Orr Family Files

A study of the descendants and relations of Thomas ORR and his wife Mary DUNLOP of Belfast, Ireland.

Thomas ORR is believed to have been born somewhere within County Antrim, Ireland, around 1817. He was married in about 1843 or 1844 to Mary DUNLOP, and several children followed (and died) until her death in Belfast in 1868. Thomas found work in the late 1840s and early 1850s as a 'road master' or 'road overseer' in Malone, just south of Belfast, and during this period he and Mary were associated with the Balmoral Presbyterian Church in Malone. By at least 1858, and until he sold his business and retired in the late 1880s, Thomas ran a grocery and spirit dealer's enterprise on the Malone Road opposite the Botanic Gardens on Clink Hill.

Thomas ORR wrote his Last Will and Testament1 on the 7th of October 1897. At that time he was living within the household of his son-in-law and daughter, Hugh and Margaret LEDGERWOOD, at 239 Dalton Road, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England. Hugh Ledgerwood, himself also a grocer, was appointed as the sole Executor and Trustee of the Estate. Witnesses to Thomas's signature on the Will were Frank W Taylor and Arthur E Nicholson, both clerks to Frank Taylor, solicitor of Barrow in Furness.

Thomas ORR and Mary DUNLOP were married somewhere in Northern Ireland (perhaps near Londonderry?), probably in the 1840-1845 period. By the time of the 1851 Census of Ireland enumeration, they were living in south-west Belfast, County Antrim, in what is now Northern Ireland. Mary Orr died in Belfast in 1868. Thomas was a spirit dealer / grocer whose establishment was at Clink Hill in Malone, now a suburb of Belfast. Thomas Orr died in Belfast in 1901, having prior to his death for some time lived in Lancashire, England, with his daughter Margaret Ledgerwood.

The photographs contained within this collection pertain to the descendants of Thomas Orr and Mary Dunlop. Thomas Orr and Mary Dunlop were married somewhere in Northern Ireland (perhaps in County Antrim?), probably in the 1840-1844 period. By the time of the 1851 Census of Ireland enumeration, they were living in south-west Belfast, County Antrim, in what is now Northern Ireland.

The photographs in this collection have been acquired from various sources. Amanda Orr Heather provided one. But most have been found on various sites on the internet, copied and downloaded, and reproduced here. In all cases, wherever it's been possible, I've tried to ascertain each photo's point of origin prior to my obtaining the copy, and I've added a code for the name and details of the person who posted it prior to my copying/downloading to the filename. 

Contact Bruce D. Murduck   concerning any matter at all.