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Sam Orr Pond
     Last Updated 3 September 2001

    Sam Orr Pond is located below Highway 127 in Bocabec, near the south-west corner of Saint Patrick Parish, where it drains into Birch Cove. This fascinating body of water contains a rare colony of quahogs and has an interesting geological history. It is part of the Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve that was recently created by the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, Inc. More information and pictures of Sam Orr Pond may be found at the following off-site links:


Genealogy
 

   The most likely source of the pond's name was one Samuel Orr, who was born July 29, 1868 or 1867 (1) to Thomas Orr and Martha Taggart. The family  was described in the Memoirs of Annie M. Holt as living in the general vicinity of the pond, although the pond was not mentioned by name. Sam was described as a "farmer and weir fisherman at home." (2) Miss Holt also made a quick reference to "the Sam Orr property in lower Bocabec." (3) The Orr family was also listed in each of the 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901 censuses of Saint Patrick Parish.(4) In all of the censuses, it is clear that the family was living in the area of the pond because the families listed adjacent to the Orrs, such as the  Brownriggs, are also know to have lived in that part of Bocabec. Sam Orr died on August 23, 1945 (5) and was buried in the Bocabec Presbyterian Cemetery together with two of  his sisters. His death notice in the Saint Croix Courier appeared September 6, 1945.(6)

    Sam Orr's grandfather was the John Orr, Sr. listed below who bought half of Penobscot Lot 19 in 1821 and all of Penobscot Lot 17 in 1834. John Sr. was married to Mary Carrick and they had at least two sons, namely Thomas (Sam's father above) and John Jr. Thomas Orr inherited Lot 17 from John Sr. and bought the north-east half of Lot 18 from William and Eliza Jane Orr (relation unknown). John Orr Jr. inherited the south-west half of Lot 19 but eventually sold it and moved to Holts Point Road, where he is described as living by Annie M. Holt.(7)

   There were at least two other Samuel Orrs in Bocabec but they seem to have lived in the Grove Settlement area on the west side of Kerrs Lake. One is listed in the deaths in the 1871 census, and some are listed in Hutchinson's directories.


1. July 29 is given in the 1901 census, p. 16 and on Sam Orr's death certificate. 1868 is given in the 1901 census but 1867 is given on the death certificate. The age of 22 in the 1891 census implies a birth year of 1868, while the ages of 3 and 13 in the 1871 and 1881 censuses imply a birth year of 1867. 
2. The Memoirs of Annie M. Holt and the People of Bocabec, p. 1
3. The Memoirs of Annie M. Holt and the People of Bocabec, p. 15
4.  1871, p. 11, age 3;  1881, p 44, age 13; 1891, p 36 , age 22; 1901, p 16, age 32.
5. NB Death Certificate #53966, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick microfilm F19398. Vital Statistics (RS141), Death Certificates, 1945, #s 53900 - 54599.
6. Taken from the Journey  Through  Time series, Issue 4.
7. The Memoirs of Annie M. Holt and the People of Bocabec, p. 4


 (Click for a larger version.)
Map of Penobscot Lots around 
Sam Orr Pond
The above map is based on
Crown Land Grant Map #161.


 
 


Items Relating to Sam Orr's Death


(Click for a larger version.)
Sam Orr's Death Certificate
NB Death Certificate #53966,
PANB mfm F19398.
 
Orr Stone (Click for a larger version.)
Sam Orr Stone Photo
Bocabec Presbyterian
Cemetery
Photo by Craig Walsh
June 2001.
 
AGNES M. ORR
1863 - 1934

ELIZA ORR
1868 - 1934

SAMUEL ORR
1867 - 1945

ORR

Sam Orr Stone Text
Bocabec Presbyterian
Cemetery
 
ORR: At his home in Bocabec after several
months' illness, Samuel Orr, son of the late
Thomas and Martha Orr, aged 78 years.
Sam Orr's Death Notice
Saint Croix Courier, September 6, 1945.
Taken from Journey Through Time issue 4.

Grave Stone Transcriptions of Sam Orr's Relatives
Bocabec Presbyterian Cemetery, Bocabec, N.B.
Transcribed by Craig Walsh, June 2001.
 

THOMAS ORR
DIED MARCH 26. 1889
AGED 60 YEARS

MARTHA
HIS WIFE DIED
MAY 8, 1901
AGED 69 YEARS

Sam Orr's Parents


 

JOHN ORR
SEPT. 27, 1814 NOV. 15, 1890

HIS WIFE HENRIETTA C.
JULY 29, 1836 AUG 15, 1899

ORR

Sam Orr's Uncle & Aunt
 
MARY J. ORR
DIED MAY 5. 1881
AGED 14 YEARS &. 6 MOS.

ANDREW ORR
DIED JUNE 14. 1883
AGED 23 YEARS.

JOSEPH ORR
DIED JUNE 8. 1886
AGED 14 YEARS &. 6 MOS.

JAMES T. ORR
DIED FEB. 19 1860
AGED 2 YEARS.

Children of
THOMAS & MARTHA ORR

Sam Orr's Siblings
 
JOHN ORR
DIED
Aug. 27, 1849,
AE. 56.
[possibly more text buried]
Sam Orr's Grandfather


 

CARRICK
IN MEMORY OF
RACHEL
BORN IN CASTINE ME.
1764 - 1851
WIFE OF
CHARLES
THEIR CHILDREN
JAMES
ELIZABETH
1807 - 1857
JOHN ORR
1793 - 1849
HIS WIFE
MARY CARRICK
Sam Orr's Grandmother and
Great Grandparents

Early Orr Land Transactions

Ref: First letter or number is the Charlotte County Registry book. The number after the period is the page number.
Inst: D = deed, W = will, M = mortgage.
Res: StP = Saint Patrick, StA = Saint Andrews.
In all cases where a female name is given with the grantor, the woman was explicitly described in the instrument as the wife of the male grantor.
 
 

Penobscot Lot 17 - Granted to James Turner
Sublot Ref Date Inst Acres Grantor Res Grantee Res
Main H.069 14 Oct 1822 D 100 James & Rachel Turner StP James Turner, Jr  
Main N.303 25 Jun 1834 D 100 James & Unity Turner   John Orr  
                 
Berry S.880 04 Jul 1838 D 10 John & Mary Orr StP William Berry StP
                 
Remaining V.316 16 May 1849 W 90* John Orr StP Thomas Orr  

*Acreage not explicitly given in will.
 

Penobscot Lot 19 - Granted to Andrew Patten
Sublot Ref Date Inst Acres Grantor Res Grantee Res
Main F.088 21 Jan 1821 D 100 James Turner StP James Orr  
                 
SW G.036 03 Nov 1821 D 50 James Orr StP John Orr StP
SW V.316 16 May 1849 W 50 John Orr StP John Orr (Jr)  
SW 6.027 04 Nov 1858 D 50 John & Henrietta Orr StP William Breen StP
SW 6.029 04 Nov 1858 M 50 William Breen   John Orr  
                 
NE 2.207 15 Sep 1855 D 45 James & Martha Orr StP William Orr StP
NE 2.208 02 Oct 1855 D 45 William & Eliza Jane Orr StP Thomas Orr StP


 

Penobscot Lot 20 - Granted to Francis Welsh
Sublot Ref Date Inst Acres Grantor Res Grantee Res
Main A.134 26 Jul 1785 M? 100 Francis Welch Char Co George Bennison Saint John
          -missing-      
Main H.498 13 Jan 1823 D 100 Robert Sime StA Colin Campbell StA
Main K.873 01 May 1825 D 100 Colin Campbell, Esq StA James Orr StP
Main 15.484 01 Sep 1868 D 100 James Orr StP James Orr, Jr StP
Main 22.499 03 Nov 1873 D 100 James (Jr) & Martha P Orr StP William G Thompson  
Main 22.500 14 Nov 1873 M 100 William G & Mary Thompson StP James Orr, Jr  

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