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Subject: [COCHRAN-L] something interesting
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 00:59:56 -0600 (CST)


Here is a little something that John Cochran sent me. Of course, I urge you
to check sources. I do not know who authored the text below. -ccjr

Title: "The Name and Family of Cochran[e]
compiled by The Media Research Bureau, Washington, D.C. ca 1932
a photocopy forwarded by John Cochran to Corbet Cochran Jr., Transcribed by Corbet Cochran Jr. 1999

Some authorities hold the opinon that the name of COCHRAN(E) was derived from the Gaelic words "cog",
meaning "to fight or battle", and ran, meaning "a cry or roar". It's litteral meaning would, therefore, be "a war cry".
Others, however, assert that the name was taken from the words "coch" and "rane" and meant "a brave man". It is
found on ancient records in the various forms of Cogachran, Cogaicheran, Cogachrain, Cogran, Cochrane,
Cochran, and others. The two most frequently used modern spellings of the name, "Cochran" and "Cochrane",
were used interchangably in ancient times and on the records of Colonial America.
One of the earliest records of the name is that of Waldeve or Waldemar de Cochrane, of the North of Britain, in
the early thirteenth century, who was of Norman ancestry. His son William was among the Scottish barons who
signed submission to Edward the First of England in 1296. This William resided in the Barony of Cochrane, in
Renfrewshire, Scotland, and was the father of a son named John, who had Gosiline, who was the father of William
and probably of John. William was the father of Robert Cochrane, living in the year 1392. His cousin Michael, son
of John, died in 1488. Another branch of the family is believed to have been founded at this time at Barbauchlaw,
Scotland and to have been represented by one John Cochrane.
To continue with the elder line of the family, Robert Cochrane was the father of John, who was the father of
Allan, who was succeeded by his eldest son, James. But, upon the death of James' son Thomas without issue,
Allan's second son, Robert, became heir to the family estates. This last mentioned Robert was the father of John,
William, and David. John, the eldest of these, died in 1537, leaving a son also named John.
Another branch of the family derives from William de Cochrane, of Renfreshire, who was the father of a son
named William, who married Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Montgomery, of Ayrshire, and left issue by her of an
only child, named Elizabeth. She married Alexander Blair, and their decendants assumed the name of Cochrane.
They were the parents of Sir John, Sir William, Alexander, Hugh, Sir Bruce, Arthur, and Gavin, of whom the first
was succeeded by his brother, Sir William, who was the progenitor of Sir William Cochrane, Knight of Cowdon,
Lord Cochrane, and Earl of DunDonald, in the latter sixteenth century, who married Eupheme Scott and was father
of Grizel, William and John. The son William was the father of John, William, Thomas, Alexander, Susannah, Helen,
and Jean, of whom the first was the father of William, Earl of DunDonald, who was the father of John, the father of
William, who died unmarried. At this time, the title of Earl of DunDonald devolved upon Thomas (son of William,
grandson of the first Earl), who was the father of William, who died in 1758 in America, unmarried. The title then
returned to Thomas, the grandson of Sir John (second son of the first Earl), who married Jane Stuart and was the
father by her of Archibald, Charles, John, James, Basil, Alexander, George, and Andrew of whom the first was
succeeded by his eldest son, Thomas, who married Katherine Barnes and was succeeded by his eldest son,
Thomas.
Of the Barbauchlaw branch of the family in Scotland, one George Cochran was living in 1558 and was the father
of a son named Alexander, who was the father of John Cochran or Cochrane of Wigton, who was the father of
Fergus, the father of Alexander, John, and Marion, of whom the first married Janet MacMurrie and was the father
by her of Andrew, Archibald, Hugh, and Jean. Of these, Alexander married Agnes Paterson in 1747 and left issue of
Fergus, Samuel, Robert, Alexander, Andrew and Isabel of whom the son Robert was married in 1786 to Elizabeth
Guthrie, by whom he was the father of Agnes, Robert, Adam, Margaret, Alexander, Elizabeth, Isabella, John, James
Blair Wilhelmina, Patrick, Charles Patterson, Fergus, Samuel and Thomas, several of whom came to America in the
early 19th century and will be mentioned briefly later on.
From the various branches of the family, which were numerous in Great Britian in the 17th century and which
boasted many noblemen and titles, were decended those of the name who emigrated to America at that time and in
the following century, although it is not certain, in every case, from which branch they traced their decent.
One of the first of the family to come to America was William Cochran, who settled at Boston, MA., about 1684.
It is possible that he removed to another place, as there is no further record of him or of his family in Boston.
In 1717 one John Cochran came from the North of Ireland and settled at Brunswick, ME. He was the father by his
wife Lily Kilgore, of James, Joseph, Thomas, Nathaniel, Samuel, Elizabeth and Susannah. Of these, the son of
Nathaniel married Jael Martin and settled at New Boston, NH., where he left issue by her of John, James, Elijah, and
Jennette. By a second wife, Elizabeth Henderson, he had further issue of a daughter named Jael.
About 1719 another John Cochran or Cochrane settled at Windham, NH. He was born at Londonderry, Ireland,
and was the son of one John Cochran and his wife, Elizabeth Arwin, of that place. John of Windham married Jennie
McKeen in 1734 and was the father by her of John, Isaac, James Elizabeth and Mary.
James Cochran and his wife, Letitia Patten, came from Londonderry, Ireland, to America about 1720 and settled
at Topsham, ME. They brought with them four children, Thomas, Peter, Molly, and one other daughter whose
name is not known. Of these, Thomas settled in New Boston, NH., while Peter made his home inNew Jersey. Both
left numerous decendants, Thomas being the father by his wife, Jennette Adams, of James, Robert, John, Peter,
Thomas, Letitia, and Elizabeth.
Sometime prior to 1725 a Robert Cochran was living at Londonderry. He was the son of John Cochran of Ireland
and brought with him his wife Christina, Elizabeth, Barnett, Jennett and Polly.
William Cochran, who came from Ireland to Londonderry, NH., before 1730, married Elizabeth MacKertney and
probably left issue by her, although his records are not complete.
James Cochran, who appears to have been of the House of DunDonald and a decendant to John Cochran, who
removed from Paisly, Scotland, to Ireland about 1570, came with his brothers Stephen and David, to Pennslyvania
about 1730. James was the father of seven children, Ann, Robert, James, Dr. John, Stephen, Jane and George.
One John Cochran came from Scotland or from Dunbo, Ireland (authorities do not agree), to Portsmouth NH. in
1731. He married Isabella Smith in that year and left issue by her of at least one son., also named John.
Sometime before 1744 one James Cochran came from Belfast, Ireland, to Amherst, NH. He is believed to have
been the father of three sons, Johnathan, Robert and John, although his records are neither clear nor complete.
Yet another John Cochran or Cochrane settled in Augusta County, VA. in 1745 and appears to have been
previously in PA. He married Susannah Donnelly, by whom he was the father of James, Robert, and several
daughters whose names were not givin. Of the last mentioned brothers, Robert removed to Kentucky.
Another William Cochrane, son of one William, who had removed from Paisley, Scotland, to Plymouth, England
in 1740, came to America about 1756 and settled at Falmouth, MA. He left at least one son named William, who
married Experience Weeks and was the father of David, Maria, Tamar, Hannah, Jane, William, Peter, and Mary.
Among the early settlers at Short Creek, WVa. in 1772 was one William Cochran, of Ochiltree, in Ayrshire,
Scotland, who had been priviously in PA., probably as early as 1758. He was the father of three sons, Thomas,
Robert, and James, before his removal to WVa. Of these three brothers, Thomas resided at Long Beach and left
issue by his wife, Elizabeth Morris, of Mary, William, Pheobe, Thomas, Zachariah, James, Drucilla, Nancy, Friend,
John and Elizabeth. Robert settled at Wheeling [WVa.], where he left issue by his wife, Rebecca Pierce, of Rebecca,
Sallie, John, Robert, Pattie, Alexander, William, and Eliza Jane; and James married Elizabeth Wood, by whom he had
John, James, Jane, Robert, Thomas, Nancy, William, Zane, Polly or Mary, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Alexander, and
Violinda.
Another Thomas Cochran came from Ireland to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1761, or shortly thereafter. By his wife,
Jane Allan, he was the father of Thomas, Joseph, Elizabeth, Isabella, Harriet, William, Georgiana and Rupert.
Others of the name who came to America in the latter of the 18th and early 19th centuries include John Ninian
Cochran, who came from Ireland to Francestown, NH, about 1775 and was the father of James, William, and others.
Tunis Cochran, who came from North Ireland to Medway, MA; about 1775 and had a son by the same name. The
brothers Alexander Cochran and John Cochran (sons of John Cochran, of Lanarkshire, Scotland) who came over in
the early 19th century, settling frist in NY, and then in PA, whence John removed to KY. The before mentioned
immigrant brothers, Robert, James Blair, and Charles Patterson Cochran (sons of Robert and Elizabeth Cochran of
Scotland) who settled in NY in the early 19th century and left numerous issue.
The decendants of the various branches of the family in America are now to be found in every State of the
Union and have aided greatly in the growth and progress of the country. Characteristics of many of them have
been their business acumen, thrift, strength of will, ambition, and courage.
Among those of the name Cochran(e) who fought as officers in the War of the Revolution were Ensign David,
Lt. John, and Director General of Military Hospitals [Dr.] John of PA.; Lt. James of GA, Lt. William of MA, Lt. Col.
Robert of CT, and numerous others as well.
James, William, John, Robert, Thomas, Alexander, Peter, George, Archibald, Hugh, Andrew, Samuel, David, and
Charles are some of the Christian names most favored by the family for it's male progeny.
A few of the many members of the family who have distinguished themselves in America in more recent times
are:

John Cochran (1813-1898) of NY, Lawyer, public official, and officer of the Civil War.
Clark Betton Cochrane (1815-1867) of NH and NY, Lawyer, State legislator, and Congressman.
Henry Clay Cochrane (1842-1913) of PA, Marine officer who served in the Civil and Spainish American
War.
Alexander Gilmore Cochran (1846-1928) of PA, Lawyer, railway executive, and Congressman
Charles Freemont Cochran (1846-1906) of MO, Lawyer, newpaper editor, and publisher and
Congressman
Frank Cochrane (1852-1919), Canadian Statesman
Aaron Van Schaick Cochrane (b.1858) of NY, Lawyer, jurist, and Congressman
Alexander Smith Cochran (1874-1929) of NY, manufacturer, sportsman, and philanthropist
John Joseph Cochran (b.1880) Lawyer and Congressman

The coat of arms of the ancient Scottish family of Cochrane or Cochran is described as follows ( I.C. Haughton,
"Chronicles of Cochrans", [pub.] 1915:
Arms: Argent, a chevron gules, between three boars heads erased azure, armed and langued of the first.
Crest: A horse passant argent
Supporters: Two Greyhounds argent collared or, leased gules
Motto: "Virtute et labore"

Bibliography
1.) Wood............................ Douglas' Peerage of Scotland. Vol 1.................................1813
2.) Foster............................ Collectanea Genealogica. Vol. 2....................................... 1882
3.) Paterson....................... Ayr and Wigton. Vol. 1....................................................... 1863
4.) Parker and Anderson. Pedigree of the Cochranes of Cochrane............................1908
5.) F.J. Grant...................... Charter Chest of the Earldom of Dundonald.................... 1910
6.) Robertson.................... Ayrshire Families. Vol. 1......................................................1823
7.) Savage.......................... Genealogical Dictionary of New England, 1700-1775..... 1931
8.) J. Dickey....................... Dickey Family....................................................................... 1898
9.) Bolton........................... Immigrants to New England, 1700-1775........................ ....1931
10.) Cogswell..................... History of New Boston, NH............................................... 1864
11.) Morrison.................... .History of Windham, NH................................................... 1883
12.) Cochrane.................... History of Antrim, NH......................................................... 1880
13.) Aldrich....................... Walpole.................................................................................. 1880
14.) Futhey and Cope...... History of Chester County, PA.......................................... 1881
15.) Secomb....................... History of Amherst, NH...................................................... 1883
16.) Munshell.................... American Ancestry, Vol. 2. 1877, Vol. 4. 1889, etc................
17.) Peyton........................ History of Agusta County, VA.......................................... 1882
18.) Price............................ History of Pocahontas County, WVa................................ 1901
19.) Cothren...................... Ancient Woodbury, CT. Vol. 1........................................... 1854
20.) Hinman....................... Early Settlers of Conneticut................................................ 1852
21.) Cochrane and Wood History of Francestown, NH................................................1895
22.) Martin......................... History of Chester, PA......................................................... 1877
23.) L.A. Morrison............ Cochran or Cochrane Family............................................. .1883
24.) J.M. Cochran.............. In Memoriam......................................................................... 1889
25.) A.W.H. Eaton.............The Cochran-Inglis Family.................................................. 1899
26.) J.C. Haughton............ Chronicles of the Cochrans................................................ 1915
27.) A.N. Adams............... The Decendants of James and William Adams............... 1894
28.) J.H. Callender..............History and Genealogy of the Cochran Family............... 1932.
29.) Heitman...................... Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army. 1914
30.) Herringshaw.............. American Biography. Vol. 2................................................. 1909
31.) ......................................The Encyclopedia Americana.............................................. 1932
32.) Burke........................... General Armory...................................................................... 1884

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