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ORR (SAMUEL) SERMONS AND WEDDING CEREMONY, 1855-1882


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Title: Samuel Orr sermons and wedding ceremony
Dates: 1855-1882
Accession Number(s): 1993-012
Extent: 1 foot
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Biographical Note: Samuel Orr (1823-1882) was one of the first Presbyterian ministers in Arkansas. Orr was born in Jackson County, Georgia, August 12, 1823, and graduated from Oglethorpe University (1851) and Cumberland Theological Seminary, Lebanon, Tennessee (1854). He received a “Certificate of Licensure” to preach from the Presbytery of Cherokee meeting at Cartersville, Georgia (1855?).

From 1854 to 1858, Orr served as both domestic missionary and stated supply for the Presbytery of Cherokee and preached at several locations in Alabama. Around 1858, he moved to Arkansas where he served as one of the earliest Presbyterian preachers in the state. Under the Presbytery of Ouachita, he was first located at Tulip in Dallas County. Later he lived in Center Point where he preached and taught in Hemstead County (1858-1860). He was ordained Army Chaplain in Ouachita County (1864) and served as stated supply at Pleasant Grove Academy and Church in Dallas County (1863-1869).

In 1869 he became the first full time minister and teacher at Carolina Presbyterian Church and Academy in Dobyville, Arkansas, where he stayed until his death. Under Orr, the church grew to sixty-three members and two pastors. While at Carolina, he traveled extensively, serving as stated supply for Arkansas churches of Prescott, Marlbrook, Shady Grove, Princeton, and Arkadelphia.

In addition to preaching, Orr is rumored to have kept a general store and run a cotton gin. The 1870 census lists him as being a physician. Orr was marred to Ann Elizabeth Baird in 1857, and they had four children. He died suddenly on October 24, 1882 after an accident on a horse.

Scope and Contents: This collection consists of 225 handwritten sermons written and preached by Samuel Orr, mostly in the area of Clark County, Arkansas, and spanning the years 1855-1858, 1864-1869, and 1870-1882. Most of the sermons are dates 1856-1957, when Orr preached at Mount Olivet and Sardis Presbyterian Churches in Alabama, and 1874-1882 when he served at Carolina Presbyterian Church in Arkansas. Other Arkansas churches where the sermons were preached include: Mount Hally, Center Point, Arkadelphia, Tulip, Royston, Fayetteville, Pleasant Grove, Washington, Greenwood, Princeton, Prescott, Shady Grove, Oak Grove, Marlbrook, Richland, and Hope. The sermons are arranged chronologically by the date they were originally preached. Orr’s sermons are not titled, but are based around particular chapters and verses of the Bible, indicated at the beginning of each manuscript. Although Orr usually documented the places where he preached each sermon, around 25% of the sermons are undated. The Orr papers also include one wedding ceremony, dated 1879.

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
Orr, Samuel, 1823-1882.
Presbyterian Church--Clergy.
Sermons, English--Arkansas.
Clark County (Ark.)

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Preferred Citation: Samuel Orr sermons and wedding ceremony, 1855-1882, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


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B063 1 Series I: Sermons
    225 individual handwritten manuscripts
       2 Cor. 5:20, undated
       Eph. 2:10, undated
       2 Cor. 16:2, undated
       1 Pet. 2:7, undated
     
  2    John 12:48, undated
       2 Cor. 3:18, undated
       Isa. 55:1-2, undated
       Ezek. 3:17-21, undated
       2 Tim. 1:15:
          Royston, [1850s?]
          Pleasant Grove, undated
          Washington, undated
          Richland, undated
          Richland, undatedtd>
       1 Cor. 9:20-22:
          Sardis, [1850s?]
          Mount Olivet, undated
       John 3:3:
          No. 3 [1850s?]
          Sardis, undated
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Carolina, undated
     
  3    Luke 14:25-27:
          Mount Hally, [1856]
          Marlbrook, undated
          Carolina, undated
          Richland, undated
          Arkadelphia, 1875
       Matt. 6:10:
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Carolina, 1872
          Richland, undated
       2 Cor. 5:20:
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Sardis, undated
          Oak Grove, undated/td>
       Matt. 11:29-30:
          No. 2, unfinished [Pickens Co., AL], 1855
          Carolina, 1870
     
  4    Luke 10:41-42:
          “The One Thing Needful,” June 1855
       2 John 2:15:
          No. 3 Pickens Co., AL, [1855]
          Mount Olivet, December 30, 1855
          Carolina, July 1872
       Deut. 29:29:
          No. 4 Pickens Co., AL, [1855]
          Mount Olivet, January 6, 1856
       2 Cor. 4:18:
          No. 6 [Pickens Co, AL], 1855
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Sardis, undated
     
  5    1 Chr. 16:29:
          No. 7 Pickens Co., AL, [1855]
          Carolina, 1870
       2 Cor. 10:12:
          No. 8 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Mount Olivet, January 20, 1856
          Oak Grove, undated
       Ps. 1:1:
          No. 9 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Sardis, January 27, 1856
          Carolina, August 1870
       Luke 16:31:
          No. 10 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Mount Olivet, February 3, 1856
          Sardis, February 10, 1856
          Center Point, April 8, [1860?]
          Richland, April 1873
          Tulip, 1874
     
  6    2 Pet. 4:18:
          No. 11 Pickens Co., AL, [1855]
          Mount Olivet, February 17, 1856
          Sardis, undated
          Royston, 1858
          Pleasant Grove [?]
          Carolina, 1870
          Tulip, 1874
       John 14:27:
          No. 12 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Sardis, February 24, 1856
          Mount Olivet, May 18, 1856
          Fayetteville, undated
          Oak Grove, undated
       Mark 2:17:
          No. 13 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Mount Olivet, March 2, 1856
          Sardis, undated
          Carolina, 1870
       John 9:4:
          No. 14 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Sardis, March 9, 1856
          Carolina, 1870
          Tulip, 1874
     
  7    2 Pet. 4:1-2:
          Mount Olivet, March 16, 1856
          Carolina, undated
       Rom. 1:16:
          No. 15 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Sardis, March 23, 1856
          Carolina, undated
       Ps. 61:2:
          No. 16 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Mount Olivet, April 20, 1856
          Sardis, April 27, 1856
          Fayetteville, undated
          Oak Grove, undated
          Royston, 1858
          La [?], 1860
          Carolina, 1874
       Josh. 24:15:
          No. 17 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Sardis, undated
          Sardis, undated
          Marlbrook, undated
          Marlbrook, undated
     
  8    2 Pet. 3:18:
          No. 18 Pickens Co., AL [1855]
          Sardis, May 25, 1856
          Carolina, August 1873
          Washington, 1873
          Arkadelphia, 1876
       Rom. 5:10:
          Sardis, June 8, 1856
          Carolina, 1871
          Washington, 1871
       John 6:47
          Mount Olivet, July 6, 1856
       Num. 14:34:
          Mount Olivet, August 1856
          Carolina, October 1878
          Richland, September 1879
     
  9    John 3:16:
          Carolina, 1869
          Sardis, undated
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Pleasant Grove, undated
       Rom. 8:30:
          Sardis, undated
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Greenwood, June 1865
       Jer. 17:9:
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Pleasant Grove, April 3, 1864
          Carolina, [October?], 1873
          Tulip, undated
          Arkadelphia, 1875
       Ps. 73:25:
          Mount Olivet, December 21, 1856
          Fayetteville, May 31, 1857
          Royston, 1858
          Oak Grove, undated
          Carolina, undated
     
  10    Ps. 90:9:
          Sardis, December 28, 1856
          Pleasant Grove, undated
       Ps. 36:2:
          Mount Olivet, 1857
          Sardis, 1857
          Pleasant Grove, undated
          Carolina, undated
       Matt. 6:22-23:
          Mount Olivet, 1857
          Sardis, undated
          Pleasant Grove, undated
          Richland, undated
          Carolina, November 1878
       Mal. 1:6:
          Mount Olivet, February 15, 1857
          Sardis, February 22, 1857
          Pleasant Grove, April 1, 1865
          Carolina, December 1877
     
  11    Rom. 10:4:
          Mount Olivet, March 1, 1857
          [Bathesday?], March 8, 1857
          Sardis, March 22, 1857
       2 Cor. 6:16-18:
          Sardis, May 10, 1857
          Carolina, June 12, 1870
          [Calvary?], October 1870
       Dan. 3:16-18:
          Sardis, May 24, 1857
          Royston, undated
          Center Point, undated
       John 12:32:
          Fayetteville, May 31, 1857
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Pleasant Grove, May 19, 1867
          Carolina, March 1869
          Richland, June 1873
          Carolina, July 1876
     
  12    Phil. 4:4:
          Mount Olivet, June 7, 1857
          Sardis, June 14, 1857
          Carolina, 1871
          Carolina, 1878
       John 14:1:
          Sardis, July 1857
          Royston and Wilton, June 1858
          Washington, August 1865
          Mount Hally, 1875
          Carolina, May 1875
       Rom. 12:1:
          Mount Olivet, July 1857
          Marlbrook, 1870
          Carolina, 1870
          Washington, 1871
          Princeton, 1871
       Gal. 6:7:
          Pleasant Grove, undated
          Carolina, March 1870
     
  13    2 Cor. 3:18:
          Undated
       Heb. 10:23:
          Carolina, undated
          Arkadelphia, 1876
       2 Pet. 3:15:
          Richland, undated
          Carolina, undated
       Isa. 59:1-2:
          Carolina, undated
     
  14    John 6:47
          Mount Olivet, undated
          Carolina, February 12, 1871
       2 John 2:15:
          Carolina, September 1871
       Prov. 3:9-10:
          Carolina, 1872
       Jer. 17:1:
          Carolina, 1872
     
  15    2 Pet. 1:21:
          Carolina, 1873
       Jer. 6:16:
          Carolina, 1873
       2 Pet. 3:18:
          Carolina, 1873
       2 Cor. 1:30:
          Richland, 1873
     
  16    Ps. 119:130:
          Carolina, 1873
       Exo. 34:22:
          Carolina, December 1873
       Col. 3:16:
          Carolina, December 1873
          Richland, February 1880
          Prescott, [Donor’s note: possibly the last sermon preached by Rev. Orr, who died on November 24, 1882], October 1882
       Rom. 5:2:
          Carolina, 1874
     
  17    Acts 11:23:
          Carolina, 1874
       John 7:17:
          Carolina, 1874
          Richland, 1880
          Marlbrook, 1882
          Shady Grove, September 1882
       Eph. 1:13-14:
          Carolina, 1874
       Rom. 3:1-2:
          Carolina, 1874
     
  18    Phil. 1:20:
          Carolina, 1874
       Matt. 5:16:
          Carolina, 1874
       Luke 19:42:
          Carolina, January 1874
       Gen 16:13:
          Carolina, January 1874
     
  19    1 Cor. 15:56-57:
          Carolina, April 1874
       Rom. 15:3:
          Carolina, June 1874
       Mal. 3:16:
          Carolina, June 1874
       John 2:12:
          Carolina, June 1874
     
  20    Deut. 12:9:
          Carolina, December 1874
       Acts 24:16:
          Carolina, 1875
       2 Cor. 3:18:
          Carolina, 1875
       2 Pet. 4:6:
          Carolina, 1875
     
  21    Matt. 5:20:
          Carolina, 1875
       2 Cor. 10:12:
          Carolina, January 1875
       Prov. 3:5-6:
          Carolina, January 3, 1875
       Jos. 1:25:
          Carolina, January 1875
     
  22    Rom. 8:13-14:
          Carolina, February 1875
       2 Cor. 2:14:
          Carolina, February 1875
       Phil. 4-6:
          Carolina, March 1875
       Heb. 4:16:
          Carolina, March 1875
          Pleasant Grove, July 1875
          Arkadelphia, August 1875
          Carolina, August 1879
     
  23    John 8:12:
          Carolina, April 1875
       Eph. 6:13:
          Carolina, April 1875
       2 Pet. 3:15:
          Carolina, May 1875
       Eph. 4:13:
          Carolina, May 1875td>
     
  24    Eph. 2:18:
          Carolina, June 1875
          Pleasant Grove, undated
          Carolina, May 1878
       Rom. 14:17:
          Carolina, June 1875
       Ps. 42:8:
          Carolina, June 1875
       Eph. 36:37:
          Carolina, July 1875
          Pleasant Grove, undated
          Arkadelphia, 1876
          Washington, 1880
     
  25    John 3:19:
          Carolina, July 1875
       John 6:39-40:
          Carolina, undated
          Tulip, August 1875
       Isa. 26:3:
          Carolina, September 1875
       Ps. 67:3:
          Carolina, October 1875
     
  26    Heb. 7:25:
          Carolina, December 1875
          Carolina, November 1879
          Prescott, June 1881
          Arkadelphia, May 1882
          Marlbrook, July 1882
       Jer. 29:13:
          Carolina, 1876
       1 Cor. 1:7-9:
          Carolina, 1876
       John 21:22:
          Carolina, January 1876
          Mount Hally, 1882
          Marlbrook, July 1882
          Shady Grove, August 1882
     
B064 27    John 9:39:
          Carolina, February 1876
       Carolina, February 1876
          Carolina, February 1876
       1 Cor. 1:18:
          Carolina, February 26, 1876
       John 3:3:
          Carolina, April 1876
     
  28    Eph. 5:17:
          Carolina, April 1876
       2 Cor. 7:1:
          Carolina, April 1876
       Eph. 2:7:
          Carolina, April 1876
       Gal. 1:4:
          Carolina, May 1876
     
  29    1 Pet. 3:22:
          Carolina, June 1876
       Matt. 3:12:
          Carolina, June 1876
       Eph. 4:1-3:
          Carolina, June 1876
       Rom. 5:1:
          Carolina, August 1876
     
  30    Rom. 5:2:
          Carolina, August 1876
       Rom. 6:4:
          Carolina, August 1876
       John 10:14:
          Carolina, August 1876
       Heb. 8:19:
          Carolina, September 1876
     
  31    Phil. 2:15:
          Carolina, October 1876
       Matt. 10:42:
          Carolina, October 1876
       Rom. 12:2:
          Carolina, October 22, 1876
       John 10:9:
          Carolina, November 12, 1876
     
  32    Acts 10:42-43:
          Carolina, December 2, 1876
       Carolina, December 2, 1876
          Carolina, December 1876
       James 4:7:
          Carolina, December 1876
       2 Chron. 20:20:
          Carolina, January 1877
     
  33    Matt. 25:34:
          Carolina, January 7, 1877
       Isa. 62:1-2:
          Carolina, January 14, 1877
       2 Pet. 2:3:
          Carolina, January 21, 1877
       2 Cor. 1:9:
          Carolina, February 1877
     
  34    John 14:15-17:
          Carolina, February 1877
       Titus 2:11-12:
          Carolina, February 11, 1877
       Rom. 12:21:
          Carolina, February 1877
       John 13:34-35:
          Carolina, April 1877
          Hope, April 28, 1877
     
  35    Prov. 3:5:
          Carolina, April 1877]
       Heb. 13:14:
          Carolina, April 1877
       Matt. 6:21:
          Carolina, April 1877
       2 Pet. 3:9:
          Carolina, May 1877
     
  36    John 15:10:
          Carolina, May 1877
          Tulip, April 1879
       2 Cor. 5:1:
          Carolina, June 1877
          Richland, June 1877
       Luke 12:37:
          Carolina, June 1877
     
  37    Mark 1:15:
          Carolina, July 1877
       Hosea 13:9:
          Carolina, July 1877
       Col. 1:27:
          Carolina, July 1877
       Rom. 8:33-34:
          Carolina, August 1877
     
  38    Eph. 1:14:
          Carolina, August 1877
       2 Cor. 5:17:
          Carolina, August 1877
       Matt. 5:14:
          Carolina, September 1877
       John 16:14:
          Carolina, September 1877
     
  39    Luke 7:35:
          Carolina, October 1877
       Matt. 7:21:
          Carolina, December 1877
       Matt. 16:24:
          Carolina, December 1877
       Luke 12:32:
          Carolina, December 1877
     
  40    1 Cor. 3:23:
          Carolina, 1878
          Richmond, 1878
       2 Chron. 14:2:
          Carolina, January 1878
       Tere. 13:23:
          Carolina, January 1878
       Matt. 7:13-14:
          Carolina, January 1878
     
  41    Eph. 6:10:
          Carolina, February 1878
       Ps. 139:23-24:
          Carolina, February 1878
       1 Pet. 2:3:
          Carolina, February 1878
       Prov. 8:34:
          Carolina, March 1878
     
  42    2 Chron. 31:21
          Carolina, March 1878
       Heb. 10:14:
          Carolina, March 1878
       2 Pet. 1:1:
          Carolina, March 1878
       Acts 17:31:
          Carolina, April 1878
     
  43    Hab. 2:1
          Carolina, April 1878
          Arkadelphia, September 1878
       Jas. 3:17:
          Carolina, May 1878
          Arkadelphia, September 1878
          Tulip, January 1880
       1 Tess. 5:12-13:
          Washington, “A Charge to the People of Washington,” May 1878
       John 8:31-32:
          Carolina, May 1878
     
  44    Ps. 72:7-8:
          Carolina, May 5, 1878
       Job 14:14:
          Carolina, May 30, 1878
       Prov. 3:1-2:
          Carolina, June 1878
       Rom. 13:11:
          Carolina, June 1878
       Rom. 14:17:
          Carolina, June 1878
     
  45    Matt. 8:34:
          Carolina, July 7, 1878
       Heb. 10:36:
          Carolina, August 1878
       Heb. 13:15:
          Marlbrook
          Carolina, August 6, 1878
       1 Cor. 10:12:
          Carolina, August 11, 1878
     
  46    Ps. 119:162:
          Carolina, September 1878
       Ps. 122:6:
          Carolina, September 1878
       2 Sam. 12:22:
          Carolina, September 1878
       John 9:41:
          Carolina, September 1878
     
  47    Prov. 8:36:
          Carolina, October 1878
       Acts 9:6:
          Carolina, November 1878
       Mal. 3:17:
          Carolina, November 1878
       Pet. 46:1:
          Carolina, December 1, 1878
          Prescott, July 1882
          Marlbrook, August 1882
          Shady Grove, September 1882
     
  48    Ps. 51:6
          Carolina, December 1878
       Rom. 13:14:
          Carolina, 1879
       2 Cor. 8:7:
          Carolina, January 1879
     
  49    Acts 17:27:
          Carolina, February 1879
          Malvern, 1880
          Marlbrook, 1882
          Prescott, 1882
       1 Cor. 2:5:
          Carolina, February 1879
       2 Chron. 7:14:
          Carolina, February 1879
          Shady Grove, September 1882
          Marlbrook, undated
       1 Cor. 2:2:
          Carolina, February 16, 1879
     
  50    Gal 4:5:
          Carolina, March 1879
       Rom. 8:14:
          Carolina, March 1879
       Neh. 8:1:
          Carolina, March 9, 1879
       Col. 3:1:
          Carolina, April 1879
     
  51    Isa. 11:13:
          Carolina, April 1879
       Rom. 10:14:
          Carolina, May 1879
       Eph. 8:?:
          Carolina, May 1879
       1 Cor. 12:27:
          Carolina, May 1879
     
B065 52    Eph. 4:15:
          Carolina, May 1879
       Ps. 1:1-2:
          Carolina, June 1879
          Tulip, January 1880
          Arkadelphia, October 1880
          Prescott, July 1882
          Shady Grove, August 1882
          Marlbrook, August 1882
          Richland, August 1882
       Deut. 4:29:
          Carolina, June 1879
          Malvern, 1880
       Gen. 45:28:
          Carolina, June 1879
     
  53    Eph. 2:13:
          Carolina, June 1879
       Heb. 11:16:
          Carolina, July 1879
          Arkadelphia, May 1882
          Prescott, June 1882
          Shady Grove, June 1882
          Marlbrook, July 1882
       Rom 1:18:
          Carolina, August 1879
       Heb. 12:14:
          Carolina, September 1879
     
  54    2 Cor. 5:19:
          Carolina, September 1879
       Ps. 56:12-13:
          Carolina, October 1879
       Isa. 1:18:
          Carolina, October 1879
       Phil. 2:5:
          Carolina, November 1879
     
  55    1 John 1:3-4:
          Carolina, November 1879
       Jer. 50:6:
          Carolina, November 1879
       Heb. 12:1-2:
          Carolina, December 1879
          Washington, October 1880
       Ps. 27:14:
          Carolina, December 1879
       Ps. 66:16:
          Carolina, undated
          Tulip, 1880
          Marlbrook, 1882
          Shady Grove, [1882]
       Rev. 2:10, funeral for Robert C. Little:
          Carolina, January 20, 1880
     
B065 56 Series II: Wedding Ceremony
    Julia Ann Arminda and Harrison Alexander, one handwritten manuscript
       Wedding ceremony, 1879


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