Biography of Samuel Orr
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Samuel Orr. This worthy pioneer, whose portrait will be found in the body of this work, was born in Harrison county, Kentucky, January 7, 1817. In 1837 he, with his parents, moved into Champaign county, Illinois. Here he resided until 1840, when he moved to Van Buren county, now Cass county, Missouri. He was engaged in farming and trading with the Indians until 1850, when he crossed the plains to California, with ox teams. On arriving here he engaged in mining, which he followed about one year. In October, 1851, he moved to Sonoma county, where he followed farming until 1858. He then came to Mendoecino county, and located on a ranch about thirteen miles above Ukiah. Here he engaged in raising cattle, sheep, and hogs, until 1864, when he moved to Ukiah, where he has since resided. He still owns five thousand four hundred and thirty seven acres of land, and conducts the stock business. Mr. Orr has served two terms as County Treasurer, being elected in 1865 and 1867. He has always been identified with the best interests of the county, and is a man of sterling worth to the community in which he resides, being honorable and upright. June 8,1845, he was united in marriage with Miss Urith Murray, a native of Missouri, born in Cole county, April 30, 1829, and died April 4, 1867, leaving eight children, as follows: Catherine, born April 16, 1847; James H, born June 6, 1849; Barbara J., born January 27, 1852; Thomas D., born September 15, 1854; Samuel M., born October 26, 1856; Rachel B., born September 29, 1859; Rosie L., born February 5, 1862; John L., born November 14, 1864; Mary A., born November 14, 1864; Murray, born March 27, 1867. They have lost three, as follows: Catherine, bornApril 16,1847, died April 2, 1848; Barbara J., born January 27, 1852, died July 23, 1854; Murray, born March 27; 1867, died September 9, 1867. He married Mrs. J. Nicholson, a native of Missouri born December 25, 1831. She had two children by her former marriage: James R., born May 11, 1850; Marshall, born October 24, 1865. By the last union there are two children: William J., born November 23, 1869; George W. born February 1, 1872.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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