Columbia

In 1901, it appears as though Samuel Orr was visiting Nanaimo, B.C. and working as a coal miner.
Note the Immigration Year  of 1899

Name: Samuel Orr
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 59
Birth Date: 15 Feb 1842
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Immigration Year: 1899
Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Coal Miner
Province: British Columbia
District: Vancouver
District Number: 3
Sub-District: Nanaimo (South/Sud)
Sub-District Number: G-2
Family Number: 6
Page: 1
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 59
James McKenzie 38

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. RG31, T-6428 to T-6556. Description: This database is an every name index to individuals enumerated in the 1901 Canada Census, the fourth census of Canada since confederation in 1867.

His wife, Elizabeth (Betsy McCall) Orr was living with her son James (22) and her granddaughter Agnes Waugh (daughter of John Waugh and Christina Orr) was in the household at the time of the census. The Immigration Year is also 1899.

Name: Elizabeth Orr
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: 56
Birth Date: 16 Oct 1844
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Domestic
Immigration Year: 1899
Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Dom
Province: British Columbia
District: Vancouver
District Number: 3
Sub-District: Nanaimo (South/Sud)
Sub-District Number: E-4
Family Number: 158
Page: 16
Household Members:
Name Age
James Orr 22
Elizabeth Orr 56
Arnes Waugh 4

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. RG31, T-6428 to T-6556. Description: This database is an every name index to individuals enumerated in the 1901 Canada Census, the fourth census of Canada since confederation in 1867.

Samuel Orr, Jr. may have been living in Vancouver, B.C. at this time.

Elizabeth McCall also lived in Washoe, Montana, with her daughter Agnes Orr Rae (Betsy was buried in the cemetery in the nearby town of Bearcreek upon her death February 15, 1922).

 

1902 ..........

Rush to Buy Coal Lands

"Rush to Buy Coal Lands, Corporations and Capitalists All Over the Country Making the Investment." -  New York Times, Aug 24, 1902

NY Times, Aug 24, 1902
NY Times, Aug 24, 1902

 

1905 ..........

Notes From Chestnut

Sunday, January 8, 1905 Paper: Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT) Volume: XVI Issue: 118 Page: 8
Sunday, January 8, 1905 Paper: Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT) Volume: XVI Issue: 118 Page: 8

 

1907 ..........

The Washoe Coal Company

From Bear Creek Valley  By Jeff McNeish, Carbon County Historical Society
From Bear Creek Valley  By Jeff McNeish, Carbon County Historical Society

On the coal train through Montana's mining history: Bearcreek case study:

The history of Montana's coal industry is so tightly linked to the development of Montana's railroads it raises the classic chicken-and-egg question of which came first. Montana's coal mining history records settle the debate on the side of the railroads, and the Bearcreek mines are a prime example. Indeed, Montana's coal and rail industries were so entwined one could not prosper without the other. Though high-quality coal was discovered in Bearcreek in 1866, there was no market opportunity for the coal, and the vast high-grade resources were left untouched But with the construction of the Montana, Wyoming and Southern (MW&S) rail line, the region's high-quality coal would now have a commercial outlet. Bearcreek's coal mining industry quickly burgeoned. By 1907, Bearcreek had four mines operating in full force.

As the history of Montana coal mines demonstrates, the Bearcreek coal mines depended on the MW&S to haul their coveted high-grade coal to the Northern Pacific station in Bridger, a major transportation and distribution point. The MW&S similarly relied on Bearcreek's high-producing mines for its own revenue. In their mutually-dependent roles, each industry helped the other stake out an important place in Montana's coal mining history.

From http://www.montanacoalhistory.com/john-baugues-jr.html

See more on the Bearcreek Coal Reserves at http://helenair.com/news/local/state-and-regional/article_f07763d4-2365-11df-a791-001cc4c002e0.html

The Montana Coal and Iron Co. was incorporated on November 27, 1889, by Elijah Smith, Prosper W. Smith, Edward J. Berwind, John E. Berwind, Elias L. Frank, Ansley S. Davis, and John S. Tilney. The purposes of the company were far reaching, including buying and developing coal lands, marble quarries, iron and other minerals, oil wells, timber lands, saw mills, water power, real estate and other properties, and to build associated roads and railroads. The incorporators capitalized at $2,000,000. Offices were in both Billings, Montana, and New York City.

For the next twenty years, the history of the company is unclear. The Smith brothers began acquiring land and issuing stock and promissory notes in payment. Relationship of these two methods of payment was not clearly defined. Little coal was produced. The company kept very poor records of its transactions.

In 1907, shortly after the building of the Yellowstone Park Railroad (later renamed the Montana, Wyoming and Southern) to Washoe, mining at Washoe began on a regular basis. In 1911, with Elijah Smith's health failing, an attempt was made to gain control of the affairs of the company. The accounting firm Pogson, Peloubet and Co. did a massive audit of the company's finances. In 1912 a mortgage replaced all of the outstanding indebtedness.

From http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/findaid/ark:/80444/xv35327

 

1909 ..........

Death of Samuel Orr After Short Illness


"One of the best known residents from this part of the state"
From the Anaconda Standard, Wednesday, May 26, 1909
See original document

Death Of Samuel Orr

Samuel Orr died last Tuesday at his home in Chestnut after a short illness. He was 76* years old at the time of his death and was well known in the valley where he has had a large number of friendly acquaintances for many years. Mr. Orr came to Timberline about 18 years ago and will be remembered by many of the old timers as the drum major of the Timberline band. For the past  5 years he has been making his home in Chestnut where two of his sons reside.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and three sons and two daughters. The sons are Samuel Orr of Vancouver Island, B.C. and Thos. and James Orr of Chestnut and the daughters are Mrs. Rae of Sockett and Mrs. Waugh of Vancouver Island, B.C. Mrs. McKee of Red Lodge is a sister of the deceased.

The funeral is to be held from the undertaking parlors of Davis and Morris this afternoon at 5:30 o'clock. Rev. Dr. Ross will officiate. Internment will be made in the Bozeman cemetery.

From a newspaper article from the Anaconda Standard, Bozeman, Montana, regarding the death of Samuel Orr, Sr. of Pulmonary edema (miners lungs) on May 25, 1909,  . * Note:  there is a slight discrepancy regarding his age as he was 66 years old at the time of his death.

Mrs. Rae of Sockett is Agnes Orr Rae and Mrs. Waugh of Vancouver Island is Christina Orr Waugh.

Samuel Orr is buried in the Bozeman Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana, Old Section Blk O, Lot 114, # 143

 

1910 ..........

1910 United States Federal Census - Stockett, Cascade, Montana
Elizabeth "Betsy" McCall Orr with her daughter Agnes and her family
(last names should be Rae)

Name: Elizabeth Orr
Age in 1910: 65
Birth Year: 1845
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1910: Stockett, Cascade, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1890
Relation to Head of House: Mother-in-law
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Kay 34
Agnes Kay 37
Henry Kay 14
Lizzie Kay 12
John Kay 7
Rachel Kay 6
Ruth Kay 6
Agnes Kay 4
Elizabeth Orr 65

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Stockett, Cascade, Montana; Roll: T624_830; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0057; Image: 787; FHL Number: 1374843. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

 

  1910 United States Federal Census - Chestnut, Gallatin, Montana
Thomas Orr and Isabell Taylor and their family

Name: Torme Coy
Age in 1910: 36
Birth Year: 1874
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1910: School District 56, Gallatin, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Belle Coy
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
Torme Coy 36
Belle Coy 31
David Coy 12
Jennet Coy 10
Erby Coy 7

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: School District 56, Gallatin, Montana; Roll: T624_832; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0148; Image: 875; FHL microfilm: 1374845.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Description: This database is an index to the head of households enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census, the Thirteenth Census of the United States. In addition, each indexed name is linked to actual images of the 1910 Federal Census. The information recorded in the census includes: name, relationship to head of family, age at last birthday, sex, color or race, whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, and more.

The last names should be Orr: Thomas, Belle, David, Jennet and Edith
See original document

 

1914 ..........

The Great War, 1914-1918

Samuel Orr, Jr.

Enlist!
600,000 Canadians enlisted
Samuel Orr
Samuel Orr, Jr., was one of them


Cuidich'n Righ
"Help the King"
72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

Regiment 231 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Cuidich'n Righ
"Help the King"
231st Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Attestation Paper, February 4, 1916 Front Back
Attestation Paper, February 22, 1919 Front Back

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada - ""Ypres, 1915, '17, Festubert, 1915, Somme, 1916, Ancre Heights, Ancre, 1916, Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, 1918, Drocourt-Queant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Valenciennes, Sambre, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18" (G.O. No. 5 of 1930)

Attestation Paper for Samuel Orr dated Feb 4, 1916, indicates that he had already served one year in the Seaforth Highlanders
Attestation Paper for Samuel Orr dated Feb 4, 1916, indicates that he had already served one year in the Seaforth Highlanders

72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.

Samuel Orr, Jr, of Vancouver, Canada, served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) 72nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. He also served with the 231st Battalion.

The 72nd Battalion, which was authorized on 10 July 1915 as the '72nd "Overseas" Battalion, CEF', embarked for Britain on 23 April 1916. It disembarked in France on 13 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 12th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war.9 The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920.10

The 231st Battalion, which was authorized on 15 July 1916 as the '231st "Overseas" Battalion, CEF', embarked for Britain on 11 April 1917. On 22 April 1917, its personnel were absorbed by the '24th Reserve Battalion, CEF' to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion was disbanded on 11 April 1918.

- from The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, National Defence and the Canadian Forces

16th April 1916. Vancouver CPR Station at the north end of Granville Street. Off to the trenches of France and Belgium.
Seaforth Highlanders
16th April 1916. Vancouver CPR Station at the north end of Granville Street. Off to the trenches of France and Belgium.

... on the morning of Easter Sunday, April 23rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, was reached and the men embarked on H.M. Transport Empress of Britain.

From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.
From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.

Seaforth Highlanders on route march, Bramshott Camp, England, 1916
Seaforth Highlanders on route march, Bramshott Camp, England, 1916

The Somme

From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.
From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.

From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.
From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.

Vimy Ridge

From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.
From 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C.

Photographs of the Battle for Vimy Ridge, 1917

Passchendaele

Passchendaele
Passchendaele

Passchendaele Mud, 1917
Passchendaele Mud, 1917

The Canadians had done the impossible. After just 14 days of combat, they had driven the German army out of Passchendaele and off the ridge. There was almost nothing left of the village to hold. Altogether, the Canadian Corps had fired a total of 1,453,056 shells, containing 40,908 tons of high explosive. Aerial photography verified approximately one million shell holes in a one square mile area. The human cost was even greater. Casualties on the British side totaled over 310,000, including approximately 36,500 Australians and 3596 New Zealanders. German casualties totaled 260,000 troops.

For the Canadians, Currie's words were prophetic. He had told Haig it would cost Canada 16,000 casualties to take Passchendaele - and, in truth, the final total was 15,654, many of whom were killed. One thousand Canadian bodies were never recovered, trapped forever in the mud of Flanders. Nine Canadians won the Victoria Cross during the battles for Passchendaele. While the human cost had been terrible: "Nevertheless, the competence, confidence, and maturity began in 1915 at Ypres a short distance away, and at Vimy Ridge earlier that spring, again confirmed the reputation of the Canadian Corps as the finest fighting formation on the Western Front." -
So wrote esteemed Professor of History Doctor Ronald Haycock at the Royal Military College of Canada for The Oxford Companion to Canadian History in 2004.

Read more about Passchendaele - Canada's Other Vimy Ridge

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

- John McCrae

 

Henry Samuel Rae (son of Agnes Orr and Henry McIntosh Rae) married Rose Subbick on Dec 8, 1916, in Red Lodge, Montana. They had at least one son: Henry McIntosh (born Nov 24, 1917, in Bearcreek, Montana, and died May 24, 1985, in Billings, Montana). - Glenda Waugh

 

1918 ..........

"Canadian Corps 06:45 - Hostilities will cease at 11:00 hours on November 11th - Troops will stand fast on the line reached at that time which will be reported to Corps Headquarters - Strictest precautions will be maintained - There will be no intercourse of any kind with the enemy - further instructions follow - Fourth Canadian Division..."

 

72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada by Bernard McEvoy and Capt. A. H. Finlay, M.C. (34 MB)
Canada's Hundred Days, With the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons, by JFB Livesay, 1919 (41 MB)
Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919, by Colonel G.W.L. Nicholson, C.D., 1962 (34 MB)

 

James Orr

James Orr died at Washoe, Carbon County, Montana, sometime in 1918, of influenza.

 

- The 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic -

No one knows exactly how many people died during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. During the 1920s, researchers estimated that 21.5 million people died as a result of the 1918-1919 pandemic. More recent estimates have estimated global mortality from the 1918-1919 pandemic at anywhere between 30 and 50 million. An estimated 675,000 Americans were among the dead. From http://1918.pandemicflu.gov/the_pandemic/index.htm

Montana was slow to report the presence of influenza. This was not surprising. Many states, especially rural ones had difficulties assembling staff and getting them to report diseases even before the 1918-1919 pandemic. On October 4th, state officials sent their first official report to the Public Health Service. The report noted that “the disease is epidemic in Sheridan and Fergus Counties. Cases have been reported from other counties.

Although state officials were required to provide follow-up reports to the Public Health Service after their initial report, Montana failed to do so. This failure may indicate that officials were overcome by the epidemic. By late October, however, state officials finally sent a follow-up report to the PHS. Admitting that their records “are…very incomplete,” officials said that there were over 3,500 cases of influenza among the state’s white population. On Tongue Indian Reservation, the situation was especially severe, with over a thousand cases and thirty-nine deaths. Throughout early November, state officials noted glumly that the disease was increasing.

During the pandemic, people in Butte turned to the herbal remedies of a Chinese physician, Dr. Huie Pock, and his remedies were credited with saving people’s lives. The situation in Butte, a raucous mining town, was such that even the saloons were closed on October 22nd.

In Chocteau, the pandemic closed the schools for four weeks.

In an oral history done for the Montana Historical Society, Loretta Jarussi of Bearcreek, Montana, described how people would pass through her tiny town seemingly healthy, only to be reported dead two days later. Looking back on the pandemic, Jarussi said “People would come along, and...they’d stop and say hello to us. My mother was very friendly. She loved to see those people. She was kind of lonesome there, you know, just us kids and her. So when anybody passed by, she always stayed with them. And, you know, maybe a week later, they’d say so-and-so died, and they had been past our place. So many people had that flu, and young people, and they died. And, you know, my father contracted that flu, and everybody in the family had it except my mother. And he was in and out of the hospital. He had a shoe shop in Columbus at that time, and he was in and out of the hospital, and he’d go to the hospital and they’d tell him, “There’s nothing wrong with you,” and he’d go. And then he’d come back to the hospital. He just didn’t feel right. He went through that for a number of times. And he finally decided he was going to go to Thermopolis to the springs. He thought going there would help him. And just before he was leaving, he went to the doctor. Dr. Gardner was the doctor at that time, his doctor. And he said, “Dr. Gardner, I’m going to try and go to the springs and see if that helps me.” And he said, “Well, Louie, it might help you.” So while he was there, Dr. Gardner’s son, who also was a doctor, happened to be in there, and he had been in the Army, an Army doctor, and was home on leave, I think. He said, “Dad, if you let that man go to the springs, he’ll come home in a box.” And he said, “Well, what would you suggest?” And he said, “I’ll tell you what we did in the Army,” and it seemed to work. They had a powerful medicine. I don’t know what it was. But he said, “We gave them doses of this medicine, and that seemed to help.” So he gave him this prescription and told him to get it filled, and he said, “Now it’s going to be pretty rough on you. You be sure to tell your wife to use a lot of blankets, wool blankets on you, and as you perspire, to change those blankets and keep you real warm.”

So dad went home and told mom, and mom said, “Okay. Let’s get things going.” And he took a dose of medicine, and it seemed to help a little bit. Then time for a second dose. That also seemed to help. Then he had the third dose, and at that time he thought he was going to die. And he called all the kids around the bed and said, “This is for you, and you’re supposed to do this, and this is yours,” and then he kind of went into—I don’t know—a sleep, a coma. A sleep, a deep sleep. And mama thought, she really did, he had died, but he came out of it, and he felt better. But it took two years to get over that.”

Jarussi’s experience was repeated across the state throughout the fall and winter. The disease tapered off slightly after November but influenza continued to be pervasive throughout the state during much of the winter and spring of 1919.

From http://1918.pandemicflu.gov/your_state/montana.htm

 

1919 ..........

Volunteers Start Mining; Troops to Guard Them at Bearcreek

Volunteers Start Mining; Troops to Guard Them at Bearcreek
The Billings Gazette, Billing, Montana, 07 Dec 1919, Sun

 

1920 ..........

Isabelle Taylor

Isabelle Taylor (wife of Thomas Orr) died on May 2, 1920, at the age of 43.

The Billings Gazette, 8 May 1920
The Billings Gazette, 8 May 1920
Newspapers.com

 

Washoe, Montana

Betsy McCall with Henry Rae, c 1920
Betsy McCall with Henry Rae, c 1920
Washoe, Montana

1920 United States Federal Census -  Township 8 (Bearcreek), Carbon, Montana
Agnes Orr with her husband and their family
 
Name: Agnes Rae
Age: 49
Birth Year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Township 8, Carbon, Montana
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1884
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Henry Rae
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Rae 46
Agnes Rae 49
Elizabeth Rae 21
John Rae 17
Rachel Rae 16
Ruth Rae 16
Agnes Rae 14
William Rae 10

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Township 8, Carbon, Montana; Roll: T625_967; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 15; Image: 841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City). Description: This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1920 United States Federal Census, the Fourteenth Census of the United States. It includes all states and territories, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, mother tongue, and parents’ birthplaces. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1920 Federal Census.

 

1921 ..........

1921 Census of Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
Samuel McCall Orr & Hannah Orr

Name: Samuel Orr
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 52
Birth Year: abt 1869
Birth Place: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Anna Orr
Father Birth Place: Scotland
Mother Birth Place: Scotland
Year of Immigration: 1903
Racial or Tribal Origin: Scotch (Scotish)
Province or Territory: British Columbia
District: Vancouver Centre
District Number: 22
Sub-District: Ward 4
Sub-District Number: 84
City, Town or Village: Vancouver Center
Street or Township: 1742 3rd Ave E
Municipality: Ward 4
Occupation: Student
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Orr 52
Anna Orr 51
Wm Orr 21
David Orr 18
John Orr 16
Edith Orr 14
George Orr 13

Place: Ward 4, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 8. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds. Images are reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Description: Find your Ancestors in the 1921 Canadian Census. Canada added 1,581,840 new residents between 1911 and 1921. The Prairie Provinces were the big gainers, with Alberta and Saskatchewan each growing by more than 50 percent.

 

1922 ..........

Elizabeth McCall

Elizabeth "Betsy" McCall died on February 15, 1922, in Washoe, Montana. She was 77 years old.

The Picket Journal, Red Lodge, Montana, February 22, 1922, regarding the death of Elizabeth (Betsy) McCall:

Beloved Washoe Woman Passes to Great Beyond

With the passing late Wednesday of Mrs. Samuel Orr, Sr., at Washoe, that community lost one of it's most beloved residents. Born eighty years ago in Scotland, she has lived about 30 years in the United States and the past seven at Washoe at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Rae (ed. Agnes). Funeral services were held Sunday at the Rae home at Washoe, the service being in charge of Rev. J. Varner of the Washoe Community church. Surviving children are Mrs. Henry Rae of Washoe, Mrs. John Waugh of Vancouver, B.C., Samuel Orr, Jr., of Vancouver, and Philip (ed. David?) Orr of Roundup. She had 25 grandchildren and 6 great-grand-children.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank all our friends and neighbors who came to us with sympathy in our recent bereavement in the death of our beloved mother. Also for the beautiful floral offerings.

- Mr. Thomas Orr
- Mrs. John Waugh
- Mrs. Henry Rae and Family

 

Edith Orr c. 1922
Edith Orr c. 1922
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

 

Rachel Rae & Roy Royal Linn

Rachel Rae (daughter of Agnes Orr and Henry McIntosh Rae) married Roy Royal Linn on Dec 24, 1922, in Red Lodge, Montana. They had one son: Leslie Linn. - Glenda Waugh & Ken Watson

 

1927 ..........

David Orr & Christine E. Hahner

David Orr (son of Thomas Orr and Isabell Taylor) married Christine Hahner on May 28, 1927 in Billings, Montana. - Glenda Waugh

 

Thomas & Edith Orr and Christine Hahner & David Orr
Thomas & Edith Orr and Christine Hahner & David Orr
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

 

1928 ..........

Mine Leaders at Work

 David McKee of Bearcreek, international representative
Mine Leaders at Work
Carry Plea for Acceptance of New Wage Scale to Local
... David McKee of Bearcreek, international representative
From the Spokesman Review, Dec 10, 1928

 

David McKee

David McKee, Sr. died on Dec 10, 1929, at the age of 80.

 

1930 ..........

Roundup, Montana

 

Christina Waugh (back row) with Orr's c 1931
Christina Waugh (back row)
with (?) Frank Beaver, Jennet
& Edith Orr c. 1931
Christina Orr Waugh & Tommy Orr c 1931
Christina Orr Waugh & Tommy Orr
at Roundup, Montana c. 1931

 

1930 United States Federal Census - Musselshell, Montana
Thomas Orr and his daughter Edith

Name: Thomas Orr
Home in 1930: School District 12, Musselshell, Montana
Age: 57
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Race: White
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 57
Edith Orr 27

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: School District 12, Musselshell, Montana; Roll: 1258; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 917.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

1930 United States Federal Census - Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
Thomas Orr's son David and his wife

Name: David Orr
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1898
Birthplace: Montana
Race: White
Home in 1930: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Christine E Orr
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
David Orr 32
Christine E Orr 33

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana; Roll: 1258; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 1033.0; FHL microfilm: 2340993. Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: The 1930 Census contains records for approximately 123 million Americans. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household?s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

 

Thermopolis, Wyoming

Bill & Mabel Rae, Agnes Orr Rae & Henry Rae
Bill & Mabel Rae, Agnes Orr Rae & Henry Rae
Thermopolis, Wyoming, 1930

1930 United States Federal Census - Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Agnes Orr Rae and her family
 

Name: Agness Ray
Birth Year: abt 1872
Home in 1930: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Henry Ray
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Ray 56
Agness Ray 58
William Ray 20

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming; Roll: 2622; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 866.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

Henry Rae's brother John Aitchison Rae was also living in Gebo with his wife Elizabeth Orr (Agnes' cousin)

1930 United States Federal Census - Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Thomas & Isabella's daughter Elizabeth and her husband
 

Name: John Rae
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Race: White
Home in 1930: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Rae
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Household Members:
Name Age
John Rae 59
Elizabeth Rae 50

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gebo, Hot Springs, Wyoming; Roll: 2622; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 866.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Description: Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.

Henry and John's brothers James and Robert Rae were also living in Gebo at the time.
Robert C. Rae owned and operated a bowling alley and billiard hall in Gebo from 1918-1940.

Robt. C. Rae, Gebo, Wyo Billiard Hall token
Robt. C. Rae, Gebo, Wyo Billiard Hall token

 

1931 ..........

Jennet Orr & Frank Beaver

Jennet Orr (daughter of Thomas Orr and Isabell Taylor) married Frank Beaver on June 11, 1931 in Kalispell, Montana. - from Glenda Waugh

 

1932 ..........

Samuel Orr, Jr.

From an article in the Vancouver Sun, May, 1932, regarding the death of Samuel Orr, Jr. on April 30, 1932:

Samuel Orr

Resident of Vancouver twenty-nine years, Samuel Orr, aged 64, died on Saturday at his home, 1503 Venables street, following a short illness. The deceased served overseas with Regiment 231 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. He was a well known member of the Vancouver branch of the Seaforth Association. He was a native of Scotland. Besides his wife he is survived by four sons and four daughters.

Remains are resting at the Chapel of the  Mount Pleasant Undertaking Company. Funeral arrangements will be announced following the arrival of relatives from the  United States.

 

1933 ..........

Agnes Orr

Agnes Orr Rae died on Nov 2, 1933, in Gebo, Hot Springs County, Wyoming.

 

1936 ..........

Hannah Orr

Hannah Orr (wife of Samuel Orr, Jr.) died on Nov 11, 1936, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery and Crematorium.

 

1937 ..........

Henry McIntosh Rae

Henry McIntosh Rae died on Feb 25, 1937, in Gebo, Hot Springs County, Wyoming.

 

1940 ..........

Thomas & Edith Orr and Christine Hahner and David Orr
Thomas & Edith Orr and Christine Hahner and David Orr
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

1940 United States Federal Census - Billings, Montana
Thomas Orr and his daughter Edith

Name: Thomas Orr
Age: 66
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1874
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Scotland
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Billings, Yellowstone, Montana
Street: Terry Avenue
House Number: 501
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Billings, Yellowstone, Montana
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Citizenship: Naturalized
Sheet Number: 1A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 9
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Orr 66
Edith Orr 37

Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Billings, Yellowstone, Montana; Roll: T627_2234; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 56-16C. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls. Description: The 1940 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1940, with details about a household’s occupants that include birthplaces, occupations, education, citizenship, and income.

1940 United States Federal Census - Roundup, Montana
Thomas Orr's son David and his wife
 

Name: David Ore
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Montana
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
Street: 3rd Street West
House Number: 1406
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 5B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 119
Household Members:
Name Age
David Ore 42
Christia Ore 44

Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Roundup, Musselshell, Montana; Roll: T627_2226; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 33-15. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls. Description: The 1940 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1940, with details about a household’s occupants that include birthplaces, occupations, education, citizenship, and income

 

1941 ..........

In Memory of Thomas Orr

In Memory of Thomas Orr
Courtesy of Goldie Rae

From a newspaper article (Billings newspaper?) soon after the death of Thomas Orr on January 19, 1941:

Billings Man Dies of Tuberculosis

Thomas Orr, 67, a resident of Billings since 1937, died Sunday at 5:45 a. m. of tuberculosis at his home , 501 Avenue F. He had been ill several months. Orr was born Dec 11, 1873, in Plains, Scotland, and came to the United States, with his father in 1890 (ed. or 1892?), settling at Timberline, west of Livingston. He married Isabelle Taylor at Timberline Dec. 24, 1896. Orr worked in mines at Storrs, Trail Creek and Chestnut in Park County, at Carbonado in Carbon County, at Belt and at Klein in 1920. Surviving are two daughters, Edith Orr of Billings and Mrs. Frank Beaver of Kalispell, and a son David of Roundup. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p. m. at Settergren's chapel with the Rev. George S. Sloan of the First Congregational church officiating. Burial will be in the Bozeman cemetery Wednesday.

Funeral Conducted for Former Miner at Chapel

Funeral services for Thomas Orr, 67, were conducted Tuesday at Settergren's chapel with the Re. Charles Murray, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, in charge. Hobart Brunsvold, accompanied by Richard Satorius, sang "Crossing the Bar" and "Abide With Me". Pallbearers were Benjamin Elliott, C. A. Gullard, Herman Kuhl, David McKee, Sam McKee, and Jack Wheaton. Burial will be in Bozeman cemetery Wednesday. Orr, a former miner in Carbon and Park counties, died Sunday at his home, 501 Avenue F. Surviving are two daughters and a son.

Isabell April 24, 1877 - May 2, 1920 & Thomas 1873-1941
Isabell April 24, 1877 - May 2, 1920 & Thomas 1873-1941
Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana

 

David Orr
David Orr
Photo courtesy of Goldie Rae

 

1965 ..........

Final Rites Held for Mrs. Christine Orr

Final Rites Held for Mrs. Christine Orr
Courtesy of Goldie Rae

 

1983 ..........

Davidina Orr

Davidina Orr (daughter of Samuel Orr and Hannah Orr) died on Feb 10, 1983, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. - from Macdonald Family Tree, ancestry.com

 

1992 ..........

Edith Orr

Edith Orr 1902-1992, Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana
Edith Orr 1902-1992, Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana

From the Daily Inter Lake, Sunday, August 9, 1992:

Edith Orr, 90

Edith Orr, 90, of Kalispell, died at Brendan House Aug. 5. She was born Aug. 3, 1902, in Extension, British Columbia, Canada, to Thomas and Isabelle Orr. During her early years, the family moved many times, as her father was a miner. They finally settled in Klein, Mont. (near Roundup), where Edith graduated from Klein High School in 1922. She worked in Klein, and in 1937, she moved to Billings, where she was a bookkeeper for Vaughn Ragsdale store for many years. In 1964, she moved to Kalispell to live with her sister. Edith never married, and is survived by her sister, Jennet Beaver, of Kalispell. Private burial will be made at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman Monday. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary.

Jennet Orr Beaver 1899-1992, Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana
Jennet Orr Beaver 1899-1992, Sunset Hills Cemetery, Bozeman, Montana

 

2007 ..........

Mabel Johnstone

Mabel Johnstone Rae died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Spokane, Wash.

She was born in Frazer, Iowa, May 21, 1911, one of eight children of Bertha and Edward Johnstone. She moved to Gebo, Wyo., where she finished her education. She met and married her beloved husband, Bill. They were married 67 years and had four children. Bill and Mabel moved to Butte in 1937.

Mabel worked many years at Crest Nursing Home.

She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn and Joe McKernan of Anaconda, Carolyn and Les Blom of Spokane; sons, Jim and Mary Ann Rae of Spokane, Ron and Nancy Rae of Helena; and sister, Ruth Woolman of Vacaville, Calif. She will be remembered by her 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special niece, Alice Rae of Butte.

Mabel and Bill spent many summers camped on the Big Hole River and made many friends.

Her beautiful paintings are displayed proudly in the homes of family members. Her grandchildren all remember her wonderful storytelling and have great memories of staying with their grandma. Mabel was an avid reader and will be remembered by her warm smile, great sense of humor and loving heart.

The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, in Spokane. Placement of ashes will take place at a later date.

Memorials: Sunshine Garden of Spokane, 10410 E. Ninth Ave., Spokane, WA 99206; or donor's choice.

- Published in The Montana Standard on 1/4/2007.

 

Google Map showing the location of Bearcreek, Montana. Elizabeth (Betsy) McCall Orr is buried in the Bearcreek Cemetery.

 


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