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Oak Mound Cemetery ~ Cemetery in Somonauk, IL. First recorded burial 1842. It was surveyed and platted in 1847.4

Virgin O'Bannon ~ wife Arthur James Thompson.11

David O'Neil ~ Arrived in Boston in 1870, a joiner by trade, with his tools and fifteen cents. He became New York's most renowned builder of staircases.1

Peter O'Toole ~ b. 1932 ~ He starred as Lawrence of Arabia and was born in Ireland to an Irish father and a Scottish mother.14

Richard J. Oglesby ~ Elected Governor of Illinois three times, US Senator and Major General in the Civil War.6

James Oglethorpe ~ English founder of Georgia, was rumored to wear the kilt and plaid as his mother was Scottish.14

Dr. David Oliphant ~ b. 1720 ~ Born in Perth, he served as a surgeon with the Jacobite Army at Culloden before fleeing to SC.1

James Oliphant ~ Settled in Georgia 1775. Sailed on the Georgia Packet seeking better employment opportunities. He was 34, a Yeoman.10

Agnes Oliver ~ Wife of James Robertson. Daughter of Robert Oliver who in 1794 was elected a ruling elder of the Coila United Presbyterian Church.4

Albert James Oliver ~ Lumber/Member Illinois St. Andrew Society 1910. Pres. and treas. A. J. Oliver Lumber Co.; b. Chicago April 20, 1874; s. John and Mary (McLaren) Oliver; grad. Central Park School, June, 1889, and took full course in Metropolitan Business College. Began as office boy at Oliver Bros., lumber, May 1, 1891; worked on dock and at mills until 1895; handled sales dept. until Nov. 1898; employ of Paepcke & Leicht Lumber Co., 1898-1902, when started for self. Republican. Congregationalist. Clubs: Menoken, Columbia Yacht. Office: Ft. Dearborn Bldg. Residence: 1426 Washington Boul.11,20

Elizabeth G. Oliver ~ Wife William F. Dickson m.1889.11

Elizabeth Oliver ~ Wife William Smillie.11

George Oliver ~ 1845-1912 ~ A memorial is shown in the minutes of April 4, 1912, for Oliver who was born in Riccarton, Kilmarnock, Scotland on June 15, 1845, and died in Chicago, March 29, 1912. He was employed at Sweet, Dempster and Company for thirty-seven years. Member Illinois St. Andrew Society.

Helen Oliver ~ Wife of James Walker.4

James Oliver ~ 1823-1908 ~ immigrated with his family from Roxburgh, Scotland (17)to NY and then to South Bend, Indiana where he was responsible for the development of one of the biggest plough-manufacturing plants in the country, covering 62 acres, employing 2000 and manufacturing 200,000 ploughs. He discovered a process to prevent castings cooling too quickly and a superior plough was the result.1 Oliver spent much of his life trying to make things easier for the nation's farmers. He made farm machinery lighter and easier to operate. At the time of his death, the Oliver Plow Works covered 62 acres and employed 2,000 workers. A close friend called him an inventory rather than a manufacturer. Yet he produced about 200,000 plows every year. James Oliver was born in Liddesdale, Roxburghshire, Scotland on August 20, 1823. He was the youngest of six sons and two daughters. When he was 12, the family emigrated to the United States and settled on a farm near Geneva, New York. They later moved to an Indiana farm near Mishawaka. When his father died, James went to work. Although he turned over most of his pay to his mother, he was able to save enough to buy a share in a foundry. Two years later, in 1857, he bought out his partner. Sole ownership gave him a chance to experiment making plows harder and lighter. He tried chill cooling and annealing of the plows he cast and was successful. Although John Deere invented the steel plow in 1837, Oliver's were lighter and cheaper. The business established by him is now carried on (in 1921) in several cities from Rochester, New York State, to San Francisco, and south to Dallas, Texas.17

John Oliver ~ Involved in lumber market when Chicago's lumber market was king.

NFN Oliver ~ Wife of William Henry.4

Thomas Oliver ~ Settled in Savanna, GA 1774. He was 29, a Blacksmith and sailed on the Marlborough with wife & 2 children.10

Laurence Kerr Olivier ~ 1907-1989 ~ (Lord Olivier) He was one of the great classical actors, a motion picture star of the first magnitude, a director of prominence and the founder of the National Theatre of Britain. As a boy, Olivier wore a Kerr tartan kilt as a customary Sunday outfit, but neither he nor his father, who bore the same name, could precisely trace their Scottish connection.14

Wallace Olmstead ~ Husband of Helen Walker.4

Daniel Oneale ~ Prisoner sent to MA in 1652.10

Alexander Orchard ~ Child of John G./Helen Orchard.11

Elsie Orchard ~ Child of John G./Helen Orchard.11

Grace Orchard ~ Child of John G./Helen Orchard.11

Isabella Orchard ~ Child of John G./Helen Orchard.11

James Orchard ~ Child of John G./Helen Orchard.11

John Grant Orchard ~ b. March 9, 1845 ~ Banker/Member Illinois St. Andrew Society1910. Born Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; son Thomas Grant and Isabella (McDonald) Orchard; ed. private schools in Scotland; married St. Stephen, New Brunswick Dec. 20, 1871, Helen Marks Stevens; children: Isabella, James, Thomas (deceased), John, Elsie, Grace, Princille (deceased), Alexander. Entered Aberdeen Town and Country Bank at its head officer, Aberdeen, Scotland, as an apprentice for 5 years; joined Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh 1864, and the Bank of British America, London in 1865; served same bank in Canada at London, Toronto, Kingston, St. John and Halifax; joined Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1874 and opened its Chicago branch; left that bank in 1883 and joined Merchants Loan & Trust Co., to develop its foreign business; appointed, 1895, to present position as cashier, same bank. Independent in politics. Presbyterian. Club: Evanston Country. Recreation: fishing. Mem. Board of Education, Evanston (Chairman Buildings and Grounds Committee) in 1905. Residence: 2203 Orrington Av., Evanston, Il. Office in 1905: 135 Adams St. Office in 1911: Merchants Loan & Trust Bank.11

John Orchard ~ Child of John G./Helen Orchard.11

Thomas Grant Orchard ~ Father John Grant Orchard.11

Andrew Orme ~ Died March 11, 1883; buried Rosehill, Sec. D, Chicago, IL by the Illinois St. Andrew Society.

Alexander Ector Orr ~ 1831-1914 ~ President of New York Rapid Transit Commission, Vice-President of many financial institutions, was of Ulster Scot descent.17

David Orr ~ 1865 ~ Child of Martha J. McAfee/David. Engaged in the implement business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was originally a carpenter by trade and also a farmer and good at both. He was a large, jovial man. For many years he was secured by other carpenters in the community for manager and "Crier" at barn-raisings. He had a good voice and a command of men.4

David Orr ~ 1818_1893 ~ Somonauk, IL settler. Died at Des Moines, Iowa; married in Wayne Co., Ohio 1845 Elizabeth McCleery. Children: Ellen Orr, John S. Orr, Mary Ann Orr, Smith Orr, William Orr. They moved to Somonauk, IL in 1852, bought and lived on a farm in Clinton township where Mrs. Orr died six years later. He married second Martha Jane McAfee; born in Ireland. Buried Oak Mound.4

Hugh Orr ~ 1717-98 ~ born in Lochwinnoch, inventor of a machine for dressing flax, took a patriotic part in the war of the Revolution by casting guns and shot for the continental Army, besides doing much to encourage rope-making and spinning.17

James Doig Orr ~ d. 1874 ~ Child of Eliz. McCleery/David Orr. Married 1871 Philomelia J. Henry. Children: Mary Ella Orr (b. 1871), and Minna J. Orr (1873-1886).4

Levi R. Orr ~ 1860 ~ Child of Martha J. McAfee/David. Engaged in the implement business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.4

Nathaniel Orr ~ b. 1822 ~ of Scottish ancestry, retired in 1888 "with the reputation of having brought the art of wood engraving to the highest perfection, and the signature 'Orr,' cut in the block was always a sure guarantee of art excellence."17

Robert Orr ~ son of Hugh Orr b. 1717, invented an improved method of making scythes and was the first manufacturer of iron shovels in New England.17

Robert (Bobby) Gordon Orr ~ His ancestors came to Canada from Ballymena, Ulster. He was arguably the greatest player in the history of hockey. There is no doubt that he was the greatest defenseman, as his rushing style completely redefined the position, turning it into a partly offensive one. Before Orr no defenseman had ever scored more than 20 goals in a season. But Bobby Orr led the league in scoring twice, the only defenseman ever to do so, led in assists four times, was judged most valuable player three times, and best defenseman eight consecutive years. His career was cut short by injuries in 1978, at age 30.14

Sarah Jane Orr ~ 1865 ~ Child of Martha J. McAfee/David.4

Sarah M. Orr ~ d. 1915 ~ Wife of George Beveridge French. Her family was not traced. Not related to the David Orr family.4

William Orr ~ 1808-91 ~ manufacturer and inventor, born in Belfast of Ulster Scot parentage, was the first to manufacture merchantable printing paper with wood fibre in it, and made several other improvements and discoveries along similar lines.17

Elley Orum ~ Queen of the Comstock Lode" was born in the Highlands, She made a million dollars in the Nevada gold rush of the 1850's, spent it all and went broke only to win back her mansion in a raffle.14

George Orwell ~ 1903-1950 ~ He was been called "the greatest satirist in the English language since Swift" and is famous for two books Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. He was born in Bengal of Scottish ancestry as Eric Arthur Blair.14

Robert Osborne ~ Date of death not recorded; buried Rosehill, Sec. D, Chicago, IL by the Illinois St. Andrew Society.

Ann Oswald ~ Wife of Robert H. Harper.4

Eleazer Oswald ~ 1755-1795 ~ Colonel of Scottish origin, though born in England, rendered brilliant service on the side of the colonies during the Revolution. In 1779 he became associated with William Goddard in the Maryland Journal, the first newspaper printed in Baltimore. Later removing to Philadelphia he issued the first number of the Independent Gazetteer, or the Chronicle of Freedom, April 13, 1782, and at the same time he also conducted in New York The Independent Gazetteer, or New York Journal (1782-87). The first daily paper published in Baltimore (1791) was by him.17

Hanna Ouchterlony ~ Founded the Swedish Salvation Army, and also that of Norway.14

Will Oury ~ He served with distinction as a Texas Ranger and Sheriff of Pina County, Arizona, but is also considered the instigator in the infamous Camp Grant Massacre in April 1871. Tales of adventure and wealth drew him to Texas where he fought in the Texas Revolution and was a participant at the Alamo. When the final slaughter took place, Oury was delivering dispatches. In February 1871 a group of 150 Apaches came to Camp Grant to ask if they could cultivate their ancestral plots. It was agreed, but a series of raids took place that were blamed on the Indians. Oury organized a retaliatory attack and massacred 108 men, women and children. Only eight of the victims were male adults.1

Myra Overbaugh ~ Wife of Thomas J. Mahaffey.4

Clark Ovett ~ Husband of Parmelia Henry.4

Arthur K. Owen ~ Child of Eliza Kirkpatrick/John. A Roentgenologist, married Eugia Timms. Child: Kirk Owen.4

Charles Archibald Owen ~ Child of Eliza Kirkpatrick/John. Married Margarette Corrett; they had a daughter a four sons and were living in Egypt where Mr. Owen was a missionary teacher in 1928.4

David Dale Owen ~ 1807-60 ~ born in Lanarkshire, was brought to the United States by his father in 1823. In 1848 he took charge of the Geological Survey of Wisconsin and Iowa, and that of Minnesota in 1852.17

John W. Owen ~ 1854-1927 ~ Married Eliza Kirkpatrick.4

Mary Owen ~ Child of Eliza Kirkpatrick/John. Married A. R. Morrow, a physician, living in Chicago, IL. They had two daughters in 1928.4

Richard Owen ~ 1810-90 ~ Brother of David Dale Owen b. 1807, born in Lanarkshire, had a distinguished career in this country as a geologist.17

Robert Dale Owen ~ 1801-77 ~ born in Glasgow, social reformer, spiritualist, author, and Member of Congress from Indiana (1843-47), was a strong advocate of negro emancipation.17

Robert Owen ~ 1771-1858 ~ Cotton-manufacturer, philanthropist and social reformer. Following his apprenticeship in the cotton trade, he worked in Manchester before taking over the mills established by David Dale at New Lanark on the Clyde. He introduced a pioneering approach to factory management by providing a good working environment, medical care and education for the workforce and their families. This together with the 'Institution for the formation of character' which he established in 1816 brought him to international attention, although his attempts to set up similar schemes in the United States and elsewhere failed. Had a model settlement in New Harmony, Indiana, acquired in 1824. He was assisted by his Glasgow born son, Robert Dale Owen. The community soon foundered, but it served as a source of hope and inspiration for working_class radicals on America's eastern seaboard. The village of New Lanark is now a working museum and has been designated a World Heritage site. Marriage to Ann Carolina Dale, daughter of David Dale; married Glasgow 30-Sep-1799.1,18

William B. Owen ~ 1834-1900 ~ Mfr. of pressed brick. This was the first pressed brick ever used in Chicago and also placed upon the market the improved terra cotta brick now in use. He was born of humble parentage in Crown Point, NY, being the only child of Hiram and Betsy Owen who were natives of NY and represented old American families. He was left an orphan before he reached 9 years and was thrown upon his own resources without even a guardian. Through his hardship, he called forth the best and strongest principles and determined that no hardship would bar his advance. Even when he was receiving only $25 per year for his labor, his rigid economy enabled him to save something each year. He accepted a position in a machine shop and became a skilled machinist. He also learned the shoemaker's trade. Prior to the Civil War he also acted as a member of the police force in Baltimore, MD for a short time. In 1850, he went across the plains to California driving a mule team and was stricken with fever which almost terminated his life. A few years later he visited Pike's Peak in a search for gold. Soon after the outbreak of the Civil war he went to Chattanooga, TN in the employ of the government and spent nearly three years in that place, doing repair work on engines and harness. He then came to Chicago and for several years was employed as an engineer for a number of firms. He married in 1867 and for a year engaged in farming in Champaign, IL; turned his attention to the mfr of brick at Willow Springs, establishing a brickyard about 1870. This is where he produced the first pressed bricks. Subsequently, he successfully perfected the terra cotta block as it is made today. He operated terra cotta yards at Denver and Wickliffe, Ohio to supply the east and west. He married 1st 1867 Annie Price, a native of Glasgow, Scotland had 3 children; Jessie, now deceased; W.B. who is with the National Fireproof company and Ruth Josephine. He married 2nd Jennie Marr in 1898.12

Marie G. Owens ~ Wife John Crerar b. 1857.11


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Illinois Saint Andrew Society
Scottish-American History Club
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