Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ John and Margaret Orr, Bedford, New Hampshire, 1755 and 1753

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Bedford, Cemetery, 
circa 1737, Bedford, New Hampshire.

Memento Mori

HERE LIES THE                         LIKEWISE THE
Body of                                       Body of
         Mr. JOHN ORR                          Mrs. MARGARET ORR
        Elder                                       (wife of John Orr
  who departed this                         Elder)  She departed
Life - May ye 8th                           this life May 19th
1755  In the                                  1753   In the
60th year of                                   46th year of
his age.                                         her age.
Hark from the tomb a dolful sound
mine Eare attend the cry
Ye loving men come view the ground,
where you must shortly lie.

Erected by there son John Orr.

from the NEHGS Register, volume 23  [1869], page 478.

"Rev. John Orr, the great grandson of John Orr, was a teacher by profession and came to this country from the north of Ireland, and first settled in Londonderry, NH.  He was of the stock called "Scotch-Irish", yet he was a pure Scotchman and Presbyterian.  his youngest son, Hon. John Orr... settled in Bedford, NH and was one of the worthies of that town.  He was for many years one of the elders of the church; justice of the peace and of the quorum; senator of the third district; counsellor for the county of Hillsborough, and many years a representative from Bedford."


Heather Wilkinson Rojo,  "Tombstone Tuesday ~ John and Margaret Orr, Bedford, New Hampshire, 1755 and 1753", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 14, 2015,  ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/07/tombstone-tuesday-john-and-margaret-orr.html: accessed [access date]).

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