Edward Orr - of Belfast, Ireland, 1861-1906, barman/publican.

Edward ORR was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1861, before the establishment of civil registration in 1864. He was the son of Thomas & Mary [nee Dunlop] Orr. No baptismal record has so far been found.

Nor have Edward's enumeration details been found in schedules from either the 1901 Census of Ireland, or the 1901 Census of England and Wales. Edward died, however, of tuberculosis in Belfast at No. 62 Melrose St on 17 February 1906 (Entry No. 18, Page 224). Edward's nephew Thomas McCUTCHEON advised the District Registrar about the death, and Thomas reported that Edward had been working as a 'barman'. A search of the Will Calendars through the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland's website shows that Edward did not leave a Will that was proved in the courts in Belfast at any time after he died.

When he reported about Edward's death, Thomas also reported that Edward was married. Indeed, Edward had been married to Nellie Martinson [?] O'Connor in St Anne's, in the Parish of Belfast, Diocese of Connor, on 9 November 1885 (Entry No. 151). At that time, Edward was said to be a 'publican', as was his father Thomas. Nellie was said at the time to be a 19 year old spinster (versus Edward's age of 25 years), and her father was identified as Samuel O'Connor, a contractor. No obvious traces of Samuel O'Connor or his daughter Nellie have been found prior to the date of her marriage, and no traces of either Edward or Nellie have been found after 1885 (beyond Edward's death registration). None of these individuals appear to have been enumerated in either Ireland or England, when the respective census enumerations were taken in the spring of 1901 or 1911, and no obvious evidence has been found which would lead us to believe that Nellie remarried after Edward died.

Edward Orr is memorialized along with his father Thomas, who died in 1901, on a grave site monument found in the Balmoral Cemetery in south-east Belfast in 2005.

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