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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DAVID ORR, a wholesale tobacco dealer, of Warsaw, Ky., was born in Scotland May 12, 1843. His father, William Orr, a native of Ayrshire County, Scotland, was born in 1815, and was a wholesale merchant in Reith, in which business he successfully continued for more than forty years. He was an active man in politics for many years, and was a leading member of the Church of Scotland. He married Agnes Longwill, a native of Scotland, and a daughter of David and Jane (Gibson) Longwill, also natives of Scotland, and the former a land owner. The birth of four sons and five daughters followed their union, of whom the subject of this sketch is the third child. William Orr died in 1880. Robert Orr, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of Scotland, and a prominent merchant and land owner. David Orr read law for three years with Daniel S. Love, of Beith, until 1867, when he immigrated to Owensboro, Ky., and engaged in the tobacco business with John A. Faulds, with whom he remained five years. He then removed to Princeton, Ky., where he followed the same business until 1880, when he removed to Warsaw, and is engaged in buying and selling tobacco. He has three large warehouses, and handles about 1,000,000 pounds of tobacco annually. In 1860 he volunteered and served for one year in the Sixth Ayrshire Rifle Volunteers, to protect Britain from French invasion. April 27, 1880, he married Ella Blackmore, a native of Gallatin County, and a daughter of T. M. and Emily (Brooking) Blackmore, natives of Madison, Ind., and Montgomery County, Ky. The birth of one daughter — Mariam Agnes — followed their union. Mr. Orr is a Royal Arch Mason of Warsaw Lodge, at Warsaw, and became a Master Mason of St. John’s Lodge, No. 158, in Scotland. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his wife is a member of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 39 biographies included in the Gallatin County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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