by Rev. Thomas H. Mullin, Belfast: Century Services, 1972.
                                         Used by permission of the author.
Three brothers, John Orr, William Orr and James Orr came to the Aghadowey district.
1. John (died 1779) married 1745 Jane Cloney or McEwen (1731-1794), daughter of a Presbyterian minister and had issue:
A. James(born 1747).
B. Elinor (born 1750), died in Dublin.
C. William (born 1751)
D. John (1752-1835) accompanied Lord Macartney to India and had a command in East India Company. Married 1789 a Miss Daniell, no family.

E. Samuel (1753-1812), secretary to Admiral Hughes in India, afterwards had command in 19th Dragoons. Married first Miss Sarson, and second Miss Eyre of Sandford, aunt of Lady Nelson. No family.

F. Wakefield (born 1756), an attorney, died unmarried.

G. Henry (1757-1821) married Margaret, daughter of Dr. McIlwaine of Coleraine and had issue:

    (a) Samuel (died 1869 aged 74) married Anne, daughter of Rev. Thomas Paul, no family.

    (b) William (died 1873) of Ballybrittain married Susan, daughter of  Averil Lecky of Castle Lecky and had two daughters, Margaret, died 1836 aged 13 (after whom St. Margaret is named), and Alicia Lecky Ida died 1854 of consumption at Palermo.

    (c) Jane, died of consumption or paralysis.
    (d) Anne (died 1874 in Dublin).
    (e) Mary (died about 15 years of age).
    (f) Margaret (died young).
    (g) Henry (died young).
    (h) John(died in childhood).

H. Jane Margaret (1759-1847), the wonderful needlewoman.
The family of the eldest brother John is extinct.
2. William, the second brother, married Miss Molyneux of Co. Antrim, and died about 1767 leaving family:
A. James of Keely (died 1841) who built Keely, married 1782 Elizabeth Spotswood and had issue:
(a) William (1784-1787).
(b) Elizabeth married Hugh Lecky and had children Hugh, James Orr,
    John, Connolly and Andrew.
(c) Andrew of Keely and Hillburn (1786-1864) married Mary Holmes
    of Belfast and had issue:
i. James (1821.1874).

ii. Anne (1822-1871) married Rev. R. P. Young of Tipperary, no family.

iii. Elizabeth (born 1824) married Rev. Robert McNaghten.

iv. Rev. Robert Holmes (died 1895) married first Mary Guiness and second Jane Ashe. By his first wife he had issue Catherine Pauline, Alice, Mary, Andrew Alymer, Anna Margaret Robertson, Ellen Lucy, Arthur James, John Robert.
v.  Ellen Joy (1827-1850).
vi. Andrew (1829-1870) married Lucy Erskine Acworth and had issue:
(1) Ellen Toy (married Robert Todd),
(2) Andrew William (married Henrietta Mary Bird),
(3) Harriett Gertrude,
(4) Herbert Holmes,
(5) Mary Acworth,
(6) Lucy Elizabeth,
(7) Charles William James.

(d) Anne (1790-1868) married Captain Robert Mackay, her cousin, and had two children,  John and Betsy, died aged 12 and 22.
(e) Isabella (1792-1816).
(f) William (1794-1809).
(g) James (1796-1815).
B. William, built Moneycarry green, married Catherine Ogilby whose brother Robert built Woodbank house near Garvagh and had a large family, most of whom went to America and died young, none married in Ireland. Their names were Anne, Mary, Catherine, Jane, James, William, John, Robert (who died about 1874 and left a good business in Pittsburgh to his sons), and Hester.
C. John, mentioned with William in a law case as residing in Gortan, and a nephew of James Orr.

D. Mary married Mr. Rankin, and writer of family tree thinks a daughter married Mr. Smith of Killykergan. I take this to be Mary of Moneycarrie, (died 1835 aged 78), who married David Ranken and had a daughter Mary Ranken of Heathfield married Samuel Smith of Gills.

E. Anne, married Mr. Hunter of Coleraine, engaged in green at Keely, and had a daughter Jane, married James Guthrie of Coleraine, a banker and afterwards Town Clerk of Belfast.

F. Jane, married Robert, son of Abraham Browne of Aghadowey green, lived in Aghadowey House and had children Anne (married O'Donnell), Thomas and Jane.
 

3. James, the third brother, married Elizabeth Alexander of Limavady and had issue:
A. Alexander or Alick of Landmore (born 1761), married Miss Dunbar of Woburn and had issue:
(a) Sarah, born 1789, died in infancy.

(b) Eliza, born 1790, married first Rev. John Paul, Rector of Aghadowey and second Rev. Stephen Gwynne, Rector of Agherton, no family.

(c) Eleanor, born 1792, died unmarried.
(d) Sarah, born 1793.
(e) James, born 1795, an attorney. married Miss Johnson of Belfast, and left a son who died young.

(f) George, born 1799, took name Dunbar, married Miss Beresford, cousin of the Marquis of Waterford, and had two sons and a daughter.

i. Captain George, died 1884.
ii. Georgina, married General Dunbar Buller.
(g) Anna, married Pilkington.
B. Margaret, married John Mackay of Elagh and Prospect, Portstewart, and had issue:
(a) Elizabeth, died 1864 aged 78, unmarried.
(b) Frances Georgina, died unmarried.
(c) Mary Anne (1788-1880).
(d) Robert, married 1816, Anne Orr of Keely, his second cousin.
(e) Margaret, married Austin.
(f) John James, died young.
(g) Catherine, died young.
(h) Rebecca Dupre, married William Wilson.
(i) Helen Wylly, died young.
(j) William Thomas, went to America.
(k) Octavia, died young.
C. Elizabeth, married John Church, attorney, of Oatlands, Myroe, and had a large family including:
(a) Rebecca, married 1824, Monk Eagleson of Ardverness.
(b) Anne, married Robert Forrester.
(c) Margaret (1798-1872) married 1824, Rev. William Lyle of 1st Dunboe Presbyterian Church.
D. Anne Helen, married Stephen Church. E. Alicia, married John Britton without paternal consent.

F. Rebecca, unmarried.
 


 
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