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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Samuel Orr, druggist at Lincoln, Mo., was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, December 23, 1839. His father, Samuel Orr, was born in Ireland, and was brought to the United States in 1801, when only four years of age. They settled first in New Jersey, and in 1815 moved to Ohio, and were among the early pioneers of Muskingum County. Here Samuel Orr, our subject’s father, grew to manhood, and was married to Miss Lucy C. Burham, whose ancestors, the Burhams and Olivers, came to America at an early day, and participated in the Revolutionary War. In the spring of 1840 they moved to Benton County, Mo. (having entered land in Lindsey Township in 1839), and here they improved a farm and reared their family, which consisted of two sons and five daughters, three of the family being now deceased. Samuel Orr, our subject, received a fair common-school education, and after remaining with his father until he attained his majority he determined to seek his fortune in the West, and accordingly in 1864 went to Idaho, where he spent about seven years engaged in freighting and farming. In December, 1870, he returned to Missouri, and after spending one year in the stock business he formed a partnership with a brother and embarked in the drug business, but the latter’s death occurred in the fall of the same year, and Mr. Orr then assumed management of affairs, and has continued up to the present time. In connection with drugs he also keeps a line of school-books and stationery, and has an established and profitable trade. He was married in Pettis County, Mo., in October, 1872, to Miss Sallie Drake, of Pettis County, Mo., a daughter of David Drake, and by her has one daughter, Bessie R., a miss of twelve years. Mr. and Mrs. Orr are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Mr. Orr is a Master Mason.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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