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Dr Andrew Wilson Orr

Dr Andrew Wilson Orr

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Sep 1929 (aged 85)
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Sec-13 Lot-2 Gr-10
Memorial ID 55048454 · View Source
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A.W. ORR, a prominent dentist of West Newton, was born May 18, 1844, in Rostraver twp., Westmoreland county. Pa., and belongs to one of the oldest families in the county. His great-grandfather, William Orr, a native of Scotland, crossed the Irish sea, took unto himself a wife in Ireland and immigrated to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania east of the mountains. Prior to 1790 he crossed the Alleghenies and settled in Rostraver township, this county, and purchased a large tract of land on which he resided until his death. He was a member of the Covenant church, in which he was an elder, and was the father of five children: John, Charles, Esabella, Jean and Eleanor.

John Orr (grandfather) was born east of the mountains and came with his father to Rostraver township where he married Margaret Wilson who bore him twelve children. During the whole of his life he was a tiller of the soil and died on the old homestead in 1843.

William Orr (father) was born at the old homestead January 8, 1796, and died in 1875. He was a whig and republican. He also was a farmer and was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church organized at West Newton. His wife was Julia Ann Bowen, whose father died during her childhood near Fredericksburg, Va., where he owned a small plantation. She bore him nine children, four of whom are living: Harriet, James P., Andrew W. and Mary I.

Harriet was married February 18, 1861, to Robert S. Patterson; they have three children: Thomas G., Hattie J. and Andrew J. They are living on the old homestead in Rostraver township. James P. Orr was born March 1, 1839.
He enlisted in the fifteenth Pa. Cav. August 22, 1862, and served until the close of the war of the Rebellion; took part in a number of battles, chief among which were Stone River and Chatanooga. After the close of the war he read
medicine with Dr. Hasson, of West Newton, and graduated from the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. He located at West Bethany, Westmoreland county, Pa., and was married in 1878 to Christian Suter, daughter of John Suter. He removed in 1883 to New Cumberland, Cumberland county, Pa., and located in Pittsburg in 1887, where he is now practicing. They have three children: Eunice, Urban and Merl.

A. W. Orr was educated in the public schools, took a course in the rudiments of dentistry with David P. Lutz of Rostraver township, and in 1866 began the practice of his profession at McKeesport, Allegheny county. Pa. In 1879 he located at Jefferson, Green county, Pa., removed from there to West Newton in 1874, where he has practiced ever since. He is a Mason and Knight Templar, a member of Kedron Commandery, No. 18, located at Greensburg, Pa., also a member of Royal Arcanum. He was twice the representative of his council at the Grand Council, once at Harrisburg and
once at Lancaster, Pa.

On May 18, 1876, he was married to F(Frances). Josephine, daughter of Rev. Hiram Winnett(now deceased), a Methodist minister. They have four children : H. Winnett, Ira D., Ralph W. and Julia C.

Mary I. Orr at present is making her homewith her sister at the old homestead.

From: Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania. John M. Gresham & Co. Samuel T. Wiley, published 1890. PAGE 309

SUPPLEMENTAL Bio by Jerry Zollars

He was a dentist in West Newton, Pennsylvania. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1909 and opened the first residential office in Lincoln, against the advice of other Lincoln dentists. He practiced in this office until 1928.

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