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Obituaries and Death Notices

Elizabeth Swanwick Orr

Mrs. Elizabeth Swanwick Orr, one of Coulterville's oldest and most highly esteemed citizens departed this life Saturday, May 9, 1936, at 11 P.M. at the advanced age of 89 yrs 8 mon 28 dys.  Mrs. Orr was born January 11, 1847, on a farm south of Coulterville being the daughter of William and Catherine Cunningham.  Two sisters: Mrs. James Woodside and Mrs. James Neill and one brother, William Cunningham, have preceded he in death.  On December 17, 1868, she was married to John Orr and to this union were born ten children.  Truly Mrs. Orr had known the pangs of bitter sorrow, for an epidemic of Diphtheria entered the home and claimed the lives of three of the young children each time.  One child died early in infancy and a son William died at the age of 18 years.  At an early age she confessed her faith in Christ and united with the Reformed Presbyterian church of Coulterville, later transferring her membership to the United Presbyterian church.  She was a consistent and sincere Christian and as long as her health permitted, attended services regularly.  Left to mourn her passing are two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Boyd with whom she has made her home for the last eight years, and Mrs. Mae Hood, both of Coulterville, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, beside many other relatives and friends. [Coulterville Republican, May 15, 1936 - Sub. by Kathyrn Todd]

John Orr
Tuesday night of this week marked the passing of another of the old and highly respected citizens of this community, in the person of John Orr, who laid down burdens and cares of this life to pass to his reward among those who in like manner have gone before.   Mr. Orr, the second son of Andrew and Jane Orr , was born in Ireland, May 27, 1842, coming to America in 1849, and at the time of his death was 78 years 8 mon 18 days.  After coming to America the most of his life  has been spent in and around Coulterville.  On December 17, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Cunningham, and to this union were born ten children, eight of whom have preceded the father to the heavenly home.  Left to mourn are the wife and two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth D. Boyd and Miss Mae; also a brother, William Orr of St Louis; three sisters, Mrs. Jane Jackson of Tamaroa, Mrs Mary Spaulding of McDonough, Ga., and Mrs Mattie McMillan of St Louis; beside a wide circle of other sorrowing relatives and friends.  The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C.M. Filer.  Interment was made in the Coulterville Cemetery.
[Coulterville Republican, Feb.15, 1921 - Sub by Kathyrn Todd]


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